General Showcase Agenda

Poster Session

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Learn about creative and exciting projects completed on campus in the past year and network with the people who made them happen. 


Breakout Sessions 
8:15 & 10:15 a.m.
Find out how a campus colleague (or 2 or 3) found a creative solution to a problem or opportunity that you might share. 


Poster Flash Talks 
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.  


Keynote Presentation 
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


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The 19th Annual Showcase -
March 21, 2018 at Union South

You're invited to attend the 19th Improvement Showcase – the annual event where colleagues from across the UW-Madison campus connect with each other to share best practices and innovative ideas. Showcase, which takes place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Union South, is open to everyone – on and off campus. Showcase is a free event but registration is appreciated.

Click here to register.

Check back in January for more information about Showcase 2018, including an announcement of the keynote speaker and topics for the breakout sessions.

 Showcase 2017:

You can find more details about Showcase 2017 in the 3/16/17 Inside UW article:

Laurent Heller, our Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, delivered the keynote at Showcase:  Reinvesting in UW-Madison – Leveraging Data for Strategic Decision-Making

In his first seven months at the UW-Madison, Vice Chancellor Heller has been working closely with the Chancellor’s leadership team on identifying opportunities for performance improvements and reinvestment in the University’s academic mission. He will discuss these opportunities and several techniques that can be used to leverage data to inform strategic decision-making on campus.

Laurent previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Financial Planning and Analysis, at the University of California, Berkeley. He has more than 15 years of experience in budgeting and finance, higher education strategy, and business operations.

Breakout Session A:
Best Practices in Research Grant Proposal Development

 This session is for anyone involved in developing and submitting research proposals, supporting colleagues who do this, or have an interest in writing a proposal but do not know where to start. During this interactive session, participants will engage in short discussions targeting specific steps in the proposal development process – starting with an idea for a research project through receipt of funding.

  • Brenda Egan, Proposals Manager, Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Sarah Marcotte, Research Administrator, CALS Dean’s Office
  • Christa Schulz, Research Administrator, SMPH Dean’s Office
  • Kim Stevenson, Assistant Director of Research, SMPH, Pediatrics

Breakout Session B:
Power Up Your Productivity: Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Bring Technology Into Your Workflows

If you have ever been overwhelmed by email, forgotten a password, lost control of your calendar, or struggled to organize daily tasks, then this is the session for you! Learn how you can leverage technology to manage productivity and enhance workflows around business practices. Tackle your to-dos, optimize collaboration, and become the envy of your colleagues by implementing a few key strategies that capitalize on modern tools and technology.

  • Jonathan Henkel, Professional Programs Coordinator, Computer Sciences Department

Poster Flash Talks
Relax in a comfortable seat and learn about posters as their exhibitors present their projects in rapid-fire flash talks. Make note of posters you find intriguing for follow-up conversations back in Varsity Hall.

Breakout Session C:
Decision-Making in Complex Systems

We all operate within complex systems. For decision-making in these complex systems, knowing the questions to ask is more important than knowing the answers up front. Join us for an opportunity to explore the questions project managers, facilitators, and leaders can ask (or make sure someone is asking) in the decision-making process. Included will be a “cheat sheet” of questions for various stages of problem solving.
  • Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., Consultant and Managing Partner, Kathleen Paris, LLC

Breakout Session D:
Stop Surveying and Start Interviewing for Better Websites

How do you design a good website or app? Join us for this hands-on session to learn a simple and effective technique to better understand your users, dig deeper into their contexts and motivations, and design more intuitive, delightful digital experiences for them.

  • Phyllis Treige, Experience Design Lead, Division of Information Technology
  • Scott Owczarek, Registrar
  • Cindy Bush, Brand Manager, Wisconsin School of Business

To learn more about Showcase, visit: What is Showcase?

View highlights from recent Showcases:
Showcase 2016 - Showcase 2015 - Showcase 2014