Gathering from Across the Country to Grow Together

Connection is a core part of Colonnade’s business, from our team to our clients. Last month, 31 team members gathered at Georgia Tech for the 5th annual Elev8 Winter Workshop. Each year, the workshop is hosted by a different Elev8 school, allowing each director to see another university’s facilities and invest time building relationships and growth.

The theme for 2019’s Winter Workshop was “The Art of Storytelling.” The laid-back atmosphere provided directors the time and environment for good ideas to be born and nurtured.

The Elev8 team focused on knowing audiences, becoming aware of personal filters, listening well, and understanding that words matter. The workshop also included spending a day at catering vendor Proof of the Pudding, where the staff participated in activities illustrating the components of storytelling.

Elev8 leadership’s goal is to make sure everyone is heard and understands that their perspectives are valuable. Elev8 Director Bethany Hawkins explains, “We recognize the value in both new directors’ fresh perspectives and veteran directors’ experience – improvements occur where those intersect. Investing in our growth enables us to go back to our campuses even better, stronger and more motivated than before.” We can’t wait to see the impact this workshop will have on each of our schools through our Elev8 team.