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The Alumni Webinar Series is available to all Benedictine University alumni. Each webinar is designed to provide insight and advice on how to succeed both personally and professionally. A Benedictine University alumnus or alumna will host a webinar and present information on a topic of their choice. Alumni Webinar Series events are held once a month during the Fall and Spring seasons. Fall events are held during the months of September, October and November and Spring events will be held during February, March and April. View previously recorded webinars or complete the volunteer interest form to host a future alumni webinar!

Fall Alumni Webinar Series Events

"The Life-Work Balance: Strategies for Walking the Tightrope" presented by David Sudzus, C87

Friday, October 23 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT
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Life's demands on all of us are many and seem to be amplified every day. Maintaining stability and sanity, while traversing the everyday landscape, is difficult. Unless overt efforts are taken to balance differing needs and demands, adverse effects including health issues can begin to take their toll. While Sudzus is not a self-help guru or a healthcare professional, he is a longtime practicing attorney with an active family and a host of outside professional demands. Sudzus will share strategies that he and his colleagues have adopted over the years in an attempt to achieve balance.  

About Sudzus: Sudzus is a partner and vice chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group, which focuses on product liability, mass tort, pharmaceutical, medical device and asbestos litigation and class actions. He represents manufacturers of medical devices and other products in single and multidistrict cases throughout the country. He advises companies in preparing product manuals, warnings labels and re-call programs. He helps clients guard against future claims and position themselves strategically to defend their products if litigation arises. He is a regular speaker and panelist on topics such as federal preemption, product recalls, Medicare/Medicaid reporting and biopharmaceuticals.

Sudzus earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1990 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University in 1987. While at Benedictine University, then known as Illinois Benedictine College, Sudzus was part of the Scholar's Program. He also participated in various activities including the Model U.N., a national mock trial competition and served as co-editor and editor of the school newspaper.

Sudzus is a product of Chicago's Southside and a lifelong resident of the city, where he currently resides with his wife and two children and staunchly supports his beloved Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears.

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"Dealing with the Stress and Anxiety of the Job Search" presented by Sharon Gilbert, M.S.'95

Friday, November 13 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT
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This interactive workshop will review stress management techniques as they apply to the challenges of being unemployed or searching for a new opportunity. Drawing from the fields of career counseling, outplacement counseling and psychotherapy, Sharon Gilbert will help participants practice techniques for coping with stress in either of these situations. Participants will also acquire strategies they can practice for improving their overall performance during an interview.

About Gilbert: Gilbert earned her Master's in Counseling Psychology degree in 1995 from Benedictine University, then known as Illinois Benedictine College. She has worked in various professional areas including human resources, outplacement counseling and career counseling. In addition, Gilbert has 20 years of clinical practice experience treating individuals, couples and families. Since 2011, she has had her own private practice in Naperville, Illinois. She has also been teaching at the college level for 18 years and is an adjunct professor of psychology at Elmhurst College. 

In her free time, Gilbert enjoys backpacking, hiking and camping. One of her favorite locations, which she visits each year, is Boundary Waters in Minnesota.

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