Best Practices Forum

Best Practices Forum 2016

The annual Best Practices Forum is sponsored by Provost Jonathan Holloway.

The forum showcases innovative and valuable practices that have been successfully implemented across the university. It serves as a practical way for leaders across the University to share their own specific experiences and demonstrate practical examples of successful technology, process, and people solutions in their respective units.  The day fosters creative thinking and provides a forum for showcasing some of the best ideas being implemented across the University. Each year a Northwestern faculty member or administrator is invited to deliver the keynote address.

The Best Practices Forum is a unique event where leaders across Northwestern share their collaborative and innovative practices to enhance our work together. Mid-to upper-level staff leaders with responsibilities for planning and implementing strategic priorities for their school/unit are invited to attend the Forum. Participants across academic and administrative units will learn from a range of successful initiatives and have an opportunity to network with peers across the institution.

Special invitee requests (or invitation exceptions) are considered on an individual basis based on specific needs. The Office of Change Management makes every effort to accommodate such requests that are approved by a senior level leader including a Dean, Associate Dean, Vice President, or Associate Vice President depending upon space availability.

Goals of the forum include:

  1. Creating an environment at Northwestern in which change is encouraged
  2. Transferring knowledge of best practices and programs throughout the University
  3. Providing at least one idea that each participant can apply to his or her work
  4. Providing networking opportunities that extend beyond the forum
  5. Building a cohort of change agents across the University