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Concordia University will host engaging speakers and open houses at all 13 of its adult learning centers on one night, Wednesday, Feb. 24. The inaugural Community Thought Leaders Series highlights the people who are shaping the communities in which a Concordia University Center is located.

All events begin at 6 p.m. at the locations listed below. The series is free and open to the public.

The Community Thought Leaders Series topics are:

  • Appleton Center, 4351 W. College Ave. #100, Appleton – “Pathways to Success”
    Presented by: Sarah Schneider, community engagement manager at Thrivent Financial, and John Koehler, owner of HR Solutions, LLC
  • Beloit Center, 2040 Sutler Ave., Beloit – “Improve Your Marketability in a Competitive Market”
    Presented by: Joshua Schenck, teacher and author
  • Green Bay, 1150 Springhurst Dr., Green Bay – “Position Yourself for Success in a Competitive Job Market”
    Presented by: Gary Vaughan, founding member of Guident Business Solutions
  • Kenosha Center, 10222 74th St., Kenosha – “Leadership on a Global Level”
    Presented by: Dr. Russ Roberson, a business executive in medical devices
  • Madison Center, 2909 Landmark Pl., Madison – “How to Win the War for Talent”
    Presented by: Terry Healy-Lemke, recruiting and community outreach manager at Celebrity Staffing
  • Mequon Center, 12800 N. Lake Shore Rd., Mequon – “How to Succeed in any Market through Relentless Innovation”
    Presented by: John DeGraff, entrepreneur, author, consultant and professorFollowing his presentation, DeGraff will be joined by Joseph T. Wood, vice president of marketing/business intelligence at Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. for an interactive Q&A.


  • Midtown Center, 4151 N. 56th St., Milwaukee – “Stand Out: Reinventing Your Personal Brand”
    Presented by: Marlena Ward-Dodds, CEO of The Marketing Maze
  • Miller Park Way Center, 1670 Miller Park Way, Milwaukee – “Business Success through Economic Challenges”
    Presented by: Colleen Henderson, international and domestic marketing professional
  • Waukesha Center, N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr., Waukesha – “Servant Leadership for Today’s Business”
    Presented by: Bill King, owner of King Innovative
  • St. Louis Center, 10733 Sunset Office Dr., St. Louis, MO – “Developing a Personal Strategy”
    Presented by: Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, founder and CEO of Excel Leadership Solutions
  • Ann Arbor Center, 4090 Geddes Rd., Ann Arbor, MI – “Competing Values: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Startup and Corporate Environments,”
    Presented by: Jeff DeGraff, world-recognized entrepreneur, consultant and author
  • Dearborn Center, 22720 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI – “Leveraging Assets in the Business World”
    Presented by: Dr. Tom Javarinis, educator and former executive in the airline industry
  • Frankenmuth Center,  22720 Michigan Ave., Frankenmuth, MI – “Pursue Your Business Degree: A Look at Entrepreneur and RN-BSN Possibilities”
    Presented by: Chuck Stadler, RN owner of Vital Nurse Staffing, LLC, and Lynn Maurer, executive director of Home Health & Hospice; Wellspring Lutheran Services

Following the presentations, guests are invited to learn more about the many educational opportunities available at the Center in their community. Concordia’s accelerated learning Centers offer graduate and undergraduate programs in business, criminal justice, health care, education, and liberal arts. Classes generally meet one night a week, and much of the coursework can be completed online.

Registration is required. Please visit www.cuw.edu/thoughtleaders for a complete list of speakers and to make a reservation.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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