This fall marked UW’s official return to campus, in-person instruction, and Badger sports. Along with these returns towards normalcy, the Weinert Center also saw a return to in-person gatherings for core events like PartnerUp!, Winning Ways, Fellowship gatherings, and field trips.
The Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch (DEL) also returned to an in-person event, but has kept hybrid aspects available for speakers who were unable to travel to Madison. This added flexibility has enabled the Weinert Center to maintain the geographic diversity of our speakers that we saw last year. This fall half of our featured speakers were from out of state. They traveled (physically and virtually) from Washington State, California, North Carolina, and Minnesota to speak and connect with our students. These entrepreneurs covered a smorgasbord of industries and topics; ice cream, pizza, chocolate, innovative mask design, health and wellness, venture capital, photography, building products, and non-profits. This list does not even cover the previous experiences many of the entrepreneurs discussed during their talks! The diversity of thoughts, professions, industries, and individuals has been awe-inspiring to see. We all cannot wait for DEL to return in the Spring semester.
We thank our long-time sponsor Neider & Boucher, S.C. and co-founder, Badger alum, and Weinert Center Board member Joe Boucher for graciously providing financial support in offering this event that makes a tremendous impact in our student lives.
Featured speakers in order of appearance include:
September 15: Staci Fritz, Calliope Ice Cream and Ian’s Pizza
September 22: Ousmane Kabre, Leading Change Africa
September 29: John Hevey, Birch Avenue Investments
October 6: Kristen Forecki, Microsoft
October 13: Max Bock-Aronson, Breathe99
October 20: Reena Vokoun, Passion Fit
November 3: Nathan Herbst, Paradigm
November 11: Mike Forbes, Alter Eco
November 17: Samuel Li, Cinemadic Studios
December 1: Richelle Martin, Winnow Fund