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Best Practices Forum

Best Practices Forum

We value showcasing practices that have a positive impact on the organization and its people. The annual Best Practices Forum, co-sponsored by the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, is a day-long event for mid- to upper- level staff leaders across Northwestern learn from each other, network, and build community.

This unique event features session content ranging from transferable work practices to inspirational and innovative initiatives that highlight Northwestern’s excellence in its many forms across our three campuses.  The forum amplifies the great work that occurs across academic and administrative units.

Goals of the forum

Mid- to upper- level staff leaders with responsibilities for planning and implementing strategic priorities for their school/unit are invited to attend the Forum. Special invitee requests (or invitation exceptions) are considered on an individual basis based on specific needs and space constraints. The Office of Organizational Strategy and Change makes every effort to accommodate such requests.

Each year, staff are invited to submit a proposal that showcases an initiative or practice that highlights excellence in one of its many forms and advances learning for staff leaders.  All proposal submissions are reviewed by the Office of Organizational Strategy and Change and its Advisory Group.  All proposals should fit into one of three broad categories:

Operational Excellence

Change and Innovation

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