Oles for Public Interest

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
6:00 – 9:00pm
Buntrock Commons Ballrooms

Registration has closed – contact Janine Knutson (knutson@stolaf.edu) with any questions. 

Hear from Ole alumni who have developed careers in poverty & health, education, and sustainability & social responsibility at non-profit, government, corporate/foundation organizations. Oles for Public Interest will be a great opportunity for thoughtful discussion and questions as alumni tell their stories and provide insight into their paths to public interest careers.

Rachel HatchThe 2015 Keynote Speaker will be Rachel Hatch ’03, Research Director, Ten-Year Forecast for Institute for the Future.

As a research director for the Institute for the Future’s Ten-Year Forecast program, Rachel customizes and interprets IFTF research for a wide range of audiences–from large corporations like Procter & Gamble and Hallmark Cards to government agencies like the Office of Naval Research to nonprofit organizations like Omidyar Network, the AARP, and the Episcopal Church. She is the catalyst behind IFTF Cities Lab, which explores the relationship between cities and social invention and also directs Future for Good, a fellowship program for leading-edge innovators to explore urgent futures. Rachel is an expert designer and facilitator of workshops as well as an experienced game guide in IFTF’s Foresight Engine forecasting engagements. Outside of her work with IFTF, Rachel is active in her local community as co-curator of TEDxRedding, convener of Redding’s National Day of Civic Hacking and as a newspaper columnist for the local paper.


Erik Aamoth ’94
Job Service Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Kumar Balasubrahmanyan ’11
Program Coordinator, College Possible
Beth Cieslik ’04
Director, Government Relations, Cargill
Annie Fedorowicz ’08
Adult Immunization Outreach Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health
Mark Forsberg ’08
GetReady! Education Liason, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Christina Geng ’09
Authorization Specialist, The Emily Program
Dan Murphy ’11
Mediator, Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson
Jamie Nelson ’98
Clinical Program Manager, UnitedHealth Group
Clare Sanford ’01
Director, Strategic Partnership Development, YWCA of Minneapolis
Jon Severson ’91
Director of Corporate and Government Relations, Science Museum of Minnesota
Griselda Snelson ’05
Program Manager, Youth Intervention, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Annie Waters ’01
Director of Annual Giving and Benefit Events, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation
Bryan Wells ’12
Legislative Assistant, Minnesota Senate
Beth Wickum ’82
Director of Volunteer Services, Center for Victims of Torture

This event will have 2 panel sessions in which students will be able to choose which panel to attend based on the specific topic they are interested in hearing more about. Following the panels will be a large networking reception.

Panel #1, 6:50 pm: Launching a career in:
1. Foundations/Corporations
2. Non-Profits
3. Government 

Panel #2, 7:35 pm: Connection of career/occupation to:
1. Poverty & Health
2. Education
3. Sustainability & Social Responsibility