Global Leadership Academy in Vienna: Microsoft tour, career planning

| June 12, 2015
Global Leadership Academy fellows toured the Microsoft Vienna facility as part planned workshop activities.

Global Leadership Academy fellows toured the cutting edge Microsoft Vienna facility as part planned workshop activities.

The goals of the Global Leadership Academy (GLA) are to develop and enhance the leadership skills of faculty and staff at Webster University and to provide a comprehensive and grounded understanding of Webster in all its complexity. Each year these goals are advanced as a cohort of fellows study and practice relevant leadership topics in workshop settings, as well as engage in activities designed to complement the curriculum.

Fellows in the 2015 class of Webster University’s Global Leadership Academy continued developing these skills during their Vienna meetings. On Thursday, the fellows headed to the headquarters of Microsoft Austria for a tour of the cutting edge facility: themed meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, a slide, an absence of assigned personal spaces (only lockers), and as one might expect, a heavy integration of technology. The Microsoft Education Team shared how the staff was prepared for the new environment when it was implemented, the rules of engagement for operating in this model, and the changes in staff behaviors since the change was enacted.

After lunch, Margaret Reed, Martina Steed, Michael Taylor, Carol Williams and Nelly Zhang presented “Linking Learning Opportunities to Career Planning.” This third team of fellows  shared research from the literature, survey results of students from selected classes and campuses across the Webster network, international case studies, and experiential options like internships. They then led the workshop attendees through an exercise brainstorming the career planning needs of various hypothetical students.

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