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Renowned Entrepreneur To Visit Campus

Renowned entrepreneur, business consultant and motivational speaker Roxanne Emmerich will visit UW-River Falls on Tuesday, May 13, for two public 1-hour presentations in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

She will be available to the media following each presentation: at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m.

Emmerich's 10 a.m. presentation is "Permission to be Extraordinary: How to Create a Life Beyond Your Wildest Expectations." With the particular needs of students who will soon be seeking careers in mind, Emmerich will discuss how to find fulfilling and financially-rewarding work when a recession makes it seem impossible, and how to find work that allows one to develop and grow.

At 4 p.m. she will deliver "Thank God it's Monday: How to Build a Motivating Workplace," is based on the title of her most recent book. Citing the statistic that over 80 percent of American employees say they don't like their jobs, she will suggest ways to ignite passion for extraordinary results, to find stimulation and excitement at work, and to get more meaning out of life.

Emmerich was named the Distinguished Alumnus for 2003. Today her banking company, North American Banking Company in St. Paul, is an $80 million bank holding company. In 1988 she founded The Emmerich Group, Inc., working as a business strategist and consultant to present speeches and develop audio and video training systems for hundreds of clients. She has produced 24 video training programs.

She has also published more than 500 articles and four books on topics ranging from technology to financial services. Two more books will be published this spring. She has twice been voted Entrepreneur of the Year.

Today, Emmerich is one of the 12 most requested speakers in the country for national sales metings. Her topics motivate financial institutions toward growth, beginning with, "Acquisitions Are for Wimps: how to grow your institution with merging, acquiring or marrying into it."

Another is "Nine New Realities and Why Most Bankers Are Being Blindsided: Find out about trends that are taking the financial industry places for which it is not prepared." Yet another is, "Thank God It's Monday: How to Build a Motivating Workplace: Learn to create an atmosphere where people will think "out of the box" and perform at a higher level. This is the topic she plans to address at UW-RF.

Emmerich's other two motivational topics are, "Customer Satisfaction is a Loser's Goal: Learn why satisfying customers isn't enough and what to do instead," and "Strategies for Growth—Systems for Success: Learn how to systematize growth into your business."

As an organizational consultant, Emmerich was one of 15 people appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the early 1990s to the Study for Administrative Value and Efficiency in state government.

For more information about media availabilities call Mark Kinders at 800-228-5451.

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