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Presented by: Justin Cruz - Actuarial Vice President, American Family Insurance Corporation
Description: How do insurance companies decide how much to charge for insurance? It’s all in the numbers. If you are into math, listen up. Learn about what it takes to be in the actuarial profession from one of the top actuarial decision makers at one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. (Running Time 24:42)
Presented by: Wes Schroll - Creator & CEO, Fetch Rewards
Description: From UW business student to app developer, Wes Schroll shares his story of the new Smartphone app he co-developed. If you asked him three years ago, he would have laughed at the thought he would ever be passionate about reinventing grocery shopping. However, looking back now at his path including dropping out of school at UW-Madison, raising millions of dollars, building a team of 25 employees, and now CEO of a startup; he has a very different response. Here how Fetch Rewards is helping reinvent the grocery shopping experience and what it takes to get into App Development. (Running Time 22:44)
Presented by: Dawn Moyer - College Access Advisor, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
Description: This college preparation session helps students learn how to complete college applications, provides tips on application best practices and what to keep in mind when choosing a college. (Running Time - 36:12)
Presented by: Arlan Kay - Architect, Architecture Network, Inc.
Description: Do you have an eye for building design? Could a career in architecture bring out your imagination? Learn about the world of an architect, from one of Wisconsin’s best known architectural professionals. Arlan Kay will share ideas on what traits make a good architect, what kind of training is involved and where the industry is headed. (Running Time 23:02)
Presented by: Michelle Anich - Business Advisor, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
Description: Students today have seen many young entrepreneurs grow into successful business people – Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, to name a few. Do you think you have what it takes to be your own boss? Do you dream of one day creating a new product or business venture? As a business advisor and business owner herself, Michelle Anich, takes students through some of the skills needed and challenges that exist for those considering an entrepreneurial career path. (Running Time 22:21)
Presented by: Meridee Maynard - Senior Vice President, Northwestern Mutual Companies
Description: As you plan for your future, do you know how best to handle the money that you will make when you begin your career? You don’t have to wait. Meridee Maynard, a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Financial Literacy, offers up some financial basics and good money habits. Understanding basic financial information, and starting to better manage your money now, will make you fiscally stronger down the road. (Running Time 22:23)
Presented by: Julie Hanson - Senior Real Estate Representative, American Transmission Company, LLC
Description: When you think of a career in Real Estate, you typically think of buying and selling houses. At American Transmission Company, the Real Estate department buys rights-of-ways or easements from landowners, which gives our company the right to construct, operate and maintain our poles and wires. A career as a right-of-way representative includes acquiring and managing these real estate interests, including buying land in fee or easements, leases, contracts, permits with either landowners, corporations and governmental agencies. Julie will share her journey of beginning as a Real Estate Technical Assistant and her path to become a Senior Real Estate Representative, her responsibilities as a RE Representative, and educational requirements to become a right-of-way agent.
Presented by: Bob Sier - Consulting Engineer, American Transmission Company
Description: Today we hear a lot about preparing for a career that will require many job changes at a number of different companies. While job changes are part of the picture, with flexibility you could work for a utility and have diverse engineering jobs within your career and receive ongoing training to enable you to perform. Many utilities include a variety of electrical engineering opportunities in power generation and transmission and distribution. Job descriptions vary widely but include: planning for future system improvements, design of control and protection systems, design of transmission lines and substations, communications and computer systems, development of standards to name a few categories. (Running Time 23:10)
Presented by: Joan Kozisek - Environmental Team Lead, American Transmission Company, LLC
Description: Government agencies or non-profits are not the only place to work if you love the environment and want to ensure it is protected for future generations. Businesses also need devoted people who can help them understand how business and protection of the environment can co-exist. Joan Kozisek is an environmental expert for American Transmission Company, developing methods that minimize environmental impacts when new transmission lines are developed by the utility. She explains her work on a typical project and offers guidance to students looking for careers helping protect our natural resources. (Running Time 22:14)
Presented by: Anne Spaltholz - Manager of Corporate Communications, American Transmission Company
Description: When Anne Spaltholz joined her high school yearbook staff, it turned out to be a window into her future as head of Corporate Communications for a $3 billion utility. A career in communications includes writing, graphic design, web development, social media, video production, public speaking, project management and leadership. (Running Time 23:35)
Presented by: Greg Levesque - Environmental & Local Relations, American Transmission Company
Description: In today’s global economy it is more important than ever to develop good relationships and communicate effectively. Greg Levesque will talk about his business management experience and explore how you can be successful in your career (and personal life) by leveraging these two crucial areas, while also having some fun along the way. You will also learn how the work place is filled with a diverse array of talent and gain valuable insight into how you can recognize and develop your own unique skills and traits to achieve success in whatever you pursue in life. (Running Time 22:57)
Presented by: Andrew Winterstein - Director/Associate Clinical Professor, Athletic Training Program UW-Madison
Description: Andrew Winterstein takes students through the process of becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer. Learn how these highly trained healthcare professionals work hand-in-hand with physicians and other team members in sports medicine. What are the job responsibilities and rewards that come from working with athletes? And how do Athletic Trainers help general patients maintain active healthy lives? (Running Time 23:30)
Presented by: Mike Fitzgerald - Service & Parts Director, Zimbrick, Acura and Volkswagen of Middleton
Description: If cars are your thing, a career as an automotive technician could get you on the road to success. You can begin your skills training in high school and even gain valuable hands-on experience working at a local automotive business. In this session, learn about how to plan for your specialized training in automotive technology after high school and the options available to you to move up in the industry as you help keep America’s cars moving on our roads. (Running Time 25:50)
Presented by: Tim Sweeney - President & Co-owner, Sweeney Construction
Description: Whether it’s building things from the ground up or reworking existing structures, the construction trades provide careers that are truly hands-on. As the head of a well-established design and remodeling business, Tim Sweeney provides insight on the variety of skilled trades that are needed for those who want to become a builder, remodeler and everything in-between. (Running Time 22:03)
Presented by: Jeanette Roberts - Dean and Professor, UW Madison School of Pharmacy
Description: Pharmacy, one of the most trusted professions in the world, has always been an exciting and rewarding career, and is a highly pursued field in health care. Pharmacists work directly with patients and help them get well. Career placement opportunities are vast and starting salaries are among the highest of college graduates. The Dean of the UW Madison School of Pharmacy guides students through the rewards and requirements of choosing a career in Pharmacy. (Running Time 22:48)
Presented by: Elizabeth A. Dohrn, PhD - Project Director, UW-Madison WI Center for Education Research
Description: As students, we’ve all grown up seeing what teachers do every day. But what does the world of education look like from the other side? As one who teaches teachers, Elizabeth Dohrn shares details on the process to become a K-12 teacher in general education or special education. What type of coursework is needed, what a “day in the life” of a teacher is like, and what kinds of pre-teaching experiences will enhance your path to a career in education. (Running Time 24:52)
Presented by: Heidi Wegleitner - Attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Description: People often think of attorneys as those who make the big bucks and drive fancy cars. But for lawyers who fight for equal justice for low-income people, the rewards are not measured in dollars. Heidi Wegleitner is a staff attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin, a law firm that provides free legal services in civil law cases surrounding basic needs such as food, housing and health care. Heidi shares her insight and passion for the work she does helping people in need as they face eviction from their homes or other basic living crises.(Running Time 24:33)
Presented by: Amy Sherman-Kortbein - Realtor, Restaino & Associates
Description: Helping people buy or sell homes isn’t for the faint of heart. But being a Realtor is a very rewarding profession for people who love homes and have a passion for helping people through what can be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Having struggled to find the “right” career, Amy Kortbein threw caution to the wind and decided to get her real estate license. Amy will discuss what it takes to develop a real estate business and the ups and downs of industry. (Running Time 24:17)
Presented by: Alejo Torres - Senior Outreach Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Description: A brief overview of Money Smart Week — a financial education and awareness program aimed at teaching consumers about personal finance. Learn how an early career in public relations took Mr. Torres all the way to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where they work to manage the nation's money from your pocketbook to the bank vault. [Note: Due to technical difficulties this program does not include any Q&A portion of the presentation.] (Running Time 10:54)
Presented by: Kelly Morgan - Marketing Manager, Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
Description: It may not be easy being green, but it's definitely rewarding! Virent Energy Systems, on Madison’s east side, is curing the world’s addiction to fossil fuels. Around 80 chemists and engineers and 20 administrative staff work at this 8-year old renewable bioproducts company that uses plant sugars from feedstocks such as wheat, straw, pine chips and corn to make the very same chemicals and fuels that have historically come from crude oil. If you love science and would enjoy leveraging your curiosity to fix the world’s big problems, consider the exciting green fields of biofuels and biochemicals! (Running Time 24:08)