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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 Provost Jonathan Holloway and Senior Vice President Craig Johnson, 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.


The proposal submission period has ended, and we received many proposals highlighting the best practices underway either within or across units for the following presentation categories below.

Operational Excellence
Change and Innovation
Inspirational Northwestern