Teaming with Diversity Workshop with Sara Beckman

January 11, 2018, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Group photo of smiling, diverse project team

Open to: All instructors, graduate students, and academic staff


What is the ideal size and composition for an effective team? How do you organize teams and structure projects so that everyone feels successful and can contribute in a meaningful way? What do you do when things don't go well?

Whether you're an instructor already doing group projects or someone who wants to start, Sara Beckman has a wealth of expertise to share, drawing upon more than 20 years coaching faculty and leaders across a variety of contexts in higher education as well as business.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the training tools and resources that Beckman uses and learn strategies for developing effective teams, including:

  • Why, how, and when to incorporate group projects into your syllabus
  • How to draw upon people's diverse strengths to form strong teams
  • What to do to ensure a successful project launch
  • When and how team members should ask for feedback
  • Strategies for assessment

Bring your questions and ideas as well as something you'd like to work on. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by January 9, 2018.

To preview course materials, visit (and enroll) in the "Teaming with Diversity" bCourses project site: (requires Calnet ID).


SARA BECKMAN is Earl F. Cheit Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business and a Teaching Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley, where she designs and delivers courses on design, innovation and product management.   Her recent research focuses on the role of learning style diversity on design teams and on the pedagogy of teaching design.  Before joining Berkeley-Haas, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard.  Sara received her BS, MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Sara Beckman (Haas School of Business)


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on January 10, 2018 - 5:00pm.