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Pioneer Weekend 2.0: A Three Day Innovation Competition

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 3:00pm

Pioneer Weekend 2.0 is the second iteration of a three day innovation competition, sponsored by the Wilson Program.
Student innovators from different backgrounds work together in teams of 3­-6 people and complete a prototype of an idea that they come up with at the event.
Pioneer Weekend encourages hands-on experiences, innovation and leadership skills, and aspiring student entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas might be viable.
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Sam Perlman '90: Economic Developer

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Sam Perlman
Alum Year: 
Wilson Program Speaker Series - Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

Sam Perlman ’90, Music / Undeclared concentration in Russian cultural studies

Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation. Prior to joining the DCEDC staff, he was the program director of the Peninsula Art School in Fish Creek. Before moving to Door County, Sam lived in Chicago and New York City, working in sales and marketing in the music business and dreaming of great fortune in the dot-com world. 
He is a past member and President of the Grinnell Alumni Council and also a former ex-officio member of the College’s Board of Trustees. He received the Alumni Award at his 25th reunion in 2015

Erin Owen '94 & Dan Weeks '80: Chinese and American Studies; After College

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Erin Owens '94 & Dan Weeks '80
Wilson Program Speaker Series- Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

Erin Owen ’94, Chinese Studies

Performance Breakthrough Coach For the past two decades. Drawing on prior professional experience ranging from organizational consulting to leadership coaching, Erin has consulted with and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and private individuals from more than 10 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, to more effectively run their businesses and lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.

Dan Weeks ’80, American Studies

Editorial Director, Editor The Iowan magazine at Pioneer Communications, Inc. He’s since worked as a staff and freelance magazine feature and profile writer, photographer, editor, and editorial manager, first for small regional magazines, then for the Better Homes and Gardens family of magazines but also for The Grinnell Magazine and, currently, The Iowan magazine. He’s written or edited more than a dozen books, including the Discovery Channel bestseller Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours, a collection of sea stories from Bering Sea crab fisherman, and A Hand to Guide Me, an anthology of essays on mentorship by American luminaries

Mona Ghadiri '11, Debbie Malina '83 & Andrés Chang: The World of Medicine and Information Technology

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Debbie Malina '83, Mona Ghadiri '11 & Andres Chang '05
Wilson Program Speaker Series - Creative Careers:Learning from Alumni

Mona Ghadiri ’11, Anthropology and History

Project manager for Raytheon doing cyber security software project management. On the side, she works with BUMP, a non-profit design studio that has created the Open Socket, an adjustable below the elbow prosthetic that allows an individual to be fit with a prosthetic limb in a half hour for under $400. A traditional prosthetic limb costs upward of $6,000.

Debbie Malina ’83 Ph.D, English

Perspective Editor for the New England Journal of Medicine. From time to time, Debbie seeks opportunities to fit writing and teaching in around the edges of her editorial work. She wrote a few book reviews for NEJM early on and, more recently, published a Medicine and Society article on the similarities between the “accountability movements” in U.S. health care and K-12 education. In addition to teaching a session of the Journal’s annual courses for medical students and residents, she has taught a course at the Experimental College at Tufts University in medical ethics and narrative theory.

Andrés Chang ’05, Political Science

IT policy consultant. Also a volunteer supporter of Grinnell College and its students, Chang is passionate about sharing the lifetime benefits he received as a student at Grinnell. He has mentored students who come to Washington, D.C., for fall internships under the College’s Grinnellink D.C. program. He also has mentored students in the College’s expanded externship programs, most recently over the 2015 spring break.

Kun Hong Lu '95: Providing Local Services in Grinnell Since 2008

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Kun Hong Lu
Alum Year: 
Wilson Program Speaker Series - Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

Psychotherapist. Kun moved back to Grinnell in 2006 and worked as a therapist at the Poweshiek County Mental Health Center.  She established her private practice, Kun-Hong Lu, PC, in 2008, and has been providing psychotherapy in this setting since.

Grinnell College Students Take on the Project Pengyou Leadership Summit

Xenophobia is not a new issue in our society and the Project Pengyou Leadership Summit is helping to end it. This year, the Wilson Program helped Grinnellians attend.

The nationally known leadership summit creates spaces and promotes movements to help end and fight the institutional xenophobia that has plagued our nation throughout history. It promotes collaboration, inclusion, and mutual understanding between Americans and Chinese citizens.

Leonard Kurz: Award Winning Philanthropist & Producer

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Leonard Kurz '75
Alum Year: 
Wilson Program Speaker Series - Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

Leonard Kurz ’75, History

Mr. Kurz serves as a director and officer of the Kurz Family Foundation. Leonard is making a feature length documentary on Free the Children, is a co-producer of Maangamizi: The Ancient One, the first film from Tanzania to be considered for an Academy Award, and has been a script reader for Francis Ford Coppola. Mr. Kurz is a founding member of the SUNY Chancellor’s Society and has received awards for his philanthropic work.

Michelle Joy '96 & Abel Lomax '05: American Healthcare and Foreign Service

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:45pm
ARH 302 - Auditorium
Michelle Joy '96 & Abel Lomax '05
Wilson Program Speaker Series - Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

Michelle Joy ’96, Economics

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tahoe Health, Carson City, Nevada. In 2011, she received the ACHE Colorado Regent’s Award for Young Healthcare and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Abel Lomax ’05, French and History

U.S. diplomat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He joined the Foreign Service in 2014 after a series of jobs as a paralegal, research assistant, secretary, desk officer, and consular assistant.  He is nearing the end of his current consular tour, where he interviews immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants and serves as the fraud prevention manager for the consular section.