Photo from a panel at the Building Badger Leaders Conference. Photo by Dan Pomykalski

Building Badger Leaders Conference

Become a Better Badger
October 27–29, 2016

Get a big dose of Badger spirit at the Building Badger Leaders conference. Come back to campus during one of the most exciting weekends of the year: Halloween and the football game against Nebraska.

Building Badger Leaders will give you some of the tools you need to be a better leader. Topics range from marketing to mindfulness. An exciting roster of speakers includes:

This year’s conference, hosted by the WAA President’s Advisory Council, features more networking opportunities and a chance to meet council members. Reconnect with your university and make new connections with your fellow alumni. Don’t miss this empowering, fun-filled weekend!

2016 Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 27

Time Event Location Details

6:30 p.m.

Welcome Keynote and Reception

Fluno Center

Welcome Keynote and Reception, Tonya Sloans JD’01, 2016 Forward under Forty recipient


Friday, Oct. 28

Time Event Location Details

9:00 a.m.


Gordon Dining and Events Center

The Fight to Preserve Public Higher Education Fifty Years after the Higher Education Act, F. King Alexander PhD’96

10:15 a.m.

Break-Out Sessions

Gordon Dining and Events Center

Leveraging the Badger Network through Badger Bridge, David Nelson MA’07, PhD’13

Beloved Community Remixed, Roberto Rivera ’04

The Next Generation of Badger Leaders, Student Panel, Carmen Gosey x’18, Jackie Laitsc x’17, Luke Muentner x’17, Helena Record x’17, Amelia Rossa x’17

11:30 a.m.


Gordon Dining and Events Center

12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

Gordon Dining and Events Center

Coaching as a Gift: An Approach to Leadership in Life and Business, Steve Pogorzelski ’83

2:00 p.m.

Break-Out Sessions

Gordon Dining and Events Center

Social Media Marketing 101: The Secrets to Success Online, Dexter Patterson ’14

Leadership with Mindfulness, Barry Roberts ’81, MS’86

Alumni Roles and How They Assist UW–Madison and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, Neville Lam ’97, Lisa Harris ’97, Martha Vukelich-Austin ’81

3:30 p.m.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Kohl Center


Saturday, Oct. 29

Time Event Location Details

3:00 p.m.

State of the University

Union South (Marquee)

Ken Goldstein and Charles Hoslet JD’89

4:00 p.m.


Union South (Varsity 3)