Spring Regional Workshops

Spring Regional Workshops

Accentuating You
Gina Krueger
9 AM – 12 PM | Thursday, May 30

Join REALiving for a 3-hour seminar regarding strengths-based teamwork, communication, and energy management.

If you haven’t already, you will soon realize that being YOU-with your specific strengths- is amazing! Your job is to share the REAL, authentic you with your team and develop them into the employees you want and need. How? It’s all about communication.

The key to success is relationships, in developing skills within your team, and even in production levels could arguably be correlated directly to how well we communicate with others about the things that matter. And when we struggle (or fail) to communicate well, these important areas of our lives can go badly.

Those struggles can be better handled by focusing on YOU-your self-care, your energy, and how you manage both. Gina Krueger, of REALiving, will explain how the soft skills development in these areas will give you a better idea of managing yourself, so you can better manage the employees in your department.

Duration: 3 hours, plus breaks


A Practical Introduction to Feminist Mapping
Meghan Kelly – Cartographer and Graduate Student at UW-Madison
9 AM – 12 PM | Thursday, May 30

What are feminist maps and how can we make them? How can we think about content, form, and cartographic process through a feminist lens? In this workshop, I’ll review feminism and core feminist concepts before introducing feminist cartographies—their history, influences, impacts, and future trajectories. We’ll think about feminist maps in terms of content, form, and process to uncover new questions, new data, new techniques, and new workflows. I’ll argue that feminist theory can push maps and your designs in new and exciting directions. And finally, we’ll make our own feminist maps by beginning with icon design. We’ll collectively explore icon design, specifically Maki icons from Mapbox, through a feminist lens and spend the remaining time designing alternative map icons.

Who Should Attend: This workshop is for anyone interested in mapping and map design.

Items Needed for Workshop: Analog materials such as markers and paper will be available. You can also bring a laptop with graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape if you prefer to work digitally.

Duration: 3 hours, plus breaks.


Property Description Interpretation – How hard can it be?
Jerry Mahun – Lecturer at UW-Platteville
9 AM – 12 PM | Thursday, May 30

Interpretation of a written property description seems simple enough, until you encounter ambiguities and conflicting terms. Almost anyone can write a property description, but it’s up to a surveyor to interpret and locate it on the ground. What if physical evidence doesn’t coincide with the written description? Most problems occur because a description writer does not understand the legal principles which guide a surveyor’s description interpretation and conflicting evidence resolution. Wording which may appear clear to the writer can cause no end of problems later.

In this workshop we’ll discuss primary legal principles surveyors use to help determine original intent and resolve conflicting written and physical evidence. We’ll also examine some descriptions from recently recorded deeds to determine if their intent is ambiguous or clear.

Duration: 3 hours, plus breaks.