Engage, explore, and envision the next generation of experiential learning with the Self-Authored Integrated Learning (SAIL) initiative at Northeastern.

New to SAIL? Already exploring? Whatever your experience is with SAIL, this event offers something for all audiences. Connect and collaborate with colleagues across Northeastern and create and explore models that will shape the Northeastern ecosystem.


Date & Location
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)

What to Expect?


Fast-paced, interactive sessions

Learn more about SAIL, hear from Northeastern educators across campus, brainstorm ideas, and tackle pressing questions


Connect with colleagues across departments and units at Northeastern, and develop new and exciting collaborations

SAIL Wine and Cheese Networking Reception

Join colleagues to discuss hot topics from the day in an informal setting. You will be able to network and exchange ideas, insights, and experiences.

Keynote Speaker

Bill Burnett, Designing Your Life: Five Ideas to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life


In his talk, Burnett will describe design thinking, the innovation process responsible for the design of many amazing products and services, and how to apply this methodology to the most interesting design problem of all: your life. Based on the curriculum developed in his popular Stanford class, Designing Your Life is a book full of ideas and tools, learnings and un-learnings, that help people of any age answer the perennial question; “What do I want to be when I grow up?”  Burnett will present the five ideas and tools that thousands of students and readers have said had the most impact on their life designs.

About Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford University and co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.  Based on design thinking and positive psychology, Designing Your Life captures the lessons from teaching the Stanford class of the same name. Burnett has worked in startups and Fortune 100 companies, including seven years at Apple designing award-winning laptops and a number of years in the toy industry designing Star Wars toys. In addition to his duties at Stanford, he also advises several other start-up companies.

Learn more about Designing Your Life and Bill Burnett.


An action-packed day including a choice of ten engaging sessions led by a variety of Northeastern educators, a special keynote speech, and an evening wine and cheese reception.

Session Descriptions

Learn more about SAIL, hear from Northeastern educators across campus, brainstorm ideas, and tackle pressing questions.