Feinberg Forward: A Workplace Summit

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Designed by Feinberg staff for Feinberg staff, Feinberg Forward is a full-day, onsite learning and networking retreat, focused on staff development, learning and leadership for administrative staff in Feinberg departments, institutes and centers.

Event Schedule

All events take place within the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center.

 Registration/Check-In/Buffet Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Location: Potocsnak Family Atrium

 Kickoff Plenary: Becoming a Values-Based Leader
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Location: Simpson-Querrey Auditorium 

kraemer_harry.jpg    Harry M. Kraemer 
Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations,
Kellogg School of Management


Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Leadership at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He was named a Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of three bestselling leadership books: From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership and Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership, and Your 168: Finding Purpose & Satisfaction in a Values-based Life.

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $15 billion global healthcare company.  

Additional info available at his web site: www.harrykraemer.org

 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

A Collective Effort: Creating Environments to Foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are not just buzzwords, but fundamental values that can have positive impacts on the overall workplace. The pursuit of DEI must extend beyond mere commitment; it necessitates sustainable and intentional action. Our session seeks to provide you with insights and practical strategies to improve communication, increase engagement, streamline processes, and strengthen relationships to enhance an overall sense of belonging.  

PRESENTERS: Tameka Brannon, Kate Zeller, Jen Zhou

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Gray Seminar Room

Smarter, Not Harder: How Feinberg staff are approaching work tasks

Feinberg staff want to work smarter, not harder! Learn about new school-wide efforts to create better workflows within the medical school, and initiatives for the evaluation, development, and implementation of improved business processes. Bring your ideas and suggestions for how we can work smarter at Feinberg by tackling inefficient and outdated work tasks.  

PRESENTER: Kathleen Dunne Balducci


Share It Forward: Unleashing the Power of Knowledge Sharing and Management  

Are you tired of playing hide-and-seek with your team's valuable insights? Join this interactive session to turbocharge your knowledge-sharing and management practices! We'll explore essential tools, delve into use cases, and share effective practices for managing and sharing knowledge, from the art of "working out loud" to embracing the “crummy first draft,” all while making learning a social affair. Bring your burning questions, creative ideas, and thirst for knowledge!    

PRESENTERS: Kena Bilbrew, Ashley Sipocz

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Simpson-Querrey Auditorium 

Starting Off Right: Making Onboarding More Effective and Engaging

Over the past few years, a smooth and comprehensive onboarding experience has become even more critical to employee engagement and retention. Learn about Northwestern HR’s new employee onboarding process, and efforts at Feinberg to use new technologies to guide both managers and new hires through onboarding, orientation, training, and inclusion in the Feinberg community.

PRESENTERS:  Lesley Lundeen, Keisha Simpson-Goah, Monique Burke

ROOM ASSIGNMENT:  Baldwin Auditorium 

11:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.​

Location: Potocsnak Family Atrium

 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.​

Microsoft 365 Playbook: How to Leverage Microsoft 365’s Tools to Streamline Your Team’s Workflow

Tired of always being locked out of your Excel shadow tracker? Tempted by third-party project management apps, but lacking a budget or approval? Learn about Microsoft 365’s essential apps to boost your team’s productivity. Get an inside look at how departments can utilize SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Planner and To-Do to enhance collaboration and improve efficiency of their teams, with seamless integration across the Microsoft 365 environment including everyday business applications such as Outlook, Calendar, Excel, and Word. From set-up to implementation, there will be takeaways for users at any skill level.

PRESENTERS: Natalie Chhim, Setong Mavong, Thongsy Singvongsa

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Simpson-Querrey Auditorium

OS-SOS: Process Improvement in Research Administration

We’ll discuss a new project to bring together crowd-sourced institutional knowledge to address specific problems (and opportunities!) in research administration, and how this model of knowledge-sharing can help central offices and departments work better together and improve how we onboard and train research administrators across the University.

PRESENTERS: Bethany Ekesa, TJ Hubbs, John Greenwood, Kathleen Dunne Balducci 


Engagement, Communication and Relationship Building

Collaboration is crucial for both our individual success and for advancing the Feinberg mission. Our shared relationships form the cornerstone of a coordinated effort towards achieving our goals. Learn about effective ways to connect, communicate, and foster relationships with colleagues in Sponsored Research, ASRSP, or any other unit across the institution.  

PRESENTERS: Beata Samelko, Lora Zygman, Alyssa Morren, Angela Garzon 

ROOM ASSIGNMENT: Baldwin Auditorium

 Feinberg Future: A Panel on Feinberg Careers
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.​

 Networking Reception
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.​

Location: Potocsnak Family Atrium

Immediately following the panel discussion, join colleagues at the Staff Resource Fair and Networking Reception. Resource Fair participants include:

  • Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW)
  • Community Engagement Community of Practice
  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion Community of Practice
  • Faculty Affairs Community of Practice
  • Lab Managers Group
  • Manager - Mentor Program (MMP)
  • Northwestern University Research Administration Professionals (NURAP)
  • Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC)
A view of the Simpson Querrey building from the south

Contact Us

Registration details will be shared by email invitation only. For questions, email Feinberg Staff Engagement at feinbergstaffengagement@northwestern.edu.