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Is Being a Business Owner all it’s Cracked Up to Be?

Presented by: Kati Whitledge - Entrepreneur, Speaker, Cosmetologist, Author & Podcaster, Inspired Enterprises, Inc. & Be Inspired Salon, Inc.

Description: Join Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Podcaster, Kati Whitledge for a look into the journey of starting new businesses. What does it take? Will it be worth it? Kati will give you the realistic insights to beginning, enduring, and enjoying the life of an entrepreneur.

IT Help Desk: Front Line Troubleshooters

Presented by: Seth Tomlinson - Help Desk Team, Meriter Hospital

Description: Reliable computer connectivity is critical to all companies. So when things go wrong, all eyes turn to the Information Technology experts for help. Seth Tomlinson provides IT Help Desk and Desktop support for employees of Meriter Hospital in Madison. He takes students through a day in the life of an IT troubleshooter and what training is needed to work in the field. (Running Time 21:26)

It’s All About Crops!

Presented by: Mark Weihing - Farm Center, WI-DATCP,

Description: Farm Center Team Lead, the Division of Agricultural Development, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Mark’s crop advising experience totals more than 34 years and included positions as a Dairy Farm Manager, Farm Supply Manager, UW Extension Agricultural Agent as well as positions with DuPont Pioneer. Mark’s career has seen several new production initiatives including precision agriculture, biotechnology and nutrient management. Mark has mentored clients and colleagues on ways to adopt these practices in a way that best suits their needs and he will share his knowledge of careers in the wild world of crop agriculture.

It’s Hot in Here! Life as a Professional Chef

Presented by: Sean Fogarty - Executive Chef, Discovery Culinary Collaborative

Description: From a young age Sean Fogarty was a lover of food and travel; a career as a cook and chef has allowed him to see the world and experience regional differences from the table. Life as a chef has its daily challenges; there are few professions that compare when you consider the combination of physical and mental demand that is required every day to have success in the restaurant industry. There are also few professions that allow you to travel the globe and truly immerse yourself in a regions culture. Not to mention the delicious food.

Job Interviewing Tips from a Career Coach

Presented by: Megan Watt - Career Coach & Executive Director, Dream Catalyst Labs

Description: For young people interviewing for a first job can be very intimidating. Learning to sharpen your interviewing skills now, will go a long way for scholarship applications, college admissions and eventually career employment. As a career coach, Megan Watt offers some tips for students on how nail your next interview. (Running Time 25:14)

Jobs that Make a Difference: Careers in the Nonprofit World

Presented by: Julann Jatczak - Vice President, Impact Initiatives, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Description: We’ve all heard about organizations that work to make the world a better place or groups that help out individuals less fortunate. Nonprofit businesses – like Goodwill, Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, hospitals, local theater companies – combine both social purpose and business principles to achieve big goals. Julann Jatczak has been the Vice President of a statewide nonprofit agency for 17 years. She’ll share what it means to work at a nonprofit and discuss the differences between private-sector, government, and nonprofit careers. Plus, Julann will dispel some common myths and show that it is possible to make money and make a difference at the same time! (Running Time 24:11)

Law Enforcement: Challenges and Rewards

Presented by: Dave Mahoney - Sheriff, Dane County Sheriff's Office

Description: Keeping our communities safe is a highly regarded job that many young people consider pursuing. A career in law enforcement can be demanding but it can also bring about a great deal of satisfaction in helping others. Learn from one of the state’s top cops about what it takes to become part of the force and what kinds of skills and opportunities you will obtain in law enforcement. (Running Time 22:54)

Law School 101: the ins-and-outs of getting in and why people go

Presented by: Sir Williams - Director of Admissions, University of Wisconsin Law School

Description: Have you ever sat and dreamed about how you would change the world if you only had the power? Well, while law school won’t necessarily provide you with the magic wand of world domination, it can teach you the art of WORD domination which, when combined with other skills, can take you pretty far. Sir Williams will walk you through the process of getting into law school and will discuss how a law degree might come in handy once you are out of school. (Running Time 24:55)

Learn Smart Money Habits to Benefit Your Future

Presented by: Alejo Torres - Senior Outreach Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Description: Learn about how the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is taking an active role in helping consumers become more ‘Money Smart’ and why managing money is such an important life skill. Mr. Torres also talks about his career in public outreach and how a Chicago-based financial literacy campaign is becoming a national phenomenon. (Running Time 23:01)

Life with Fish: DNR Fisheries Manager

Presented by: Kurt Welke - Fisheries Manager, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Description: What is it like shepherding the natural resources of Wisconsin from a field manager’s chair? As a seasoned Fisheries Manager for the Department of Natural Resources, Kurt Welke shares insight on why natural resources are a valuable and worthwhile profession, what it takes to compete in civil service, and how the business of “the outdoors” works on a daily basis. We’ll walk through an average day in the life of a fisheries manager and outline what students need to know and how they go about getting the knowledge and experience required for this rewarding career. (Running Time 24:03)

Litigation Attorney – Experts in the Courtroom

Presented by: Truscenialyn Brooks - Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP

Description: There are many lawyers who practice law but never set foot in a courtroom. Those who specialize in taking cases into court are Litigation Attorneys. Truscenialyn Brooks is a litigator with Perkins Coie LLP in Madison. She specializes Intellectual Property law (patents) but also is involved with civil and criminal litigation for prisoners on a pro bono basis. Truscenialyn walks students through the day-to-day work of a litigation attorney – what happens before, during and after a trial. (Running Time 24:03)

Looking Through the Lens of a Commercial Photographer Video Coming Soon

Presented by: Kyle Wege - Owner/Photographer, Crimson Sun Studios

Description: When most people think of professional photographers, they think of weddings, senior portraits and family portraits, or editorial pieces for magazines like TIME or National Geographic, but commercial photography holds a large portion of the market for working photographers. Kyle will give you the rundown on how he got into commercial photography, the kind of work that he creates, and client expectations when it comes to advertising. He’ll also get into self-development and working towards the lifestyle you want to live.

Making a Living as a Musician

Presented by: Beth Kille - Singer/Songwriter & Guitar/Songwriting Instructor, Beth Kille Music

Description: Beth Kille will describe the skill set she has developed over the past 14 years as an independent (“Indie”) performing singer/songwriter to survive in the whirlwind music business without selling her soul. Details on a “day in the life” of a professional musician will be shared, along with specific resources one can use for learning the ropes of the music industry. (Running Time 21:09)

Making the Grade: Being a Grade School Teacher

Presented by: Randy Kalscheuer - 3rd Grade Teacher, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Description: It’s called an A-Ha moment…the moment in which someone understands something for the first time and the “light bulb” goes on. Imagine if you were the one who flips the switch. Find out about the non-traditional path Randy Kalscheuer took from newsroom to classroom and what it takes to be an elementary school teacher. Randy will discuss certification requirements, license renewal, and what a typical day is like in order to “make the grade.” (Running Time 24:09)

Mammals, turtles & birds, oh my! The Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator

Presented by: Jackie Edmunds - Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator, Dane County Humane Society

Description: Many students discover their passion for the biological sciences during high school or college by taking courses in general biology, animal sciences, botany, or anatomy and physiology. However, with such a broad array of topics to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow that passion and focus on a future career path. Jackie was born with a passion for helping animals, yet she never could have dreamed of working as a wildlife rehabilitator or researching bird populations. Jackie shares how her experiences led her to the Dane County Humane Society and what other opportunities are available to students in the wildlife rehabilitation field. (Running Time 23:36)

Management Careers in the Big Leagues of Retail

Presented by: Wally Amerson - Market Manager, Sam's Clubs of Wisconsin

Description: Wally Amerson has built his 25 year management career with one of best known names in retail. Currently he oversees operations in 12 Sam’s Clubs with 1600 associates and 75 assistants throughout the state of Wisconsin. He began as a cart associate and worked his way into management, twice being named club manager of the year. Through his work with Sam’s Club, Wally shares insight with students on qualities and skills to be successful in big league retail management. (Running Time 24:21)

Management in Healthcare and Research

Presented by: Frederick Wenzel - Assistant Professor, University of St Thomas Opus College of Business

Description: There is an increasing need for leaders and managers in both healthcare and research in the health sciences. The presentation will focus on where those needs lie and the kind of background and education necessary for pursuing careers in these areas. There will be a focus on the need to prepare broadly because of the rapidly changing healthcare systems. (Running Time 24:02)

Managing Worker Issues: Union Leadership

Presented by: John Matthews - Executive Director, Madison Teachers, Inc.

Description: More than confrontation, life lessons from one of Wisconsin's most respected union leaders. A how-to of essential skills for a successful career. Building trust, basic lessons for interpersonal communication, advocating for a positive result, collaborating with all stakeholders, establishing respect, promoting core beliefs, negotiating by being fair, honest and prepared. (Running Time 25:33)

Marketing by the Slice

Presented by: Zachary Chapman - Marketing Director, Ian's Pizza

Description: Zach will talk about the importance of managing your brand content to ensure maximum exposure. Zach will also talk about the the marketing strategy used at Ian’s Pizza to grow sales and grow the brand loyalists that in turn spread the word throughout their trade area.

Massage Therapy - A Career in Wellness

Presented by: Robin Rinehart - Massage Therapist & Massage Therapy Program Chair, Globe University

Description: The healing touch of massage therapy is a growing field that offers opportunities for careers in a variety of settings. What is involved in becoming a massage therapist? And is massage beneficial to everyone? Robin Rinehart shares her story of a day in the life of a Licensed Massage Therapist, and as an instructor, offers advice for those considering getting into this specialized health and wellness field. (Running Time 21:25)

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