Hultberg Lectureship features prominent women alumnae

The Hultberg Lectureship Series was established 23 years ago with a gift through the UND Foundation by Clara E. Hultberg. Hultberg was a 1928 UND graduate, and her interests were in stimulating challenges and opportunities for students in business. Each year, successful women alumnae from UND bring their professional experiences to the University community through this unique event.

The 2010 Hultberg Lectureship Series will be held Thursday, Feb. 4. The event includes classroom visits during the day and a panel discussion, "Managing your Career in Challenging Times," at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union. A reception will follow.

Guest speakers include:
· Karn Jilek, 1989 graduate in marketing, president and co-owner of JK Lube, Inc.
· Betsy Olson Cipriano, 1970 graduate with a BSBA and MBA in management in 1980 from St. Thomas, VP global correspondent, Western Division, Wells Fargo Bank.
· Darcy Diederich, CPA, 2003 graduate with a BBA in accounting and information systems, financial reporting consultant, Xcel Energy Inc.
· Jana Rewey, 2005 graduate in marketing and MBA, new business development director, Shopper Events.

All of the women play a vital role in the business world as well as leading philanthropic lifestyles through volunteer work and commitment to bettering their communities and society.

UND associate professor of accountancy Mary Loyland has been involved with the Hultberg series since the conception of the event 23 years ago, "This $10,000 gift has been well used for the past 23 years. The Lectureship brings back successful UND women graduates who share their life experiences and professional successes. These women are like our students - they came from the upper Midwest and have our well-known work ethic. I hope that students look at them and think 'Wow, look what they have done with their UND degree. I can do the same thing!'"

The Hultberg Lecture Series has hosted more than 75 successful UND female alumni. This event highlights the Universities commitment to diversity and the promotion of women in the workplace.
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, Assistant to the Dean, External Relations, College of Business and Public Administration,, 777-6937