Tartan Talks Webinar Series

tartan talksThis series of continuing education webinars is designed for alumni, parents and friends of the Alma College seeking personal enrichment or professional development on a range of topics.

Webinars are recorded live to encourage discussion and questions, and then posted here for those unable to attend to enjoy later. Current and upcoming topics include fitness monitors, understanding circadian rhythms, the basics of early-career investing and saving, managing personal debt and navigating mid-career changes, and more.


Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
Presenter: Rob Longstreet ’92
Considering your own estate plan? Trying to help aging parents adjust or prepare their estate plans? Attorney Rob Longstreet ’92 will share the most common estate planning mistakes he sees in his elder law and estate planning practice..
Recorded November 12, 2019

Getting the Right Things Done
Presenter: Jason Paradowski ’94
Following up on last year’s presentation on “Getting Things Done,” Jason Paradowski ’94, returns to our Tartan Talk series to lead a discussion about “Getting the Right Things Done”. This session focuses on strategy deployment as presented in Pascal Dennis’ similarly titled book, while providing leaders with the tools and techniques to ensure your entire team is focused, aligned, and committed to achieving the results your business or organization needs.
Recorded October 17, 2019

Financial Fundamentals
Presenter: Josh Brehm ’06
Josh Brehm, senior vice president with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, provides key insights on setting financial goals, managing debt, using credit and saving for goals en route to pursuing overall financial health.
Recorded April 8, 2019


On the Edge of Your Seat: Cardiovascular Impact of Sedentary Behavior
Presenter: Jennifer Vranish
Dr. Vranish describes how sedentary behavior affects cardiovascular health and how men and women may respond differently to these challenges.
Recorded February 19, 2019


Resume and LinkedIn Profile Trends
Presenter: Melissa Weber Kelley ’91
Alumna, Alma Ambassador, and workplace chaplain Melissa Weber Kelley ’91, a TORI-nominated certified professional resume writer  and research/academic/business editor provides information on the latest in resume and LinkedIn profile trends. Whether you are established in your current role or seeking another, this information will help you market yourself professionally.
Recorded January 24, 2019


The Journey to Improved Productivity
Presenter: Jason Paradowski ’94
Jason provides a practical discussion on tools to manage personal workflow. Improve your ability to manage the multitude of inputs and open projects – emails, voice mails, meetings, open points - while maintaining a reputation for high quality results and being responsive to all of your stakeholders.
Recorded November 1, 2018



Tick Tock: The Human Biological Clock and How to Set It
Presenter: Dr. Brianna Harfmann ’11
Dr. Harfmann provides a brief introduction to circadian rhythms: what they are, which functions they regulate, and how they are set and re-set.
Recorded September 13, 2018


Fitness Trackers: How and How Well
Do They Work?

Presenter: Dr. Alex Montoye ’10
Dr. Montoye shares information on the accuracy and reliability of various physical activity monitors and perspectives on how to use these as tools to help individuals become more physically active
Recorded July 17, 2018


The New Tax Law: Your Roadmap to Financial Success in 2018
Presenter: Doug Gross ’77
Doug Gross ’77, owner of a Raymond James Financial Services office for more than 20 years, explains what the new tax laws mean for you and your family.
Recorded May 14, 2018