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The Collaboration Conference 2015

November 16–17, 2015

Houston, Texas

Home Team Meetup #2: The Lessons

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM–9:45 AM CST
Imperial Ballroom (Third Level)

Immediately following the networking breakfast, please make your way to your Home Team’s table in the ballroom for your second group activity.

While many collaborations run smoothly, some are difficult efforts that teach valuable lessons about how we work as individuals and in teams. This Home Team meetup will provide a safe space for you and your teammates to unpack your experiences with collaborations that stall or fail, identify common points of struggle, and capture key lessons learned. By articulating and sharing what hasn’t worked well, you will connect through shared experience and be better able to recognize common themes and what to do differently next time. Find your worksheet on page 30.

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Session Designers


Kate Hanisian, Design Impact
Kate has over ten years of professional experience in creative non-profit and social enterprise development. Her work with Design Impact began in 2009 while living and working in a rural south Indian village. Since then she has grown the organization from a small idea to a full-fledged public interest design firm. She has spoken and led trainings in various settings such as TEDx, Procter & Gamble, College for Creative Studies Toyota speaker series, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Before founding Design Impact, she earned her Master’s degree in Education, taught for four years in a low-income, under-performing district, and led strategic planning and capacity building for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a non-profit law firm that works for criminal justice reform. She has lived and worked internationally on education and youth development initiatives in India, Jamaica, and New Zealand. In addition to leading Design Impact, she currently teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Cincinnati Honors College and the Center for Creative Leadership. Kate’s work has been published through media outlets such as Fast Company, Innovations, and GOOD, and she was recently listed as one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100 Global Designers. Her experiences in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings have given her a unique ability to build diverse, cross-sector partnerships that create positive social change.