Leadership Development CoP: Design Thinking for Leadership Development

  • 14 Apr 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • GMU Arlington Campus, GMU Founders Hall, Room 209, George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201
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Design Thinking is a human-centered and systematic approach to problem solving and innovation.  By focusing on empathy and iteration, the design thinking process helps you create solutions that are grounded in the experience of your clients and stakeholders, informed by their feedback through a co-creation process. 
In this session, you will learn what design thinking is and how it is applicable to leadership development challenges.  You will also practice using a couple of design thinking tools.

As a senior associate at the Institute for Conservation Leadership, Carol Hamilton provides consulting, meeting design and facilitation, training, and coaching, particularly with coalitions, networks and other collaborative initiatives.  She has expertise as an innovator, leading teams applying human-centered design principles to program and organizational challenges. She led two associations in their adoption of online learning. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues and volunteers to design and facilitate professional learning programs and their curriculum. These programs cover a wide range, including leadership development and train-the-trainer programs.  She has worked in the association and nonprofit sector for over 20 years, most recently serving as internal innovation consultant for NAFSA: the Association of International Educators. Carol graduated from Swarthmore College and completed her Masters in Organization Development from American University in 2013.

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Light snacks and beverages will be served.

There is parking on the street in the neighborhood around Founder's Hall.  There is also visitor parking on the backside of the hall.  The map at the link below will show you how to get there.

Closest Metro station is: Virginia Square/GMU station

Special thanks to our Community of Practice sponsors: C² Technologies, Inc. and George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education.

C² Technologies, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in performance improvement, dedicated to improving the effectiveness of productivity-driven organizations. We provide training, strategic human capital management, mission-critical support services, and information technology solutions to meet the specific needs of our civilian, defense, and private-industry clients. C²'s solutions are as diverse as our clients, giving us an opportunity to incorporate best practices from each industry into our services.

George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education is focused on meeting the education and training needs of the business community with Certificate programs and professional certification preparation. Our broad range of professional development programs, including programs in Leadership, Project Management, Government Contracting, HR, and many others, serve the private sector, as well as local, state, and federal organizations. Quality, timely, and cost-effective programs can be accessed in open-enrollment public seminars, classroom based and online formats, and in-house contracted training.