Day On Campus

Speaker Biographies

 

Rebecca Blank | Chancellor | UW–Madison
Thomas J. Falk ’80 | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer | Kimberly Clark
Kevin Duffy | Division Manager of Energy & Transportation Technology | Caterpillar
Jordan Ellenberg | Mathematics | College of Letters & Science
Laura Heisler | Director of Programming | Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Susan LaBelle | Office of Corporate Relations | UW–Madison
Jamie Marsh | Director of BBA Career Services | Wisconsin School of Business
Jonathan Martin | Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences | College of Letters & Science
Richelle Martin | Office of Industrial Partnerships | UW–Madison
Sarah Marty | Arts Institute| Division of Continuing Studies
Shilagh Mirgain | Health and Sport Psychology | UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Page Moreau | Marketing, Center for Brand and Product Management | Wisconsin School of Business
D.Michael Mucha |Chief Engineer and Director |  Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Kevin Nelson | Senior Fellow | Bemis Company, Inc.
Gayle Paul | Director, Human Resources Operations | Promega Corporation
Dexter Patterson | Social Media Specialist | Wisconsin Alumni Association and Foundation
Jeffrey S. Russell | Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning | Dean, Division of Continuing Studies
Suzanne Sherry | Vice President of Talent Management | Rexnord
Patrick J. Sims | Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion | Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement 
Rebecca Verhulst | Associate Director, Global University Relations | Covance Inc.

Rebecca Blank | Chancellor| UW–Madison

POrtrait of Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Blank became chancellor of Wisconsin’s flagship university in July 2013, bringing with her a deep commitment to educational excellence and innovation. Blank is an internationally respected economist who also has spent time in Washington, D.C., working in three different administrations. Most recently, she served as deputy secretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Obama. She was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton.

From 1999 to 2008 she was dean and professor of public policy and economics in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she launched innovations including interdisciplinary graduate programs and an undergraduate public policy major.Blank also has served on the faculty at Northwestern and Princeton Universities, and was a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research think tank in Washington, D.C.

Blank’s commitment to expanding and improving educational opportunities inside and outside the classroom to better prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing economy has been a hallmark of her tenure at UW. At the same time, she has worked to maintain the university’s position as a global leader in innovation and research, and has emphasized the role of the university in nurturing entrepreneurship and driving economic development. Blank is a frequent speaker on the importance of public research universities. She has been part of a vital national conversation about how to keep these institutions financially stable and thriving.

Her leadership has reinforced UW-Madison’s position as one of the world’s top 25 universities – a center for education, discovery and research, committed to sharing knowledge and innovation that improves lives in Wisconsin and around the globe.Blank’s deep contributions to academic and policy worlds have been recognized with numerous national and international awards, as well as honorary doctoral degrees. Most recently, the American Academy of Political and Social Science honored her with its Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize.

A native Midwesterner, Blank earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in economics from MIT. She is married to Hanns Kuttner, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. They have one daughter.

Thomas J. Falk ’80 | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer | Kimberly Clark

A 34-year Kimberly-Clark veteran, Thomas J. Falk is the architect of the company’s Global Business Plan, which positions Kimberly-Clark to lead the world in essentials for a better life. He was elected Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2003.

Mr. Falk has led Kimberly-Clark through Global Business Plans designed to increase the company’s sales and profitability. Under his leadership, Kimberly-Clark has grown sales to more than $18 billion as of 2016. Kimberly-Clark has approximately 43,000 employees worldwide and operations in 35 countries.

Mr. Falk serves on the Boards of Lockheed Martin, Global Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst and the University of Wisconsin Foundation and as a National Governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He also chaired the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 2013 fundraising campaign and continues to actively advance its mission.

Mr. Falk received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He and his wife have one son.

Kevin Duffy | Division Manager of Energy & Transportation Technology | Caterpillar

Kevin has 20 years of experience at Caterpillar in the engine development and advanced combustion areas.  He has worked on advanced combustion and fuel system technologies for future Caterpillar products. Earlier in his career, he managed the Combustion Science & Technology group in the Engine Research Department where responsibilities included developing strategies on engines targeting US 2007/2010 on-highway legislated emissions.  Subsequently, he became Manager of the Performance & Emissions Department at Perkins Engines (division of Caterpillar in the UK).  His responsibilities included managing group of 75 engineers whose primary function was to develop production engine and fuel systems calibrations for Tier 3 and Tier 4 off-highway engines.  In addition he managed the Regulations team responsible for working with EPA/CARB/EU/Japan/etc to ensure proper certification of engines.  Currently, he is Division Manager of Energy & Transportation Technology for Caterpillar.  Responsibilities include managing group of 70+ engineers whose primary function is to research and develop future engine and other advanced power sources technologies.  He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University in Mechanical Engineering and has been awarded 31 patents across a broad range of engine system technology areas.

Jordan Ellenberg | Mathematics | College of Letters & Science

Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics in the College of Letters & Science.

His research centers on number theory and algebraic geometry.  Ellenberg is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Guggenheim Fellow.  He is the author of “How not to be wrong:  The Power of Mathematical Thinking” which was a New York Times best seller in 2014, the winner of the 2016 Euler Book Prize, and one of Bill Gates’s Five summer 2016 book selections.

 

Laura Heisler | Director of Programming | Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Laura Heisler is Director of Programming for WARF and the Director of Outreach for the Morgridge Institute for Research. Prior to assuming this role in 2009, she served as an Intellectual Property Manager for WARF and as the Program Developer for the Morgridge Institute for Research. She has been involved with numerous aspects of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery project since its inception in 2006. In her current role, she is charged with developing, implementing and directing the programmatic framework for the groundbreaking public spaces at the Discovery Building, including the one-of-a-kind Town Center, which welcome the entire community.

Laura is a patent agent registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Before joining WARF in 2004, she worked as Intellectual Property Manager, Grants Manager and as a research scientist for Third Wave Technologies. Laura did her undergraduate work at Stanford University in Biological Sciences and Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  She is the author of several scientific publications and the inventor of a U.S. patent.

Susan LaBelle | Office of Corporate Relations | UW–Madison

Susan LaBelle joined UW-Madison as Managing Director of the Office of Corporate Relations in February 2014. Susan’s professional background includes executive positions in marketing and strategy in the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, she served as global vice president of marketing at drug development services company Covance. In addition to her roles at global companies, she has provided consulting on strategy and marketing to companies, nonprofits and higher education institutions.

Susan has an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, and earned her master’s in marketing and management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jamie Marsh | Director of BBA Career Services | Wisconsin School of Business

Jamie Marsh currently serves as the Director of BBA Career Services in the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her time in this role, Jamie spent five years as Director of Corporate Relations for the WSB where she worked directly with corporations to navigate their engagements, research partnerships, hiring efforts and financial partnerships with the School. Prior to that time, she spent six years with the Wisconsin School of Business Career Center as both a career advisor and employer relations/development coordinator focused on the finance industry. Jamie has also participated on committees within the Wisconsin BBA Program to help advance key initiatives related to admissions, diversity, assessment and student leadership development. Campus-wide, Jamie served as the Chair of the UW-Madison Career Services Council from 2015-2017.

Outside of her work at UW, Jamie has served as Chair of the Hire Big10 Plus Consortium and has served as an advisory board member to the Wisconsin Singers. Jamie earned her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Jonathan Martin | Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences | College of Letters & Science

Jonathan Martin Ph.D. is a professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in the College of Letters & Science.

His research expertise is in mid-latitude weather systems and he has authored over 60 scientific papers, as well as the leading textbook on mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics. He also appears regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio as part of the two-man “”Weather Guys”” segment. He recently ended a 9-year term as Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and was named by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Top 300 Professors. In January 2016, he was honored by the American Meteorological Society as its Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence award winner.

Richelle Martin  | Office of Industrial Partnerships | UW–Madison

Richelle Martin is the Assistant Director of the Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). In her role, she identifies and addresses issues unique to working with industry and assists with the review, development, and implementation of campus policies and practices that impact industrial relationships. Richelle is also responsible for the oversight of OIP, whose primary responsibilities include reviewing and negotiating research and research-related contracts with industry, establishing and maintaining research relationships with commercial entities, and ensuring that UW’s research contracts and activities meet statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements. Richelle and the rest of the OIP staff work closely with other offices on UW’s campus responsible for managing research-related matters such as animal care and use, conflicts of interest, export control, and human subject protection, as well as UW’s external technology transfer office, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

Sarah Marty| Arts Institute | Division of Continuing Studies

Sarah Marty is a Faculty Affiliate at the UW Arts Institute; she teaches UW Arts Enterprise at the Wisconsin School of Business and is Program Director for the Madison Early Music Festival. She is an educator and producer whose work ranges from sharing the wonders of “Hamilton: An American Musical” with lifelong learners through the Division of Continuing Studies to mentoring student curators in UW Special Collections as Co-Director of the Holding History program. As a producer she enjoys collaborating with campus and community partners, whether working with the Director of the Marching Band for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert or welcoming the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the Overture Center for the Arts. A trained musician and stage manager, she is the Producing Artistic Director for Four Seasons Theatre and recently recorded a Swissconsin album of accordion music with her grandmother.  @smartyfiles / littlebrownnotebook.com

Shilagh Mirgain | Health and Sport Psychology | UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Shilagh Mirgain is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health and Sport Psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  In her clinical practice, Shilagh specializes in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain and mood and anxiety disorders.  Shilagh is also a sport psychologist to UW Badger student athletes. A sought after speaker, writer, facilitator and therapist, Shilagh is a frequent contributor to CBS 3 News in Madison and Wisconsin Public Radio.  She was recently featured on the TODAY show discussing skills to cultivate well-being and greater happiness in the workplace.
She writes and speaks on mind-body skills to foster optimal health.   Shilagh is also an accomplished researcher, lecturer and trainer in the field of Mindfulness Meditation.
Shilagh received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Page Moreau | Marketing, Center for Brand and Product Management | Wisconsin School of Business

Page Moreau is the John R. Nevin Professor of Marketing and the Academic Director of the Center for Brand and Product Management at the Wisconsin School of Business.  She joined the Wisconsin faculty in 2014 after 12 years at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. She received a Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University in 1998. Her research focuses on creativity, consumer learning, and innovation. Professor Moreau’s work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.  She currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Consumer Research and is a member of the editorial review boards at the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

D. Michael Mucha  | Chief Engineer and Director | Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Michael is the Chief Engineer and Director for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. He has dedicated his 28-year career in local government to building public trust through sustainability.

Michael has his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington-Seattle, and completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. He is a registered professional engineer.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and teaches courses in sustainable infrastructure management and adaptive leadership at the University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College.

Kevin Nelson | Senior Fellow | Bemis Company, Inc

Kevin Nelson (Bemis Company, Inc.) is a Senior Fellow in Bemis’ Central Research Group and currently leads the Bemis Senior Scientist Council.  He received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1979 and joined Bemis immediately thereafter.  Throughout his career, Kevin has gained broad experience with respect to the creation of high barrier flexible packaging structures.  His current research focuses on understanding process/material and product/package relationships.  Kevin has been awarded four Bemis President’s Awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement and is a named inventor on 22 U.S. patents.

Gayle Paul | Director, Human Resources Operations | Promega Corporation

Gayle Paul is Promega’s Director of Human Resources Operations. She has been with Promega for 18 ½ years and in her role, she is responsible for the day to day Human Resources Operations which include Payroll, Benefits, Recruitment, Affirmative Action/EEO and HRIS.  She also oversees the Travel, Library, Front Desk and Culinary Operations at Promega.  Gayle earned her B.A. in Communications from UW-Whitewater and prior to joining Promega held Human Resources roles at QTI and US Bank, both in Madison.  Gayle also supports Promega by serving on the Board of Directors for Woods Hollow Children’s Center and is involved in her local community (Waunakee) both from a community service perspective and through her husband’s local business and her children’s activities.

Dexter Patterson | Social Media Specialist | Wisconsin Alumni Association and Foundation

Dexter Patterson serves as the social and digital media specialist for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. He has experience working as a blogger, content marketer, digital marketer, podcaster, motivator, and corporate trainer.

He is a UW–Madison grad with a Bachelor of Science in Life Science Communication and Digital Studies and has a Masters Degree from Purdue University in Communication and Media Studies  He is a proud husband and father of 4 beautiful girls.

Jeffrey S. Russell | Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning | Dean, Division of Continuing Studies

Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, F.NSPE, is the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of Division of Continuing Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his role as Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Russell is responsible for leading the university’s programs and services for lifelong learners and nontraditional students. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Russell served as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UW-Madison. Dr. Russell’s research focuses on construction management, innovative project delivery systems, and construction automation and robotics. He received a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.

Dr. Russell is a respected researcher, author, and editor. He is the co-author of the book, Raise the Bar: Strengthening the Civil Engineering Profession (2013) and has another book forthcoming in 2016, “Becoming a Project Leader. ”

Patrick J. Sims | Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion | Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement

Patrick Sims is currently the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sims is entering his twelfth year at the university as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Drama.  In the Vice Provost role, Sims and his team are responsible for guiding, supporting the work of, and representing the Office of the Provost on matters related to diversity of students, staff, and faculty, as well as classroom, workplace, and general campus climate.

Sims is summer faculty at the International School of Asia – Karuizawa, (ISAK) where he has taught theatre and diversity for the last 4 years in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. Sims continues his scholarly research with the Theatre for Cultural & Social Awareness (TCSA), a program Sims founded in the fall of 2004.  The TCSA program is an interactive theatre-based training model that dramatizes sensitive subject matters related to power, privilege, race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation for universities, corporate and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Over the years, Patrick has worked with organizations such as Miller Brewing Company, Harley Davidson, Wisconsin Energies, Yale University and several other institutions of higher education.

Suzanne Sherry | Vice President of Talent Management | Rexnord

Suzanne Sherry is the Vice President of Talent Management at Rexnord.  Suzanne leads the design and development of talent management processes including performance management, development planning, potential and succession planning.  The talent management processes are designed to support the overall business strategies of Rexnord.  Suzanne collaborates with leaders regarding culture change, organizational alignment and strategic planning.  She also coaches executives and associates as well as facilitates leadership and development workshops.

Prior to joining Rexnord, she held several learning, development, and talent positions at Johnson Controls.  In addition to learning and development, she also held commercial and commercial support roles at GE Healthcare.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Rebecca Verhulst | Associate Director, Global University Relations | Covance Inc.

With focus in the STEM fields, Rebecca brings energy, creativity and an ability to apply transformative thinking that connects her university work with an evolving industry need for unique perspective, innovative solutions and top talent. Through collaboration with her university partners, Rebecca seeks to assist young professionals with career exploration and skill development to meet the business needs of today and tomorrow.

Rebecca joined Covance in 2004 and has spent time in both recruitment and business partner roles, supporting multiple business lines in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In her current role, Rebecca has overall responsibility for establishing and driving Covance’s University Relations Program. She delivers business impact through university focused partnerships, talent development and programmatic strategies.

Rebecca is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Public Administration.

<< Return to Agenda

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save