Improv actors to teach respectful communication skills at EthicsFirst

The developer of Second City Works, the corporate education arm of the famed improv comedy institution, will lead two interactive workshops for faculty, staff, and students about how the skills of professional improvisers can be used to improve respectful communication in the third annual EthicsFirst workshop Sept. 11 in Berger Hall.

Ronnie Feldman has worked with a quarter of the Fortune 1000 companies to create fun, meaningful content with his network of improv comedy talents through his company, Learnings & Entertainments. He will be joined by Second City alumna Colleen Murray Peyton and with Neal Dedande to lead two workshops available to the campus community.

“Respectful communication is the starting point for a lot of tough conversations that people have across campus on a daily basis,” said Debi O’Connor, director of the Office of Compliance. “Using humor to help us start those conversations, Ronnie and his team will teach us how the skills that actors use to entertain crowds can be used on campus to tackle those topics.”

The event is free for the UCCS community. Faculty, staff and students can learn more and register at the EthicsFirst website. This event is also eligible for PIPs points.

EthicsFirst is managed by the UCCS Office of Compliance and sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the UCCS College of Business. Previous speakers have included Stephen M.R. Covey, the author of “The Speed of Trust,” and Jim Parke, the chief executive officer for Blue Ocean Enterprises and Otter Products.

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