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Empathy, Innovation, and Collaboration

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 1:00 pm-3:00 pm CST on February 10, 2021, and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm CST on February 17, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

This highly engaging workshop reveals the intimate connection between empathy, innovation, and collaboration. Participant are led through an evolving series of game scenarios and facilitated discussions that lead to practical insights about building new levels of understanding, creativity, and cooperation in students.

Empathy is an essential skill for all collaboration efforts and is particularly important when collaboration takes place online. This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to practice tangible skills for improving agility, resilience, communication, and collaboration to build better understanding among students.

Module 1

  • Assess empathy inside your classroom setting.
  • Differentiate between cognitive and emotional empathy.
  • Build empathy with remote learners.
  • Resilience and teambuilding.

Module 2

  • Make online interactions more nuanced and empathic.
  • Opportunities for creative problem solving using online interactions.
  • Remote learning strategies that build empathy competencies.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
January 20, 2021
Registration Fee
January 20, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$250$350

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to January 27, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by January 27, 2021. Refunds will not be given after January 27, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Dr. Judith Cardenas’ academic background includes a doctorate in education administration, as well as a doctorate in training and performance improvement. She has completed a variety of postdoctoral trainings, including leadership development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and human performance improvement at the American Society for Training and Development and Human Capital Analytics. In addition, she holds a certification as a Registered Business Coach, is a Certified Professional for Return on Investment from Villanova University, Certified Neuro Coach in the areas of change, transformation, and agility from Harvard University, and is a Certified Professional in Innovation of Products and Services from MIT.

Dr. Cardenas’ background includes roles in executive management and oversight of large public institutions where her duties entailed leading a $146 million operational budget plus an additional $30 million of federal funds, $10 million foundational endowment, and a 3,000-employee base. In addition to her diverse expertise in higher education, she has created and delivered training to organizations such as World Bank, United Nations, QVC, Inc., Phillips Semiconductor, the United States Navy, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Agency, and the United States Army.

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