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October 13 | 10:00–11:00 am

Presented by Rich Gassen, print production manager, Digital Publishing & Printing Services; and Jennifer Erickson, capacity building lead, Office of Strategic Consulting. This session was co-hosted by the Campus Supervisors Network.

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Atomic Habits at Work

This discussion-based session focused on helping participants learn how to build better habits into their work life, using the #1 New York Times bestseller, “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear as a guide. The session covered several proven techniques for building new habits (or ending bad ones) that were described in the book.  The presenters also shared stories, as well as additional resources for participants interested in exploring the topic further.


November 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Presented by Kelvin Alfaro, internal consultant, Office of Strategic Consulting

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It’s Not the Destination, But the Journey: Intentionally Creating a Workplace Culture that Values Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This session provided participants with a roadmap to explore workplace culture, identify individual and group commitments to make change, and cultivate a new way of being together and in the world. It also offered tools and resources related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) for participants to tailor to their individual needs.


December 1 | 10:00–11:00 am

Presented by Kelly Rupp, assistant vice provost for faculty and staff affairs, Office of the Provost; Shelly Strom, assistant to the dean for the Nelson Institute, and program manager for UniverCity Year (part of the University Alliance); and Jennifer Erickson, capacity building lead, Office of Strategic Consulting. This session was co-hosted by the vice provost for faculty and staff affairs

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Creating Connections: Meaningful Meetings and Great Gatherings

Too often, our meetings and gatherings are unproductive and dull. They follow a standard, repeatable format and neglect the needs of the individual humans involved. This interactive session engaged participants to experiment with a human-centered, business-oriented approach. It sought to change how participants might approach future meetings, conferences, candidate visits, lecture series, and other department events.

This session was held in person; no recording is available but the presentation slides are available here.

Bonus Miniseries

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Presented by Mathew Roosa, licensed clinical social worker-psychotherapy and NIATx subject matter expert, UW Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies

Teambuilding Through Quality Improvement: Using Process Improvement Tools to Enhance Outcomes and Team Strength

This year’s Ignite series featured a special miniseries focused on core tools of the NIATx (Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment) model of process improvement, which can be easily adapted to any work team and used as an effective strategy for engaging team members.


Miniseries Sessions

October 20 | 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Team As a Verb: Building by Doing


November 3, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Charting the Current State: Knowing Your Team Challenges


November 17, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Finding Solutions: Activating Team Members


December 1, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Testing and Improving: Data-Driven Team Coaching


December 15, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Retaining Your Team with a Continuous Quality Improvement Culture