Hot/Mix Workshops

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies has a storehouse of knowledge and practical experience, and HOT/MIX is a repeating series of free, short workshops designed to share some of these insights with local and regional professionals. It’s Marlboro’s way of saying “thanks” to the local community.

"I think MIX is a very valuable resource for professional development and networking, and another great example of what value the Marlboro College Center for New Leadership brings to the community."

– Chloe Learey, Executive Director of Winston Prouty Center for Child Development

MIX (Management Ideas Exchange) is a free, lunchtime workshop series sponsored by the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. Directors and staff of mission-driven organizations are invited to join us for network opportunities, best practices in organizational success, and the exchange of ideas. With topics ranging from “Managing Organizational Change” to “Calming the Storm: De-escalating High-Heat Encounters,” these workshops build on the experience of participants to reach new horizons in professional efficacy. Each session will be presented by an instructor from one of the Marlboro graduate degrees in management, or by a local nonprofit, government, or business leader.

HOT (Hands On Technology) is a free, evening workshop series provided by the educational technology program at Marlboro. These workshops are helpful for anyone who is interested in using technology more effectively, in their workplace or in their home. From “Simple Tricks for Stunning Presentation Slides,” to “Search Engine Optimization,” to “Google Docs,” these hands-on workshops will provide skills that you can apply right away. Participants are expected to bring their own laptops. Look for new HOT programming Fall 2016.

Both HOT and MIX workshops are free, but please register in advance on eventbrite.

Upcoming HOT / MIX Events

From January to June 2016, MIX workshops take place the third Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:30pm.

All workshops take place in the Glass Room at the Marlboro College Graduate Center.

Join us for: 

MIX January: What is the State of Your Board with Kim Lier - Tuesday, January 19th, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Tickets) - SOLD OUT!

Many boards are busy doing their important work and don’t have time for reflection or self-assessment. In this workshop we’ll explore some quick, effective assessment tools that can be used to identify your strengths and areas for improvement.  

MIX February: Accelerating Your Fundraising Success: 5 Proven Strategies with Richard Wizanksy - Tuesday, February 16th, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets - SOLD OUT! 

This workshop focuses on critical fundraising skills: generating bold ideas, obtaining face to face meetings, building trusting relationships, involving staff and board members in the fundraising process, and monitoring and communicating results.

MIX March: Writing Clear, SMART Objectives with Beth Neher - Tuesday, March 15, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets SOLD OUT! 

We all make plans. We plan personal things - parties, vacations, do-it-yourself projects - and work-related things. We are a goal-driven culture and work hard toward completion. However, we often initiate our plans without a well-defined sense of what we’re actually going to do or how we’ll know if we’ve been successful beyond simply carrying out the plan. In this workshop, we’ll look at SMART objectives as a tool to clarifying what we’re going to do and what successful completion looks like.

MIX April: Getting Your Words To Count: The Art of the Op/Ed with Meg Mott, Tuesday, April 19th, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets SOLD OUT! 

Getting your opinion across in print requires more than clarity and courage. Unlike the elevator pitch, where your audience is captive for a floor or two, the opinion writer doesn’t have a clue who is on the other side of the page. But just because we can’t see our audience doesn’t mean we can’t bring them to our point of view. We’ll discuss techniques as old as Aristotle and as current as cognitive science to befriend the stranger and snap the opposition to attention..

MIX May: Service Design-Thinking with Bob Crowley - Tuesday, May 17, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

Design-Thinking has permeated the business lexicon and allowed companies like IDEO, Pixar to develop responsive and flexible organizational cultures, solve wide ranging problems and deliver value to their customers. In today’s service focused economy business and organizations are looking for new tools and methodologies to deliver value.

Service Design-Thinking is a methodology that businesses and organizations can use to gain a deep, empathetic and comprehensive understanding of their customer’s needs.  Only an in-depth and holistic understanding of customers and their environment can create offerings that provide meaningful value and make a real difference to the lives of your customers. Service design thinking can provide this understanding.

The Service Design-Thinking MIX workshop is an introduction to Service Design Thinking process.  Join Bob Crowley founder and CEO of to explore the basics  of Design-Thinking and then roll up your sleeves and tackle a real world problem using Design-Thinking tools and methods.

MIX June: Using Inquiry as a Collaborative Approach to Issues, with Maggie Cassidy  - Tuesday, June 21st, 12:00-1:30PM (Details and Free Tickets)

We professionals are programmed – by nature, by training, by experience – to act. We’re used to coming up with choices, making decisions quickly, and moving ahead. But in many work situations there are a few issues that don’t lend themselves to quick action. They’re the gray cloud that follows us home from work: they’re complex and troubling, and often involve other people – colleagues or employees or bosses or customers -- so we put them on the back burner and hope they’ll somehow resolve themselves or just go away. Participants in this workshop will explore how to approach such difficult issues collaboratively. The workshop offers not “problem-solving” – complex issues can’t be easily solved – but a concrete framework and process that can lead to useful action.

Questions? Contact Julie Jansen,, 802-258-9204