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Experience U

Get connected at Experience U


Join the Career Services, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and Alumni Association for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with alumni and get real "life after college" experiences and advice!

What can you expect?

At Experience U, you can expect to meet successful alumni who share your passion for UW-Eau Claire.  As a student, you can ask all your questions and address concerns that you have about making the best of your time at UW-Eau Claire, preparing for the transition to life after college and starting your careers. This is also an opportunity for you to meet and network with other students and faculty.

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required as limited space is available.

Why should you attend? 

Experience U is an excellent opportunity to network with alumni who have been in your shoes as a Blugold and have stories for life after graduation.  Hear stories and experiences that you can use to propel you into your field after UW-Eau Claire!


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Our Keynote Speaker

Anna Cardarella '03 '09
Anna Cardarella is the Executive Director of Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., a nonprofit Community Action Agency that helps alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities for economic and social advancement in several Western Wisconsin counties. Anna has been the Executive Director of Western Dairyland since 2012. She is the first woman to hold this position in the agency's 52-year history.

Anna's path to success was unconventional. After just three semesters at UW-Eau Claire, she was put on academic probation, and was suspended from the university the following semester. After moving away from Eau Claire and taking some time away from school, Anna found the grit to turn her life around and ultimately returned to Eau Claire, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Economics in 2003. She soon started working as a Mobility Manager at Western Dairyland where she provided disadvantaged families with loans or helped with vehicles for employment. She continued to advance her career at Western Dairyland and pursued her MBA at UW-Eau Claire. She graduated in 2009, and was selected as the Outstanding MBA Student by the graduate faculty in the College of Business in 2010.

Anna and her husband, Andy, are both UW-Eau Claire alumni and first-generation college graduates. Anna and Andy reside in Eau Claire with their four children.