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Leading in Sudden Disruption 9 (wsg Deborah Parizek) – EP 62

During this mini episode, You, Me, and Your Top Three host and CGS Advisors CEO, Gregg Garrett, speaks with Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of the Henry Ford Learning Institute, regarding the future of education. She addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic has shortened the cycle for change in new education models as well as for disruptive corporate learning and development models. She also shares tips for parents to balance their role as a leader at work, at home and now as an ad hoc educator.

About Deborah Parizek

A non-profit leader and educator with 25 years of experience in dynamic learning environments, Deborah Parizek drives HFLI’s efforts to provide workshops, programs and site coaching that pair effective education and human-centered design approaches, empowering learners to lead transformational change in, with and for their community. She is known for cultivating the conversations, empathy, and capacity critical to addressing complex challenges. Deborah was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits report, and by Corp! Magazine as a 2019 Most Valuable Professional.

Prior to joining HFLI in 2005, Deborah designed and directed extensive teacher leadership development programs for multiple school systems and earned the distinction of Master Teacher from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She served as one of the founding teachers of Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan, helping shape its vision and write curriculum for many of its core components, including the Senior Mastery Process. Deborah earned an M.A. Educational Studies, an M.A. in Chinese Languages and Literature and a B.A. in Chinese and Russian Studies, all from the University of Michigan.

A thoughtful champion of Design Thinking’s role in changing how we learn and lead, Deborah is a frequent presenter at national and local events, consistently sharing actionable information with real-life applications.

Show Highlights

1:23        A focus on education as parents look to balance their role(s) at work, at home and now as an ad hoc educator

2:25        Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of the Henry Ford Learning Institute

3:40        Education in times of disruption and ambiguity: What should leaders focus on?

5:38        Resiliency or adaptability: How is education changing?

9:09        Disruption to the education system: Will it force other systems to adjust their norms?

13:45      Leader at work, at home and as an ad hoc educator: How do parents balance this new lifestyle?

18:45      Hints at how to educate and prepare people for success as new ways of working emerge

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