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We Mean Business! The Advantages of Business Degree

Presented by: Amanda Earle - Associate Director, Career Advising, Wisconsin School of Business

Description: Despite generally being one of the more well-known college majors, there are plenty of misconceptions about the specifics of earning a business degree. Salary outcomes, employment prospects and/or working for a really great company are definitely considerations in why students choose to pursue a business degree. However, focusing too heavily on these can and often does distract students from the career research and professional/personal exploration needed to be a successful business student and professional. This session will speak generally and specifically about what it means to earn a business degree. (Running Time 23:37)

Welding Business & Sales: Weld Process Expert

Presented by: Karen Gilgenbach - Weld Process Specialist, Airgas North Central

Description: Hear how the world of welding can take you far in business. Armed with an Engineering Mechanics degree and with many welding certifications under her belt, Karen Gilgenbach shares insight on the business and sales end of the welding industry. In her many roles working in the gas and welding product distribution arena, Karen has learned s multitude of hands-on technical skills and earned specialty certifications such as Robotic Arc Welding. With this background she works with a variety of companies helping them decide how to improve their weld processes and in this session offers advice to students exploring careers in welding. (Running Time 21:48)

Welding: Skills to Spark a Solid Path to Work

Presented by: Dan Crifase - CWI & Welding Instructor, Blackhawk Technical College

Description: Even as some work sectors have seen a slow down due to lingering economic issues, welding continues to be an area with great job opportunities. Becoming a welder is a skilled trade that takes a lot of hands-on training and experience to master. Dan Crifase is a Certified Welding Inspector and technical school instructor who shares his work experience under the welding hood. Dan offers up guidance to help you get on a path to a solid career as a welder in a wide range of industries in Wisconsin and across the globe. (Running Time 20:56)

Welding: Who Will Fix the Machines?

Presented by: Ken Karwowski - Owner & Certified Welding Inspector, A.R.K. Welding Inspection Services

Description: Advances in technology, while grand in nature, don’t diminish the need for those who know how to fix it, build it or create it by hand. Welders are among the many skilled trades that are in high demand nationwide. A more than 50-year veteran of the industry, Ken Karwowski will relate his experiences from a construction journeyman pipefitter and welder, to a full-time welding instructor in Wisconsin Technical Colleges, as well as owner of a welding inspection business. A review of opportunities for both men and women seeking to explore a welding career. (Running Time 25:56)

What do all Those Lawyers Do?

Presented by: Ann Wenzel - Corporate Counsel, American Family Insurance Corporation

Description: Ann Wenzel, Corporate Counsel for American Family, a Fortune 500 company, highlights the career challenges, rewards and requirements of providing legal counsel that influences corporate decisions. With a spectrum of experience, from responsibility for a fleet of corporate jets, employee benefits, real estate, consumer finance, corporate governance to litigation, Ann explains the variety of careers available and the need for involvement with the communities served by corporations. (Running Time 24:07)

What is Occupational Therapy?

Presented by: Alexia Rebne - Occupational Therapist, UW-Madison Occupational Therapy Program

Description: If you are interested in a healthcare profession that assists people of all ages, a career in Occupational Therapy may be a path to consider. Also called OT, these healthcare experts, help people across the lifespan simply develop, recover or maintain daily living and working skills. Alexia Rebne is a practicing Occupational Therapist who shares real-world insight on the educational needs to get into the field and the rewards of working in this growing healthcare profession. (Running Time 24:45)

What to Expect out of Your Technical College Experience

Presented by: Christine Kubala - Graphic Design Student, Madison College

Description: Technical college is a great option for education after high school. Hear how Christine Kubala’s personal journey took her first through a four-year college before she figured out what she wanted to do with her life. Now a student at Madison College, Christine shares how technical college is helping her achieve her career goals in a way a four-year school could not. (Running Time 22:19)

What to Expect When You Arrive at College

Presented by: Colin Korlesky - Undergraduate Student, UW-Madison Biomedical Engineering Department

Description: Transitioning from high school to college is a drastic change that can overwhelm even the most prepared students. Furthermore, often times college is only partially described, left as a nebula that students are thrown into and left to sink or swim. As a UW-Madison student, Colin Korlesky brings first-hand insight on what its really like when you get to college. Colin shares what he has distinguished to be true and that which is better left as part of the aura surrounding college. (Running Time 22:08)

When life hands you an event…learn what it takes to plan it!

Presented by: Kennedy Turner - President, Blueprint Events, LLC

Description: For some planning events sounds amazing… picking food and decor, working with a variety of people, spending your time selecting cool venues and entertainment. The truth is… it takes more than just a love for events to succeed in this fast-paced challenging field, you must have an eye for details and ability to handle multiple deadlines and personalities. Kennedy will walk you through her background as well as what it takes to succeed in the corporate event planning world.

Why an Art Degree Made me a Better Lawyer

Presented by: Ann Wenzel - Corporate Counsel, American Family Insurance Corporation

Description: Most students eyeing a law degree may think a pre-law undergraduate track is the best way to becoming an attorney. Maybe not, says Ann Wenzel, a corporate lawyer, currently working at American Family, a Fortune 500 company. Ann discusses the effect her undergraduate studio art degree has had her legal career and her approach to legal issues and problem solving. Echoing the advice of law school advisors, Ann suggests that there are many other valuable things other Bachelor’s degree programs offer as a pathway to becoming a lawyer. (Running Time 22:13)

Why Choose A Career As An Attorney?

Presented by: Bryce Tolefree - Associate General Counsel, American Family Mutual Insurance Company

Description: The road to a successful career as an attorney is extremely challenging, and yet, choosing to practice law can be incredibly gratifying and rewarding. The practice of law offers a variety of career options and opportunities. Lawyers permeate almost every facet of our society serving as leaders in government, business, and our communities. Lawyers are both indispensable in a civil society while at the same time disliked (by many) as a professional order. Bryce Tolefree will explain what it takes to be a successful lawyer? He will also discuss what high school students should consider before deciding to embark on the path that leads to law school; as well as, some of ethical challenges and paradoxical roles commonly encounter by lawyers. (Running Time 25:00)

Why Radiology? A Specialized Doctor of Medicine

Presented by: Jason Stephenson - Radiologist & Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine - Radiology Dept.

Description: Most of us have heard the term – radiology, but we may not know what the profession entails. Dr. Jason Stephenson will describe what a Radiologist does and what special training is required for the field. This will also include a brief discussion of what the term “Medical Imaging” means and why it is important in the care of patients. Dr. Stephenson also shares his story in the pursuit of a career in Radiology. (Running Time 23:17)

WICPA - Accounting Careers Do Not Have To Be Taxing

Presented by: Randy Wichinski - Tax Partner/Executive Director (Retired), Ernst & Young

Description: An accounting degree provides an excellent foundation for virtually every business related career in any industry. A career in accounting is not just about adding numbers or preparing tax returns; it is about understanding and providing the necessary support for critical business issues, which also includes compliance with a complex system of tax laws. As Randy Wichinski will discuss, accounting and tax positions in public accounting, industry, or in government are not boring, they are exciting and rewarding. They can also provide you with the skills and experience for other career opportunities that you may encounter. (Running Time 23:36)

WICPA - Accounting Careers: The Role of a Controller

Presented by: Laura Klocke - Controller, First Supply Madison

Description: A big part of running a successful business is managing financial resources. This main budgeting role is typically handled by a company's top accountant - the controller. Laura Klocke shares her insight on what a controller is responsible for and how this high-level accounting post can lead to great career advances. (Running Time 24:07)

WICPA - Accounting: a Boost to a Business Career

Presented by: Paul Krejcarek - Vice President of Operations, Perlick Corporation

Description: Getting a degree in accounting doesn’t mean you must be a CPA working on taxes and financial spreadsheets all day. An accounting degree can be a stepping stone into a career in business. Paul Krejcarek is the Vice President of Operations for Perlick Corporation, a Milwaukee manufacturer of high-end specialty bar equipment and refrigeration. Krejcarek relates how he used his accounting background to build upon a career in business. (Running Time 23:49)

WICPA - Accounting: A Perfect Fit for Some

Presented by: Megan Schultz - Accounting Manager, Advanced Pain Management

Description: Unlike many young people who struggle with career path decisions, Megan Schultz had herself pegged to become an accountant since the seventh grade. She figured she’d become a Certified Public Accountant just like her grandpa. And while her career started that way, it has melded into a management accounting career within a company, challenging her to problem solve while working with the numbers behind the business. Megan highlights the numerous accounting career paths to fit all kinds of personalities. (Running Time 25:56)

WICPA - Certified Public Accountant: Passport to Success

Presented by: Jeff Brandenburg - Partner & CPA, Clifton Gunderson LLP

Description: Many people believe they know what Certified Public Accountants do every day. This session will explore accounting careers and the many opportunities that can be taken to enjoy a rewarding and successful profession. Jeff Brandenburg enjoys discussing with students what they think a CPA does versus the actual career paths that are available in the profession. No matter what your career choice may be, Jeff will discuss why having some knowledge of accounting is important and he encourages students to ask questions about how they can use an accounting career as a passport to success. (Running Time 23:56)

WICPA - Certified Public Accountant…More than just Math

Presented by: Neil Keller - CPA/Tax Partner, Sikich LLP

Description: It may surprise you that being good at math is not the key to becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Neil Keller heads up the tax department at Sikich LLP, ranked among the top 50 largest CPA firms in the nation. Keller explains how numbers are only a small part of the big CPA picture. Learn what new CPA’s can look forward to and what skills are important for a successful career. (Running Time 23:08)

WICPA - Certified Public Accounting Options for Today's World

Presented by: Matt Vanderloo - CPA/Senior Manager, SVA Professional Services

Description: As a CPA and Senior Manager of one of the top 100 public accounting firms in the country, Matt Vanderloo provides insight on options for a career in accounting. Matt will talk about his path from a music minor to an accounting major, and from a new staff accountant to a senior manager. From the busy tax season to the typical day as a CPA, learn about the training and exams involved to get into this numbers game. (Running Time 22:36)

WICPA - CPA: Professional Chameleons in Business

Presented by: Karen Prochaska - CPA/Senior Tax Manager, Clifton Gunderson

Description: Certified Public Accountants have many roles and jobs and many CPA’s perform a variety of duties which many of us do not always know about or see. Through Karen’s evolving duties in public accounting, she will describe where accounting has taken her in prior roles and with our ever changing economy on the forefront impacting all of our careers, Karen will discuss how she sees a CPA’s role today and in the future. (Running Time 24:52)

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