“[P]oints of connection strengthen learning agility…”

“[P]oints of connection strengthen learning agility—the ability to learn from experience and then apply that learning to new situations—as well as enhance collaboration and integration, reduces the chance of single points of failure.” — Jan Rybeck, Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting

Jan Rybeck of Korn/Ferry reflects on the importance of flexibility and adaptation in the workplace. She uses the example of spandex as a fabric made of malleable, interconnected links and loops to demonstrate the importance of connection-making processes. Workplaces have an increasing need for employees who can make astute and nuanced connections. Her blog post reflects interdisciplinary skillsets developed by programs like IDS.

Visit the Korn/Ferry Institute’s blog to read Rybeck’s post.

By Caelin Niehoff, Student Assistant

MALS Dissertation Reading & Presentation by Vesna Lazar


MALS & IDS would like to congratulate Vesna Lazar on her dissertation reading and presentation. The event brought together students and faculty from various departments. Lazar read three travel essays from her dissertation and presented eight drawings. As a culmination of her time in the MA program, her work reflected her critical thinking,  while introducing audiences to her astute and plentiful encounters abroad. We wish Vesna the best of luck with her future endeavors. Please feel free to check out photos from the event (see gallery bellow).

Photos courtesy of Caelin Niehoff, Student Assistant