Reflections

NCoC Conference - October 2014

Submitted by Michael Meaney on November 14, 2014 - 12:00am

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the 2014 Annual Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), hosted by the National Council on Citizenship. The conference brought together leaders from the public and private sector, as well as members of the Armed Services, in order to discuss civic engagement in America and determine ways to promote and expand national service opportunities. This year, the conference was convened at American University in Washington D.C., focused on the theme of “Connect. Empower.

2014 MasterCard Foundation Orientation with the UI Fellows

Submitted by Ray Andrada on November 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Our class of 2017 ASU MasterCard Foundation Scholars completed a series of high-energy orientation events prior to the start of the fall semester. UI Fellows designed and led workshops that addressed health and wellness, elevator pitches, norms in American communication and research opportunities at ASU. 

Health and Wellness

Seeing problems as opportunities

Submitted by Bethany Weigele on October 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Last month, my friend, Paul Maurice Johnson, lost his battle to cancer at the age of 29. He left behind his wife and four year old son. During his funeral, we remembered Paul as a great friend and a man who possessed a remarkable ability to be optimistic about everything. Even through his daily challenge of being sick from cancer treatments, he constantly checked in with friends communicating genuine excitement and care for those he knew. Paul saw his problem of fighting cancer as an opportunity to inspire people to continue on in their own battles whatever they may be.

Cross-Sector Commitment: ASU's response to the Arizona Leadership Forum

Submitted by Jessica Eldridge on September 20, 2014 - 12:00am

The current state of Arizona is not the Arizona We Want, as determined by the Center for the Future of Arizona. But last week, Arizona made huge strides in addressing the complex challenges we face at the 2014 Arizona Leadership Forum, an ongoing movement that convenes leaders in nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and civic sectors to communicate, collaborate and lead together for the social, economic, and cultural advancement of our state.

Lessons from Design Thinking Bootcamp

Submitted by Jacqueline Smith on September 16, 2014 - 12:00am

I hate to admit it, but sometimes my most productive experiences at conferences occur when I’m (half) listening to a keynote speech that sparks an idea that I map out on the back of my program. The speech becomes “white noise” and I get into a flow made possible by extricating myself from my office and giving myself time to ponder.

There is no “white noise” at the d.school’s Design Thinking Bootcamp. In fact, there is barely any time to check your email.

The Power of Yet

Submitted by Bethany Weigele on August 27, 2014 - 12:00am

It’s been several weeks now since I started as an Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University. I can without a doubt say that I love my job for many reasons. I am constantly challenged to design and create meaningful initiatives for the university. Though I am enjoying the fellowship, I have also begun to identify skills required for my job that I have never developed. To be honest, admitting these weaknesses does not come naturally.

Outcomes, Process and Skills, Oh My! Writing Top-Notch Resume Statements

Submitted by Jessica Eldridge on June 24, 2014 - 12:00am

What are your greatest transferrable skills? How do you market those skills to your future employer? Are you an agile learner, and if so, how do you leverage such a skill in the job hunt? These are the questions explored in UI’s June Snacks and Skills. To see the entire presentation, access the Prezi.

Learning Agility: the Secret Sauce to Long-Term Success

Submitted by Jessica Eldridge on June 24, 2014 - 12:00am

June Snacks and Skills also touched on a particular skillset termed as learning agility. Known as the ability to adapt, learn from past experiences and feedback and embrace innovation and change, Korn Ferry Talent and Leadership Consulting considers learning agility to be the top predictor of long-term professional success. Through their longitudinal study of business executives, they found that higher an individual’s level of learning ability correlated with greater advancement: Highly learning agile individuals averaged three more promotions in a ten-year period.

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