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Wake Up with Washburn

Established in 1993, the Wake Up with Washburn Breakfast lecture series gives Washburn the opportunity to showcase four alumni during the academic year to fellow Ichabod alumni, faculty, staff, students and the Topeka community. 

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Washburn University Alumni Association and the Washburn University School of Business and provides a forum for alumni lecturers enlighten the audience about their career, accomplishments and how Washburn had a positive impact them while they were students. 

Michel Cole
Michel' Cole, ba '85

"What Will Be Your Leadership Legacy?"
Michel’ Cole served as vice president, corporate communications and public affairs for Westar Energy (now Evergy); she retired in June 2018. Among other positions throughout her career, she also served as vice president, corporate communications and brand strategy for Security Benefit.

Regardless of your career phase, your leadership legacy is taking shape and influencing others. Your words and actions can set the tone in a work place, affect brand and shareholder value and be a key to employee retention and recruitment. Cole will share some examples of those who have influenced her during her 35-year communications career working with some of the best companies and leaders in our region. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. | Presentation 8 a.m.
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Registration is now closed. Please contact Robin Moser at with questions. 

1729 MacVicar Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 Phone: 785.670.4483