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The 18th Annual Showcase -
April 5, 2017 at Union South

The 18th 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 is open to everyone – on and off campus. Showcase is a free event but registration is appreciated.  Invite your co-workers to come with you!

You can find more details in the recent Inside UW article:

Click here to take a look at the program for Showcase 2017.

Laurent Heller, our Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, will deliver the keynote at Showcase:  Reinvesting in UW-Madison – Leveraging Data for Strategic Decision-Making
11:15 - 12:15, Marquee Theatre. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

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

8:15 - 9:00, Industry, 3rd Floor

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

8:15 - 9:00, Northwoods, 3rd Floor

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
9:15 - 10:00, Marquee Theatre, 2nd Floor
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

10:15 - 11:00, Industry, 3rd Floor
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

10:15 - 11:00, Northwoods, 3rd Floor

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

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