Virtual Field Guide "Power Hour"

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Join your volunteer Field Guides and other conference attendees for the synchronous Field Guide Power Hour, where they will help you plan your conference experiences based on your areas of interest, help you connect with a Crew, and create an OLC Innovate engagement plan. During this power hour, you’ll have the chance to organize your conference schedule and select presentations and activities you want to attend. The OLC Field Guides will be there to suggest interesting presentations and virtual social activities, train you on the use of the OLC Innovate Virtual conference venue and website, and point out Engagement Maps designed to help with your program planning. We will also discuss what sessions will be live streamed from the onsite conference in April, which all virtual attendees will have access to. Throughout the conference, you can access a collection of asynchronous informational videos and artifacts in PlayPosit, aimed at helping answer your conference going queries. We’ll also discuss the variety of ways to participate virtually - including Slack and Twitter! Meet old friends, make new acquaintances, and plan your schedule. We can't wait to see you there!

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Dr. Tom Butkiewicz is a core research faculty member in the PhD in Management program (College of Management and Technology). His scholarly experience includes dissertation chair, second committee member, URR, lead faculty for dissertation and research courses, mentor at residencies and intensives, and reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Management and Technology. He functioned as a committee member voting on the Curriculum and Academic Policy committee. Tom serves as the vice president on the leadership board for the Walden University Virtual Fulbright Association. He also fulfills the role of faculty advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success. Tom's research interests consist of management, positive leadership, business strategies, organizational behavior, workplace spirituality, emotional intelligence, social change, diversity, appreciative inquiry, and virtue ethics. He worked 26 years in the auto industry for Mitsubishi Motors in operations management, corporate strategic planning, training and development, marketing, district and region management, and customer service. Tom proudly concluded 20 years of honorable service as a Chief Warrant Officer—CWO3 in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Dr. John C. Maxwell, International Leadership Expert certified Tom as a Global Leadership Speaker, Coach, and Trainer equipped to partner with individuals groups, teams, and organizations for influencing positive social change. Tom pursues positive social change further by supporting the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) society. His commitment to the MS Society involves fundraising via community walks, and bicycle rides for 18 years. Tom's positive social change focus also is shown by membership in the strategic development committee for a new church building project in CA.
Dr. Allison Rief is an Associate Professor and Associate Director in the Academic Engagement Center at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Allison earned a Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from the University of Southern California; a Master of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts in Literatures in English at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Rief began her career as an elementary and preschool teacher. She maintains a National Board Certification and was awarded the Teacher of the Year for both the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County. Within higher education, she has had experience launching new programs and revising existing programs, developing courses, providing professional development, and working with collaborative teams across the university. Currently, Dr. Rief is a member of the Change Advisory Group, Student Conduct and Community Standards Committee, Forbes Center for Women’s Leadership, Turn the Tide, and oversees the partnership with No Excuses University schools. Beyond the programs she leads, she also serves on Doctoral committees and teaches the Doctoral In-Residence.
Dr. Bryan Aylward is the Senior Director of Academic Operations for the University of Arizona Global Campus. Bryan’s division encompasses the Faculty Scheduling department for the university across 50+ start dates annually, the Contracts & Payroll Compliance department, as well as the Data and Academic Systems department for the university. Bryan has almost 14 years of experience in higher education operations across numerous departments including student services, registrar, curriculum operations, as well as academic operations. In addition to this experience, Bryan has been an associate faculty member for the Forbes School of Business and Technology since 2012 with focused instruction on leadership and management courses. Bryan is an advocate of high-quality education, with experience in the online, traditional classroom, as well as hybrid classroom formats (Online and Classroom), and is well versed in the challenges that exist for both students and faculty. Bryan received his Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on Business & Organizational Leadership from the University of the Rockies in 2017.

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