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Braintrust

A Collaboration Series

The future of work has uncovered needs and introduced opportunities for how our workforce will evolve and function tomorrow. This means we must explore and learn to understand the values and innovative ideas of our peers in the room to help us know what to do next.

Interactive Braintrust activities lead to sharing insights, aspirations, and resources, as well as inspiring innovative thinking, encouraging creativity, and building community. These sessions are for faculty and staff to provide their input around a specific topic.

Through the use of Appreciative Inquiry, participants will provide insight and perspectives on their personal experiences and observations that identify strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results (SOAR) around various themes that impact our future of work. By using the SOAR model to explore experiences and insights, we all will share ideas and collect qualitative experiences that will be used in the following ways:

  1. To develop and improve programs and resources for all university employees.
  2. To identify key topics and opportunities for training program development as part of the Talent Development strategic plan.
  3. To create space and opportunity for continuing collaboration on ideas that evolve into resources, training, programs, research, etc.
  4. To identify learners who want to become contributors involved in professional development initiatives.

“The Braintrust is valuable because it broadens your perspective, allowing you to peer — at least briefly — through others’ eyes.”

- Ed Catmull, Pixar

Braintrust Collaboration Opportunities

Select a topic below to register. 

Learners who participate in an entire Braintrust-themed session, establish personal learning goals within the session, and provide feedback on the session may be eligible for a Braintrust badge for that theme.

In this Braintrust session, participants, comprised of leaders, leaders to be, and followers, will engage in discussing best practices, ideas, and expectations on what leadership development should look like at Virginia Tech.

In this Braintrust session, participants will engage in an exploration of constructive trust experiences and in a discussion of the elements and conditions that exist around the development and destruction of trust with others. 

In this Braintrust session, participants will engage in sharing effective, and not so effective, experiences and ideas for what feedback encounters should be for employees at Virginia Tech.

In this Braintrust session, participants will engage in discussion about what elements help provide understanding around the constructive debate of ideas and the use of civility at Virginia Tech.

In this Braintrust session, participants will engage in sharing reflective and constructive experiences that will help identify needed strategies and practices for communication priorities at Virginia Tech.

If you are an individual with a disability or desire accommodation, please contact Talent Development by email at hrservicecenter@vt.edu at least 10 days prior to the event.