NCCI Annual Conference


2022 Regional Symposium: Chicago

October 6-7 | Northwestern University Chicago Campus


Times below are listed in Central time. By clicking each session below, you can find additional details and corresponding room assignments. Descriptions of the educational sessions can be found here.

Thursday, October 6
9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome

Wieboldt Hall 540

Join Northwestern hosts as they welcome you to the Regional Symposium.

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Networking & Roundtables

Wieboldt Hall 540

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Opening Remarks & Growth Mindset Panel

Wieboldt Hall 540

Noon - 1 p.m. Ed Session Block 1 & Lunch

Lunch will be provided at this time.

Developing Your CQ (Cultural Intelligence) for Working Effectively with our Teams and Stakeholders Wieboldt Hall 540
Case Study: UC San Diego and Cal State Fullerton Crowdsourcing Impactful and Diverse Ideas on IdeaWave™ Wieboldt Hall 505
New @ Purdue: Transforming the New Hire Experience Wieboldt Hall 509
Let’s Talk About Building a Change Management Office and a Community of Practice Wieboldt Hall 516
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Educational Session Block 2
Navigating Unchartered Waters: Building Leadership Capacity and Resilience Wieboldt Hall 540
Kaizen: enabling small yet powerful steps towards transformation Wieboldt Hall 505
The One Page Strategic Plan Toolkit Wieboldt Hall 509
Operational Excellence: Redesigning the Future of Work in Higher Education Wieboldt Hall 516
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Educational Session Block 3
Leveraging Continuous Improvement Thinking and Practice to Achieve Transformative Change Wieboldt Hall 540
“How Can I Help?” Practical Tools to Make an Immediate Impact Wieboldt Hall 505
“The Magic of Change” – Implementing Change Initiatives Wieboldt Hall 509
Imposter Syndrome, Perfectionism and Perfectionist Culture Wieboldt Hall 516
4 - 5 p.m. Roundtables
Growth Mindset Panel Debrief
Join colleagues to discuss the Growth Mindset Panel.
Facilitated by Kristi Hubbard, Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall 505
Cheering For You 
Let’s take this time – a moment in life – to invest in designing the best life possible. How often do we get to do that? This session is an invitation to a personal reflection, engagement with amazing others like us, and advancement towards the life you want.
Presented by Olga Kipnis, Washington University in St. Louis
Wieboldt Hall 509
“Apples v. Oranges” Deciding Between Initiatives in Higher Education
How do colleges and universities operationally decide between different initiatives? Can one compare apples to oranges? How can leadership decide between a program driving a Culture of Care vs. a project that builds a new student union? Or, should one select a replacement of the advancement CRM system instead of process improvement project?
Discuss multiple approaches with peers to understand how to collect, vet, and decide on cross-institutional projects. Review methods for infusing project management proven practices that enable non-project managers effective delivery, without creating administrative complexities.
Facilitated by Carl M. Manello, Senior Consultant, Transforming Solutions Inc.
Wieboldt Hall 516
6 p.m. Group Dinner

Join colleagues at WoodWind, Gino’s East, or Francesca’s on Chestnut. Sign-up at the conference welcome table on Thursday morning so we can reserve space accordingly. Each group will plan to walk to the restaurant(s). Please note that fees associated with this dinner are up to the individual and not covered by the registration.

Friday, October 7
8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Roundtable

Rubloff Building, Thorne Lobby

Attendees will have a chance to participate in a debrief of day one using the 3-2-1 model (3 questions you have, 2 takeaways, 1 action item). Facilitated by Cindy Moscrip, Purdue University

10 - 11 a.m. Educational Session Block 4
Prototyping Process Changes with Design Thinking Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium
Planning as a Verb, Not a Noun Levy Mayer Hall 107
Implementing Intelligent Process Automation at the University of Illinois Levy Mayer Hall 108
Defining Your Strategic Sweet Spot: A simple tool to galvanize your organization’s strategies Levy Mayer Hall 212
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Lunch

Rubloff Building, Thorne Lobby

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Educational Session Block 5
DEI and Digital Badging Programs in Rural Communities Levy Mayer Hall 212
Going from Good to Great: Your role in an Organization’s Success Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium
Hybrid meetings – Let’s address the elephant (who might be) in the room Levy Mayer Hall 107
All Hands on Deck: A Collaborative Approach to Budget Reductions and Organizational Change Levy Mayer Hall 108
1 - 2:30 p.m. Awards & Cherrie Davis Keynote

Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Roundtable

Rubloff Building, Thorne Lobby

Attendees will discuss the keynote from Cherrie Davis using the objective-reflective-interpretive-decisional model. Facilitated by Deb Gurke, University of Wisconsin Madison

3:45 - 4 p.m. Closing

Rubloff Building, Thorne Lobby

The hosts will offer closing remarks.

How to Engage in the Virtual Conference as an In-Person Attendee

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops to the event. Viewing rooms have been setup for the educational sessions, which are being presented virtually through the Zoom Events platform. We invite you to join in-person colleagues in the viewing rooms where sessions will be projected on a large screen with audio for the room. To engage in the virtual session, you can use you laptop to chat or participate in polls. If a session uses breakouts, we encourage all in-person attendees to be their own breakout group rather than joining a Zoom breakout group. If you are joining Zoom from the viewing room, please DO NOT connect to audio from your device. Simply click the X to close the box when prompted to join audio.

Hotel & Transportation



Campus Map & Parking:

A campus map with parking details can be found here. Parking Lot A is open to the public and near the event space.

  • On October 6, please enter Wieboldt Hall at 339 E. Chicago Ave., Office 116 and convene in Wieboldt Hall 540. Please note the 340 E. Superior Street entrance will be locked.
  • On October 7, please enter the Arthur Rubloff Building at 375 E. Chicago Ave. and convene in the Thorne Lobby.

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