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April 18 2019, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM Become CEO of Your Life with Anna Gouker

Keeping steady in a disorderly world is a constant challenge. Every day can feel like an avalanche of surprises, good and bad! Join writer Anna Gouker as she delivers her no-nonsense business approach to life and achievement. With her diverse professional background delivering human services and taking political action, Anna has learned the benefits of Inc-corporating executive power into one's personal life. Follow along as she guides you through the steps of moving forward with your dreams like a boss. Your future starts today.

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April 19 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunchtime Yoga

Start feeling happier and healthier with this relaxing, body-strengthening yoga session in DreamBank’s inspiring space! This combination is designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga newbie? No worries. We’ll teach you the basics and provide a yoga mat.

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April 19 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Being a Woman in the Craft Beer Business

With data showing a steady rise in women craft beer drinkers, are breweries doing their part to combat gender stereotypes and be inclusive towards their female market? Perhaps not, but this panel of esteemed women (hosted by Trixie of Trixie’s Liquor and Dee from 94.1 JJO) is here to change that — and talk about the issues. Come learn from them as they share their experiences working in a male-dominated field and tackle topics like sexism in marketing and gender support in the local craft beer scene. We’ll talk past, present and future!

Panelists include:

Meena  DeFilippis - Director of Operations at Karben4

Hathaway Dilba – Queen of the Ale Asylum 

Robyn Klinge – Founder- Females Enjoying Microbrews (FEMs) 

Brittany Kraemer – Partner in Vintage Brewing Co, Vintage Spirits & Grill & Tangent. 

Quinn Natze – Social Media Influencer/Personality, Beer Nerd 

Ashley Kinart-Short - Brewmaster at Capital Brewing 

Hosted by: 

Dee B– 94.1 JJO Host and Podcaster, “2 Hopped Broads 

Colleen “Trixie” Welch – Owner of Trixie’s Liquor & Growlers to Go-Go


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April 20 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Egg Hunt and Pictures with the Easter Bunny

Word on the street is that the Easter Bunny is showing up a day early down at DreamBank! So stop on by and kick off your Easter weekend in our inspiring space. We’ll have an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:30 am, followed by some creative, Easter-friendly crafting and pictures with the Easter bunny from 10 am-noon. Pictures will be on a first come, first served basis. It’s guaranteed to be a hoppin’ good time for the whole family!

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April 20 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder

With Earth Day approaching, it is important to appreciate the planet we live on, and the nature within it! Bring in a recyclable water bottle/container to this fun, hands-on crafting workshop and transform it into a birdfeeder! If you can’t find a recyclable item to bring in, don’t sweat it, we’ll have spares just in case. This event is perfect for crafters ages 12 and up.

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April 22 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Intro to Pilates with Pilates Central

Pilates Newbie? Pilates Central will be here to show you the ropes! They’ll kick things off with stretching and show you the fundamental exercises that emphasize centering, concentration and control. Plus they’ll teach you the principles of breathing, body positioning and efficient movement. Be sure to bring a water bottle, workout shoes and appropriate clothing to help you move comfortably — we’ll provide the rest.

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April 22 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Writing for Play with Madison Writers Studio

Remember when writing was simply fun? It’s easy to focus on refining and revising your work, so much so that we tend to forget how freeing it can be to experiment and write just for fun! This bootcamp aims to provide a place for writers for work with a wide variety of prompts and ideas designed to push your mind in different directions. Come ready to re-awaken the playful side of your pen.  

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April 23 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM More than a Logo: Creating a Brand that Attracts, Retains, and Builds Valuable Relationships with D.P. Knudten

To some, a brand is little more than a logo and the consistent use of color, type and tagline. In reality, a true brand communicates everything you do — and all the reasons customers should select you, your products and your services. Join brand strategist, D.P. Knudten, as he shares true stories and real-world case studies that’ll prove just how important brand is. And leave with actionable ideas and on how you can discover, craft and communicate your ‘completely true, completely you’ personal or small business brand.

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April 23 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Re-Imagining Education with Theodore Richards

There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to education. Every student is different, and the best educators tend to think outside of the box, coming up with ways to truly impact their students beyond text books and pop-quizzes. Come out for this perspective-shifting workshop led by Theodore Richards, author, life-long educator and founder of The Chicago Wisdom project. He’ll share relatable and hard-hitting metaphors that’ll empower you to re-imagine what it means to educate, and leave you with seven steps that’ll help you improve your methods.

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April 24 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Transitioning to Retirement: 10 Strategies for Embracing this New Phase

You’ve been dreaming of retirement your whole life, but have you ever stopped to think what you’ll do when every day feels like a weekend? Retirement can be scary and may feel devoid of purpose, but it can be a great opportunity to pursue passions you’ve never had time for or fill your days with activities that truly bring you joy! Join Madison native, author and retiree, Galen Metz, to get some savvy strategies on how to make the most of your retirement and learn how to ‘Carpe Vitam’ or ‘seize life.’ You deserve to be happy in this next phase, and it starts here.

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April 24 2019, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Circuit Training with Gym 608

Pump up your week with a full-body workout lead by Gym 608! You’ll be challenged to push yourself in quick bursts with minimal rest, which helps maximize your workout and keep you burning calories long after it ends. 

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April 25 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Balancing Multiple Bottom Lines: How Social Enterprises Fuel Social Change

Are you passionate about a social mission? Have an idea for a social enterprise? Check out this talk lead by the founders of Chrysalis Pops — a Madison, grown local, organic, frozen fruit pop social enterprise that promotes mental health recovery. Executive director, Dani Rischall, will share the story of Chrysalis Pops and her thoughts on how a social enterprise can support a mission, increase profit and amplify a message. You’ll learn more about what it means to be a social enterprise, and get some strategies to help apply business principals to work you’re passionate about.

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April 25 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM KITCHEN TABLE TALK | Where is All the Waste Going?

Deepen your Earth Week thinking with this free event! Casual brown bag lunch and conversation around the Institute Community Kitchen Table where we will lean in on the topic of food waste and the environment. Limited to 30 participants. Event will be informally moderated by Adam Schrager,  Institute staff, and four content experts who will get the conversation going.

Our content experts for this talk are:

  • Carrie Edgar, Director, Extension Dane County
  • Chris Brockel, Healthy Food for All Project Manager & FEED Operations Coordinator
  • Laurel Burleson, Owner, The Ugly Apple Cafe
  • Andrew Hoeft, CEO, Pinpoint Software, Inc.

We will then break into conversation huddles, talk about a specific aspect of the topic, regroup and share out ideas. All in a very free flowing conversational format. The Institute staff will help move the group through the different phases.

Brown bag lunches will be supplied for attendees. Please note any food allergies for the lunch.

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April 25 2019, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM Re-Connecting to Your Creativity with Sarah Young

Ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day? With our always-packed calendars and ever-growing responsibilities, it can feel almost impossible to make room for creativity. But creativity could be your best asset in this busy life! Join Sarah Young, founder of Zing Collaborative, for an inspiring talk about how tapping into creativity can help us be more impactful and show up more powerfully and joyfully in our lives. Come ready to re-awaken your creative side! And get strategies you can implement daily.

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April 26 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunchtime Yoga

Start feeling happier and healthier with this relaxing, body-strengthening yoga session in DreamBank’s inspiring space! This combination is designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga newbie? No worries. We’ll teach you the basics and provide a yoga mat.

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April 27 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Engineering for Kids

Drop into DreamBank and cultivate your child’s innate curiosity about the way things work with fun activities provided by Engineering for Kids of Dane County — a creative organization seeking to encourage a new generation of engineers. Bring the whole family to play, learn and get inspired. Who knows, it might be the start of your child’s lifelong passion!

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April 27 2019, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM DIY Bath Salts Bar with FRANK + CEDAR Essentials with Mary Boersma (Session 1)

Come DIY your way to self-care with founder of F + C Essentials, Mary Boersma. Using simple household ingredients, essential oils and dried botanicals, create your own personalized trip to the spa. Bath salts and essential oils can support the body in a variety of ways, including muscle relaxation, stress relief and detoxification. There will be two sessions of this craft, so please only register for one. This craft is perfect for ages 12 and older.

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April 27 2019, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM DIY Bath Salts Bar with FRANK + CEDAR Essentials with Mary Boersma (Session 2)

Come DIY your way to self-care with founder of F + C Essentials, Mary Boersma. Using simple household ingredients, essential oils and dried botanicals, create your own personalized trip to the spa. Bath salts and essential oils can support the body in a variety of ways, including muscle relaxation, stress relief and detoxification. There will be two sessions of this craft, so please only register for one. This craft is perfect for ages 12 and older.

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April 29 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Band Strength Training with Capital Fitness

Customize your next workout with bands! Whether you’re new to exercise, looking to freshen up your routine, or just want to sweat, this training combines several different band exercises for a full body workout. Learn key exercises that can strengthen your flexibility and mobility, work on injury prevention or post injury recovery, and enjoy simple exercises you can do the rest of your life. All muscle groups are fair game — you just choose the difficulty!

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April 30 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Commercial Leasing 101 – Learn the Basics and Negotiate like a Pro with Heather Ewing

Is your business growing? It might be time to move into a commercial space! But where do you even begin? At this event, commercial real estate expert, Heather Ewing of White Box Commercial Property Group, will share the basics of leasing so you can understand both the fundamentals and the process. You’ll walk away with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect and how to best negotiate your new lease.  But best of all, you’ll be ready to take one big step in your dream pursuit! 

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