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Save the Date for Experience U

Get connected at Experience U

Join the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Alumni Association and Career Services for an evening of networking, dinner and conversation. Connect with other alumni and share your “life after college” experiences with current students!

What can you expect?

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

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required as limited space is available. Registration information will be posted soon.

Why should you attend? 

Experience U is an excellent opportunity to give back to UW-Eau Claire by sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with today's students. You can help prepare the next generation of Blugold alumni to succeed at UW-Eau Claire and beyond.

About our Keynote Speaker

Anna Cardarella

Anna Cardarella '03 '09
Anna Cardarella is the Executive Director of Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., a nonprofit Community Action Agency serving Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau Counties in Western Wisconsin. The agency's mission is to alleviate poverty-related conditions and to provide opportunities which enable people to advance economically and socially. Western Dairyland runs a variety of programs and employs 140 full-time employees. Anna was selected as the Executive Director of Western Dairyland by the Board of Directors in 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 three semesters at UW-Eau Claire, she was put on academic probation and was suspended from the university the following semester. Anna looks forward to sharing how she turned her life around and ultimately graduated 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 to purchase or repair vehicles for employment. She continued moving up the ladder at Western Dairyland and began pursuing her MBA at UW-Eau Claire. She graduated in 2009 and was selected in 2010 as the Outstanding MBA Student by the graduate faculty of the College of Business.

At Experience U, Anna will share her alumni success story. She will discuss the academic struggles she encountered and how she overcame them to become the first female Executive Director of Western Dairyland.

For more information, contact Tori Follett at or 715-836-5628.