Speed Networking Lounge: Design Sprint - AND - Improv - AND Pitch Game - AND more

Brief Abstract

Do you like design sprints? How about improv? Well if so, have we got a fun challenge for you. Join us in the Speed Networking Lounge for a "yes-and" inspired sprint, where you and some newly established team members will quickly prepare a low-stakes (and comical pitch) for an innovative product.

Not sure what to do between sessions or looking for a place to sit back and have some fun with colleagues? Come join us in the Speed Networking Lounge, a reflective and collaborative space where you can recharge your brain (and maybe even recharge your devices). There you’ll find puzzles, games, and activities, as well as new opportunities for “slow networking” to engage in while you chat and get to know people (old and new).


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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