Mary Lou Theobald

Director, Technology Learning Services

Armed with a BA in education from the University of Iowa and an MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM) from George Mason University, Mary Lou Theobald’s work is at the intersection of human capital change management; information technology learning; user engagement initiatives and the future of work. 

For the past 20+ years she has worked for Gannett Co. Inc, the media company that owns USA TODAY and over 250 media markets in the US as well as several digital companies. In her role as Director of Technology Learning Services she works to champion the understanding of the user experience as a part of system rollouts.  In addition to providing online training and documentation for Gannett software implementations her team also provides consulting around what tools to use to maximize team collaboration. 

In the past Mary Lou taught at George Mason University as an adjunct professor in the ODKM program teaching the Socio Technical Systems and Collaborative Work course. The focus of the course is on the impact of technology on society and the use of tools for collaboration.  

Mary Lou Theobald’s Session(s):

10:30 a.m. PST — Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Case for a People-Centered Digital Workplace

When the pandemic hit, companies struggled to find tools simply to get their work done. Web conferencing tools and collaboration platforms were top of mind for everyone. But now, nearly two years into the pandemic, it is important to look at the digital workplace in the next phase. How do we build community in a hybrid work environment? How can organizations promote recognition, diversity, and inclusion; user engagement; and well-being with a geographically dispersed workforce?

In this session we will discuss:

  • Why a people-centered digital workplace is important;
  • What is needed to build community in a hybrid environment and what tools can assist;
  • How we can allow our collaborative tools to be a catalyst for culture change;
  • How we can incorporate user engagement into system rollouts.

2:00 p.m. PST — Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Panel: Best Practices for Virtually Onboarding Your Remote Workers

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