Day 1: Headliner Information

Empower: ASU IT Professional Community Retreat

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May 13, 2021 | Welcome 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome from Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer

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As unprecedented world events gave rise to unique constraints, 2020 rapidly became a “remote renaissance” in which technological advancements were as imperative as they were inevitable. Rising to the challenge of developing an immersive digital landscape, the ASU community tapped into their agile, adaptive, and innovative mindset.Join ASU’s Chief Information Officer, Lev Gonick, as he discusses the technological accomplishments and advancements throughout 2020 that helped to bolster the academic initiatives, workflow, and successes of our students, faculty and staff.

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Keynote from Dr. Michael Crow, ASU President

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Culture and innovation go hand in hand; a seamless union whose far-reaching ripples transform communities and change lives. In order to ensure our innovations stem from a culture rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we must champion the effort of fostering that culture ourselves. Where do we begin? How do we embed these virtues into our initiatives, and how can ASU’s IT community drive this mission forward?

Answering these questions (and more!) at Empower 2021 will be none other than university President Michael Crow, whose passion for cultivating positive social outcomes through fresh, novel technological initiatives will enrich this forward-looking digital event. 

Empower is an opportunity to present your burning questions and participate in an open dialogue - we encourage attendees to leverage this opportunity and take the floor, reaping insights from experts and leaders who will open your mind to all this diverse subject has to offer.

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Welcome from Christine Whitney Sanchez, Chief Culture Officer, University Technology Office

Gatherings excel when launched with shared intentions: thus, event facilitators at Empower will be emphasizing the use of SOAR, a framework for encouraging conversations focused on strengths, opportunities aspirations and results and how they lead to positive outcomes. Join UTO’s Chief Culture Officer Christine Whitney Sanchez as she walks us through the SOAR method, which is grounded in Appreciative Inquiry and will help us lift-off for the day.

Headliner Showcase

Tsewa in organizational settings
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How do we bring our 'best' to every endeavor? How do we extend that motivation to others and empower them to bring their best? The Tibetan concept of 'tsewa' will be introduced and linked to organizational effectiveness.  

Presented by: 

Delia Saenz, Chief Diversity Officer for The College

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Vitamin C(ollaboration) Benefits everyone: Supporting University Initiatives Across Academic Departments and Units

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Vitamin C benefits your health! Similarly, collaboration benefits the healthy implementation of complex initiatives! Hear about strategies and tactics from two perspectives (Gemma Garcia, Peter van Leusen) on identifying key stakeholders' needs, managing up/down, navigating pitfalls, and showing success - all benefiting students and instructors across ASU's modalities! 

Presented by:  

Gemma Garcia, Director for Online Curriculum and Digital Innovation & 

Peter Van Leusen, Director for Learning Experience and Student Success

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 Gemma Garcia & Peter Van Leusen
The Data Analytics Success Hub: Data where you need it most

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Learn how the Data Analytic Success Hub brings high-value, enriched business data into a sustainable, documented format that is accessible to users in the platform where they are most comfortable, whether that is a stock Analytics report, an Aurora user table, or an easy-to-pivot flat file.

Presented by: 

Brandi Falls, Director of Analytics, University Technology Office, 

Kristin Kennedy, Business Intelligence Developer Principal, University Technology Office &

Steven White, Business Intelligence Developer, University Technology Office

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Mindfulness and Ambition: Can they co-exist? 

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Have you ever wondered if mindfulness might be an interesting skill to explore, but worried that it would reduce your ambition or productivity? This session will provide practical approaches to how mindfulness can be linked to personal well –being and leadership in the context of leading a busy, active life.

Presented by: 

Dr. Teri Pipe,  ASU Chief Well-Being Officer, Founding Director, ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, Professor and Dean Emerita, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation  &

Dr. Nika Gueci, Executive Director, ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

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 Terri Pipe & Nika Gueci
DevSecOps: State of the Union

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We wanted to share how our adoption of the DevSecOps model has helped not only achieve the University's Charter but also collaboration among the other departments here at ASU.

Presented by: 

Doug Nguyen, Principal Domain Engineer, University Technology Office & 

Jesse DeFer, Pull Request Reviewer., University Technology Office Engineering

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Humanize and Personalize email communication through video 

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Learn how ASU Law uses BombBomb and discuss use cases. BombBomb is a simple yet powerful and humanizing video messaging platform that allows you to generate and send authentic and personalized videos to anyone, anytime from anywhere. Create, send, and track video emails, including who's opening your emails, clicking the links, and watching the videos. Instead of using typed-out text, record your face, record your screen or both. Build trust, authenticity, and genuine relationships with video messages. BombBomb integrates with Outlook, Gmail, Salesforce, Chrome, mobile (iOS or Android), etc. More info at http://m.bixel1.net/frrxdd

Presented by:  

Edward Garcia, Director Law Information Technology at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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Empowered to Stay

 

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Employees who are empowered and understand their inherent value to the enterprise are more likely to stay. Inspired by Breakfast Brainstorm, the Stay Conversations project will collect and recommend best practices for stay conversations to be conducted across ASU.

Presented by: 

Cary Lopez, Director of Strategic Initiatives at University Design Institute, & Co-creator of the ASU Spark Method(TM) 

Abby Baker, Program Manager at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at ASU)

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 Cary Lopez, Abby Baker
Building a Better Key Data Dashboard 

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Currently, UTO hosts a key data dashboard but it can be better, a lot better. Join and share your ideas and thoughts on what you would like to see to help you better get a sense of service health and usage.

Presented by:

Eric Dover, Executive Director of IT & Network Operations at University Technology Office

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 Who do you trust?

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 Let's explore the concept of digital trust and uncover points of trust, mistrust and privacy in the institutional space. 

Presented by: 

Kate Giovacchini, Director of Digital Trust Initiatives, University Technology Office

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Exploring Agile Experiences

 

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You see a need, you have an idea, you want to start a movement, you want to effect change...now what? Gathering support across the institution is a key next step to getting your idea off the ground. Let’s talk about how to come together and make your ideas SOAR.

Presented by: 

Kyle Bowen, Executive Director, Learning Experience Design, University Technology Office

Allison Hall, Director of Learning Experience Design, University Technology Office

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 Kyle Bowen & Allison Hall
Activate Future-Making Practices for a Culture of Collaboration

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The future of learning is built on design and successful organizations' implementation of those practices — outlined in the “The New Design Frontier” report — to level-up on the Design Maturity Scale, resulting in greater employee wellbeing, impact and ROI. In this session, we propose a university-wide collaboration, or guild, to activate existing relationships, projects and priorities to create a scaled and collaborative practice of design-thinking fueled by participants' work-related problems of practice. 

Presented by: 

Charmaine Farber, Director, Learning Futures Initiatives, Learning Futures Collaboratory

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No one sits by silently: Driving the future of teams 

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The ASU Interplanetary Initiative acts as a testbed for research and learning concepts. How do we drive research forward most efficiently? How do we best build teams? How can we educate for the workforce? Our model is egalitarian question-driven knowledge creation, rather than the individual “hero model” for investigator-led research.

Presented by: 

Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Vice President and Professor, School Of Earth and Space Exploration

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UTO 2.1 Work-Life Balance Toolkit

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The UTO 2.1 Work-Life Balance Toolkit was created from a series of discussions that started in Culture Weavers in an effort to help define what the UTO means when we say that we value work-life balance and to give individuals an idea of how to put that into action.

Presented by: 

Kasey Kautenburger, PeopleSoft and API/Integrations Developer for the University Technology Office & 

Jean Squires, Technology Engagement Advisor for the University Technology Office

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Automating business processes in the ServiceNow platform (business owner showcase) 

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Let's discuss automating business processes in the ServiceNow platform and how the work that we have done has improved operations and service fulfillment for the ASU community. The presentation will include interviews with business owners across the university that have implemented ServiceNow solutions to solve complex business problems and improve service delivery.

Presented by:

Chris Jordan, Service Management Engineering Chapter Lead

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Creating a Smart Fleet for ASU
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 Investing in a partnership between ASU's FDM, UTO and the Cox Collaboratory to create a sustainable fleet across ASU.

Presented by:

Bobby Gray, Director of Digital Transformation, University Technology Office

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Responsible Innovation & You

 

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Come join us for a brief introduction to the developing UTO Responsible Innovation Charter and how these principles reflect the principles of the ASU charter. We will offer a brief example of a product proposal and facilitate a discussion based on the current working charter document and ask you to help us ideate on the next revision to make this a charter we can all embrace.

This is an opportunity to engage with other interested participants across ASU on how this framework can help realize the ASU Charter.

Presented by:

Chris Deaton, Manager of Web Application & Salesforce, University Technology Office &

Barnaby Wasson, University Technology Office

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Powerhouse Panel: Women in Tech Leadership | 12:15 p.m. -12:45 p.m.

What does it mean to be a female leader in technology? How is the workforce landscape evolving and what challenges remain? 

Join ASU Chief Information Security and Digital Trust Officer Donna K. Kidwell, UTO Chief Operations and Digital Transformation Officer Jess Evans and EdPlus Assistant Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Leah Lommel, for a lunchtime panel focused on women in technology. Come with your burning questions about the current and future state of inclusion, and what how that translates to technology and education.

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Day 2: Headliner Information 

May 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. 

Jackie Stavros

 

 

 Who better to share the journey of SOAR, this profoundly positive approach to strategic thinking and planning, than its creator, Dr. Jackie Stavros! She will discuss the SOAR framework, and leading that allows an organization to construct its future through collaboration, shared understanding, and a commitment to excellence and action. She will describe the SOAR framework, including its origin and successful applications. Dr. Stavros' passion is working with others to create purpose and meaningful results for positive change. She is a professor in the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University and Advisor for David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

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Following Dr. Stavros' keynote, Christine will lead attendees in the highly interactive Open Space Technology, a dynamic group process that leverages the power of self-organization and empowers our participants to create the agenda for the day focused on this question: What can the ASU IT community do to co-create a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to "accelerate positive social outcomes through the seamless integration of cutting-edge technological innovation and scalability"?