On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Office of Strategic Consulting will be celebrating 20 years of Showcase! We have a lot to celebrate and hope you can join us. Showcase is an opportunity for colleagues from across the UW-Madison campus to connect with each other, share best practices, and learn from each other’s successes. The free event will again feature poster exhibits, breakout sessions, and a keynote presentation, in addition to the popular poster flash talks. We will also take a walk down memory lane to honor the many successful projects we’ve seen over the years and the people who made them happen.
New This Year!
This year, for the first time, we will be hosting a special poster preview and reception on the afternoon before Showcase for poster exhibitors, speakers/presenters, executive sponsors, campus guests, and 2019 Administrative Improvement Award (AIA) winners and guests. We are adding this preview opportunity in response to feedback from past exhibitors and presenters who indicated that their participation in Showcase didn’t allow them enough time to enjoy all the different exhibits.
Also new this year, we are excited to be including the Administrative Improvement Awards as part of our Showcase preview event. This will be a great opportunity for the campus community to participate in two springtime traditions and celebrations of excellence.
Below is a summary of the schedule for this year’s Showcase event. We are continuing to finalize the details and will post updates here as they are available, so check back often.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
|3:30–4:30 p.m.||Poster Preview and Reception – The poster preview and reception offer an opportunity for poster exhibitors, speakers/presenters, executive sponsors, campus guests, and AIA winners and guests to get a sneak peek at this year’s exhibits and connect with each other before Showcase.
Attendance at the Poster Preview and Reception is limited to those groups listed above.
|4:30–5:30 p.m.||2019 Administrative Improvement Awards – The Administrative Improvement Award recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration. The award is offered to both individuals and teams.
All of campus is invited to attend the presentation of this year’s Administrative Improvement Awards.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
|8:00–11:00 a.m.||Poster Session – Poster exhibits highlight some of the creative and exciting projects completed on campus in the past year and allow participants to ask questions and make connections they can then leverage in their own work.|
|8:15 & 10:15 a.m.||Breakout Sessions – These 45-minute sessions focus on best practices, tools, and other topics relevant to process or program improvement—offered by those with experience and expertise to share. (Topics to be announced soon!)|
|9:15–10:00 a.m.||Poster Flash Talks – Flash talks give Showcase participants an opportunity to hear quick 2-minute synopses of select projects and posters.|
|11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Union South Marquee Theater
|Keynote Address – Liz Menzer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, will be giving this year’s keynote presentation. (More information to come.)|
Showcase's success depends on the willingness of employees to share their success stories! It's never too early to start thinking about exhibiting a poster at Showcase. If you have an idea for a poster, let us know by completing the Poster Exhibit Interest Questionnaire (click on heading above to access questionnaire).
Whether you have exhibited a poster at Showcase before or not, we have all the information you need to prepare your poster for this year’s Showcase, including registration information for our free poster workshops (click on heading above).
Plan now to join hundreds of your campus colleagues at our 20th annual Showcase event. It's free! You can attend any portion or all of the morning's activities (click on heading above to register).
The 19th Annual Showcase, held on March 21, 2018, at Union South, featured 64 poster exhibits and attracted over 600 participants. It included four breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by Mark Guthier, Director of the Wisconsin Union (click on heading above).