Professional Development Mini-Workshops

$75 for Community
$45 for UE Students
Two-Hour Workshops

Enhancing Creativity and Building Collaborative Teams to Solve Complex Problems

February 13, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Downtown Evansville

This workshop will provide hands on opportunities for participants to learn about creativity and problem solving. In advance of the workshop, all participants will take the Basadur Profile, an assessment that identifies their creative problem solving style. The Profile includes an individual print out and a scatter diagram for the entire team. Some of the topics addressed include the accelerating rate of change in today's society, how people gain and use knowledge, characteristics of effective creative problem solving teams, and divergent and convergent thinking. Participants walk away with an enhanced understanding of creative problem solving and how these skills can be applied within their organization. These skills have been applied in all types of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, universities, government entities, schools, religious institutions, and small businesses.

Dr. Tad Dickel is the President of Mater Dei High School and an adjunct faculty member at University of Evansville. He consults with a wide variety of organizations in strategic planning, group facilitation, creativity and innovation processes, organizational assessment, and leadership development. In addition, he provides training in creative problem solving skills and nonprofit board development. His work maximizes employee and stakeholder commitment to ensure organizational success and growth. Tad holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University and graduated from University of Evansville with a bachelors degree in music. He earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fund Raising School, a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute, a Foundations in Design Thinking Certificate from IDEO U, and is a Certified Basadur Simplexity Thinking Facilitator and Trainer.

Creating a Culture of Empathy

April 10, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Downtown Evansville

Empathy is the ability to understand and communicate the feelings of another. On a daily basis we have interactions with colleagues, clients, patients, employees, cashiers, friends, and family, but do we truly have an understanding of their feelings? Understanding and modeling empathy is vital to making us better leaders and human beings. This workshop introduces the theory through interactive design activities that will enhance the empathy in adults.

Johnna Denning-Smith is currently finishing up her doctoral program at Western Kentucky University. Her research is focused on Design Thinking as a Common Language between Higher Education and Industry. She is employed at the University of Evansville (UE) as Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs and as an Instructor. She teaches classes in Applied Research, Grant Writing, and Empathy & Prototyping. In her work with Design Thinking she has developed a passion for empathy and how training in empathy can make people better leaders and human beings. She has worked with Ashoka as part of UE’s Ashoka Designation, IBM, Henry Ford Learning Institute and holds a certificate in Foundations in Design Thinking from IDEO.

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