Sketchnotes: Creativity & Innovation Liz Aebersol University of Texas

Sketchnotes from the Igniting Creativity & Innovation session with Liz Aebersold,The Director of Communications and Strategy Management for IT at UT. Liz has a Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. I just learned that existed!

I wish I could have brought some of my colleagues to the the talk. Here's to working with more openminded people in the future.

Do you think any of them will want to play at the next big meeting? How many of you get to play at work? Do you have creative leaders in your life?

NACUFS 2011 Sketchnotes: Howard Putnam on Leadership

Behold my notes from Southwest Airlines' former CEO, Howard Putnam's General Session - Leadership: Successful Strategies Through Transformation.

Howard's speech left me so inspired. Here are some of my favorite ideas, typed up like a normal person:

  • "Hire attitudes, develop the skills"
  • "MLK never said I have a strategic plan. He said, 'I have a dream.'"
  • "Turbulence is inevitable, but misery is optional."
    I misdrew this one in the sketchnotes. It totally makes more sense this way.
  • "Treat employees as number one."
  • "Let people make the decisions."
  • "When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has passed."
  • The power of a handwritten note.
    I completely and wholeheartedly believe in this one. In this tech-dependent world full of texts, tweets, emails, Facebook, and blogs (, a handwritten note is magical. One on really gorgeous stationery? Doublestuf that dose of magic.

I usually love keynote speakers. When they're good, what you learn is applicable to life, regardless of your current job.

    If you read the title of this post, first of all, thanks for reading. Second, you're probably wondering what is NACUFS? I suppose the university food service industry is not as glam and popular as it thinks it is. NACUFS is the National Association of College and University Food Services and they have a national conference each year.

    This year, it was (semi-)conveniently held at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas. And of course, the year I'm selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin, the conference is in a city I already visit a few times a year. By the way, the Gaylord Texan is like a whole 'nother country in a whole 'nother country.

    Find out what others were saying at #NACUFS2011.

    And if you feel like it, take a peak at some of my other kathyphantastic sketchnotes. I'll be adding more from NACUFS 2011 and SXSW 2011.

    SXSWi 2011 Sketchnotes - So I Started a Food Blog

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    Panel: So I Started a Food Blog

    Presenter: Molly Wizenberg of Orangette 
    Moderator: Emily Farris of Casserole Crazy

    Orangette always makes me smile. Orangette was the first food blog I started following years ago. This Monday, I had the opportunity to see her speak at SXSWi.

    Molly is not only a blogger, but also a freelance food writer, author of A Homemade Life, and owner of Delancey restaurant in Seattle. The lessons from Molly's talk contrasted with TECHmunch, a food blogger conference which I also attended for work and life. More on TECHmunch in a later post...

    Molly focused on why we blog and the story behind the food. I hope my notes help you understand the feel of her talk.

    Just in case you're wondering, here's my favorite recipe from Orangette's blog: Chickpea Salad with and Lemon Parmesan. It's super simple, just make sure you buy the best ingredients.