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Wake Up With Washburn

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You can register online for the breakfast lecture series. Each breakfast is $10 for members of the Alumni Association and $13 for nonmembers. Members of the Alumni Association can sign up for all four breakfasts for $50.

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Wake up with Michael Clark
The Taylor family

Former Washburn athlete and alumnus Michael Clark, now an executive at ONEOK, spoke during the November 2013 lecture.

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Wake up with Ron Whitten
Golf Digest's Ron Whitten

Golf Digest architecture senior editor Ron Whitten was our guest speaker during the second Wake Up With Washburn of the 2012-13 season.

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Wake up with Steven S. Martin

Steven S. Martin, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, was our guest speaker during the fourth and final Wake Up With Washburn of the 2012-13 season.

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Washburn University's School of Business sponsors Wake Up With Washburn, along with the Alumni Association.

About the School of Business

Wake Up With Washburn

From left: JuliAnn Mazachek, Clarence Taylor and Merle BlairA photographer from Sports Illustrated, the first lady of Kansas, an executive at Dominos Pizza and the play-by-play broadcaster for the Denver Nuggets. Just a sample of the Washburn alumni who have returned to campus for Wake Up With Washburn.

In conjunction with the School of Business, the Alumni Association has sponsored the breakfast lecture series since 1993. Wake Up With Washburn is inspired by the accomplishments of alumni and a desire to provide a forum for their interaction with fellow members of the Washburn family and Topeka community.

The series includes four programs during the academic year and assembles a versatile lineup of outstanding Washburn alumni from across the country. Each program begins with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Convocation Hall of Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

The cost for individual lectures is $10 for members of the Alumni Association and $13 for non-members. Members can sign up for all four lectures for $40, while nonmembers can sign up for all four at a cost of $52.

Online registration for the 2014-15 season is open.

2014-15 Wake Up With Washburn Speakers

Sept. 25, 2014: Rick LeJuerrne, president, Flow Capital LLC

Rick LeJuerrneLeJuerrne, bba ’91, is the president of Flow Capital LLC, a company that provides growth and equity strategies to high-growth business ventures. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Washburn, LeJuernne received a law degree from the University of Kansas.

LeJuerrne previously served as the regional director for the Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center, where he consulted with nearly 3,000 clients. He also was part-owner of a family business and a financial auditor.

LeJuerrne is an entrepreneurial evangelist for the Washburn School of Business. He and wife Martha LeJuerrne have three children.

Nov. 20, 2014: John Hunter, retired professor, executive director, Heartland Visioning

John HunterHunter, a professor of theatre for more than 30 years at Washburn, is the executive director of Heartland Visioning, a community-wide Topeka initiative to develop and implement a shared strategic vision.

Hunter, who also worked at the Washburn University Foundation from 1998 to 2007, has played a significant role in the community’s effort to revitalize downtown and North Topeka, notably the North Topeka Arts District (NOTO).

A longtime advocate of the arts, he has served on numerous committees through the years.

He is married to Lynnette Hunter and has two children.

Feb. 19, 2015: Mark Beffort, CEO, Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort

Mark BeffortBeffort, bba ’85, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is the CEO of Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort, a commercial real estate and investment company.

After receiving his degree at Washburn, Beffort was a commercial real estate broker and began adding office investments to his portfolio. He has ownership interest in Leadership Square, Oklahoma Tower, Corporate Tower, City Place and the City Center East Garage.

Beffort is a member of several boards, including Downtown OKC Inc., OKC Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. He is a commissioner of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority and Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority.

Beffort has a daughter.

April 2, 2015: Priti Lakhani, executive physician, Center Corporation

Priti LakhaniLakhani, ba ’91, Lawrence, Kansas, has been an executive physician at Center Corporation since 2013 and is a member of Podimetrics, which is working to develop a scientific platform for a device that will prevent and detect diabetic foot ulcers.

Lakhani, who has a doctor of podiatric medicine from Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center and a master’s degree in health/health care administration/managements from Harvard, had a private practice from 1998 to 2007.

She worked as a physician at St. Francis Health Center from 2007 to 2012 and has been involved in a number of philanthropic ventures, including Chicago Children’s Diabetes Week and Microclinic Initiative 2020.

2013-14 Wake Up Speakers

The 2013-14 lineup consisted of a state trooper, accounting executive, entrepreneur and artist.

2012-13 Wake Up Speakers

The 2012-2013 lineup consisted of a restaurant owner, magazine editor, marketing executive and health care executive.

2011-12 Wake Up Speakers

The 2011-12 lineup consisted of two banking executives and an FBI agent.

Previous Speakers

See which previous speakers have shared their story during Wake Up With Washburn.

Attending 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.