UW-Green Bay to host November ‘Phoenix Talks,’ modeled after popular TEDx series

UW-Green Bay will present a series of public discussions modeled after the popular TEDx Talks series, Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union.

Dubbed “Phoenix Talks,” each of these events will feature three engaging community leaders — most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni — who will discuss their careers and answer the question, “Why have you chosen to devote your life to public service?” The talks are presented as part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.”

The discussions, which run from 11 a.m. to noon, are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

Each Phoenix Talk event will focus around a theme. A complete list of topics and speakers is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 3 — Public education

Nick Nesvacil ’07, special education teacher, Green Bay Preble High School

Jo Weibel ’97, principal, Edison Middle School (Green Bay)

Jenny Wassenberg ’98 and ’03, teacher, Phantom Knight School of Opportunity (West De Pere)

Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Nonprofits

Sara Bruesewitz ’12, development, American Red Cross

Nicole Hoffman ’99, vice president of development, ASPIRO

Sarah Inman ’92, vice president of community impact, United Way

Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Environmental issues and causes

Crystal Osman ’08, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc.

Ned Dorff, teacher and activist, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners


Thursday, Nov. 6 — City government and politics

Jim Schmitt, mayor, city of Green Bay

Dan Lindstrom ’07, Green Bay City Planning Department



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