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SOCIAL INNOVATION LAB AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

What are the challenges of fostering entrepreneurship at an all-women's liberal arts college?

As embedded practitioner at Mount Holyoke College, Elizabeth helped launch a local-global social innovation lab and entrepreneurship Initiative. She mentored 20 teams participating in the Draper Women’s Collegiate Entrepreneurship Competition at Smith College (up from 1 team in prior years). Twelve MHC teams made it to the semi-finals, and MHC teams won 2 of the top 3 awards!

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STRATEGIC DESIGN MBA FOR HYBRID THINKERS

How do we integrate design thinking in graduate leadership courses? 

As a founding faculty member of the program, Elizabeth designed and teaches the lead course, Innovative Leadership, which emphasizes empathic listening and leading, integrative thinking and problem solving, user-centered design, rapid experimentation, harnessing networks of multi-disciplinary expertise, and negotiating change as key leadership and entrepreneurial capacities for the 21st century.

 

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CREATIVE PRACTICE BOOTCAMP

How do we build the creativity workshops for everyone on campus?

That was the motivation for the Curb Boot Camp--where over 600 faculty, staff and students worked side-by-side as they experience the joy, messiness, and trade-offs of creative practice. Rather than just listening and talking to experts about improvisation, data visualization, storytelling, or design thinking, participants immersed themselves in process—to gain fundamental insights to inspire and realize creative goals and collaborative work in their personal and professional lives.


INTERNATIONAL FULBRIGHT CHANGE MAKER & LAB-TO-MARKET CURRICULUM

How do we build the capacity of international Fulbright Scholars to harness their research to create change in the world? What is the potential of bringing these Scholars together around change making? 

Elizabeth developed and taught customized multi-day Change Maker and Lab to Market workshops focused on Energy and the Environment; Technology and Global Health; and Social Entrepreneurship to over 300 students from around the globe.

 

I AM ADA KICKSTARTER: A NOVEL APPROACH TO TACKLING DIABETES

How do we harness art and creative enterprise to tackle public health crises?

Working with novelist Alice Randall and the Vanderbilt Curb Scholars, Elizabeth successfully realized a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and catalyzed a collective art project designed to take a “novel” approach to tackling diabetes among African American women. The project culminated in a public art performance at the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Alabama, on March 3, 2013.

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CURB SCHOLARS PROGRAM IN CREATIVE ENTERPRISE FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

How we design a first-of-its-kind honors scholarship program in arts, culture, creative enterprise and public leadership? 

The Curb Scholars program emphasizes fluency across private and public sectors, commitment to service, and a critical approach to decisions affecting the nation's creative and cultural life. Through weekly creative practice workshops and leadership salons, internships and projects, Scholars build portfolios that demonstrate their ability to solve problems and advance innovation in their local and global communities. 


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DESIGN THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING CAREER JAM

How do we attract and retain top millenial talent in the Pioneer Valley?

In collaboration with MHC's Career Development Center, Elizabeth launched the "Problem Solving" Career Jam to bring together local entrepreneurs, recruiters, heads of chamber of commerce, and MHC students to generate solutions to this pressing regional concern. 

New VEnture Creation & Arts Entrepreneurship

How do we develop capacity for arts entrepreneurship and creative enterprise?

As part of this wonderful national conference, Elizabeth led a two-day workshop on new venture creation and arts entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts, in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration. 

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NATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CONVENTION

Is it possible to develop a Collective Action Agenda for the Performing Arts Field?

Imagine bringing over 3,500 artists and performing arts leaders together to develop a collective action agenda for the field.  Elizabeth co-led a multi-method research study of this five-day extravaganza, guiding a multi-disciplinary group of 10 graduate students in a “swarm ethnography,” and developing a culminating action report for the field.