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Tools for Collaboration (Team Science Seminar Series 2023-2024 #4)

Tools for Collaboration (Team Science Seminar Series 2023-2024 #4)

January 4, 2024 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone

Event Video

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For those who are viewing the recording, but did not attend the live event, please contact Laurel Barchet ( to receive and complete the evaluation survey. The evaluation survey is required in order to receive the Team Science Seminar Series certificate of completion.


Looking for tools to improve collaboration, effectiveness and efficiency of team engagement? This event is for you!

Topics will include:

  • Team interaction tools
  • Scheduling tools and tips
  • Content sharing drives
  • Project and task management software

This is the fourth session of the 2023-2024 ITHS Team Science Seminar Series.

Event Materials

373 KBSLIDE PRESENTATION: Tools for Collaboration


Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Practice team interaction tools
  2. Describe ways to use content sharing drives and project management software
  3. Discuss team scheduling tools and tips

About the Speakers

Erin Abu-Rish Blakeney, PhD, RN, is co-lead of the UW ITHS Team Science Core and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics at the UW School of Nursing. Dr. Blakeney’s program of research focuses on how teams work together and how their teamwork influences the production of new knowledge and translation of research into practice along the entire classroom to bench to bedside spectrum. She has nearly 15 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating team approaches to interdisciplinary education, healthcare, and research.

Jennifer SprecherJennifer Sprecher is Director of Strategy Development and Deployment with the School of Nursing. Ms. Sprecher works with organizations to achieve excellence through Strategy development, Lean Project Management, balanced scorecards, change management, benchmarking, team problem solving, team and leadership coaching.

Ms. Sprecher is a strong team facilitator, called upon to facilitate high-level teams where interaction and reaching objectives are critical. Sample facilitations include strategic planning, building collaborations, designing and developing new services, products and processes, implementing process improvements, implementing research studies and creating new research centers. She has worked extensively in the past few years within the arena of team science and applying team concepts to innovative development and research teams.

Before the UW School of Nursing, Ms. Sprecher focused exclusively on health research in the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, also within the University of WA. Prior to the UW, she spent 7 years as Executive Director of the Washington State Quality Award (WSQA), a Baldrige-based non-profit organization. With a background in Industrial Engineering, Ms. Sprecher has been working with process improvement for over 25 years using continuous process improvement methods including Lean, Lean-Sigma, Plan Do Check Act and 6S (5S workplace organization combined with Safety) and Total Quality Management.

Ms. Sprecher has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s of Science in Management Systems, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and an International Coaching Federation ACC certified Leadership Coach.