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Dancing her way to a successful career

| Gretchen Hutterli, Callie Larrabee

A business degree can open the door to careers in virtually any industry—manufacturing, retailing, health care, government, nonprofits, and education—and it can also be used to help you start your own business.

Let’s talk a bit about education. . .

Did you know that 72 UW-Eau Claire College of Business alums currently work on our campus? COB graduates can be found in all four colleges, as well as in Admissions, ASK Center, Athletics, Blugold Central, Chancellor’s Office, Custodial Services, Development & Alumni Relations, Facilities Management, Graduate Studies, Housing & Residence Life, International Education, Integrated Marketing Communications, Learning & Technology Services, Recreation & Sports Facilities, ROTC, University Centers, and University Police.

Our alums work in a variety of positions. They are teachers, advisors, coaches, and even a choreographer. You can find COB alums recruiting new students to campus, and managing the university’s buildings, finances, student records, and information technology. Some run departments and keep our buildings clean. Others have been given the important task of keeping our campus safe.

In honor of the college’s 50th Anniversary, we profiles three of our campus alums. This first article features Chelsey Dahm Bradley, a dance lecturer in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.


Chelsey Dahm

Chelsey Dahm Bradley
Majors: Entrepreneur Management & Marketing major. Minor: Dance
J.D. UW-Madison Law School

Dancer - Entrepreneur - Attorney – that pretty much sums up the career of Chelsey Dahm Bradley, a dance lecturer in the UW-Eau Claire Department of Music and Theatre Arts.

As a student at UW-Eau Claire, she majored in entrepreneurship and marketing. But dancing was never far from her thoughts. So she added a minor in dance and joined the university’s Concert Dance Company. Bradley excelled as a dancer -- four of her works were selected to be performed at the American College Dance Festival, and she also received a grant to study Graham technique, a modern dance movement style created by American dancer Martha Graham. But Bradley also excelled as a business student. She was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for business scholars. Bradley, who graduated magna cum laude, was recognized by the faculty her senior year for excellence in dance, management and marketing.

So what does a talented entrepreneur and dancer do after graduation?

She goes to law school! Bradley had a distinguished career as a law student at the University of Madison, where she was editor of a law journal. She also worked as a student attorney in the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project, and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Judge William Conley in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Bradley is back in Eau Claire now. In addition to teaching dance in the music and theatre arts department, she is also an associate attorney with the Alderman Law Firm, and a freelance dance choreographer.

When she thinks back to her time as a student in the College of Business, she recalls Dr. Bill Ogden, one of her favorite professors. Even though she didn’t care for the subject he taught, she appreciated the fact that he was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure she understood the material. She most valued her time in the entrepreneur program, which taught her discipline, responsibility and self-management.

“The College of Business gave me a well-rounded education in a variety of topics that have prepared me to tackle various challenges my professional life has presented,” said Bradley.