2018 Doodle Summit

The Doodle Institute is hosting the


June 19th & 20th, 2018

A VISUAL & VIRTUAL CONFERENCE for Parents, Designers, Educators,
Innovators, Trainers, Facilitators and Visual Learners.

At the request of our students from across the globe, 
we are thrilled to bring you an amazing DOODLE SUMMIT 
with Presentations, Lessons, Student Spotlights,
Discussions, Breakout Groups & Special Guests!

The DOODLE SUMMIT is like no other event! We will have sessions on how to UNLOCK your creativity and APPLY doodling to education, work, wellness, self-care and building community.

You’ll have so much fun hanging with DOODLE FRIENDS, and you'll leave inspired with new skills and an action plan for your creative life! From visual learning to guest speakers, get your markers ready to be enthralled, entertained and to expand your skills toward a life where you can DOODLE FOR DOLLARS!

     Discover the Magic of your Markers!

Whether you're a beginner to the world of doodling and visual thinking or a professional Graphic Recorder, the Doodle Summit will help you:

  • Develop a daily practice of doodling
  • Enhance your personal drawing style
  • Create a plan for your social media
  • Learn about tools to use for video & live streaming
  • Attract your ideal customer
  • Become more confident teaching doodling to others
  • Grow your Doodle Clubhouse & impact in your community
  • Develop your own products
  • Build a blueprint to DOODLE YOUR DREAMS

All this while doodling, laughing and sharing your heart with your DOODLE FRIENDS!


The Doodle Summit is a 2-day live IN-PERSON event where you’ll spend time with other Doodle Friends, unlock creativity and create an action plan for your year. It’s TUESDAY, JUNE 19th & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20th at the Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL., just north of Chicago.

Can't make it in person? Day 1 of the Doodle Summit will also be offered as a virtual event streamed LIVE ONLINE, so you can join us from the comfort of your own home! 

PLUS, there is an OPTIONAL add-on event on Day 3 on THURSDAY, JUNE 21st for students who wish to join Diane Bleck and Mike "Muddy" Schlegel for a day of ADVANCED Innovation Think Pad Training.

The Doodle Summit will be packed with information about developing your personal style, creating a plan for your social media, developing your ideal client, building products to create multiple streams of income and so much MORE!




The Doodle Institute is a learning environment where we encourage ALL of our students to DOODLE. When you put pen to paper, you open your heart channel to ideas, insights, and inspirations. Our courses teach the fundamentals of creativity, visual thinking and doodling for Parents, Educators & Facilitators. We are committed to building courses, community, and careers for visual learners like YOU!


Colby Barn
1561 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

The Byron Colby Barn is a restored historic barn, built with materials dating back to 1885.  The timeless elegance of the Byron Colby Barn offers a rich setting for elegant barn weddings, professional meetings and more. Country elegance meets modern convenience in this air-conditioned, restored historic treasure in Grayslake, Illinois.

Comfort Suites
1775 East Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

To make reservations by phone, call 847-223-5050 and choose Option 2 for Group Sales/Front Desk and mention you are part of the “Doodle Institute” Event.

**Reservations must be made no later than May 15, 2018, to receive the special Doodle Institute room block rates.

Make yourself at home in one of the 108 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is included.

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Free self-parking is available onsite.

Closest Airports: 
Chicago O'Hare Airport - 35 miles (about 40 minutes)
Milwaukee Airport - 50 miles (about 55 minutes)
Midway Airport - 62 miles (about 75 minutes)

There is FREE parking available at the event venue.


*Advanced Innovation Think Pad Training with Muddy & Diane

VISUALIZE YOUR BIG IDEAS at WORK with Innovation Think Pad Training

Every organization is trying to implement system-wide innovation. They are hiring Directors, Agencies, Consultants and even crowdsourcing innovation. The answer is not to throw more technology at innovation by building an app or making an inspiring video, but simply to teach YOU how to become a Visual & Virtual Champion for innovation at work!

Innovation is within you!

Visual learning is a powerful tool for critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic planning. When you put pen to paper you open up to access your ideas, inspirations, and insights.

We all know that meetings are not going away but how you show up can change! During Innovation Think Pad Training we share with you the techniques, technology, and tools you need to unlock innovation and creativity at work.

Innovation can strike at any moment. Which is why all you need at this moment is something to write with and something to write on.

As Innovation Strategists, our job is to not only inspire participants to think creatively but also to facilitate and capture your ideas. And often, once ideas begin to flow, creativity comes in a flash of rapid ideas across the room at every level.

So, we have learned that the best thing we can do is to give everyone an Innovation Think Pad and equip them to capture and nurture those ideas because you never know who in the room is going to have a critical piece of the solution.

You will learn how to:

  • Capture your big ideas
  • Practice expansive thinking
  • Draw business maps and models
  • Share your strategic and tactical plans with your team
  • Implement innovation mindset and behaviors
  • Create powerful communications
  • Build dynamic webinars to keep people engaged
  • Develop engaging presentations for your leadership