Showcase 2018 Breakout Sessions

2018 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A (8:15 a.m.)

Collaboration by Design: Tech Tools & Tips for Working Well with Others

Technology offers a wide range of solutions that promise to take the difficulty and dread out of teamwork. During this session, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks these various tools have on our collective efforts. We will focus specifically on communication, project management, conferencing, and document sharing. Take the pain out of group work by getting these tools and techniques to work for your group.

Presenter: Jonathan Henkel, Student Information and Technology Manager, School of Nursing

Materials: Available here.

Breakout Session B (8:15 a.m.)

The Transformative Design Approach to Problem-Solving

This session will introduce you to the Transformative Design Initiative at the School of Human Ecology. Transformative design 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. No prior experience with transformative design is required for this session.

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



Breakout Session C (10:15 a.m.)

Quick Process Improvement Methods

If you are interested in learning how to quickly solve problems and accomplish process improvements on a smaller scale, this is the session for you. We will explore different types of process improvement methodologies and focus on several that can be accomplished in a short amount of time. Towards the end of the session, we will share an example of a Kaizen project on campus and hear directly from Transportation Services staff on their experience with this approach.


  • Jim Thompson, Internal Consultant, Office of Strategic Consulting
  • Stefanie Freyberger, Office of Strategic Consulting
  • Kim Henderson, Citation Appeals & Special Events Manager, Transportation Services
  • Tony Hansbro, Special Events/Appeals Supervisor, Transportation Services



Breakout Session D (10:15 a.m.)

Planning and Leading Effective Meetings
How many times have you sat through a meeting where the discussion wanders, the participants are disinterested (or don’t even show up!), emotions rule, or there is no evidence of progress? These are all signs of an unproductive meeting. During this interactive session learn a three-step approach to designing and facilitating effective meetings. You will learn from professional meeting facilitators with decades of clinical experience, as well as fellow attendees who have even more experience!


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