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Event Series: Communication & Connection During the COVID Crisis

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. As communication leaders, we play a critical role in helping our communities navigate this time — from staying connected, to communicating during crises, to serving those in need. With this in mind, we’ve asked leaders from our community to share their knowledge in our event series: Communication & Connection During the COVID Crisis.

Join us on Zoom, Fridays in May and June. We’ll cover everything from navigating job searches during tough economic times to being resilient while staying at home. Before the events, we’ll invite participants to share questions using the polling platform ThoughtExchange. 

Each evening will include a short presentation followed by a lively conversation, and close with a moderated Q&A.

Join Us

Mindfulness and Emotional Well-Being in Times of Crisis with Melissa Schwartz

When: May 8th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: As the first guest in our series, Melissa Schwartz will discuss mindfulness and emotional well-being during the COVID crisis. Melissa has a wealth of experience in crisis communication, ranging from working with environmental nonprofits to supporting the Obama administration. She’ll share strategies for staying mindful and well during times of chaos.

Anita Verna Crofts, Associate Director of UW’s Communication Leadership program, will facilitate an interview-style conversation with Melissa.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Thoughtful Brand Communication During a Pandemic with Jay Howard

When: May 15th, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

The COVID pandemic has led many organizations to change their marketing and communications efforts — and many of those organizations have adopted similar strategies. Jay Howard teaches “Brand Values and Creativity” in the Communication Leadership program and has extensive experience in branding and communication including working with Microsoft, Apple and Nike. He will share insight into how to make your brand stand out, while communicating creatively and mindfully during this volatile time.

Moderated by Susan MacLaren, UW Comm Lead student, and creative director of our COVID Consultancy. 

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video. 

Enterprise Communication During COVID-19 with Carol Schiller

When: May 22nd, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: When the COVID crisis started to unfold, Carol Schiller, Comm Lead faculty member and founder and CEO of Rumble Marketing, was tapped to lead communications for Medtronic’s IT Rapid Response team. Carol helped guide communications efforts for the multi-billion dollar manufacturer of medical devices, including ventilators, during this volatile time. She can’t share details of the work, but she’ll cover the overall strategic framework behind successful enterprise communications, especially during times of crisis. This event will be in a casual conversation in a happy hour format, moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Nonverbal Communication in the Time of COVID-19 with Valerie Manusov, PhD

When: May 29th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

What: Dr. Manusov is a professor the UW Department of Communication and a leader in the field of nonverbal communication in. During this event, she’ll discuss picking up nonverbal cues while communicating virtually — as well as in-person. She’ll also discuss social distancing, mindfulness and listening.

Moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

Working as a Distributed Team During COVID-19 with Claudia Chang

When: June 5th, 5:30-7:00 pm

What: Claudia Chang is an expert at working with and leading diverse and distributed teams — skills that have become invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Claudia will share strategies for strengthening virtual teams. She’ll discuss adapting our leadership to a virtual environment and anticipating and addressing the communication dynamics in the distributed space.  She’ll also talk about managing collective stress among teams and effective ways to stay in touch.

Moderated by Anita Verna Crofts, UW Communication Leadership Associate Director.

This event has concluded. Read the recap and watch the video.

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