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Reminder: Best Practices “Salon” at Kaiser April 26

Don’t forget about the new Best Practices “Salon,” held 12 to 1 p.m. in the Kaiser Building every other Thursday to inspire lively discussions about best practices in fields relevant to work being done at UCOP.

The next salon will be held Thursday, April 26, in the Kaiser 6th floor lobby area. The role of facilitator rotates each session, with the selected individual choosing an article or topic as a basis for the next discussion. This Thursday’s springboard for discussion is The Economist’s April 14 story about Honeywell International.

What is a salon, you ask? No cut and color, no shampoo or blow dry. This kind of salon, according to Wikipedia’s definition, is “a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host  . . . to increase knowledge . . . through conversation.”

Started by HR Principal Analyst Maura McLoughlin and Benefits Education Manager Bill Ryan, the goal is to engage colleagues in lively discussion, to share thoughts, opinions and analysis, and thereby increase the collective knowledge at UCOP. McLoughlin and Ryan hope that discussions will inspire people with new ideas that they can use to improve their work at UCOP.

Discussion topics could cover anything from higher education to human resources, innovation, leadership and management, but should remain broad to encourage wide participation. Previous meetings have been based on the following:

Each session begins with a review of the chosen article, followed by a 30-minute discussion led by the facilitator. Participants then identify the next voluntary facilitator and also have time to eat lunch.

If you’re curious, just show up at the next salon on April 26. Or contact Maura McLoughlin at or Bill Ryan at for more details.

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