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Workshop with Soaringwords CEO and founder Lisa Buksbaum

Updated Aug. 7, 2019
On July 9, Doshisha Business School had the unique opportunity to welcome Lisa Buksbaum, CEO and founder of Soaringwords, to hold an interactive workshop on innovation for first year students in Professor Mari Iizuka’s courses on human resource management and responsible leadership.

The workshop challenged the students’ paradigms by helping them assess whether they have a fixed mindset or growth mindset, challenging students to become more aware of why they make certain decisions, and exploring how this can be changed. The workshop highlighted the power of the mind to overcome challenges in everyday life. Students learned that this mindset also influences innovation. What do you do when you fail at a task? Or face a challenge that you feel is insurmountable? Do you give up, or find a way to overcome this challenge?

Soaringwords provides children hospitalized with illness with a way to build a more positive mindset, which has been shown to aid in their own recovery, by creating art or drawing a picture for someone else. Ms. Buksbaum explained how helping someone who is going through a challenge gives joy to these young minds and demonstrated during the workshop how this can translate easily into a business environment. For example, Ms. Buksbaum discussed how business leaders who cultivate an awareness of the choices they make and why they make these decisions are better able to facilitate not only their own development, but also the development of those they lead.

For the final task of the workshop, students enjoyed drawing pictures to give to children in hospital wards in the USA. At the end of the workshop, each participant proudly showed their artwork in a group photo (featured in this article) with Ms. Buksbaum and Prof. Iizuka, knowing that each of their drawings would bring a smile to the face of someone who really needs it.

On behalf of everyone here at Doshisha Business School we'd like to extend our warm thanks and appreciation to Ms. Buksbaum for taking the time to offer this workshop for our students and helping to make such a positive contribution to our program.
Students with Ms. Buksbaum and their artwork

Ms. Buksbaum, Prof. Iizuka, and students with their artwork

Students with a SoaringQuilt®

Students with a SoaringQuilt®

On July 9, Doshisha Business School had the unique opportunity to welcome Lisa Buksbaum, CEO and founder of Soaringwords, to hold an interactive workshop on innovation for first year students in Professor Mari Iizuka’s courses on human resource management and responsible leadership.

The workshop challenged the students’ paradigms by helping them assess whether they have a fixed mindset or growth mindset, challenging students to become more aware of why they make certain decisions, and exploring how this can be changed. The workshop highlighted the power of the mind to overcome challenges in everyday life. Students learned that this mindset also influences innovation. What do you do when you fail at a task? Or face a challenge that you feel is insurmountable? Do you give up, or find a way to overcome this challenge?

Soaringwords provides children hospitalized with illness with a way to build a more positive mindset, which has been shown to aid in their own recovery, by creating art or drawing a picture for someone else. Ms. Buksbaum explained how helping someone who is going through a challenge gives joy to these young minds and demonstrated during the workshop how this can translate easily into a business environment. For example, Ms. Buksbaum discussed how business leaders who cultivate an awareness of the choices they make and why they make these decisions are better able to facilitate not only their own development, but also the development of those they lead.

For the final task of the workshop, students enjoyed drawing pictures to give to children in hospital wards in the USA. At the end of the workshop, each participant proudly showed their artwork in a group photo (featured in this article) with Ms. Buksbaum and Prof. Iizuka, knowing that each of their drawings would bring a smile to the face of someone who really needs it.

On behalf of everyone here at Doshisha Business School we'd like to extend our warm thanks and appreciation to Ms. Buksbaum for taking the time to offer this workshop for our students and helping to make such a positive contribution to our program.