IPSS January Pre-Departure Workshops Announced

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The International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program at MIIS recently announced it’s January 3-20, 2014 workshop schedule. A summary of workshop offerings is as follows:

“High-Value Organizational Consulting” (IPSS 8530A) Jan. 3, 4, 5; 12-5pm

“Designing and Evaluating Interventions” (IPSS 8531) Jan. 7-8, 9:00am-5:00pm

“Quantitative Data Analysis in a Professional Setting Using Excel” (IPSS 8532) Jan. 11 and 13 9:00am-5:00pm

“Applied Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis” (IPSS 8534) Jan 15-16, 9:00am-5:00pm

“Netwoked International Organizations: Using Networks, Measurement, and Social Media for Learning That Leads to Impact” (IPSS 8534) Jan. 17 and 20, 9:00am-5:00pm

These professional skill workshops will be open to students and professional outside of the IPSS program space-permitting. Please email ipss@miis.edu to express interest or call 831-647-6417. 

Full  Descriptions (All Workshops Are 1 Credit; Pass/Fail)

High-Value Organizational Consulting (IPSS 8530A) Jan 3, 4, 5, 12-5pm

This workshop will be  taught by organizational expert and successful government, nonprofit, and private-sector consultant, Dr. Beryl Levinger ,with help from our alumnus Vladimir Cernavskis (Moscow, McKinsey Associates).  Participants will learn tools for analyzing an organization, its culture, its approach to meeting mission, and ecosystem analysis.  They will also master key skills for effective organizational consulting including client reconnaissance; client relationship management; and the creation of value-added consultant deliverables.  The 15 contact hour workshop in January will be worth 1 credits. Students wishing to earn 2 credits for this workshop will turn addition deliverables in the first month of their internship – these deliverables will help them apply the tools they have learned in this workshop to better understand their host organizations. Instructors: Beryl Levinger and Vladimir Cernavskis

High-Value Organizational Consulting : Field Work (IPSS 8670A), Jan 27 – May 16

Students who take IPSS 8530A workshop may submit deliverables in the first month of their internship for one additional credit. These deliverables will help students apply the tools they have learned in the IPSS 8530 workshop to better understand their host organizations.
Instructor: Maha Baimyrzaeva

Designing and Evaluating Interventions (IPSS 8531) Jan. 7-8, 9:00am-5:00pm

Workshop will cover basic tools and steps involved in designing successful interventions (i.e. projects and programs) and effectively evaluating these interventions.  This workshop will prepare students to assist the growing number of organizations across various specializations that are trying to establish more systematic design and evaluation systems. Instructor: Vladimir Cernavskis, Principal, McKinsey Moscow

Quantitative Data Analysis in a Professional Setting Using Excel (IPSS 8532)

Jan 11 and 13, 9:00am-5:00pm As a massive amount of quantitative data becomes readily  available, organizations and decisions are becoming increasingly data-driven. As is common in the workplace, students will learn how this data can be analyzed in Excel without the need for more sophisticated software.
Instructor: Kevin Morenzi

Applied Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis (IPSS 8533) Jan. 15-16, 9:00am-5:00pm

Students will acquire and practice tools essential for systematically analyzing qualitative data as a professional in the government, nonprofit, or private sectors.  Instructor: Erika Takada, Senior Research Associate at Harder+Company Community Research

Networked International Organizations: Using Networks, Measurement, and Social Media for Learning That Leads To Impact (IPSS 8534) Jan 17 and 20, 9:00am-5:00pm

This two-day workshop will help create an integrated communications strategy that makes effective use of social media and mobile tactics and tools to get results for their host organizations.   Those results may be increased brand awareness, fundraising, inspiring and mobilizing stakeholders to take action, or outreach.  The course will also help students develop a professional learning and networking strategy that will help them deepen the impact of their internship and support their career goals.

Instructor: Beth Kanter, an author who was recently named “One of the Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company.

About Carolyn Meyer

Director of Professional Immersive Learning and Special Programs, GSIPM

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