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. 


Financial Planning in a Bull, Bear, Bull…Market: Saving and Investing in an Unstable Economy
No matter if you are early in your career or if you are already retired, the instability of today’s market has likely got you wondering what is the best course of action. Doug Gross ’77, a certified financial planner and principal financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIP, shares some perspectives and helps alumni find answers to questions they are currently asking themselves. Recorded August 11, 2020

Personal Wellness in Uncertain Times: An Introduction to Pilates
The Pilates method of body conditioning is a series of controlled and systematic movements focused on improving flexibility, strength, and balance for the total body. It works the stronger deep muscles of the body creating long, lean, and toned muscles and is performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus along with the commonly known mat. In this workshop, you will learn why Joseph Pilates created this method, how the key principles and benefits of Pilates help daily life, and move through a 45-minute mat workout. Alma College alumna Ronda Guimond ’96 leads this Tartan Talk. Ronda is a certified pilates instructor and yoga teacher at Plymouth Yoga Room, Vie Fitness and Spa and Core Sport. Recorded July 23, 2020

Personal Wellness in Uncertain Times: An Introduction to Yoga
Uncertain times, especially those that pose a threat to our health and well-being, are important reminder for each of us to take ownership of our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Alma College alumna Ronda Guimond ’96 conducted this Tartan Talk webinar providing an introduction to yoga as a practice to support one’s physical and emotional health while reducing the negative effects of stress. Ronda is a certified pilates instructor and yoga teacher at Plymouth Yoga Room, Vie Fitness and Spa and Core Sport.
Recorded April 29, 2020

Tartan Talk Special Edition: In response to the growing concerns around COVID-19, or coronavirus, Alma College invited Paul Burns, M.D. ’81, pandemic leader for the Dow Chemical Company, to host a community session. The talk included an overview of the current information available about the virus, suggestions for corporate response, and a question and answer session.


ABCs of Cannabis and Cannabinoids
Presenter: Jennifer Yirsa Weston ’94
With the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana, as well as the abundance of CBD products available nearly everywhere, many questions are raised by patients for their health care providers. Alumna Jennifer Yirsa Weston ’94, a certified physician assistant, provides useful information on THC, CBD and products containing these substances while also answering questions commonly posed by patients, from a health care provider’s perspective.
Recorded January 24, 2020

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