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The 17th Annual Showcase -
March 16, 2016 at Union South

Click here to view the full Program (pdf)

View the 2016 Posters on the Showcase Facebook Page!

Keynote Presentation Video

The 17th Annual Showcase, held on March 16, 2016 at Union South, was a great success! There were well over 700 registrants, 81 posters, 207 poster presenters, 6 breakout sessions, and one great Keynote presentation. Many thanks to all of the poster and breakout session presenters who contributed to the event, and thank you to everyone who came!


New for Showcase 2016:
Eighteen selected poster were presented during short, 2-minute "flash talks" in the Marquee Theatre. This new session proved to be a big hit, and each poster presenter reported that shortly afterwards, attendees visited the posters to discuss their innovations.


Showcase 2016 Keynote Presentation:
Kevin Conroy: Innovation and Talent – Driving Growth in Wisconsin
With an introduction by Chancellor Becky Blank
Watch the video recording.

Kevin Conroy Photo Kevin Conroy, Chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, talked about innovation, talent, entrepreneurism, and the critical link between academia and the business community for driving growth in Wisconsin.

Kevin Conroy has been President and CEO of Exact Sciences, Inc., since 2009 and Chairman of the Board since 2014. He moved Exact Sciences to Madison from Boston in 2009 with just a handful of employees and the company has since added more than 400 employees. Kevin has noted that he moved the company to Madison because of “the state’s strong, dedicated workers and the first-class universities to recruit talent.”


Breakout Sessions:

  • Just Add Water: Communities of Practice as Containers for Transformative Learning
    Communities of Practice (COP) help us cultivate trust in a safe and constructive space and connect with colleagues, grow as professionals, and solve important challenges.  Join us for this fascinating look at how COP’s are becoming essential learning spaces on campus --- and add your flavors to the mix!
    Harry Webne-Behrman, Interim Director, HR Communities of Practice
    Katherine Loving, Manager, Healthy Campus, University Health Services
  • Advancement at WFAA: Leveraging Merged Data and Robust Analytics to Increase Annual Giving
    With the integration of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and the UW Foundation (UWF), the consolidated database has enabled more precise segmentation to reach a high potential audience and to grow annual giving. Find out how this kind of data analysis leads to major benefits.
    Catherine Garvens, Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association (WFAA), Senior Director of Advancement CRM
    Jim Kennedy, WFAA, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Design Thinking: Local to Global Student Experiences
    Learn how UW students used design thinking to solve challenging problems:  helping the Office of the Registrar “flip their office space” and helping improve the livelihoods of women and girls in Kenya.  The process is the same, the solutions different, the impact huge!
    Lesley Sager, Faculty Associate, National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
    Scott Owczarek, Director, Office of the Registrar Robert Shaefer, Graduate Student
    Robyn Connors Undergraduate Student
  • Data-Based Decision Making: How Colleges and Departments Can Benefit by Tracking Student Data
    Got student data?  Of course you do.  Find out how several Departments in the College of Letters and Science are utilizing the data of current students and alumni, beyond basic academic transcripts, to inform their planning processes and improve outcomes.
    Dave Nelson, L&S Career Initiative and Career Services, Associate Lecturer, Lafollette School of Public Affairs
    Jonathan Henkel, Professional Programs Coordinator, Computer Sciences Department (L&S)
  • Leveraging Diversity Successes
    Throughout the University, we strive to promote, integrate, and transfer equity and diversity principles to nurture human resources and advance the mission of the institution. During this breakout, participants will learn how the School of Human Ecology and the School of Business have seen growth in students from underrepresented groups and implemented practices to create a more inclusive climate.
    Binnu Hill, Director of Diversity, School of Business
    Connie Flanagan, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Human Ecology
    Annette McDaniel, Assistant Dean, School of Human Ecology