You're invited to REDtalks on Inauguration Day

Dear University Community,

Ahead of Inauguration Day, I want to share our thought-provoking REDtalks lineup with you. 

From making the world a better place, starting with our own neighborhoods, to branding yourself in the age of social media, REDtalks will showcase the expertise, talent, and thought leadership of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

These conversations and talks will be led by a diverse group of Bulldogs and friends, including New York Times bestselling authors and an NFL championship coach. Radio and television producer (and now Redlands Chamber of Commerce Executive Director) Evan Sanford ’17 will host the event.

The event will take place at the Glenn Wallichs Theatre on Feb. 23; the start time has changed to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase from food trucks at the Glenn Wallichs parking lot.Below is a list of our scheduled speakers and their topics; you can also read their biographies on the REDtalks website.

How good ideas bubble up from the local levelWriter James Fallows and writer and linguist Deborah Fallows are authors of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America.

Leadership in all of usNorv Turner has served as head coach and offensive coordinator in the NFL for nearly 30 years.

12 minutes on a good lifePeter Kaufman is the chairman and CEO of Glenair Inc. He and his family live in Pasadena.

My story: First but no primera!Elsa Luna ’04, MBA, is Southern California Public Radio’s chief operations officer and chief financial officer.

Algorithmic biases that reflect systematic and unfair discriminationSonal Patel ’24, Ed.D., is a coordinator in the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Digital Learning Innovation Department.

Stress is inevitable; the struggle is optionalDr. Patrick Lillard ’61 is an addiction psychiatrist in Georgia and has practiced for more than 20 years.

Math … it ain’t that badGavi Dhariwal ’22 is an international student from Mumbai, India, majoring in mathematics and computer science.

The power of inclusion and “the Redlands way”: Where we have been, why it’s important, and where we’re goingSean W. McHenry-Acosta, adjunct professor in the School of Business & Society, and Pamela Allen, associate director of enrollment management at the U of R, host a conversation about identity, leadership, and the power of representation.

Four strategies to personal branding and marketing yourselfAuthor Mike Barker ’15, MBA, has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for 16 years.

Local problems, local solutionsModerated by James Fallows, professors Julia Shuler and Lisa LaSalle will speak about the impact of over 50 years of Communication Sciences and Disorders service to the community. Renee Van Vechten, professor of political science, will address food politics and how to help eliminate food insecurity at the local level. Tony Mueller, director of Community Service Learning, will share the impacts of 30 years of community service learning at the University of Redlands.

I hope to see you there!

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Krista Newkirk, President