2019 NCCI Annual Conference
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2019 NCCI Annual Conference

The Network for Change and Continuous Innovation’s (NCCI) Annual Conference features keynotes, general sessions, and concurrent sessions designed to educate its members. The Annual Conference provides unparalleled opportunities for members and non-members to share insights and solutions regarding continuous improvement, process improvement, strategic planning, Lean, project management, and innovation in higher education. Please see below for more information.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/10/2019 to 7/12/2019
When: July 10-12, 2019
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado  80202
United States
Contact: 833.469.6224

Online registration is available until: 7/3/2019
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Fee Category


NCCI Member - Individual

Non-Member - Individual


Early Registration

Ends May 1, 2019




Standard Registration

May 2 - July 3, 2019




Please note all fees are listed in U.S. Dollars.

Annual Conference registration fee includes: keynotes, general sessions, and concurrent sessions; Wednesday and Thursday evening receptions; Thursday and Friday continental breakfasts and lunches. Pre-conference workshops can be added for an additional fee; see below for details.

Guest tickets can be purchased for the Wednesday reception or Thursday reception for an additional $50. Please contact info@ncci-cu.org to purchase a guest ticket.

Pre-Conference Workshops

This year we are offering six pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, July 10.

fULL-dAY WORKSHOP: "The Power to Change" - Leveraging your emotional intelligence and Innovation Superpowers

Track: Navigating Change

Cost: $250
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Presenters: Jean Ann Larson, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Duane Wilson, University of Notre Dame
Level: Intermediate
Session Abstract: Higher levels of emotional intelligence allow us to be open to new ideas, to think of new approaches and methods to innovate how we improve processes, leverage tools and lead our organization through necessary change. This workshop demonstrates how growing our Emotional Intelligence can enhance our ability to drive transformation of our teams and organizations. The session includes an assessment of individual Emotional Intelligence (EI) and provides tips on how to use Emotional Quotient (EQ) to think more creatively, communicate purposively and drive innovative change. A proven method of using creative approaches and how to innovate is outlined in this workshop allowing you to navigate your organizational challenges and opportunities in new ways. This is an update to a popular workshop from last year with new content and a new co-presenter.
*This session will require that the FourSight Thinking Profile assessment be completed prior to the workshop. If you have already taken the assessment, the presenters will confirm this information with you. If you have not taken the assessment, the presenters will follow-up with more information regarding the additional $26.00 fee and process.
Session includes lunch.

fULL-dAY wORKSHOP:The impact of a strength-based approach to individual, team, and organizational development

Track: Strategy

Cost: $250
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Presenters: Danielle Hook, Sabrina Hebeler, and David Robinson, Michigan State University
Level: All
Session Abstract: As organizations experience change, whether it be cultural, structural, operational or otherwise, so must the individuals and teams within them. Oftentimes, workforce development efforts are grounded in cycles of gap identification and remedial intervention. In contrast, the facilities organization at Michigan State University has adopted a strengths-based approach to the development of individuals, teams and cross-functional work groups. Using the Gallup Clifton Strengths Finder assessment, the organization is finding new and creative ways to empower employees, build trust in teams and support efforts of change and transition. During this training will we explore a variety of strengths focused techniques and provide the audience with opportunities to participate in some of our most effective activities. In addition to the experiential elements of the session we will provide an overview of the context in which these tools are being applied and the impact they have when successfully implemented.
Session includes lunch.

Half-Day Workshop: inclusive leadership: the core concepts

Track: Leadership: Development & Engagement

Cost: $150
Time: 8:30am - Noon
Presenters: Annette Denny and Katrina Di Gravio, University of Waterloo
Level: Basic/Intermediate
Session Abstract: Innovative leaders look beyond diversity to create inclusion. Understanding diversity and integrating inclusive practices within your institution is critical to employee engagement, leadership development, and driving organizational excellence. The core concepts are straightforward in theory, however implementation of inclusive leadership strategies is a complex responsibility. Inclusive leadership requires awareness and integration of our actions and behaviors everyday – it is not simply a box to check within institutional policies.Do you have the knowledge, skills and ability to be an Inclusive Leader? The University of Waterloo’s award winning, Inclusivity Certificate Program cultivates an inclusive environment built on collective awareness, individual engagement and alignment to institutional policies. This highly interactive session highlights program elements designed to develop awareness, generate dialogue, and facilitate cultural competence. Discover how you can advocate for inclusive leadership practices at your institution, be adaptive, and create champions who are committed to inclusivity.

hALF-DAY wORKSHOP: Change Sponsorship: who's job is it, Anyway?

Track: Navigating Change

Cost: $150
Time: 8:30am - Noon
Presenters: Lisa Terry, University of California Office of the President; Mary Morello, Prosci, Inc.; Kathleen Scott, California State University, Fresno; and Bridget Wikidal, California State University Chancellor's Office
Level: Change Leaders & Practitioners
Session Abstract: Research studies have demonstrated that effective sponsorship is the greatest contributor to change success. However, sponsors are often unaware of the critical and ongoing role they play during change implementation. Join Mary Morello, Kathleen Scott, Lisa Terry and Bridget Wikidal as they lead a highly interactive pre-conference in which participants will leave better understanding how sponsors can position their initiatives, themselves and their organizations for successful change. In addition, participants will learn how to enlist, engage and empower the leaders we need to step up as great change sponsors.

HALF-DAY wORKSHOP: the power of asking questions: Using action learning for leadership development

Track: Leadership: Development & Engagement

Cost: $150
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenters: Linda Neavel Dickens, The University of Texas at Austin
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Session Abstract: Early academic cultures succeeded within a technical-rationality paradigm (Schon, 1995) in which static knowledge was reserved solely for experts. Contemporary higher education institutions, however, cannot use mechanistic tactics to spur improvement; they must foster adaptive knowledge arising from democratic inquiry. Academic leaders grounded in interpretative paradigms prove more valuable than those steeped in positivist traditions (Kemper, 2002). Action Learning (AL) offers a proven approach of leadership development (Marsick, 1991); it assumes academics must know, beyond technical knowledge, how to cultivate others, facilitate change, and influence systems. AL asserts that people learn by designing and implementing solutions and involves observation of a problem, reflection, and experimental action. Brook, Pedler, and Burgoyne (2013) describe, for example, how universities have applied AL to manage inter-departmental conflict and increase student success.With lecture, video, and focused group work, participants will learn and practice AL inquiry skills, creating action plans for their individual institutional challenges.

Half-day Workshop: "Show me the methods" a what is and how to approach to process improvement

Track: Process Improvement

Cost: $150
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenters: Karla Loebick, Jessica Schein, and Dan Feely, Transforming Solutions, Inc.
Level: All
Session Abstract: With the development of a new PMO, training, consistency, and execution are essential. This session highlights the experience of developing a training model to experientially engage staff through innovative training methods. Using a hands-on “I do”, “We do”, “You do” training model, competencies surrounding a business process improvement methodology were learned. From templates and toolkits, to mentoring and facilitation, TSI became transformation partners in the development of the PMO’s front line process improvement team. This session will outline the experiential training methodology focusing on the three main phases, current state, analysis of current state, and future state with recommended action plan (RAP). The session will provide high-level insight to the process improvement methodology used and engage participants to experience, improve, and innovate their thinking around strategies for teaching, learning, and implementing process improvement.

Hotel Information

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202

NCCI has secured a special rate of $229/night + tax for a single or double room.

To make an online reservation:
Select your check-in and check-out dates
Click "Special Rates" and select "Corporate of Group Code"
Enter Group Code:  G-NCCI
Select "Check Rates"
Proceed accordingly with the reservation process

To make reservations by phone, contact 1-303-295-1234.

Hotel Reservation cut-off date: Monday, June 17, 2019

Registration Cancellation Policy

Please email info@ncci-cu.org for cancellation requests. Cancellations emailed by June 30 will be refunded, less a $75 cancellation fee. No credits will be issued beginning on July 1. Forfeited fees cannot be applied to future meetings. Substitutions from within the same institution are welcomed. To initiate a substitution, email info@ncci-cu.org with the name and email of both parties in the substitution: the person cancelling and the person replacing the cancelled registration. Exceptions due to extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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