The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Ian Wilhelm, Assistant Managing Editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, speak with Drew Magliozzi, CEO of the tech firm Mainstay, which provides a student-facing chatbot for higher ed institutions. Mr. Magliozzi talks about being a technology partner, implementing a chatbot system, the risks and rewards of adopting any new tech, and how a tool reflects the intentions and abilities of its user. Topics include:

  • How an institution adopting a new technology must truly commit to it

  • What both sides of a healthy technology partnership look like

  • Basic risk assessment for any tech integration initiative

  • The dangers and promises of artificial intelligence, including what ChatGPT is and isn't

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Valerie Sheares Ashby, who recently assumed the role of president at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. President Sheares Ashby talks about becoming UMBC's first new leader in decades, the nature of servant leadership, how higher ed can shape the future, and how self-care is vital in doing her work effectively. Topics include:

  • The most effective way that outgoing leaders can make their departure easier for their successor and their institution
  • Positive examples and lessons for leadership
  • The critical need for inclusive excellence at all levels of higher ed
  • The day-to-day importance of staying grounded while pursuing visionary work
  • Shared wisdom and reading recommendations for higher ed leaders

In February 2023, the University Innovation Alliance celebrated the 100th episode of its Innovating Together Podcast. To honor the occasion, UIA founder and CEO Bridget Burns sat in the guest chair, this time answering the questions instead of asking them. She spoke with Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, about the origins of the podcast, the challenges that all higher ed leaders share regardless of institution, the roles of generosity and kindness in leadership, and the necessary qualities of humanity and humility. Topics include:

  • Audience interest in seeing the human face of higher ed leadership

  • The day-to-day challenges and aspirations of truly iconic leaders

  • The best career advice Dr. Burns received and the advice she most frequently gives

  • Recommended reading for leaders of higher ed institutions


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