Project: #APLUincludes Summit & Diversity in STEM Professorate

Project: #APLUincludes Summit & Diversity in STEM Professorate

Did you know that only 8% of under represented minorities are STEM professors at 4 year institutions? 

Well, I was excited to have a chance to make an impact and be a part of the APLU Includes Summit this week.  The summit was focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) pathways and diversity in the professorate.

Believe it or not, my background is in Information Technology. Before I started on this artistic path, most of my working life had been around coding, testing, and applications. Yep… it’s true!

I was hired by The Value Web to join their team and provide graphic recording and facilitate a smooth process for attendees. Our team was all about service and “making things easy” for attendees with facilitation and high impact visuals. It was a great experience working side by side with a top notch team.  Team work makes the dream work!

Here are some pictures from the event. I can’t wait until next year, I really enjoyed the energy and ideas from the participants. Change is possible!

APLU Summit Participants

Plenary Session for Day 1 of the #APLUIncludes Summit

Plenary Session for Day 1 of the #APLUIncludes Summit

Live Graphic Recording

Signage helps attendees to remember the hashtag and to share photos

Posters display the objective of the round robin breakout session

Final Wrap up for Day 2, all done!

Thanks for reading! I appreciate all the comments and feedback that you send me (smile). If you want to use the power of visual learning at your next conference, workshop or event, contact me for ideas.

Project: Women In Government Contracting Conference

Project: Women In Government Contracting Conference

Last week I had the privilege of graphic recording the Howard County Chamber of Commerce – Women In Government Contracting Conference.   This one day conference was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Columbia, MD and featured top women in leadership, business, and government contracting.

During this conference See In Colors provided graphic recording for the morning, lunchtime keynote sessions and 2 break out sessions.  Speakers included:

  • Marissa Levin, CEO, Successful Culture
  • Kimberly Ellis Taylor, Global Accounting Strategy Director, Oracle
  • Timothy Schmitt, Aronson Capital Partners
  • Gloria Larkin, TargetGov

The speakers were awesome and the content was priceless!  Take a look at the visual summaries below.

Graphic recording, See In Colors Corporate Sponsor

See In Colors, Corporate Sponsor.  Looks familiar? Hey, that’s me!

Graphic recording for WIGC Conference, Columbia MD, Marissa Levin

Marissa Levin, “Own Your Outcome”.  Loved how she structured her talk.

WIGC Conference Graphic Recording Sketchnotes Kimberly Ellison-Taylor

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor brought her “A” Game!, “Winning with Your A Game”. and HCCC President, Leonardo McCarty.

WIGC Conference Graphic Recording Sketchnotes Gloria Larkin

Gloria Larkin, “New Trends and Updated Tactic for Effective Govt Business Development”.  Gloria shared valuable tips to make you stand out.

WIGC Conference Graphic Recording Sketchnotes Aronson Capital Partners

“Value Enhancing Strategies for Govt. Contractors”, Aronson Capital Partners.  Timothy Schmitt brought the strategies and the numbers to back it up.

Thanks for reading! I appreciate all the comments and feedback that you send me (smile).  I love referrals too, please continue to spread the word about my services.

If you want to use visual images for your next project, conference, or strategy session, contact me for ideas.

Explainer Videos… Why We Love Them

We love watching explainer videos, but why?

One reason is that they grab our attention.

It’s amazing that the average attention span on the internet is just 8 seconds…that’s less than a goldfish.

These videos are highly effective because of one simple rule.

Show don’t Tell.

You could tell a person something over and over but when you show them…  that changes the game completely.

Here is an example of an explainer video I created.  I send my clients a digital image after each graphic recording project is complete.   This explainer video  shows how they can use the digital image.

Just click the image below to watch.

Explainer videos are great for marketing, training, and communications.  They are direct, persuasive, and engaging.

Have a question? Hit “reply” or contact me.   Let me know what you’re thinking, I’m here to help.

Education is  a Powerful Weapon

Education is a Powerful Weapon

I came across this quote last week and I had to draw it.  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

Education Quote by Nelson Mandela, Sketchnotes by Lisa Nelson

Visual Quote by Lisa Nelson

One of the best ways to get an education is through reading books.  This year, I want to AMP up my game as far as reading goes.  I’m a big fan of audio books but I am going to switch it up this year.  This is the year I go back to basics with good old fashioned physical tangible books.

Here’s what’s on my list to read next.  I have a nice combo.

  • “In the Company of Women” a gift from my friend Wendy
  • “Draw to Win” I purchased online
  • “Switch”, I got from the library. I’ve renewed it twice and it’s due at end of the month.  Uh oh!

Books to read

I will be pulling out my favorite nuggets from these books and drawing them out.  I’ll be sharing them in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

What’s on your reading list?


What is graphic recording?

What is graphic recording?

“Wow!  What do you call that?”

I hear this question all the time.  Most people have never seen graphic recording in person, but once you see it, you never forget the experience.

Event planners and consultants hire me for their conferences and meetings.  Graphic recording is a process of listening, synthesizing, organizing and drawing what’s being said.90

The magic comes in when a Graphic Recorder does this process real-time at your meeting or event.  Yes, I said “Magic!”

Picture this, you are at a meeting or a conference.  Your listening to the speaker or having a strategy session.  A key point just came up but you didn’t catch it.  Uh oh.

Graphic Recorder, Lisa Nelson working at a conference in Washington DC

Lisa Nelson, Graphic Recording

Then you look up and see a graphic recorder at the side of the room taking notes and drawing pictures for you.  No worries. Yeah, it’s like magic!

When you see an image and text together, you have an 80% chance of remembering the content.  That’s HUGE.

Graphic Recorder working

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What’s Your Word for the New Year?

What’s Your Word for the New Year?

Let me tell you…. I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago.

I know it works for some people but as for me… nah.

I still have my resolutions from the 80’s that I never finished. Oh my!

Last year I decided to set an intention for the year around one word.  DO.   I drew a picture of my word and shared it with my friends and family.  There’s something about sharing that helps you stay accountable and makes you push a little harder.


My word in 2016

Now it’s your turn.  Choose a word for the new year.  Need some ideas for your word? Here are a few.  FAITH, ACTION, PEACE, REST, FOCUS, CONSISTENT, DETERMINED, HEALTHY, BRAVE, PRESENT, INTENTIONAL, GROWTH, FORWARD, SLOW, IGNITE, and JOY.  There you go, that’s should get your wheels turning!

My word for this year is EXPANSION. Yep yep! I will share my sketch with you once I’m done.  

I created a blank template that you can use for this year.  Click here for the full size PDF you can print on 8.5 x 11 paper.


Word for the Year Template

Templates (worksheets) like the one above can also be used for training and coaching.  Templates help you visualize and work through a process, goal, or strategy.  Try using templates with your clients, to learn more just contact me.

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