Keynote Speaker Paul Wesselmann


Paul earned a B.A. in psychology from McKendree College where he was a resident assistant, programming board chair, student government officer, and the school mascot. He completed his M.A. in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University while interning first at Heidelberg College as Assistant Director of Residential Life and then as Coordinator of BGSU's Student Wellness Program. He also worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas to develop an outcomes assessment tool for their alcohol/drug treatment program and was honored by BGSU's faculty and students as the 1991 CSP Graduate Student of the Year.

Paul ventured to Wisconsin to accept a position at Beloit College as Assistant Director of Residential Life & Assistant Director of Summer Conferences. His next stop was the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he worked as a Residence Life Coordinator. He also began volunteering at Madison's AIDS Network as a source of emotional support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Paul was eventually recruited to join AIDS Network's management team as Director of Volunteer Services where he developed a pool of several hundred active volunteers.

Since 1990, Paul has been presenting conference workshops and designing staff training for a variety of organizations in the private and public sector. He gradually began receiving requests to deliver keynote addresses and in 1997 transformed  a part-time hobby into a full-time career as a leadership trainer and keynoter. He currently works with 40 clients a year around North America with audiences ranging in size from a dozen to several thousand.

In 1999, Paul created Ripples, an inspirational Monday morning email that transformed into The Ripples Project, an organization with over 30,000 members whose mission is to encourage small waves of kindness.

Conference Events Featuring Paul Wesselmann

Event Day                 Time            
Opening Session - Uncovering Change: Confessions of a Stealthy Transformer
Keynote Speaker
Friday, November 1 3 - 4 p.m. Cinema, TUC 220
Networking Lottery: Every Ticket's a Winner
Friday, November 1 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. TUC 400ABC
ACUI Talks Saturday, November 2 1 - 2 p.m. Great Hall, TUC 465
Education Session Block 4D
Apples & Oreos: The Ripples Guy Engages with Student Leaders
Saturday, November 2
2:15 - 3 p.m. TUC 400B

To learn more about Paul Wesselmann, visit his website here.