Megan Pirelli ’13 MBA ’19

SNC-connected co-workers make sure America eats its greens

Megan Pirelli ’13 MBA ’19 and Ashley Ponschok MBA ’19 shared ground-level experience at a food-tech start-up that’s serving up fresh greens for K-12 pupils and food pantry clients.

Upcoming events
Great Decisions Lecture Series: “The End of Globalization?”
6:30 p.m. CST|Virtual

As the United States entered another election season, the merits and drawbacks of globalization were again being debated by the presidential candidates. With the passing of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s America First doctrine, protectionist policies have become more prevalent, challenging globalization. Arthur Cyr, professor of political science and director of the International Political Economy Program at Carthage College, takes a look at globalization, how it is affected by protectionist trade policies, how the United States and the world will be affected by such policies, and if globalization really is at an end or if it is in need of a refresh.

Gender and Confidence Seminar
8:30-10:30 a.m. CST|Virtual

Over-confidence repels, under-confidence stalls and Authentic Confidence attracts. How do you attract what you want? Ben Fauske, Center for Exceptional Leadership facilitator and author of “Authentic Confidence,” will share insights from brand-new research on confidence and the role gender plays in this Inspirational Leadership Series seminar. Billy Korinko ’09, director of the St. Norbert College Cassandra Voss Center, will explain how dominant ideas about gender have an impact on our self-perceived strengths and weaknesses. Vicki Updike from New Sage Strategies also will share her in-depth experience.

Ben Fauske

Great Decisions Lecture Series: “Brexit and the European Union”
6:30 p.m. CST|Virtual

The United Kingdom formally left the European Union at the start of 2021. Neil McGarvey, senior teaching fellow at the University of Strathclyde-Glasgow, discusses the split from the EU and what that might mean for the future. What does the future of Europe and the UK look like? Will the UK survive a possible Scottish vote to leave? Who will step up and take command of Europe now that Angela Merkel is out of the spotlight?

Webinar: Great Leaders Are Great Communicators
Noon-12:40 p.m. CST|Virtual

The foundation of great communication is understanding and applying the effective communication formula: inform, influence, inspire, entertain. Denise Thomas, president and owner of The Effective Communication Coach LLC, will help you understand the value of applying the formula in your day-to-day interactions.

SEMINAR | Great Leaders Are Great Communicators
Noon-12:40 p.m. CST|Virtual via Zoom
Denise Thomas, president and owner of The Effective Communication Coach LLC, will teach you how to apply the effective communication formula (inform, influence, inspire, entertain) as well as help you understand why effective communication is important to engagement and growth, gain techniques to overcome nervousness and anxiety when communicating, and learn how to connect with others across diversity to drive collaboration resulting in high performance.

Great Decisions Lecture Series: “China’s Role in Africa”
6:30 p.m. CST|Virtual

The COVID-19 crisis has put a massive strain on what was growing a positive economic and political relationship between China and the continent of Africa. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s centerpiece “Belt and Road initiative” continues to expand Chinese power, the response to the spread of COVID-19, as well as the African government’s growing debt to China, has seen pushback. Allen Xiao, geography Ph.D. candidate at UW-Madison, discusses the growing economic and political issues between China and Africa.

Webinar: Coaching Employees Through Change: Lead Like a Coach, Spark Innovation and Reduce Stress
Noon-12:40 p.m. CST|Virtual via Zoom

There’s nothing more human than using our brains at work to think differently, lead change and spark innovation — but it’s not easy. Constant states of change and continued uncertainty cause distractions and stress that can take the smartest, most engaged leader and their employees off course. Join Jeff Nally, executive coach, speaker and author, to learn brain-based solutions to lead change and manage the emotional rollercoaster of today’s challenges for yourself and your team.

  • RESEARCH Supporting service strategies with information technologies Jamie O'Brien (Management) co-authored a study titled “The role The role of information systems and knowledge codification for service provision strategies,” published recently in the Journal of Service Theory and Practice, a leading journal in service management.
    LEADERSHIP Leadership chief wins Most Valuable rank in Green Bay Packers Program The Center for Exceptional Leadership’s Dean Stewart ’88 has been named Most Valuable Mentor in the Green Bay Packers Mentor Protégé Graduation Program.
    HUMAN RESOURCES Associate professor earns specialty credential Matt Stollak (Management) recently earned the SHRM People Analytics Specialty Credential. With the credential, HR professionals can begin their journey into the field of people analytics; investigate relevant, real-world business issues; and effectively communicate data-supported findings.
  • CURRICULUM New data analytics major launches

    St. Norbert adds a new and rigorous data analytics major to its offerings, giving students exposure to innovative methodologies that support the critical data-driven decision-making organizations need. 

    ECONOMICS Marc Schaffer on economic recovery Marc Schaffer (Economics) shares insights on how economic recovery is looking a year into the pandemic. “It looks like there’s some more optimism coming in some of our economic data, which is good,” Schaffer says in the Spectrum News 1 article.
    RESEARCH Report: Recommendations for earthquake recovery Lucy Arendt (Management) contributed to a report currently under review by Congress that offers recommendations for improving the built environment for post-earthquake recovery.
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