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About the School of Business
In conjunction with the School of Business, the Alumni Association has sponsored the Wake Up With Washburn breakfast lecture series since 1993, providing a forum to highlight alumni accomplishments and connect with the Washburn family and Topeka community. Each program begins with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Convocation Hall of Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. Each breakfast lecture costs $10 for members of the Alumni Association and $13 for non-members.
The 2016-17 lecture series is over. Check back this summer for the 2017-18 series of speakers.
Dan Foltz is president and CEO of KBS Constructors, Inc., a commercial and industrial construction company specializing in construction and management services in mission-critical and sensitive environment type projects. He is the past president and long-time board member of the Associate General Contractors of Kansas. Dan has served on the board of Midland Care for eight years and serves on advisory councils for Kansas State University and Washburn University. A native Kansan and farm boy, Dan and his wife, Monica, have two sons and reside in Kansas near Lake Perry.
Amy Bybee has more than 17 years of agency experience across sales, account management, executive leadership and marketing strategy. She has been senior vice president of customer engagement and customer relationship management at TBWA/WORLDHEALTH since July 2015. Bybee will talk about how the new digital patient is always ‘on.’ She’ll share thoughts on how the empowered patient has changed health care marketing and how omnichannel has an impact on patient outcomes. She’ll also discuss data-driven outcomes and behavioral marketing. Bybee served as secretary of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association board in 2014 and as second vice president in 2015. She played basketball at Washburn and is a member of the Topeka West High School Hall of Fame. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Rob Reilly is vice president of the south region at BNSF Railway in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has served the company since 1989, working as general manager of the Chicago and Los Angeles divisions before becoming an associate vice president in 2009 and then taking on his current role in 2011. He played basketball at Washburn as a member of the 1986-87 national championship team and was inducted into the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He and his wife, Traci, have two sons and reside in Keller, Texas.
Karl Fundenberger has been director of Topeka Metro Bikes, the city's bike share program since 2014. The program launched soon after he started and has since doubled its fleet to 200 bikes with stations all over Topeka, giving users access to attractions like Gage Park, Lake Shawnee, the library and downtown. The bikes have also become a staple on the Washburn campus with multiple stations on campus. Fundenberger earned a degree in mass media and French at Washburn, studied abroad in France and wrote for the Washburn Review. Volunteer experience includes serving as president of the Topeka Community Cycle Project from 2009-14. He resides in Topeka.
The 2015-16 lineup consisted of co-founders of a leading financial advisor marketing organization, a real estate developer, director at a major retail company and a founding partner of a wealth management firm.
The 2014-15 lineup consisted of an exeuctive/professor, community leader/professor, CEO and physician.
The 2013-14 lineup consisted of a state trooper, accounting executive, entrepreneur and artist.
The 2012-2013 lineup consisted of a restaurant owner, magazine editor, marketing executive and health care executive.
The 2011-12 lineup consisted of two banking executives and an FBI agent.
See which previous speakers have shared their story during Wake Up With Washburn.
The cost for each lecture is $10 for members of the Washburn Alumni Association and $13 for non-members. If you prefer, you can skip breakfast and listen to the lecture for free at 8 a.m.