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USD to host Wire Me Awake Conference for professionals and students in the region

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Area professionals and students are invited to participate in the Wire Me Awake Conference on Wednesday, March 5 at the Muenster University Center on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The conference features dynamic speakers on a variety of topics, informative breakout sessions geared toward various interests in business and a student pitch competition.

Speakers include Jeffrey Hayzlett, a change agent focused on leadership, innovation, and change management to drive business growth; Jenny Blake, a bestselling author, career and business coach, and international speaker; and Dario Meli, and entrepreneur and global connector. Each speaker brings a dynamic perspective to entrepreneurship and business development.

Afternoon breakout sessions include topics like attracting new entrepreneurs, engaging students in entrepreneurship, commercialization, compliance, and fostering collaboration to name a few. Tailor track sessions to meet the needs of your specific business interests.

The student pitch competition offers students the chance to pitch their ideas in an elevator pitch competition. First place takes home $4,000. Second place wins $3,000, third $2,000, and fourth $1,000. Remaining qualifiers receive $50.

Complete details on the events of Wire Me Awake, including registration information and the full event schedule can be found at Registration is $80 for professionals and $40 for students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News