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Carlson to headline NIU business talk

The NIU College of Business will have its Wednesday Night Wisdom series starting Sept. 9 featuring Bart Carlson.

The event will run from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Registration is free at

Carlson founded and built NAPERSOFT, a provider of Customer Communications Management solutions. Carlson also co-founded Azuba, which has helped transform the way patients can connect with their health providers and insurance companies to improve their health.

The College of Business launched the online speaker series to keep students, alumni and friends learning and connected in this unprecedented time.

When the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) sent NIU students home in the middle of the spring semester, the College of Business quickly pivoted to remote teaching and learning strategies for in-class learning, and virtual activities for supplemental, out-of-class learning through the Business Passport Program.

“We were very pleased at our business students’ willingness to engage virtually in the spring,” says Amy Buhrow, Sr. Director Strategy, Student Success & Accreditation. “Connectivity is the core of the college experience. We launched the Wednesday Night Wisdom series to keep our students, alumni and friends connected to one another and to learning, wherever they may be.”

Each year, the College of Business hosts nearly 500 alumni and business professional visits. With limits on face-to-face interactions, the Wednesday Night Wisdom online speaker series taps alumni and friends virtually to share knowledge in a safe, interactive way.

“The NIU College of Business has an expansive and highly informed base of alumni and faculty — any one of which could be described as an expert in any number of fields. Time and time again, they have proven the value of their knowledge as consultants through publications, to students, and to other alums,” said Cassandra Young, College of Business Director of Alumni Relations. “We are proud and delighted to feature their expertise and perspectives in the Wednesday Night Wisdom series.”

“We launched the series slowly in June and have completed a few events each month. The live event is recorded and then edited for a future podcast to download,” said Rachel Schmit, Sr. Event Coordinator for NIU’s College of Business.

“We are grateful for alumni who are offering advice on a variety of topics thus far: tapping into networks during these challenging times, managing finances through retirement, and leadership through a crisis. Our alumni and faculty members have stepped up to provide a wealth of information and help others stay focused and productive on their business, school assignments, projects, and personal life,” said Balaji Rajagopalan, Dean of NIU’s College of Business.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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