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StrategyShare2020 organizers rollout video to promote virtual format

Aug. 26, 2020, 2:21 PM

by Jill Clendening

Planning for StrategyShare2020 was well underway when the pandemic forced the organizers to come up with a new structure for the annual event which in the past had showcased novel ideas and initiatives from throughout the Medical Center campus in one cohesive event.

New dates and an all-virtual format have been set for StrategyShare2020, with the first session on Sept. 29, and now the organizers have produced a lighthearted video to pique interest in the revised format and content. The sessions’ content has also been updated to include initiatives related to COVID-19, as well as content pertaining to racism.

“This is why innovation is important,” said event co-chair David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director for Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. “Innovation isn’t about sticking to a plan. Innovation is about changing your plan to accommodate new objectives and new goals and to meet new challenges head on.”

StrategyShare is a yearly event showcasing innovative work being done to advance the Medical Center’s Strategic Directions, which were recently updated to be: Design for Patients and Families; Make Diversity and Inclusion Intentional; and Discover, Learn and Share.

Originally scheduled for June, StrategyShare2020 will now be presented through three 90-minute virtual sessions. Content will build from one session to the next, and each session will include presentations on topics related to all of the Strategic Directions.

  • Session 1: (Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 to 9 a.m.): “Leveraging our Foundations of Success”
  • Session 2: (Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon to 1:30 p.m.): “Pivoting to Confront COVID-19 and Racism”
  • Session 3: (Thursday, Oct. 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m.): “Creating a Better World Together”

“We’re taking this opportunity to get participation in a whole new way — from alumni, from members of the community, and from more members of VUMC who haven’t been able to come to the in-person sessions before,” said event co-chair Erin Tickle, RN, MMHC, senior director of VUMC Shared Governance.

In the summer of 2016, people representing broad areas of Vanderbilt and the community were engaged to develop a unifying strategy framework with specific Strategic Directions to emphasize. In 2017, the first StrategyShare event was held with the elements of the Strategic Directions providing the focus, and an event has been held annually ever since.

“Mark your calendar for these sessions now,” Tickle said. “We’ll be sending out registration information very soon. This is an event you don’t want to miss”

StrategyShare is an initiative of the VUMC Strategic Directions team, which is led by Reed Omary, MD, chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Executive Vice President for Research and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, with the support of William Stead, MD, Chief Strategy Officer for VUMC.

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