Building Skills in Innovation, A Learning Series for eXtension Members

The Impact Collaborative’s Innovation Skill-Building Experience Online Series
Jan 16th, Jan. 23rd, Jan. 30th, & Feb. 6th
1 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Registration Deadline: January 14th, 2020

Led by Molly Immendorf & Annie Jones

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues? Are you interested in becoming an Innovation Facilitator/Coach for future Impact Collaborative events and to support your institution’s teams and teams across the nation? Are you already an Innovation Facilitator or a team member who would like a refresher on the Innovation Skill-Building process?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us to explore the Impact Collaborative’s Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) in a whole new way. The ISBE Learning Series will meet weekly via Zoom over four sessions covering specific ISBE level building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to help create local impact.

Individuals and/or project and program teams are welcome to participate. 

Register Here


Molly Immendorf
Impact Collaborative Lead Design Manager
eXtension Foundation

Molly Immendorf leads the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Impact Collaborative process. This includes all aspects and events related to the Impact Collaborative including the Innovation Skill-Building Kit, the Impact Collaborative Summit, and Engage and Empower Online. Prior to joining eXtension Foundation in 2017, Molly was the Instructional Design and Technology Specialist for almost 19 years at University of Wisconsin – Extension, Cooperative Extension. Molly has a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S. in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University.

Annie Jones, PhD
Facilitator Manager
eXtension Foundation

Annie Jones is Facilitator Manager for eXtension and also holds an appointment as Professor, Organization Development and Tribal Nations Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Division of Extension. Annie has worked with Extension for twenty-one years serving in a variety of capacities including Associate Dean, Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Directions and as a county-based Community Development Educator. Annie earned her PhD in Human and Organizational Systems with a concentration in Transformative Learning for Social Justice from Fielding Graduate University. While there, she also earned a graduate certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement.

Annie’s areas of research include indigenous methodologies like the use of the Native American medicine wheel and cultural teachings to enhance planning and evaluation. Annie specializes in participatory and community-based action research.


Who Can Attend?:

This learning series is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower Online. A list of eXtension members can be found here.

What Do You Need To Attend?:

This learning series will be facilitated through Zoom video conferencing. The link to the Zoom room for each Learning Circle will be sent to you after registration or available in the Engage & Empower Online Platform.

Additionally, components of this learning series will occur in the Engage & Empower Online platform. An account will be created for you and login details will be provided.