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Retail Automotive Dealerships: Variety of Careers

Presented by: Jim Neustadt - Director of Human Resources, Smart Motors, Inc.

Description: The retail automotive industry is very exciting and complex. It takes a great deal of people to run an auto operation, offering a variety of career opportunities. The average dealership employs salespeople who sell new and used cars; office staff; finance and insurance experts; technicians; body shop technicians; parts specialists; and internet developers, to mention a few. In this session, learn how the retail automotive industry may be a career route for you. (Running Time 23:01)

Save the World: A Career in Environmental Advocacy

Presented by: Steve Hiniker - Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin

Description: Explore a rewarding career in making the world a better place to live. With concerns over global warming, future energy supplies, air and water pollution a career in environmental advocacy can be a challenging and exciting job choice. You will learn what it means to be an environmental lobbyist and what it takes to keep a nonprofit organization healthy. The financial rewards don’t come close the earnings of the private sector but the satisfaction of creating a better place for future generations is unequaled. (Running Time 21:38)

Science for Everyone

Presented by: Kathy Kline - Education Outreach Specialist, UW Sea Grant Institute

Description: Do you like science, but you’re not sure about a career as a scientist? Kathy Kline had an inspiring science experience in high school, but then wasn’t sure about her career path in college. She finally combined her interests in science and communication into a job that takes her to wetlands, classrooms, laboratories, and out sailing the Great Lakes to help people understand why science is important for everyone.

Small Business Ownership a Slice at a Time

Presented by: Nick "Marty" Martin - Managing Partner, Ian's Pizza

Description: Nick “Marty” Martin shares the story of the iconic Madison restaurant Ian’s Pizza. What started as a pizza-by-the-slice shop near the UW campus has grown into five restaurants in three states, along with other spin-off businesses as well. As an owner of many of these companies, Martin has a wealth of experiences to share with young small business owners in the making. What does it take to start a business? What are the challenges and obstacles growing from one location to several? Marty shares some of the answers to this and more. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, can you be the next successful entrepreneur? (Running Time 22:48)

So, you want to change the world? Then roll up your sleeves

Presented by: Katie Hensel - Founder and Executive Director, Tri 4 Schools

Description: We all dream of a career where we’re able to give back in a meaningful way. You may even have an idea on how you can change the world around you for the greater good. Katie Hensel left her high stakes tech job in the corporate world and started her own non-profit dedicated to getting kids healthy and supporting health and wellness efforts in schools, and learned a lot about herself in the process. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly side of being your own boss and how making a difference through a non-profit can be a fulfilling career path. (Running Time 24:04)

Social Media for Issue Based Campaign Strategy & Govt Branding

Presented by: Gail Sumi - Member Engagement and Communications Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Description: Social media strategy is an important part of political issue campaigns and of branding. Gail Sumi manages the League of Wisconsin Municipality’s communications including the organization’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. She’ll address how the League is using social media on issue based campaigns including #JustFixItWI, getting people involved and interested in funding pothole fixes. Plus check out #CityHallSelfie on Twitter. She’ll talk about branding government too.

Social Media: It’s All About Content

Presented by: Ron Giordan - Content/Social Media Strategy Director, Mid-West Digital Marketing

Description: What do people use the internet for? Just about everything. But, there has to be people to create the information that is being put out there to be consumed. This is content. Ron Giordan always wanted to be a writer/journalist. After realizing that what he was really doing was creating content for people to consume, he switched gears and now creates content for websites and social media for businesses across the country. What does that mean? He’ll tell you what a typical day is like! (Running Time 24:21)

Software Developer: Why soft skills matter in a highly technical industry

Presented by: Jeremy Jepsen - Solutions Architect, WTS Paradigm

Description: The software industry has typically been dominated by people with highly technical skills. Often times, this extreme focus on technical ability leads to a serious lack of individuals that can merge business need with a proper technical solution. Using his own path as an example, Jeremy Jepsen will focus on why a well-rounded education and a diversity of work experiences is becoming more important for a work force that is being driven toward specialization. (Running Time 22:45)

Special Education Teacher: Revealing the potential in every student

Presented by: Eric Smith - Special Education Learning Strategist, Stoughton High School

Description: Discover an occupation that brings you the extraordinary opportunity to be an integral part of students’ lives and development. Each day different, each learner unique, encouraging teens to become their best is the invaluable purpose of this job. Eric Smith will explain the requirements to become a Special Educator and offer insight on skills needed to be effective in the career long-term. (Running Time 26:10)

Sports Medicine: So you want to be a Jock Doc?

Presented by: David Gronski, MD - Sports Medicine Physician, Dean Medical Center

Description: A career in Sports Medicine as a physician requires a commitment to education and helping others. David Gronski’s interest in Sports Medicine evolved during his education and was combined with a career in Family Medicine. As a primary care physician he has cared for patients from their birth until death. His career in Sports Medicine has included being a team physician for a local high school for 21 years. As well, he has cared for pre-teens, high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes, as well as “Weekend warriors” and “athletes” over 100 years old. Dr. Gronski reviews the common pathways to becoming a Sports Medicine physician and what to expect from a sometimes demanding, but very rewarding career as a “Jock Doc”. (Running Time 24:04)

Sportscasting – How to Stand Out From the Crowd

Presented by: Jessie Garcia - Sports Anchor & Reporter, WTMJ-TV

Description: Sport enthusiasts may look at it as a dream job – being a sports reporter. But in a crowded and competitive sports market how do you make your mark in a unique but not obnoxious way? This presentation offers practical tips on how to get into the sportscasting field, with an emphasis on doing things outside of the box. Hear from Jessie Garcia, a sports reporter with 20 years of experience who has covered three Super Bowls, hosted two coach’s shows and reported from the Packers sidelines. Jessie shares fun and interesting stories and advice. (Running Time 24:18)

Sterile Processing Tech: Clean Freaks Must Apply

Presented by: Tony Bondon - Sterile Processing Manager, St. Mary's Hospital

Description: If you like things neat, orderly and clean, a career as a Sterile Processing Technician may be a good fit. They are the frontline in the field of medicine to make sure all instruments, supplies and medical devices are sterilized and stored properly. It’s a critical role in infection control for hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other facilities. Tony Bondon manages a team of Sterile Processing Techs for one of Madison’s busy hospitals. He shares insight into this essential position and how it is growing and changing with advances in medicine and technology. (Running Time 24:13)

Surgical Technologist: Inside the Operating Room

Presented by: Maureen Vick - Surgical Technologist, Stoughton Hospital

Description: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in an operating room? It’s not just surgeons and nurses who are involved. This session explores the role of a Surgical Technologist, an important member of the operating team. Learn what kind of education and training are involved from Maureen Vick, a Surgical Tech who’s marking one year on the job at Stoughton Hospital. Maureen shares what a typical day is like in the OR and why she thinks it’s truly a privilege to see inside the human body. (Running Time 23:16)

Take a Bow: Careers in the Performing Arts

Presented by: Tim Sauers - V.P. of Programming & Community Engagement, Overture Center for the Arts

Description: Being an actor, singer or dancer aren’t the only jobs you can have in the performing arts. Did you know it takes someone to manage a singer’s career and someone else to schedule their performances in the concert venue? Someone else has to manage the business accounts and another person to market the show to the public. Tim will explore the various careers associated with the touring and presenting of the performing arts. If you have a love for theater or the arts then there’s probably a position for you! It might be one you never knew existed. (Running Time 22:09)

Take Charge of Your Credit: How it can work For and Against you

Presented by: Debra Neubauer - Director, UW Extension Financial Education Center

Description: We hear a lot about credit these days. Radio and television commercials tout services where you can find out your credit score. But what is this magic number and why is it so important for you to understand it? As director of the UW-Extension’s Financial Education Center, Deb Neubauer will break down the issue for students. What exactly is credit, and how young consumers can get on track to a good credit history. (Running Time 24:34)

Take Control of Your Money: Budgeting 101

Presented by: Jaimes Johnson - Director of Community and Campus Relations, UW Credit Union

Description: Having money is great but too often it’s gone before you know it. As students move into young adulthood they should take control of their spending and learn basic budgeting skills. Jaimes Johnson will help students learn how to identify where their money is going and how to track personal spending. He’ll review how setting financial goals and developing a spending plan will help you meet your everyday money needs and be able to cover life’s unexpected financial emergencies. (Running Time 20:21)

Talking Dairy & Ag: Agricultural Journalism and Communications

Presented by: Debra Wendorf Boyke - Senior Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research

Description: As leading industries in Wisconsin, the Dairy and Ag sectors are ripe with information to be shared, providing career opportunities for those interested in communications. As an agricultural communicator with the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, Deb Wendorf Boyke’s work takes her around the globe promoting Wisconsin’s Dairy industry. Work in Ag communications can be diverse as Deb explains; Agricultural Journalism provides a path to a variety of career roles for individuals. (Running Time 23:11)

The Challenges and Rewards of a Modern Day Dairy Producer

Presented by: Marty Hallock - Dairy Producer, Mar-Bec Dairy

Description: Marty Hallock began farming young, raising crops on his own as a teenager to raise money. He didn’t come from a farm family, but it was his dream. Hear how this first generation dairyman grew his business from a 40-cow operation on rented land to a thriving dairy with 780 milking cows and 800 young stock. Learn what kind of work ethic and additional training and education can help you get ahead as a modern-day dairy producer. (Runing Time 22:23)

The Culver’s Restaurant Story

Presented by: Craig Culver - Co-founder and CEO, Culver's Restaurants

Description: Culver’s restaurant co-founder and CEO Craig Culver has built his career by following the credo to “do the right thing” for guests, team members, business relations and the community. From his early work in his family’s eateries to the creation of the “ButterBurger,” Craig will tell his story of how he got into the restaurant business and the influence his parents had on him. He’ll also discuss some of the challenges and lessons learned as he began to build the Culver’s restaurant chain which now spans 440 restaurants in 19 states. He’ll also have some advice for students planning their careers. (Running Time 22:55)

The Future of Agriculture

Presented by: Stan Gruszynski - , United States Department of Agriculture

Description: As state director, I believe the investments we are making are critical to quality of life in Wisconsin’s rural communities. They ensure our future, and will keep us competitive in the global marketplace. They are rooted in history and a remarkable track record of success in the building of a prosperous rural America. It is a legacy of commitment and achievement.

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