Join Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) and Dr. Diana Wong for Sparking Transformative Conversations, a virtual enrichment series on Friday, October 30 from 1–4 p.m. These sessions will help build your core DEI competencies in two parts, Listening for Deep Learning and Collaborative Conversations for Transformations. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions.

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Friday, October 30
1–1:30 p.m. Overview
1:30–2:30 p.m. Listening for Deep Learning
2:30–2:40 p.m. Break
2:40–4:00 p.m. Collaborative Conversation for Transformations

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Listening for Deep Learning: Go beyond daily hearing and listening to intentional and reflective listening that will enable deep learning. Innovative solutions depend on skillful listening across diverse perspectives to develop integrative, foundational skills. This can be a challenge when the stakes are high for building trust and high-quality relationships. Advance your skills for deep learning and prepare yourself to help meet the seemingly impossible challenges of our times.

Participants will be able to:
• Advance through different levels of listening and learning that will help close the gap between intention and impact.
• Increase their influence through skillful listening for building trusting relationships.
• Practice reflective learning with empathy for deep learning.
• Experiment with deep listening for excavating unconscious knowledge and expertise.

Collaborative Conversation for Transformations: Collaborative conversations are often most needed when facing high-stake challenges. At the same time, diverse perspectives can impose multiple boundaries that make collaborative conversations even more difficult. Building effective skills for collaborative conversations provides a path forward to necessary transformational change in meeting such challenges.

Participants will be able to:
• Identify collaborative conversations practices and barriers.
• Analyze situations when collaborative conversations contribute to transformational change.
• Apply key conversation starters for collaboration.
• Develop feedback skills to engage effectively in collaborative conversations.   

Session Facilitator

Dr. Diana Wong
Futrell Faculty Fellow, Center for Professional Development
Associate Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, & Organization Development, Eastern Michigan University
CEO & President, Sensei Change Associates, LLC
Partner, Firerooks LLC

Diana’s expertise is in strategy and developing learning programs for improving organizational performance. She earned a PhD in organizational strategy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Dalhouse University, Halifax. With an extensive international background, Diana focuses on supporting leaders and management teams with strategic planning and meeting facilitation, organization development, leadership development, executive coaching, training and development, cross-cultural competency development and organizational learning systems. Her 25 plus years of consulting encompass industries related to health care, automotive, management consulting, manufacturing, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.

ISD DEI Committee
Bob Bordley, Systems Engineering + Design Program Director and ISD Professor of Practice
Michelle Hornbacker, Human Resources Generalist
Nigel Mellville, Design Science Program Director and Rackham Ally
Moe Nagpal, Assistant Director of Strategic Engagement and ISD DEI Committee Co-chair
Chinedum Okwudire, ISD Associate Chair, College of Engineering DEI Representative
Lisa Rendall, Executive Secretary