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Wake Up With Washburn

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Wake Up With Dr. Priti Lakhani
Dr. Priti Lakhani

Dr. Priti Lakhani, an executive physician at Cerner Corp., spoke about the importance of big data in health care during the April 2015 Wake Up With Washburn.

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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 Marsha Oliver
Marsha Oliver and Walt James

Marsha (Ticehurst) Oliver, vice president of marketing and a shareholder at Mize Houser and Company P.A., was our guest speaker during the third Wake Up With Washburn of the 2012-13 season.

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Wake Up With Steven S. Martin
President Farley with guest speaker Steven S. Martin, during the Wake Up With Washburn of the 2012-13 season.

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.

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Wake Up With Washburn

A 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 provides 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. The cost for individual lectures is $10 for members of the Alumni Association and $13 for non-members.

Sign up online for one or more events or call 785.670.1641.


2016-17 Wake Up With Washburn Speakers

Dan FoltzThursday, Sept. 29, 2016
Dan Foltz, mba ’87
President and CEO, KBS Constructors, Inc.

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. Sign up online.

Amy BybeeThursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Amy Bybee, ba ’90
Senior Vice President, Customer Engagement/CRM, TBWA/WORLDHEALTH

Amy Bybee has been senior vice president of customer engagement and customer relationship management at TBWA/WORLDHEALTH since July 2015. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of pharmaceutical markets at Harte Hanks. She has more than 17 years of agency experience across sales, account management, executive leadership and marketing strategy. She 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. Sign up online.

Rob ReillyThursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Rob Reilly, bba ’88
Vice President, South Region, BNSF

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. Sign up online.

Chris RamseyThursday, April 20, 2017
Chris Ramsey, ba ’94
Venture Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

Chris Ramsey has been a partner at Rubicon Venture Capital since 2014. Rubicon is a New York and San Francisco based venture firm that specializes in investing in early-stage technology startups. Prior to that, Ramsey was president of LATISTA, a Textura company and a member of the Corporate Executive and Compliance Committees. In 2013, Textura (NYSE: TXTR) acquired LATISTA, where he was CEO and co-founder. While at LATISTA, Ramsey led the company to develop and patent an award-winning cloud and mobile software solution, won Fortune 500 customers, raised outside funding, organized globally and grew the company rapidly. Ramsey worked for NIC Inc. as senior vice president from 1999-2003 and for IBM from 1992-99 as a senior manager. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and has been awarded several patents in the area of mobile solutions. While at Washburn, Ramsey was president of Alpha Delta and student body president of Washburn Student Association. He has one son and resides in New York. Sign up online.


2015-16 Wake Up Speakers

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.

2014-15 Wake Up Speakers

The 2014-15 lineup consisted of an exeuctive/professor, community leader/professor, CEO and physician.

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.