Showcase 2020 Virtual Lunch & Learn Series

This fall, the Office of Strategic Consulting is pleased to offer the Showcase 2020 Lunch & Learn Series—in a webinar format. The series features some of the topics we had planned as breakout sessions for Showcase 2020 in the spring before the event was canceled due to COVID-19.  The webinars are free, and you can sign up for as many as you’d like!

Session descriptions and registration links can be found below.

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Lunch & Learn Topics:

  • End the Meeting Madness (this session is past)
    Oct 1, 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Leading a Team Through Change (this session is past)
    October 15, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Essential Tools for Leading Change
    November 5, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Is It a Change or an Improvement? Your Communications Should Make It Clear November 12, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • The Role of Race in the Workplace
    December 3, Noon – 1 p.m.

Register Below.

Session Descriptions and Registration

End the Meeting Madness (this session is past)

Presented by Deb Gurke and Jeremy Kautza, Internal Consultants, Office of Strategic Consulting

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Date: October 1, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Location: Online

Description:  Tired of attending meetings that seem to go nowhere?  In  this session, you will learn about meeting intentions, group agreements, agendas, and tips for virtual meetings that will help end the meeting madness!

Leading a Team Through Change

Presented by Jamie Gutkowski, Assistant Director, Web Platforms/Services, Division of Information Technology

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Date: October 15, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Description: How can you be intentional about leading or influencing change? How do your actions and behaviors as a change leader connect to successful outcomes? This interactive session will focus on connecting theories of change leadership to examples of real-world successes and failures. You will learn about how to incorporate learning into the change process, the role and benefit of gaining commitment, and the importance of supporting people through change. If you are willing to share, please bring examples of how your actions, or those of others, influenced an experience of going through change.

Essential Tools for Leading Change

Presented by Keely Killpack, Change Strategy Consultant 

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Date: November 5, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Description: In this interactive session, you will learn all about change leadership knowledge, attitude, and actions—assessing the skills you already possess and receiving new tools to help you navigate all the changes on the horizon like a pro!

The session will focus on how your influence can make change easier or harder for you and your school, college, or unit. There will be fun activities to make the session relevant for your own experience. Most importantly, you will leave with personalized tools and techniques to help you lead and help your school, college or unit adapt to change more easily.

Is It a Change or an Improvement? Your Communications Should Make It Clear

Presented by Kristin Polywacz, Director, Employee Learning & Organizational Development, Madison College

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Date: November 12, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Description: We all know that a communications plan is important for a process improvement project, but how much time and effort do we really devote to it? In this session, we will spend some time discussing the important aspects of communicating. We will get beyond the basics of a communications plan and dive deeper into creative ideas that could help spark end users to not only adopt an improvement, but maybe even get excited about it.

The Role of Race in the Workplace

Presented by Binnu Palta Hill, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Wisconsin School of Business

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Date: December 3, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Description: This session will explore history, research, and lived experiences on the topic of race and its influence on our daily interactions, as well as social and political institutions. Through an examination of the history of racism and colorism beginning 5,000 years ago, we will discuss racial socialization, a process that provides meaning to our racial identity in the broader societal context. We will also discuss tangible ways in which we can utilize the elasticity of our brain or “learning muscles” to develop a growth mindset and skills for building greater inclusion.