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Dr. Connie is a futurist and leadership coach who decided to disrupt her own midlife and pursue her desired future. Dr. Connie serves as Executive Director (Interim) and Chief Futurist with the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. She is also the CEO of Wild Innovation, a strategic foresight and futuring firm focused on developing and coaching leaders - especially women - through personal and organizational innovation and transformation. Her experience as a certified professional coach and futurist, combine with over twenty years of successfully helping more than 150 companies and leaders, provides Dr. Connie with unique insights about the evolution of the future as well as humanity. Dr. Connie enjoys life with her amazing husband, daughter, son, two miniature Dachshunds and big extended family! Connect with Dr. Connie on social media (@AskDrConnie) and through her website: AskDrConnie.com
Dr. Deb is a lifelong learner and #innovator at heart. These characteristics are what drive her to create learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) which help youth develop life skills. Dr. Deb serves as an Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska. Her passion is helping youth realize their own potential so that they too can be who they want to be and live where they want to live! When Dr. Deb isn't with the youth she works with, she enjoys time with her husband, daughter and in-son, son and in-daughter, and looks forward to becoming a grandmother this summer!
Bruce is a children's picture book author/illustrator who has written and illustrated two traditionally published books and has illustrated a number of picture books for other authors within the custom publishing arena. One of Arant's books, Simpson's Sheep Won't Go to Sleep! (Peter Pauper Press, 2013), has garnered noteworthy attention, including: two 2014 Nebraska Book Awards and placement on the Nebraska 150 Book List. A follow-up sequel, Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep! (Peter Pauper Press, 2017), likewise received the 2018 Nebraska Book Award in the Children's Books Category. Prior to launching Arant Creative Group as a full-time illustrator, author and editor, Bruce enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the custom publishing industry, where he held a variety of editorial and creative positions. Learn more about Bruce's work by visiting www.arantcreative.com.
Kim is the program associate for Nebraska Extension's Co-Parenting for Successful Kids course and provides online support to course participants in Nebraska and partnering universities. Through innovative ideas and graphic design, she also provides marketing & communication support for Nebraska Extension faculty. Kim earned her Journalism degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her creative work is enhanced by her valued career experiences in design, marketing, printing and publishing. If there were more days in the week, Kim would spend them crafting, camping, and fishing -- maybe all at the same time!