SVP Think Tank a Thon - Square Root Academy & Improve Your Tomorrow!


We were excited to bring together SVP board members/partners, business leaders, and community leaders to support Square Root Academy and Improve Your Tomorrow through our Think Tank-a-Thon programming. Our venue sponsor and partner was Golden 1 Credit Union as they provided space at their Learning and Development Center. We were extremely grateful to use their space while tapping into their project management methodologies and expertise.

The design thinking methodology we used for this Think Tank-a-Thon was Six Hats. This process used a round table style of question-asking to drill down to the root cause problem the two organizations were trying to solve. We gained additional insight by wearing “Different Hats”

  • White Hat - with this thinking hat, you focus on the available data. Look at information that you have, analyze past trends, and see what you can learn from it.

  • Red Hat - “wearing” the Red Hat, you look at problem using your intuition, gut, reaction, and emotion. Also, think how others could react emotionally.

  • Black Hat - using Black Hat thinking, look at a decision’s potentially negative outcomes. Look at it cautiously and defensively. Try to see why it might not work.

  • Yellow Hat - this hat helps you to think positively. It is optimistic viewpoint that helps you to see all the benefits of a decision and the value in it.

  • Green Hat - the Green Hat represents creativity. This is where you develop creative solutions to a problem. It is a free wheeling way of thinking, in which there is little criticism of ideas.

  • Blue Hat - this hat represents process control. IT’s the hat worn by people chairing meetings, for example. When facing difficulties because ideas are running dry, they may direct activity into Green Hat thinking.

Our participants then used the answers and insight they had gained to make recommendations on how the nonprofit could tangibly address the problem they are facing. We are excited to see these actions come to fruition and see the rewards that they pay for the organizations themselves as well as for the individuals they serve. A huge thank you to Joyce Hettrich and Monique Brown our Think Tank-a-Thon committee members for facilitating these discussions

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Nicholas Haystings - Executive Director

Facilitator - Joyce Hettrich (SVP Partner)


Michael Casper - COO

Facilitator - Monique Brown (SVP Board Member)

Cameron Law