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Upcoming events

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 1401 H St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

    Improving Organizational Innovation, One Team at a Time

    Certification Network Group (CNG) 

    Washington D. C. Event

    Does your organization need a million-dollar idea? Does the need for innovation come up regularly in staff meetings? They say culture eats strategy for breakfast, so why not focus on the culture needed to breed innovation as a starting point?

    This session will explore how one association created the culture needed to innovate and developed solutions that became new business assets.

    Highly effective teams are those where individuals can maximize doing what they do best. This session will reveal how the culture of experimentation and customer-centric design helped an association solve the critical problem of creating diverse committees and teams of SMEs and bring the innovation to market as a new source of revenue.

    NCARB’s high stakes exam demanded strategically filling positions to maximize skills and talent within their volunteer SME talent pool. By solving their internal need to increase the diversity of volunteer teams—not just in gender and ethnicity, but also experience, education, firm size and geography—NCARB created a marketable product that has broad applicability in multiple industries. Come and learn about the cultural shift that needed to take place inside an organization to go from exam publisher to product company.


    Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB, Director, Examination 

    Joined the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2008 as assistant director, ARE development. He has been involved with all aspects of the examination including development, operations, security, and implementation of ARE 5.0.

    Promoted to director in 2013, Zurn is an advocate for transparency into the examination with a focus on refining the efficiency of the process while maintaining high standards and measurement quality.

    Before joining NCARB, Zurn operated a sole proprietorship in northwest Minnesota. He also served as faculty of the Architectural Technology program and division chair at Minnesota State Community and Technical College where he led the Architectural Technology program in the areas of curriculum development, course assessment, and program outcome assessment. Zurn earned his professional degree from North Dakota State University.

    Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate

    Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate joined National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in April 2007 as the assistant director, Information Systems. With over 25 years of IT experience both in Argentina and the United States, Guillermo has been leading the development and implementation of technology for companies in industries such as engineering, urban development, healthcare, banking, international commerce, marketing, government, NGOs, and regulation.

    In August 2009, Guillermo was promoted to director, Information Systems to lead the modernization of the Council’s technology, including the website, line of business applications, infrastructure, and helpdesk.

    In January 2017, Guillermo was promoted to Chief Innovation & Information Officer with new responsibilities in innovation and business development, specifically the commercialization of NCARB’s technology.

    Guillermo holds BS in Information Technology and an MBA from Carey School of Business at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Past events

27 Feb 2019 Certification Network Group (CNG) Chicago Quarterly Meeting
05 Dec 2018 CNG Roundtable Event
14 Nov 2018 CNG Open Space
12 Sep 2018 How the Shortage in Qualified Workers is Impacting Credentialing
08 Aug 2018 Mini-Learning Sessions on Credentialing Program Security
20 Jun 2018 CNG D.C. Event: A Robust Update on Legal Topics Concerning Certification Programs
16 May 2018 Opportunity in Adversity: How Challenges in Healthcare Certification Fuel Innovation
21 Mar 2018 How the Shortage in Qualified Workers is Impacting Credentialing
28 Feb 2018 Contextual Assessment: Games as evidence of competency
06 Dec 2017 Psychometrics: Use it or lose it!
08 Nov 2017 CNG Open Space (CHI)
20 Sep 2017 Round Table Discussions
09 Aug 2017 Shared Practices for Performance-based Testing and Evaluation
14 Jun 2017 Hiring and Retaining Credentialing Talent
10 May 2017 CNG Roundtables: Speed Mentoring
15 Mar 2017 Credentialing the Military
15 Feb 2017 Shared Practices for Marketing Your Certification
01 Dec 2016 Round Table Event
16 Nov 2016 New Models in Assessment: How Technology Enables Higher Fidelity Assessments
21 Sep 2016 Going Global Part 2: Marketing Internationally
17 Aug 2016 New Models in Assessment: How Technology Enables Higher Fidelity Assessments
15 Jun 2016 Going Global part 1: Translating Your Exams
11 May 2016 CNG “Out of the Box Thinking” Series – Project Management
16 Mar 2016 Talking to HR: Making the Business Case for Hiring Certified Professionals

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