January 30, 2015

Spark Series – Creating Culture Through Proactive Recruiting









You have a vision for the future and a plan for growth and success. How do you get there? With a great team. How do you build that team? We’ve called on a couple experts.

In this edition of the Spark Series, Chad and Steph will talk with you about:

  • Attracting and hiring top performers
  • Setting the standards for your company culture
  • Retaining top performers
  • Investing in your team

Join us and see how your culture and team can make your business a resounding success.

Space is limited. Please register. 

About Our Speakers:

Chad-thies steph-vanousChad Thies is a Human Resources professional known for rapidly helping companies achieve their goals. He has served as a consultant of Human Resources for an international corporation, and as an HR executive for a multi-billion dollar company. As the President of Zelle, he provides consulting for companies who want to make their HR departments and initiatives more dynamic and impactful. Chad earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Human Services.

Steph Vanous has a passion for developing people to enhance cultural performance. Her unique approach establishes human resource teams as an integral, vital part of an organization rather than a mere necessity. As Director of Talent Development for Zelle with over 10 years in the training and development field, Steph has helped companies significantly improve performance management, talent management, team-building, and processes.

January 30, 2015

Lean Startup Marketing


Scott Bishop of will be leading a discussion about applying lean startup methods to marketing.

When? Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Where? Scott Technology Center



January 29, 2015

AAF Lincoln Winterfest Ales & Auction





January 28, 2015

Agency Tech Startup Showcase

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Nebraska has been named a top destination for startups by Inc., CNBC and several others.
And, no surprise to you, our state is a hotbed of great creative agencies. Let’s bridge these
creative classes. While we’re at it, we can introduce emerging startups to
agencies–like yours–looking for technology-driven differentiators.

At the Agency Tech Startup Showcase, you’ll meet the local startups disrupting ad land.

Their offerings range from content marketing automation and traffic management, to hosting
services and more. Whether you’re looking for ways to streamline your processes, potential
ad tech investments, or to become more in-the-know about the startup scene, this showcase will deliver.

February 26, 2015 5:00PM – 7:30PM

The Wareham
1624 Mike Fahey Street, Omaha, NE 68102


January 26, 2015

Jump Start Challenge


It’s undeniable; every company has business hurdles they’re facing in the workplace every day. Businesses spin their tires to find solutions to these issues, and now, we’re telling them to ease up, pick up those industry problems and bring them to the table for you to give a whack at solving.

It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’re from; all you need is a crazy creative mind, fiery passion, and a little courage to bring yourself and your friends to join in the JumpStart Challenge. Who knows? Your brilliant idea could change the entire landscape of the industry. How about that for opportunity?

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Here’s How You Can Get Involved:

February 9, 2015 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Location: TBD

Leading businesses from different industries are bringing their biggest issue in their line of work. Entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and all of the above are invited to the table to hear the issues, pick a challenge and form a team with other individuals from across the city to collaborate on and attack for the next ten days.

February 19, 2015 | Starting at 5:30 p.m. | Location: TBD

Upon their return, groups will bring their chosen corporate challenge back to the table with a solution in hand. Groups are invited to pitch their solutions and demo in a final competition. The winning team in each category will have the opportunity to collaborate with a corporation to move the idea forward.

 Visit JumpStart Challenge for more information. 


January 20, 2015

Lincoln Agile Community Meet Up – Understanding Agile Team Dynamics


We all know that Agile is all about self-organizing and empowered teams delivering value to the customer. How do you know that you have assembled the right team? Join us to learn how to motivate and design teams that align to your projects objectives, environment, and organization. Learn about factors that influence team dynamics and how that fits with the Agile Manifesto. Explore how to customize Agile processes that will enhance your team’s chances of success

Come to the meet-up and enter to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

Sponsored by One80 Services

Food and Drink provided by Firespring


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
5:30 PM


1201 Infinity Ct
Lincoln, NE

More information

January 14, 2015

Own It Omaha



A Business Conference For Midwest Women

Friday, February 6, 2015 | 8 AM – 5 PM

University of Nebraska Omaha – Thompson Center, 6705 Dodge Street

Networking Reception: 5 PM – 6:30 PM

Go to: for more information




Regular Ticket: $99/per person
Groups of 10 or more: $750
Student Rate: $20 Must Show ID
Includes: continental breakfast, lunch, networking reception and business pitch practice



January 12, 2015

Lean Startup Circle


Let’s stop reading philosophical Lean Startup books and actually get started.

During this meetup, you and your cofounder will work together to:

• Clearly define (and agree on) who your customer is

• Make a plan for finding and talking to them

• Design your empathy interview script

• Identify your assumptions and design your first experiment

We’ll do all of the above within the context of your actual companies and projects. You’ll walk away with an interview script tailored to your potential customers and your first experiment designed and ready to launch.

Limited to 30 people so I can work with each of you individually.

Bring your cofounders!

When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Where: The Wareham Building
1624 Mike Fahey St., Omaha, NE


January 12, 2015

Ladies Launch Lincoln – Why your “Why” Matters


Join us on January 27th to hear from Marianne Chance Worthington from Work Warrior. She will be explaining why your “why” matters. If you can’t define why you do what you do, others will define your value for you. When you allow others to define your why, unfortunate things can happen.

Where: Mōmō Pizzeria & Ristorante
7701 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506



December 21, 2014

Red Book Exchange at UNL

11698_412615578891368_6771669934345608909_n (640x237)The Red Book Exchange is a physical marketplace for students to sell books directly to other students, all fees are optional.

“We are doing this for all of us (students). Lets fight against ridiculous buying back prices. We are an non-profit student organization at UNL.”

Visit the official Red Book Exchange website here:



UNL City Campus Union in The Crib (between Runza and Wells Fargo)

From Tuesday, January 12th to Friday, January 16th

Cash payout Friday afternoon