NSBE Boston’s Monthly Professional Development series presented by MITRE
- On September 9th, NSBE Boston hosted a virtual PDM with MITRE titled “Leveraging Innovation to Increase Diversity”. With over 40 professionals in attendance, the session was facilitated by Brandon Keith, Digital Hardware Engineer; Rachel Gregorio, Group Lead and; Stephanie Medicke, Group Lead. It was an opportunity to learn about MITRE’s innovation toolkit, a publicly available toolkit leveraged to facilitate innovative solutions across teams. This resource was created by a multidisciplinary team of MITRE engineers to help colleagues, sponsors and collaborators jumpstart the innovation process by helping teams coordinate from ideation to execution. In addition, this tool helps teams:
- frame your team’s problem
- understand your users
- generate ideas
- evaluate options
- develop plans
- reduce complexity
After the tool kit review, attendees were divided into breakout sessions to discuss approaches for increasing diversity leveraging the lotus blossom technique. This is an approach that pushes teams to generate an abundance of ideas in the hopes of breaking past the norm. Our teams generated a myriad of ideas from recruitment, community outreach to internal support and mobility. The event closed with a debrief of our ideas and feelings about the ideation process. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it is our hope that attendees are able to share their ideas with their respective teams in the workplace. We thank all for their attendance.
A full recording of the event can be found here.
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