Day 1: Headliner Information
May 13, 2021 | Welcome 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome from Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer
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.
Keynote from Dr. Michael Crow, ASU President
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.
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.
Tsewa in organizational settings
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.
Delia Saenz, Chief Diversity Officer for The College
Vitamin C(ollaboration) Benefits everyone: Supporting University Initiatives Across Academic Departments and Units
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!
Gemma Garcia, Director for Online Curriculum and Digital Innovation &
Peter Van Leusen, Director for Learning Experience and Student Success
The Data Analytics Success Hub: Data where you need it most
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.
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
Mindfulness and Ambition: Can they co-exist?
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.
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 &
DevSecOps: State of the Union
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.
Doug Nguyen, Principal Domain Engineer, University Technology Office &
Jesse DeFer, Pull Request Reviewer., University Technology Office Engineering
Humanize and Personalize email communication through video
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
Edward Garcia, Director Law Information Technology at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Empowered to Stay
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.
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)
Building a Better Key Data Dashboard
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.
Eric Dover, Executive Director of IT & Network Operations at University Technology Office
Who do you trust?
Let's explore the concept of digital trust and uncover points of trust, mistrust and privacy in the institutional space.
Kate Giovacchini, Director of Digital Trust Initiatives, University Technology Office
Exploring Agile Experiences
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.
Kyle Bowen, Executive Director, Learning Experience Design, University Technology Office &
Allison Hall, Director of Learning Experience Design, University Technology Office
Activate Future-Making Practices for a Culture of Collaboration
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.
Charmaine Farber, Director, Learning Futures Initiatives, Learning Futures Collaboratory
No one sits by silently: Driving the future of teams
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.
Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Vice President and Professor, School Of Earth and Space Exploration
UTO 2.1 Work-Life Balance Toolkit
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.
Kasey Kautenburger, PeopleSoft and API/Integrations Developer for the University Technology Office &
Jean Squires, Technology Engagement Advisor for the University Technology Office
Automating business processes in the ServiceNow platform (business owner showcase)
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.
Chris Jordan, Service Management Engineering Chapter Lead
Creating a Smart Fleet for ASU
Investing in a partnership between ASU's FDM, UTO and the Cox Collaboratory to create a sustainable fleet across ASU.
Bobby Gray, Director of Digital Transformation, University Technology Office
Responsible Innovation & You
|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.
Chris Deaton, Manager of Web Application & Salesforce, University Technology Office &
Barnaby Wasson, University Technology Office
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.