Third Space Boot Camp

October 5-6, 2017

USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Learn 21st Century Strategies for Problem Solving

The USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking has pioneered a strategic framework to help leaders manage change in turbulent environments and help busy professionals communicate more effectively.

Join USC Third Space’s two-day immersive experience and learn the five competencies of Third Space Thinking:

Featured Speakers


Bill Simon
Global Sector Leader, Media & Entertainment, Korn Ferry


Caryl Smith Gilbert
USC Men’s and Women’s Track Coach


Mauricio Mota
Co-President and Executive Producer of Wise Entertainment

Ernest Wilson

Ernest Wilson
Founder of the USC Center for Third Space Thinking

USC’s Center for Third Space Thinking has pioneered a communication-driven methodology to frame and solve problems that can help organizations achieve success in today’s complex and dynamic world.


Day 1

Thursday, October 5

8:30-9:30 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking Mixer, Virtual Reality Sidebar

9:30-10:00 am

Welcome and Interactive Overview
Dr. Ernest Wilson, Dean Emeritus, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Founder, Center for Third Space Thinking

10:00-11:00 am

Third Space Thinking Assessment Results Review and Discussion

11:00-12:30 pm

Attribute Building: Adaptability
Review, Exercise, Case Study
Speaker: Caryl Smith Gilbert, USC Men’s and Women’s Track Coach

12:30-1:15 pm

Lunch and Virtual Reality Sidebar

1:15-2:15 pm

Attribute Building: Cultural Competency
Review, Exercise, Case StudyReview, Exercise, Case Study
Speaker: Mauricio Mota/President of Wise Entertainment & Executive Producer East Los High

2:15-2:30 pm

Break and Virtual Reality Sidebar

2:30-3:30 pm

Attribute Building: Empathy
Review, Exercise, Case Study

3:30-5:00 pm

Strategic Communication and Third Space, Exercise
Dr. Rebecca Weintraub, Clinical Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

5:00-5:45 pm

USC Experience – Tour of the State-of-the-Art Annenberg Media

Day 2

Friday, October 6

8:30-9:00 am

Continental Breakfast, Networking Mixer, Virtual Reality Sidebar

9:00-9:45 am

The Value of Third Space at Different Stages of Your Career
Panel Discussion

9:45-11:45 am

Attribute Building: Intellectual Curiosity
Review, Exercise (Escape Room Experience), Case Study

11:45-12:45 pm

ACE-IT Group Problem Solving

12:45-1:45 pm

Guest Speaker: Bill Simon/Korn Ferry

1:45-2:45 pm

Attribute Building: 360-Degree Thinking
Review, Problem Problem-Solving Exercise Using the Third Space Proprietary Mobile App, Case Study

2:45-3:30 pm

Taking it Back to the Office
Presentation and Discussion

3:30-3:45 pm


3:45-4:30 pm

Attribute Building: 360-Degree Thinking Continued
Special Experience with the USC Trojan Marching Band

4:30-5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00-5:45 pm

USC Football Rally (optional)
Special Player and Band Rally Following Practice

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Proprietary Third Space Thinking Tools

Boot Camp participants will engage with two, proprietary Third Space Thinking Tools that will enrich their overall experience:

Third Space Thinking Assessment

Participants will discover personal insights and receive feedback into their proficiency on the five core attributes by taking the Third Space Thinking Assessment. The assessment, which is exclusively available to the participants, will be completed prior to the boot camp and the results shared with each participant on day one.

Third Space Problem-Solving Mobile App

The Center also has developed a unique mobile app that allows the participants to solve problems through the lens of the five attributes and connect them with a growing community of Third Space Thinkers. The app allows for a life-time of developing and refining critical soft skills and more effective problem solving.