What is Comm Lead Connects?
Comm Lead Connects is the UW Communication Leadership graduate program’s premier public event. For the last five years, professionals, advocates, and graduate students have gathered to engage around a pressing issue of global consequence.
This year’s topic: [Re]Connects
As we begin to reemerge from a year of disruption, isolation and turmoil, we have a unique opportunity. These crises have changed our priorities and perspectives: Not everything has to be done in person. Not everything scales. Not everyone bears the burden of a crisis equally. And not everything can be solved through technology.
People — and the relationships between us — matter more than ever. How can we harness this newfound relational energy to actively define the “next normal” with our co-workers, our customers, our communities, and ourselves?
In this series of interactive workshops, we joined leading communication thinkers and practitioners in preparing for a new era, with three specific goals in mind.
We invite you to watch the event videos of this year’s Comm Lead Connects learning and networking event, where we collectively and critically imagined what these tensions and opportunities mean for our region.
March 17th, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT: [Re]creating accountability & trust via storytelling, design and content
March 24th, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT: [Re]uniting our workplaces & teams through intentional leadership practices
March 31st, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT: [Re]claiming our communities feat. Mia Birdsong
[Re]Connects was designed for current and future professionals in communications, advocacy and leadership roles across industries, including storytelling, design, marketing and human resources. The format for the sessions varied, but all included short presentations from invited speakers, breakout activities, and networking opportunities.
Participants could attend all three sessions in the series or individual sessions that spoke to their learning needs.
Participants could attend all three events and submit a reflection to qualify for a UW-branded badge in “Adaptive Communication & Leadership” to add to their LinkedIn and resume.
Session 1: [Re]creating accountability & trust via storytelling, design and content
Session 2: [Re]uniting our workplaces & teams through intentional leadership practices
Session 3: [Re]claiming our communities feat. Mia Birdsong
Award-winning journalist, storyteller
CEO and Co-Founder, Digimentors, former Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University
Founder of Black Designers of Seattle, Product Designer at Instagram
Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability at Alaska Airlines
Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno
Award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and changemaker, CEO and Co-Founder of Future for Us
Culture Strategist, Executive and Leadership Coach, Founder of CoCreate Work
Pathfinder, Community curator, and storyteller, author of How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Liyao Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Is there certification or accreditation tied to this event?
If you attend all three events and submit your reflections, you qualify for a UW-branded badge that you can add to your LinkedIn and resume. If you missed session one, you can review the video and attend the remaining sessions, and still qualify for the digital badge.
Connects 2020 Videos
At last year’s Comm Lead Connects, industry experts, students, and community members came together for a candid conversation navigating tomorrow’s workplace.
We learned to speak and act persuasively on the emerging technologies and cultural dynamics that will shape the workplace of the future. We see great opportunities for increased creativity, collaboration, and efficiency.