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Academy Reflections

I realized today that I returned home one week ago from the NYC Google Innovator Academy. I've never experienced a professional development like it and honestly may never again. What sets it apart? 1. Front loading Right away we were, purposely, given ways to connect -- Google Hangout, Google Photos, Welcome Guide (to share arrival and departure information), Google Group, and more. Additionally, we had assignments to prepare us for the work ahead at the Academy. 2. Partnerships We were also front loaded with partnerships. We were matched with an affinity buddy -- one person with a similar project/idea. And most importantly, we were placed on a team with a coach. In addition, we will be assigned a mentor. 3. Stretching the Comfort Zone Through Sparks and Sprints! Sparks are short bursts of inspiration from Googlers or Coaches. Sprints are fast workshops to move through the product cycle. Often both would stretch us in some way! 4. Fail Bell Risk taking and c