Community, Creativity & Leadership in a Transformed World

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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.


Event Schedule:

March 17th, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT:  [Re]creating accountability & trust via storytelling, design and content

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March 24th, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT: [Re]uniting our workplaces & teams through intentional leadership practices

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March 31st, 11:30 am – 1 pm PT: [Re]claiming our communities feat. Mia Birdsong

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Format:

[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.

UW Badge:

Participants who attended 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. If you missed the live events, you can still qualify for the badge by watching the videos and submitting your reflections by April 23rd.

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Speakers

Jenna Hanchard

Award-winning journalist, storyteller

 

 

 


Sree Sreenivasan

CEO and Co-Founder, Digimentors, former Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University

 

 


Bekah Marcum

Founder of Black Designers of Seattle, Product Designer at Instagram

 

 


Diana Birkett-Rakow

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

 

 


La’Kita Williams

Culture Strategist, Executive and Leadership Coach, Founder of CoCreate Work

 

 


Mia Birdsong

Pathfinder, Community curator, and storyteller, author of How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community

Facilitators

Ekin Yasin, Ph.D.

 

Hanson Hosein

Speaker Videos

Session 1: [Re]creating accountability & trust via storytelling, design and content

Sree Sreenivasan

Bekah Marcum

Jenna Hanchard

Session 2: [Re]uniting our workplaces & teams through intentional leadership practices

Diana Birkett Rakow

Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno

La’Kita Williams

Session 3: [Re]claiming our communities feat. Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong

FAQs

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Liyao Zhao at liyaoz1@uw.edu 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.

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.

Alex StonehillComm Lead Connects 2021