Author: Julie Klug

2023 Aksarben Ball Leadership Announced

New leadership for the 2023 Aksarben Ball will be helmed by two people with longtime Aksarben ties. Kathryn Anderson has been named Chair of the Women’s Ball Committee.  She is a former Queen of Aksarben and wants to focus on recognizing families across the state for their contributions and continuing to find opportunities for our… Read more »

Aksarben announces new Executive Director for its Nebraska Tech Collaborative

The Aksarben Foundation, a network of business and community leaders focused on the most critical issues facing the heartland, announces Shonna Dorsey as the new Executive Director of its Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC). “Dorsey will lead the collective efforts to advance talent and entrepreneurial ecosystem development in Nebraska,” says Executive Committee Chair of the NTC,… Read more »

Pillen rides conservative path to governorship

Lincoln Journal Star Article Jim Pillen, a conservative Republican who has proposed education funding reform along with an aggressive workforce development policy designed to keep young Nebraskans in the state, was elected Tuesday as Nebraska’s 41st governor. The University of Nebraska regent sailed to victory over Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the underfunded Democratic nominee,… Read more »

Ignite Nebraska program trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Omaha World Herald Article It started off as a 3 a.m. idea. That’s how Joni Wheeler describes the creation of Ignite Nebraska. Launched in February in Omaha, the workforce development apprenticeship program is the culmination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska executives’ desire to solve a multifaceted problem: a shortage of technology employees. Their… Read more »

Congratulations to Dawn and Sid Dinsdale, Aksarben’s Most Honored Citizens!

Nearly 1,750 people of all ages gathered together at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha Saturday night for the annual Aksarben Ball celebration. This year, Aksarben cast it’s Spotlight on the Heartland honoring Nebraska families and individuals for their volunteerism, community service, and philanthropy; a tradition 127-years strong. The spotlight also shone brightly on… Read more »

Women Who WOW

Seven years ago, two woman-owned businesses came together to present profiles of woman leaders in every issue of metroMAGAZINE. The same publication recently caught up with some of the 34 women featured as “Game-changers” and “Women who WOW” since 2015. In 2015, planit inc. (then planitomaha) and metroMAGAZINE presented the first “Game-changer” profile featuring a… Read more »

Updates to accommodate Wayne State, Northeast students given at Growing Together

Some Wayne State College students will be visiting Norfolk next week to learn more about the city, including going on a scavenger hunt downtown. Marysz Rames, president of Wayne State College, and Michael Keibler, executive director of co-op education and industry liaison, updated community leaders on their college’s students during a Growing Together meeting Wednesday… Read more »

NU president receives major award from U.S. Naval Academy

Add another accolade to University of Nebraska President Ted Carter’s distinguished U.S. Navy career. The retired vice admiral and 1981 alumnus of the United States Naval Academy was one of five people who received the academy’s Distinguished Graduate Award this weekend. Carter, a former superintendent of the academy, joins the likes of the late U.S…. Read more »

Growing Together updates given, with long-range plans shared

U.S. REP. MIKE FLOOD (far right) provides an update Wednesday at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce during a meeting of Northeast Nebraska Growing Together, an Aksarben workforce initiative. Jerry Guenther/Daily News There’s a lot of moving parts to the Northeast Nebraska Growing Together initiative, some of which seem to be moving well and others… Read more »

Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala

Every year, Omaha-area business luminaries are recognized for their incredible legacies and commitment to their business, industry and community. Honorees are inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame at a brilliant gala supporting the next generation of Omaha professionals. Initiated in 1993 as part of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s centennial anniversary, the Omaha Business… Read more »