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Former USC Annenberg Dean and Founder of the Center for Third Space Thinking Dr. Ernest Wilson found himself seated next to Oprah Winfrey at Annenberg’s graduation commencement speaker earlier this month.  
Inspired by her rousing speech enriched by stories of moments in her life that shaped her unique vision of the world, Dr. Wilson took a similar approach in a blog post he recently authored.  
He recounts how growing up in a Third Space household, his educational career and his varied and contradictory work experiences led him to found the Center for Third Space Thinking. 
Learn more about his personal journey and how he became a Third Spacer in the blog post found here.
David Bishop, USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking advisory board member and former president of two, multibillion dollar global media companies – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Worldwide Home Entertainment –  spoke to 2,500 entrepreneurs and investors at the Pioneers’18 annual conference in Hofburg, Vienna on May 25.  
His presentation, titled “Shaping Future Leaders,” focused on the current state of the marketplace and its volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  He highlighted the importance of developing culture and emotional intelligence in leadership based on Third Space principles and how those principles can help companies ride the wave rather than get swept away by it. 
David is a recognized authority in developing effective leaders. His passion for building high-performing teams and coaching executives has helped create a cadre of effective leaders in companies like Netflix, United Airlines, Google, IMAX, and Amazon.  David is an instructor and coach for our Third Space workshops.
Congratulations to Caryl Smith Gilbert, USC’s men’s and women’s track and field coach.  Caryl was named PAC-12 Women’s Coach of the Year after the women’s team was crowned PAC-12 Champions for the first time in 22 years.  
Caryl was also one of the most popular featured speakers at our Boot Camp last October.  Her perspectives on adaptability in coaching both men and women in a variety of vastly different events have great relevance to anyone working to succeed in today’s complex environment.  
Her philosophy of “Adapt or Die” is clearly working.  Congratulations again to Caryl and thanks for continuing to bring Third Space Thinking to life.
The USC Price School of Public Policy posted Dr. Wilson’s Harvard Business Review article titled, “Empathy is Still Lacking in Leaders Who Need It Most,” on its Executive Master of Leadership blog.  You can read it here.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Third Space is, what the Center does and the impact we’re having, we’ve created a new FAQ section of our website that provides all those details and more.  
Check it out here and learn more about how we’re putting the hard edge on soft skills.
June 27, 2018
Location: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,
Los Angeles
Annenberg Youth Academy

USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking Founder and former Annenberg Dean Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III will lead a session for local high school students on June 27 from 10:30-11:45 a.m.  Advisory board member and Annenberg instructor, Chris Swain will join him. Together they will share insights on the topic of ‘people skills’ and the value of developing these Third Space skills for success in and out of the classroom.

August 2, 2018
Location: USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,
Los Angeles
Third Space Workshop

The Third Space team will hold a half-day workshop for 30 members of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

August 26-29, 2018
Location: Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
California HR Conference 2018

Dr. Wilson will be a featured speaker at a mega session on August 27 from 11:15-12:30 p.m. on the importance of Third Space soft skills.  In advance of the conference, the organizers have posted an interesting interview with Dr. Wilson that you can read here.  Those interested in attending the conference can register here.  

October 10-12, 2018
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,
Los Angeles
Third Space Boot Camp

A two-and-a-half day, immersive experience where participants gain the soft skills they need to succeed in today’s digitally disrupted world.  Participants will uncover personal insights into their proficiency on the five most important soft skills, become more effective problem-solvers, connect to a community of like-minded Third Space Thinkers and experience a positive impact on their careers. Learn more about the Boot Camp here.

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