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The Office of Career Development is pleased to host virtual sessions featuring career-related topics inspired by your career paths. Share your expertise with the UIU community.  All are invited to join the sessions live through the University’s Facebook page.  Sessions are also recorded and made available below.

Join us again in September!


Details are added as they are made available. For more information or to sign up, contact [email protected] or call 563-425-5229.

Past Speakers


R.J. Montes ‘02 - May 26, 2021

Marketing, Fayette Campus

Presentation: Race Your Race

>> Click here to view R.J.'s session

A leader with Dupaco Community Credit Union in Dubuque, R.J. relishes in helping team members realize their full potential through engagement, education, and empowerment to help members meet their financial goals. With a mission to motivate and inspire, he is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner encouraging others to race their best race and to never underestimate their true potential and capabilities.


Tom Petsche ‘75 - April 21, 2021

History, Fayette Campus

Presentation: There is Not an I in TEAM

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With over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry, Tom is passionate about leadership, mentoring and the obligation to help others succeed. As the President of Brokerage Solutions, he is a frequent speaker for agency and industry groups throughout the U.S. and Canada and actively involved in professional organizations. Helping others develop their leadership skills allows Tom to continuously give back to his industry and community.

M. Griffith

Mark Griffith ‘15 & ‘17 - March 24, 2021

Emergency/Disaster Management & MPA Program, Online

Presentation: COVID’s Silver Lining to Volunteer EMS

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Working his way from a volunteer with the St. Charles (MN) ambulance in 2002, Mark’s desire for service in the emergency management field took off and he’s now serving as the Executive Director of the South Central Minnesota EMS Regional System. With years of emergency management experience and the challenges EMS have faced through the pandemic, his presence provides an important bridge between his community and his career.


Royce Hix ‘13 - February 24, 2021

Accounting, Wausau Center

Presentation: The Importance of Volunteerism & Leadership

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Experienced accounting professional who worked his way up from a temp-to-hire role and is now a controller and acting CFO for multiple organizations.  With years of leadership, volunteer, and networking experience, his life lessons can create a lasting impact.

Jesse Rawley

Jesse Rawley ’02 - January 27, 2021

Financial Management, Fayette Campus

Presentation: Overcoming Adversity

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The people met and experiences obtained through his time at UIU have had a remarkable impact on Jesse’s life. Overcoming adversity, persevering, and having a positive attitude to push through to the next adventure are themes to his career and accomplishments that have helped shape him personally and professionally.