Shared Futures: A Professional Networking Series

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The Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) presents Shared Futures, an exciting networking series. These socials bring together UW Tacoma students and South Sound community leaders for an opportunity to make new connections and help imagine and create Tacoma's future. The format is simple: a short, themed panel or presentation anchors the event, followed by "throw down" table discussions where panelists challenge the audience to think through questions on matters that are relevant to all. A spirited report-out follows with a quick wrap up before general mingling and conversation.

2020 Shared Futures: "Let's Design!"

On February 21, 2020, students and South Sound community leaders prototyped pathways from campus to career. This annual event featured a catered lunch and an interactive design thinking workshop to take us from need to solution. The workshop was led by the co-chairs of the IIGE Community Advisory Board (CAB), Dr. Divya McMillin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Global Engagement, and Drew Bamford, Corporate Vice President at HTC Creative Labs.

2019 Shared Futures: "Discover Design Thinking"

On April 17, 2019, UW Tacoma students, faculty, staff and leadership, as well as community leaders, celebrated the launch of the IIGE's newest venture, the Global Innovation and Design Lab. Shared Futures featured a design thinking workshop on "Reimagining your morning commute" by Bobby Hughes, an award-winning designer and innovator who serves as Director of Engagement at Aardvark Design Labs.

2018 Shared Futures: "Cross-Training for Success"

On February 16, 2018, the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) hosted its inaugural Shared Futures Networking Social to promote community engagement. Panelists Deneen Grant, Managing Partner & Leadership Strategist at Progressive Leadership Group, Dr. Enrique Leon, MultiCare Faculty Physician, and Drew Bamford, Head of HTC Creative Labs, moderated by Executive Director Divya McMillin, engaged the audience in an invigorating discussion on the conditions necessary for success. Students, faculty, and community professionals were then led in a vibrant exercise on what “failing safe” or “failing forward” means in unique contexts. The high impact of the event was evident in the enthusiastic and positive feedback from participants as they shared personal stories of overcoming barriers and building team spirit.