Industry Connections Report | 2019



Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley Furniture, spoke at UW-Stout in 2017 as part of the Cabot Executive in Residence program. The 1988 graduate in industrial technology — now engineering technology — toured campus and labs before explaining how Ashley has grown from one plant in 1970 to becoming the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, with sales of more than $5 billion annually. “Technology is our biggest challenge (in industry). We’re evolving into a tech company,” he said. Diversity : UW-Stout’s Diversity Speaker Series focuses on emerging and culturally sensitive topics. Business : The Cabot Executive in Residence program for more than 30 years has featured a business executive who gives a public address, visits classes and meets with faculty and staff. Science : The Applied Science Speaker Series showcases professionals from various hard science fields, discussing their work and research interests. Education : The Career and Technical Education in Residence program annually hosts an education executive in the area of workforce training and development. Art and Design : Practicing artists and executives visit campus to discuss their work.

Businesses of all sizes are facing a growing need for specialized talent. Those that have the deepest engagement and strongest brand on campus are the most successful recruiters. Engagement opportunities include involvement in and support of the classroom experience. From CEOs to scientists, educators to artists, UW-Stout welcomes experts to speak on campus. The university hosts many professionals throughout the year for classroom and other special presentations, as well as public speaker series in a variety of professional areas including:


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