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CURRENT – Secret Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs


Secret Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs Lunch n’ Learn    
Event Basics
When: Thursday, June 13, 2013
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: The Woods Golf Club
530 Erie Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54311
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Soup, Salad and Sandwich Buffet
Veggie cheese soup, chicken and wild rice soup, build your own hot beef or deli turkey sandwich, garden salad, fresh fruit salad, vegetarian pasta salad, assorted desserts, coffee and milk.
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Secret Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
We all know there’s something a bit different about them, yet those idiosyncrasies always seem to be elusive and difficult to identify. What are those secret habits embraced by entrepreneurs that allow them to be so uniquely different?In this panel discussion, we’ll converse with several successful entrepreneurs and delve into the secret habits that make them who they are. In addition to those habits, we’ll discuss how to leverage your own unique skills to unleash your inner entrepreneur to make a difference in your career, community and personal life.
About the Panelists
  • Gretchen Gilbertson, CEO, Séura, Inc
  • Christopher Mangless, Chef/Owner, Three Three Five by The Traveling Chef
  • Nicole Zich, Owner, Sassy Girl


CURRENT – Dr. Gurung!

Doing It All Lunch n’ Learn    
Event Basics
When: Monday, May 20, 2013
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel
2750 Ramada Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Greek Lemon Chicken
herb and lemon-marinated grilled chicken breast on a bed of angel hair pasta, with vegetable and dinner rolls
Vegetable Stuffed Ravioli
vegetarian option upon request; vegetable-stuffed ravioli tossed in alfredo and marinara sauces combined
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Doing It All (And Living to Tell the Tale): Fundamentals of Stress & Tips to Beat It. Life can be exciting and in this fast-paced world, it is tempting to want to do and achieve as much as possible. Whether for financial gain, respect, adulation or personal satisfaction, many of us push ourselves to extremes. What are the physiological consequences and what are the main ways to successfully balance many responsibilities? I will use my background in health and social psychology to review some of the science behind stress and coping, and share key ways to deal well with life’s challenges.
About the Speaker

Regan A. R. Gurung, Ph.D.
Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development & Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Green BayBorn and raised in Bombay, India, Dr. Gurung received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Carleton College (MN), and a master’s and doctorate  in social and personality psychology at the University of Washington. He then spent three years at UCLA as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research fellow.

He has received numerous local, state and national grants for his health psychological and social psychological research on cultural differences in stress, social support, smoking cessation, body image and impression formation. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including Psychological Review and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Teaching of Psychology. He has a textbook, “Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach,” relating culture, development, and health published with Cengage (third edition in preparation) and is also the co-author/co-editor of eight other books. He has made more than 100 presentations and given workshops nationally and internationally (e.g. Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand).

Dr. Gurung is also a dedicated teacher and has strong interests in enhancing faculty development and student understanding. He was co-director of the University of Wisconsin System Teaching Scholars Program, has been a UWGB Teaching Fellow, a UW System Teaching Scholar and is winner of the CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UW-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Founder’s Award for Scholarship, UW Teaching-at-its-Best, Creative Teaching and Featured Faculty Awards. He has strong interests in teaching and pedagogy and has organized statewide and national teaching conferences, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, serves on the Div.2 (Teaching of Psychology) Taskforce for Diversity and is Chair of the Div. 38 (Health Psychology) Education and Training Council. He is also past president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

When not helping people stay calm, reading and writing, Dr. Gurung enjoys culinary explorations, travel, time with his two children and avoiding political discussions of any kind.

CURRENT – Speed Mentoring


Event Basics
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
5 p.m. Registration, Networking and Hors D’oeuvres
5:45 p.m. Mentor Introductions
6 p.m. Speed Mentoring (approximately 10 minutes per group)
7:30 p.m. Closing Reception & Networking
8 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Oneida Golf & Country Club
207 Country Club Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54307
Fee: $15 Members of Current
$25 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
  Speed Mentoring
Established leaders in the community will serve as mentors and rotate among tables with a seated cohort of young professionals sharing best practice tips and strategies for how to improve in your profession and as a young leader.Visit or Current’s Speed Mentoring Facebook event page to view a list of leaders as they are secured.

Confirmed Mentors
More individuals will likely be added, but here is a sampling of the mentors that will be participating.
• Christine Danielson, executive director, Volunteer Center of Brown County
• Jim Golembeski, executive director, Bay Area Workforce Development Board
• Tom Hinz, retired count executive, Brown County Government
• Patty Hoeft, secretary, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
• Joy Langreder, human resources director, Schneider National, Inc.
• John Macco, president, Macco Financial Group, Inc.
• Todd McPeek, executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin
• J.D. Murphy, pastor, Abundant Harvest Fellowship
• Tim Nixon, attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
• Kevin Shaver, vice president – operations, Velocity Machine Inc.
• Terri Trantow, Green Bay market president, U.S. Bank
• Dana VanDen Heuvel, president & founder, The MarketingSavant Group
• Donald Zuidmulder, Wisconsin circuit court judge, Brown County Circuit Court, Branch 1

CURRENT: Cork & Canvas at the ARTgarage




Cork & Canvas at the ARTgarage
Event Basics  
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
5 p.m. Registration, Networking and Hors D’oeuvres
6 p.m. Instruction Begins
Where: the ARTgarage
1400 Cedar St
Green Bay, WI 54302
Fee: $25 Members of Current
$35 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Assorted hors d’oeuvres and wine.
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event. To guarantee your placement, please reserve by Wednesday, April 24.
Event Overview
Cork & Canvas at the ARTgarage
Local artist and creative professional, Andrew Linskens, Northcoast Productions, will lead you through an evening of playing with paint. Relax with wine & hors d’oeuvres and join everyone in putting the work day behind you by creating your own one-of-a-kind painting, whether you think you are creative or not. The activity will begin with a pre-created image and light instruction on paint coloration and end up with something you didn’t realize you could do. No two paintings come out alike and each effort will engage you with your own mind in a new way.


CURRENT: Connecting with Style for Better Relationships


Event Basics  
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
11 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
12 p.m. Presentation
1 p.m. Conclusion
Where: Best Western
780 Armed Forces Dr
Green Bay, WI 54304
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Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More
Menu: Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast with Lemon Supreme SauceChef’s choice starch, vegetable, house salad and rolls.
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview
Connecting with Style for Better RelationshipsIn both our personal lives and careers, we often run into people who are difficult with whom to connect. We too often dismiss and walk away from difficult people. And yet, it might just be that you’re speaking different languages!Learning the language of different behavioral styles will help you interact with others with style and grace, making every relationship easier to foster. In this Lunch N Learn, we will discuss:

  • How to identify the four basic behavioral styles just by observing how the other person dresses, acts and shakes your hand.
  • What motivates the styles to take action.
  • What your dominant style likely is.
  • How your style is perceived by the other styles.

Walk away having a better understanding of how to interact with others for greater success in your career and your life!

About the Speaker
Tanja Schneider
Referral Institute Northeast WisconsinTanja M. Schneider is a certified referral marketing specialist and owner of the Referral Institute Northeast Wisconsin. She specializes in working with business owners and sales professionals to help them generate Referrals for Life. As a certified trainer, Tanja has worked with more than 2,000 business professionals to help them grow their business through relationships and referral marketing.Tanja received her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Lakeland College. Prior to opening the Referral Institute in Green Bay, she worked for Walt Disney World, opened and ran an event planning business and spent five years with BNI, working directly with their members to help them make the most of their memberships through training and personalized coaching.

Tanja mentors directly with referral marketing specialists from around the world, including Dr. Ivan Misner, Eddie Esposito, Dawn Lyons and Mike Macedonio. She recently worked closely with them to release an international training program for the Referral Institute.





CURRENT: After 5 at w xyz at aloft


Event Basics  
When: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Open house format
Where: w xyz at aloft Hotel
465 Pilgrim Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
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Cash bar.
Register: Registration appreciated for planning purposes and nametags.
Call: (920) 593-3408
Or, indicate you’re attending on Facebook.
Event Overview
Cash bar. Grab your friends and colleagues and come meet other local young professionals!!

UWGB to Host Upcoming CURRENT Workshop!


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 Event Basics 

When:   Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Workshop Begins
12 p.m. Conclusion 
Where: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University Union, Phoenix Room B
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311
Directions and Maps 
Fee: $49 Members of Current
$64 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More 
Menu: Continental breakfast and refreshments 
Register: (920)593-3408

There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
4 hours of CE credit is available for attending this workshop. 


 Project Management for Young Professionals

Most organizations require people outside of the job title of project manager to perform many project management functions. This workshop will help familiarize you with basic project management best practices. A project management roadmap and workbook for project planning will be provided to participants. We will demonstrate the concepts through experiential learning via the Project Risk board game.

The following topics will be covered in this workshop:

  • Requirements gathering
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Risk management
  • Project monitoring and controlling
  • Earned Value status – an introduction to a visual method of project status reporting

 Who should attend?

Knowledge workers, managers, supervisors and individual contributors who are looking for nontechnical tools and techniques to successfully manage projects and project teams. People who struggle with balancing the complex demands of project work while maintaining daily work load. People who are looking for the basic techniques to manage and maintain project success. People who enjoy experiential learning.

The Benefits of Improved Project Management include the following:

 Stakeholder benefits

  • Better scheduling and budgeting
  • Better cost containment
  • Better communication throughout project including process mapping and progress reporting
  • Better change management processes including configuration management
  • Better quality planning, quality assurance processes and quality acceptance steps
  • Earlier attention paid to “red flags” – project problems that may be indicators of more trouble to come

 Team member benefits

  • Allows the creative team the freedom to focus on the activities most aligned with their talents and passions
  • Less rework
  • Better definition of work requirements
  • Better understanding of roles and responsibilities
  • Improved productivity of work through

 Functional manager benefits

  • Better allocation of resources
  • Better communication throughout the company
  • Improved work instructions
  • Allows functional manager to focus on the department resource leveling, staff retention and training, and quality processes for their specific area
  • Improved project documentation processes and expansion of the organizational retained best practices

 Senior manager benefits

  • Better use of company resources
  • More attention to risk management
  • Better project cost and schedule estimating
  • Better project monitoring and control


 Kay Wais


Successful Projects

Kay Wais is the director for the UW-Green Bay Certificate in Project Management Program and the owner of Successful Projects. She has a PMP, a master’s degree in project management and bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has been a small business owner since 1988, when she cofounded The AVS Group in La Crosse.

She has presented numerous project management workshops and classes including programs in Singapore, Trinidad and in many states around the U.S. She has trained many other project management instructors and leads a group of 13 project management instructors associated with Successful Projects. She has been an adjunct project management instructor at Viterbo University and Western Wisconsin Technical College.

She founded the La Crosse PMI Chapter, became its first president and has served in other positions on the board. She is a current volunteer for the International Project Management Day global effort. Kay says that her biggest accomplishment has been the establishment of global Successful Project’s licensees and distributors around the world, including locations in the UK, Singapore, Spain, Australia, Panama and Qatar.

Follow Kay on Twitter @KayWAis

Connect with Kay on LinkedIn


Event Sponsors:

  • Associated Bank
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay Small Business Development Center
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

 Sustaining Partners

  • Green Bay Packers
  • Prevea Health
  • US Bank

Current: Making use of your Dash

Making Use of Your Dash – Lunch n’ Learn


When:             Wednesday, March 20, 2013
                         11 a.m. Registration & Networking
                         11:30 a.m. Lunch Served
                         12 p.m. Presentation
                         1 p.m. Conclusion

Where:            Tundra Lodge Conference Center
                          865 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304
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Fee:                 $15 Members of Current
                          Free with 2013 Lunch n’ Learn or All-Inclusive Events Package – Learn More


The Hunter
Roast Beef, Baked Ham, Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese Lettuce,       Tomato and Red Onion on Wheat Berry Bread served with Kettle Chips   and Pickle Spear.

Mango Berry Sandwich
Baby Spinach topped with Seasonal Fresh Berries, Sliced Mango, Feta Cheese, and Red Onion served with a side of Raspberry Vinaigrette.

Chicken Salad Sandwich
Roasted Chicken, Celery, and Red Onion, topped with Lettuce, Tomato and Provolone Cheese served on a Wheat Berry Bread.

The Vegetarian
Marinated Grilled Zucchini, Squash, Mushrooms and Roma Tomatoes with Smoked Gouda Cheese and Basil Aioli wrapped in a Herb Tortilla.

 Register:      (920) 593-3408,
                         There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.



Making Use of Your Dash

Learn what your dash is and how to positively use your dash to help become better in whatever you do (personal, business, family, etc.). Effective use of your dash helps you to become more fulfilled, as well as those around you. And most importantly, how will you be remembered for your impact on others – all due to your dash. How will you use your dash today – and for the rest of your life? David Yeghiaian will share about “The Dash,” using his own personal journey from a business-person focused on money and personal success to a person of faith focused on service.



David Yeghiaian
Unique Business Solutions

With a passion to help positively impact the lives of others, David Yeghiaian (Yeg – E – I – an) focuses on achieving this goal. David is CEO of Unique Business Solutions, LLC; a firm committed to assisting people and organizations on strategy, execution and personal development. He is also author of the business strategy book “Pieces for Profit,” describing how high-performing organizations maximize profitability to achieve greater success.

With 20+ years of experience, David has worked for global organizations, started firms as an entrepreneur and had leadership roles in other for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has advised large, medium and small organizations in more than 10 industries. He has demonstrated results on a global scale in a breadth of services related to brand management, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. David’s experience includes work with Fortune 500, non-profit, government and private organizations around the world. He is also an accomplished speaker on a variety of topics.

Community involvement is important to David as he is involved in and supports many activities. He serves on the Rotary International District 6220 Board as District Governor Elect and will be Rotary District 6220 Governor in 2013-2014, and is vice chair of St. John the Baptist Parish Council. In addition, he is a former board member of the United Way of Brown County, the Rotary Club of Green Bay, the Rotary Foundation of Green Bay, Inc., New North Inc., the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advance board for economic development, and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

A strong believer in continuous learning, David has been an adjunct instructor at several universities. He earned a bachelor of arts from Marquette University and a master’s degree from Concordia University. Originally from Milwaukee, David and his wife, Kim, have lived in Green Bay since 2002. In 2012, David led a team to Kenya and Uganda for humanitarian service projects related to water and sanitation, children’s health, and economic development; and traveled to India in 2011 on a humanitarian trip to provide polio immunizations for children.

Current and UWGB Business Week

Current is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business to provide students an opportunity to interact with area professionals during Business Week. Additionally, it’s a great way for Current to begin promoting the value of our programs to those preparing to enter the workforce.

We’re looking for area young professionals who can listen to student elevator pitches and participate in a networking session. These activities will enable students to hone their networking skills and provide us the opportunity to share information about Current and/or the business community.

Please join us for this informal gathering and help area students!

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Estimated Agenda
5:00 p.m. Presentation about Current
5:10 p.m. Student Elevator Pitches
5:45 p.m. Presentation about Networking by Current Member Sara Halfman
6:00 p.m. Networking and Hors D ‘Oeuvres
7:00 p.m. Conclusion

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
University Union, Phoenix B

Click here to register for this session or email Brian Johnson or call (920) 593-3408.

Current Event: February 27, 2013

Whether you are aspiring to lead or are an experienced leader already, the upcoming Current event will be insightful for building trust, credibility, and rapport with your employees and co-workers.

We highly recommend this event and hope to see you there. Programming is targeted at ages 21-40 but everyone is welcome to attend. UWGB has a Corporate Membership and encourages your participation. Contact Human Resources for more details on getting signed up!



Building Trust, Credibility and Rapport     Event Basics  
When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2013
5 p.m. Registration, Networking and Hors D’Oeuvres
6 p.m. Presentation
Where: Riverside Ballroom
1560 Main St.
Green Bay, WI  54302
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Fee: $15 Members of Current
$20 Nonmembers of Current
Free with 2013 All-Inclusive Events Package
Learn More
Menu: Assorted Hors D’Oeuvres  
Register: (920) 593-3408
There is a 96-hour cancellation policy for this event.
Event Overview  
Building Trust, Credibility and Rapport
Participants will learn a technique to improve memory helping you to increase your confidence. Additionally, you will learn a process to build trust, credibility and rapport so you may lead others. Last, participants will practice a tool that helps great leaders win friends and influence others, a mainstay of the Dale Carnegie philosophy.
About the Speaker
Keith Plaster
Executive Director
Dale Carnegie TrainingKeith Plaster is the president and CEO of the Wisconsin-based Government General Contracting Company, Panacea Group. Keith also is the executive director of Dale Carnegie Training for Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he helps companies and people like us, grow and develop dreams into reality.After graduating high school, Keith served 6 years in the US Navy aboard a fast attack nuclear submarine and now resides in Seymour, Wis. with his 2 sons, Cody, 18, and Drew, 18, and daughter Arianna, who is 13 going on 20.Keith loves spending time in the outdoors whether in silent sports to include biking and skiing or motor sports to include snowmobiling, 4-wheeling and motorcycles; but most of all he enjoys long-range shooting.