A great week: Cabot execs, honors students, trip to Kohler and diversity training

Cabot executive program celebrates 30 years

Cabbot Ribbon CuttingFor 30 years, the generosity of the Arthur R. Cabot family has allowed the College of Management to bring high-powered business leaders to campus as part of the Cabot Executive in Residence Program. I was honored last week to participate in the 30th anniversary of that program.

Also on hand to assist with the dedication were several previous Cabot program participants, including Bill Flesch, Gordon Flesch Co.; Dick Leinenkugel, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.; Kevin Wilde, General Mills; Mary Jurmain, RealityWorks; and Mark Burwell, Center for Urban Hope.

This year’s program was another blockbuster, allowing students and staff to interact with and learn from top leaders. These experienced professionals offered their perspectives on how to thrive in global markets.

Scott Cabot, a UW-Stout alumnus, established an endowment in honor of his father, Arthur R. Cabot, to support this worthwhile program. The celebration included bringing four executives to campus: Major Gen. Marcia Anderson, U.S. Army Reserve; Brian Colianni, Ford Motor Co.; Mark Hubler, Diageo North America; and Rick Pollock, Comprehensive Management Loss.

I also participated, along with Scott Cabot and Abel Adekola, dean of the College of Management, in dedicating the Cabot Wall of Honor outside the college’s offices on the second floor of Jarvis Hall Tech Wing. I thank the Cabot family for their continued support of this program and look forward to working with Scott, his wife, Janet, and other family members in the future.

A great lunch with the Honors College

Lunch with Honors CollegeI get invited to a lot of lunch events, and I truly enjoyed my time last week with students and faculty from the Honors College. The college, on the fourth floor of the library, has grown tremendously in the past few years to about 500 students, an indication of UW-Stout’s rising reputation as a rigorous academic institution.

Honors College students have to complete eight honors units during their time at UW-Stout and participate in a colloquia each semester. I’ll proudly wear the T-shirt I got during the lunch.

A worthwhile trip to the Kohler Co.

kohlerphotoI had an amazing time last week on the east side of the state visiting the Kohler Co. and seeing the impressive Black Wolf Run golf course. I traveled there with Provost Jackie Weissenburger; Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Marketing Mark Parsons; Alumni Director Juliet Fox; and several deans and program directors.

We had great conversations with company executives, toured the facilities and met alumni as well. We hope to increase our collaboration with the company through our golf enterprise management program and other programs in the future.

Diversity training with pizzazz

Wow. That’s about all I can say after spending time last week with Phyllis Braxton, president and founder of PINK Consulting of the Twin Cities. Phyllis is an expert on diversity training. She really knows how to get her audience to understand the cultural differences that often divide people and how to be more effective when interacting across cultures.

I want to thank Glendali Rodriguez, associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, for working to bring Phyllis to campus. It was an enlightening experience for everyone who attended her sessions.

1 thought on “A great week: Cabot execs, honors students, trip to Kohler and diversity training

  1. Patterson

    We have an alum from the Applied Science Program – Materials and Nanoscience Concentration at Kohler. Matt Bouc (c/o 2012) is now an engineering analyst at Kohler Co. in Sheboygan. Thanks for keeping the campus updated with this blog!


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