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Badger Leaders Conference

We’re back in person! Join alumni leaders from around the world for this year’s Badger Leaders Conference in Madison. Each session will offer helpful information to build your skills in a variety of leadership roles. Learn best practices for advancing your group’s goals; network with other Badger leaders; hear directly from Sarah Schutt, executive director and chief alumni officer of the Wisconsin Alumni Association; and more. Enjoy two bustling days filled with opportunities to engage and learn — as well as experience campus amid the beauty of summer.

Register by June 8.

Schedule

Thursday

11–11:30 a.m. Registration
Grainger Hall, Lobby
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Welcome and Lunch
Grainger Hall, Plenary Room
12:30–3:30 p.m.Diversity training
Grainger Hall, Plenary Room

Through group discussion and activity, you will learn to develop sustainable and intentional strategies to engage diverse alumni, as well as to examine your chapter or group’s existing engagement efforts so that you can identify opportunities to implement these strategies. Additionally, you will learn strategies that can be used to minimize the impact of implicit bias.
3:30–4:30 p.m.Discover the Public History Project
Grainger Hall, Plenary Room

Director Kacie Lucchini Butcher discusses the UW–Madison Public History Project — “a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to those who experienced, challenged, and overcame prejudice on campus” — as it builds toward a public exhibit in fall 2022.
5–7:30 p.m.Happy hour and Bucky boat rides
One Alumni Place

Join us for a happy hour at One Alumni Place, featuring drinks, snacks, Bucky boat rides, and opportunities to network with fellow Badger leaders as well as Wisconsin Alumni Advisory Council members.

Boat ride times:
5–5:30 p.m.
5:30–6 p.m.
6–6:30 p.m.
6:30–7 p.m.
7–7:30 p.m.

Friday

8:30 a.m.Light breakfast
9–10:30 a.m.WAA updates

Hear from WAA staff about what is going on at the organization and what you should expect in the next year.
10:45–11:45 a.m.Session One

Engaging Alumni through Social Media
Dexter Patterson ’14, Social Media Manager
Join WFAA’s social media manager, Dexter Patterson, as he discusses how your groups can use social media as a tool for engagement.

Scholarship Updates
Quinn Wakley ’19, Program Coordinator
Hear exciting updates on the WAA scholarship process.

International Chapter Structure & Expectations (*required for international chapter leaders)
We’re going back to basics! Join us to discuss various chapter structures, expectations of chapters, and share about what has worked with your group in the past.
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.Lunch
12:45–1:45 p.m.Session Two

In-Person Events 101
WAA Event Staff
We’re all excited to return to in-person engagement — but what is involved in planning a safe and successful event now? Learn from our event staff about how to plan a successful event for your group.

Creative Boards, Creative Solutions
Not all boards are the same. Learn from your fellow Badger leaders about creative board structures and how they have dealt with sticky situations.
2–3 p.m.Session Three

Great Game Watches
Fall is just around the corner! Learn how other Badger leaders have created successful game watch events around the country.

Amazing Websites, Amazing Engagement
Congrats, you have a new website! But how should you use it? Learn how other groups have used their new websites to really strut their stuff and engage more alumni.

International: Badger Leaders Resource webpage walk-through (*required for international chapter leaders)
Join us to learn all about the resources we offer to chapters and how to best access them. We’ll cover the Badger Leaders Resource webpage and much more!
3:15–4:15p.m.Session Four

Plan Your Year
This is an opportunity for you to apply what you’ve learned as you plan your upcoming program year.

Plan Your Year: International (*required for international chapter leaders)
For international chapters, we’ll discuss and start planning your next year and how WAA can best support you moving forward.
4:30–5:30 p.m.Bucky Awards Ceremony

Celebrate your fellow Badger leaders during our first annual Bucky Awards ceremony!

Lodging and Parking Options

Use the links below to get special discounts on accommodations. Discounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Information

The Wisconsin Alumni Association will follow the latest public health guidance from local authorities to ensure the health and safety of guests at this in-person event and will hold the event in accordance with those recommendations. If changing conditions or local guidelines require changes to the event, we will update you via email or phone call.

June 23-24, 2022
WHEN
June 23-24, 2022
WHERE
Wisconsin School of Business, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison
View Map and Event Details
COST

$25

HOST(S)
Wisconsin Alumni Association
Wisconsin School of Business, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison
Additional Details
Underground parking is available in the Grainger Hall Garage (Lot 7) located at 325 N. Brooks Street. Submit the UW Transportation Value Permit Order Form or call 608-262-8683 to purchase passes. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.
June 23-24, 2022
WHEN
June 23-24, 2022
WHERE
Wisconsin School of Business, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison
View Map and Event Details
COST

$25

HOST(S)
Wisconsin Alumni Association

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