University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fall 2018 Showcase Brown Bags

This fall, the Office of Strategic Consulting is again offering “encore” presentations of the breakout sessions from its most recent Showcase event, which took place in March. All sessions are being offered as “brown-bag style” events at Union South or Memorial Union over the noon hour and are free of charge.  You can sign up for as many as you’d like, but make sure to sign up early to ensure a spot!

Additional information and registration links can be found below. You can also click here to register for any or all of the sessions.

(Make sure to save the date for Showcase 2019 on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Union South!)

Brown-Bag Dates and Topics

The Transformative Design Approach to Problem-Solving


Presented by Lesley Sager, Faculty Associate, Director of the Design Thinking Initiative, Coordinator of the Interior Architecture Program, School of Human Ecology

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Date: October 4, 2018
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Union South

Description: This session will introduce participants to transformative design, which creates purposeful change by asking what matters and why. This approach incorporates design thinking and supports a culture of collaboration and innovation, which contributes towards the systemic transformation of services, products, and processes in response to societal needs and challenges.

After Lesley presented this at a Showcase 2018 breakout session, an attendee wrote: “Transformative Design Approach with Lesley Sager was amazing, and very inspirational. I feel so lucky to have been able to attend.”

Collaborative by Design: Working Well With Teams


Presented by Jonathan Henkel, Student Information and Technology Manager, School of Nursing

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Date: October 11, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union

Description: Take the difficulty and dread out of teamwork. During this session, participants will explore the benefits of, and drawbacks to, Microsoft Teams, one of the latest solutions included in Office 365. They will learn about communication, project management, conferencing, and document sharing using this promising new service. Jonathan has been a popular presenter at multiple Showcases.

An attendee of the Showcase 2018 breakout session on this topic shared that Jonathan did a great job of explaining how Teams works and how it could benefit a workplace.”

Planning and Leading Effective Meetings


Presented by Kala Grove, Academic Advisor, Cross-College Advising Service, and Darin Harris, Internal Consultant, Office of Strategic Consulting 

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Date: October 25, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Union South

Description: During this interactive session, participants will learn a three-step approach to designing and facilitating effective meetings. They will learn from professional meeting facilitators with decades of experience, as well as fellow attendees who have even more experience!

Inclusive and Collaborative Leadership in Decision-Making


Presented by Jeremy Kautza, Internal Consultant, Office of Strategic Consulting

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Date: November 8, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Union South

Description: Based on the best-selling book, Getting to Yes, by Fisher, Ury and Patton, organizations are adopting an interest-based approach for making decisions and resolving issues in individual departments. In this session, participants will experience the elements of an interest-based approach that they can use to make decisions in any work situation (it works at home too!) and acquire materials to take back to their unit to spark their transformation.