Information & Technology Leadership Conference 2013

Information and Technology Leadership Conference - December 9, 2013

Advancing leadership in information and technology at UW-Madison.

The Information & Technology Leadership Conference brings together IT professionals from across campus to learn, listen and collaborate on leadership topics impacting UW-Madison and the higher educations community. With a focus on professional development for all levels, the conference provides thought provoking sessions during this daylong event.

Date: Monday, December 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
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8:00 - 8:30


8:30 - 10:00

Opening Remarks & Keynote - Thoughts for the Future, in Three Parts, Room 325/326

Bruce Maas - Vice Provost for Information Technology & CIO, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jack Wolfe - MOR Associates

10:10 - 11:00

Observing to Innovate, Room 313

Brandon Bernier - Director, User Services
Cheryl Diermyer - DoIT Academic Technology
Phyllis Treige - User Experience Consultant, DoIT Communications

At this presentation participants will be actively involved in an innovation design exercise that draws on the principles of design thinking. This session focuses on practices that participants can immediately use to inspire and introduce new ideas. Presenters promise that this session will be entertaining, informative and practical.

Feedback is a Gift, Room 309

Jeanne Blochwitz - Assistant Director, DoIT Academic Technology
Chris Liechty - Information Security Officer, UW System Administration

The holiday season is here! What better time to give yourself, your team members and your boss the most powerful gift for sustainable change – feedback.

Do you ever ask for feedback? Does the thought of asking for feedback give you an uneasy feeling at the pit of your stomach? Join this breakout session to untangle the intricacies of giving and receiving useful feedback.

Giving and receiving feedback is a communication challenge we face both as leaders and as team members. In this applied skills session, we will use role-play to provide a safe place to try out providing feedback to colleagues, team members, even your supervisor. The session will focus on addressing the fears that hold us back, how to come from a place of appreciation both when giving and receiving feedback and techniques to develop good habits when giving and receiving feedback. Participants in this session will take away easy to use strategies for giving and receiving feedback that can be immediately implemented.

Leadership & Introversion, Room 213

Brian McNurlen - Assistant Director, DoIT Academic Technology

This session will focus on Introversion and Leadership. Some of the content is based on Susan Cain's book, "Quiet," but will pull in some research from neuroscience and other resources in thinking about how to recruit and develop new leaders in our particular domains.

Break & Networking Room, Room 225

11:10 - 12:00

Leading a SEA of Change in UW-Madison's Office of the Registrar: Staff Engaged Assessment, Room 121 (Vandenberg Auditorium)

Scott Owczarek - University Registrar, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Learn about Staff Engaged Assessment (SEA) and utilize your entire staff to conduct a complete assessment that facilitates organizational change.

Stakeholder Analysis: An Activity, Room 313

Kimberly Arnold - Evaluation Consultant, DoIT Academic Technology

We all strive for successful projects, but we can only control some aspects of our environment. There are tools and methods to help you explore how other people and resources will impact your project's success. In this interactive session, you'll explore a powerful technique for increaing your project's success, Stakeholder Mapping.

Coordinated Leadership Initiative: A Framework for Leadership Development at UW-Madison, Room 213

Mark Kueppers - Assistant of Director Leadership Development, Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI)
Chris Dakes - Faculty Associate, College of Engineering, Pieper Foundation for Servant Leadership
Hazel Symonette, PH.D. - Program Development & Assessment Specialist

Over the past two years, leadership education proponents across campus have collaboratively developed the University of Wisconsin-Madison's inaugural Leadership Framework. The framework is intended to be a tool to help campus orient and commit to leadership development that is rooted in research, theory, and our unique institutional culture. The Leadership Framework will serve as a resource for new and existing programs, academic courses, trainings and workshops in developing leadership capacity. In this session, we will provide an overview of the framework, provide time for you to work with it to see how it can help inform your work, and gain your insights and feedback as we continue to evolve our work to be useful in a broad context of leadership development.

Effective Meetings and the Art of Facilitation, Room 309

Carol Gosenheimer - Management Consultant, DoIT

There's no doubt that we spend countless hours in meetings every week, yet many meetings end with no results or outcome. This session will focus on the logistics of planning and leading effective meetings. Beyond that, and perhaps more importantly, will be a discussion around how to be a positive and creative facilitative presence to ensure inclusive engagement.

Break & Networking Room, Room 225

12:00 - 1:30

The Strategic Value of IT – A panel discussion, Lowell Center

Brandon Bernier, Moderator - Director, User Services
Mark Askren - CIO,  University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Darrell Bazzell - Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeff Russell - Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies
Bruce Maas - Vice Provost for Information Technology & CIO, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jack Wolfe - MOR Associates, Senior Consultant

5 thought leaders come together to share perspectives about the landscape of IT at higher education institutions, current challenges , the importance of building relationships with campus partners, and how IT can be strategic in shaping institutions for the future.

1:30 - 2:20

The Changing Role of the IT Workforce, Room 213

Daniel Jacobsohn - CIO, School of Education and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic IT Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison

If you hire people, come to this session. The presenter will discuss challenges to hiring great people, some of which are in our control! For instance, do we look to hire awesome people who can do a great job, or do we look to hire technically awesome people without consideration of their people skills? We'll explore some possible future scenarios for hiring, and have time to share ideas and best practices.

Project Management for Non-Project Managers, Room 309

Bill Zimmerman - DoIT User Services

This session will discuss methodologies to help those who perform project management duties as a secondary responsibility, blended with tips and tricks that can be used immediately for day-to-day project management.

Developing a Culture of Great Customer Service, Room 313

Chris Hopp, Moderator - User Services Engagement Manager, DoIT User Services
Deb Helman - College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Edward Hoover - Assistant Director, DoIT User Services
Anna Lewis - Academic Librarian, Assistant Director, MERIT

In leading our teams, nothing is more important than developing a culture of great customer service. Join us for an interactive discussion that will provide you with tools to help you foster this culture for you and your team.

Break & Networking Room, Room 225

2:30 - 3:30

Defining Your Career Path, Developing Your Potential, Room 325/326

Mark Askren - CIO, University of Nebraska

It can be challenging to focus on a career path while being continually busy in our work and personal lives. Yet our individual decisions, and resulting actions and inactions, will largely define our futures. Leadership lessons learned, and career advice from members of our Higher Ed community, will highlight perspectives on achieving personal growth in our rapidly changing IT environment.

3:30 - 3:45

Closing Remarks, Room 325/326

Bruce Maas - Vice Provost for Information Technology & CIO, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daniel Jacobsohn - CIO, School of Education and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic IT Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison