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    Custer Speaker Series

    Open to the public, our lecture series is designed for students to hear industry leaders about non-technical skills and experiences that will boost their career.

Custer Speaker Series

"The speaker series is a learning experience that will challenge and excite you. I hope it will show you what an exciting future you can have and gives you a real-work experience along with some out of the box learning." - David Custer, CEO, Custer, Inc., and sponsor of the Custer Speaker Series

Open to the public, our speaker series is designed for students and community members to hear from professionals on topics that broaden attendees’ understanding of the world and add depth to experiences. It is also an opportunity for our alumni and community members to engage with our students, potential future employees.

  • Ricardo Diniz, Solo Sailor and Inspirational Speaker, EVENT CANCELLED

    Video of Meet Solo sailor, Author, Coach and Actor, Ricardo Diniz, from Portugal.

    Leadership: Even as a solo sailor it’s always about teamwork first

    But when I look back at every country visited, every ocean sailed, every hike in nature and every smooth flight , it wasn't so much about the places but the people who made those places mean something. —Ricardo Diniz

    Ricardo DinizSolo sailor, coach and entrepreneur

    Ricardo Diniz has sailed the equivalent of nearly four times around the world, with more than 100,000 miles logged. He has become a weather router and expedition manager for climbers, rowers and sailors. In addition to his sailing and other related skills, Diniz is an author and entrepreneur.

    Join us for an inspirational presentation on leadership.

    • November 4, 2021
    • 4:30 p.m.
    • WMU, Fetzer Center
  • Dr. Barbara Oakley: Educator. Writer. Engineer. September 16

    Photo of Dr. Barbara OakleyLearn How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools To Help Master Tough Subjects

    • Thursday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.
    • Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus (2251 Business Court).
    • Author of A Mind for Numbers, Oakley will provide free books to first 75 WMU students and faculty attending the event. 
    • Book signing and light snacks to follow talk.
    • Hosted by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dr. Matthew Cavalli, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.


    Cover of Oakley's book A Mind for NumbersAbout Barbara Oakley

    Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of A Mind for Numbers, a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a Professional Engineer. Her research involves bio-engineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Oakley is an internationally recognized expert on learning and on creating high-quality online materials for massive open online courses. With Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she co-created and teaches one of the world's most popular MOOCs, Learning How to Learn.

For more information about the Custer Speaker Series, contact 

Carey Schoolmaster