Leadership Roundtable
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF RESEARCH PARKS IN DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION EFFORTS?

Conference Intensive Session - additional fees apply
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 8:15 am – 11:30 am

We say it all the time – if you’ve seen one research park, you’ve seen one research park! Sharing key lessons learned and examples with peers and adapting those takeaways to your park’s specific situation is an element of how we all move our research parks forward. Join this leadership roundtable session to connect with your peers and gather information on what role research parks are playing in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in communities across world. This session will explore your ecosystem’s distinctive assets, resources, partners, and barriers that will influence your research park’s unique diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.

Participants attending this session will be able to:

  • Identify and list diversity, equity, and inclusion assets/resources and partners in their communities, and how to engage those partners
  • Discuss how research parks may be conduits of opportunities in communities
  • Explore how research parks integrate into a university diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy
  • Identify one or two barriers that will be removed to improve the diversity, equity, and inclusion climate in research parks and communities
  • Develop a plan for removing one or two barriers that will improve the diversity, equity, and inclusion climate in research parks and communities
 Leadership Development  Role of Mentoring
 Leading Agile Diverse Teams  Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness


All attendees are invited to attend this important session. 
Whether you are a senior-level research park leader, accelerating corporate partner or aspirational staff, this year’s Leadership Roundtable will bring new ideas and actions that will help you be more successful.

CHAIR:
 Dan Duncan, Immediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus 

Session Outline
8:15 AM Welcome and Overview
Daniel J. Duncan,
Nebraska Innovation Campus Executive Director & AURP Past President
8:30 AM Breakout #1
Identify and list the distinctive assets, resources, and partners in your community
8:45 AM Panel Discussion
Learn from a panel of research park leaders on how they are using unique assets, and resources in their communities to impact the diversity, equity, and inclusion work they are doing. Hear who these leaders are partnering with in their ecosystems to positively impact efforts personally, within their parks, and within their communities.
9:30 AM Breakout #2
How can your research park be a conduit of opportunity in your community? Who will you need to partner with to move the diversity, equity, and inclusion work of your park forward? How will you engage partners in your community? What assets, resources, and/or barriers do you need to rely on or remove?
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Breakout #3
Taking action: How might you make a difference in your research park and your community? (Who is around your leadership table? Space, place, and programs in your park and/or community? What are one or two barriers you can remove in your ecosystem?)
10:15 AM Breakout Reports
Each group will be asked to report key takeaways from their breakout group discussions. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions of their peers (based on examples shared) during this time.
11:00 AM Final Thoughts and Key Takeaways
The group will be asked to share final thoughts and/or key takeaways on how the session may impact how they create, update, or implements a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy in their research park.
11:25 AM Closing Message
Daniel J. Duncan,
Nebraska Innovation Campus Executive Director & AURP Past President
11:30 AM Adjourn Session