Who better to kick off our fourth annual retreat than our forward-thinking leader: President Michael Crow! By popular demand, we’re excited to share that President Crow will be our keynote speaker, followed by a live Q&A session – submit your question here!

After President Crow’s keynote, Day 1 of Empower will highlight five of the top ideas from the 2020 Empower Event. Leaders from across the university will share their passion, pursuits, and projects while attendees conduct a Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results (SOAR) analysis and evaluate how the idea guides the ASU IT community. Let’s see which ideas will fly!

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Michael Crow
Jackie Stavros

Day 2 will give you the wings you need to determine what’s next and give you the foundation you need to soar. As we set sights on a new strategic direction or goals, how do we invite engagement, alignment and innovation? 

As you, your team, and the ASU IT community set sights on new strategic direction or goals, how do you invite engagement, alignment, and innovation? What if conversations around strategic change were able to build capacity across the organization to gain support and best service your stakeholders? Dr. Jackie Stavros will discuss the SOAR framework that has been proven to build strategic capacity in organizations.

To finalize our journey we will focus on Open Space Technology. The group will connect with professionals all over ASU to SOAR into the future by rising together to find the next idea to advance ASU.

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May 13, 2021 - What is working? 

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome & Dr. Crow Keynote 
10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Headliner Showcases & SOAR Analysis 
Round 1: 

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

  • Tsewa in Organizational Settings
  • Vitamin C(ollaboration) Benefits Everyone
  • The Data Analytics Success Hub - Data where you need it most
  • Mindfulness and Ambition: Can they co-exist?
  • DevSecOps: State of the Union

Learn more about these headliners.

Round 2: 

11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. 

  • Humanize and Personalize email communication through video
  • Empowered to Stay
  • Building a Better Key Data Dashboard
  • Who do you trust?
  • Exploring Agile Experiences

Learn more about these headliners. 

Round 3

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

  • Activate Future-Making Practices for a Culture of Collaboration
  • No one sits by silently: Driving the future of teams
  • Automating business processes in the ServiceNow platform
  • UTO 2.1 Work-Life Balance Toolkit
  • Creating a Smart Fleet for ASU
  • Responsible Innovation & You

Learn more about these headliners.

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch + Ask Us Anything: Powerhouse Panel for Women Leaders in Tech


  • ASU Chief Information Security and Digital Trust Officer Donna K. Kidwell
  • UTO Chief Operations and Digital Transformation Officer Jess Evans 
  • EdPlus Assistant Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Leah Lommel

Learn more about this panel!

12:45 p.m - 1:30 p.m.
Gallery Walk

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May 14, 2021 - Where do we go from here?

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Welcome Back & Keynote by Dr. Jacqueline M. Stavros

Professor, College of Business and IT
Lawrence Technological University

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Opening the Space
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Humanity Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Open Space Breakout Sessions 
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch + Speed Networking

Presented by: Organizational Excellence Community of Practice