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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 Foundation 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. 

Alicia Mowder
Alicia Mowder, ba '08

"Food for Thought"
Alicia Mowder is the vice president of growth for Panera Bread and has a history of proven success in implementing strategic visions for products and teams of multi billion-dollar brands in the restaurant and retail industries.  

She served in multiple marketing leadership roles throughout her career, including brand and media at Payless ShoeSource, brand marketing and strategy for Sonic, and leading the U.S. marketing organization for Circle K before going to Panera where her team defines strategies for growth, including menu and new product development.  

Join us for our final Wake Up with Washburn lecture of the season as Mowder presents, “Food for Thought,” and explains how she turned a personal passion for food into a fulfilling career. Read more about Alicia's career.


Thursday, April 6, 2023
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. | Presentation 8 a.m.
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Washburn University

Register below or by calling Katrina Poulsen in the Alumni Association office at 785.670.2303 or to make a reservation. 

Quantity and Pricing
2023 Wake Up with Washburn
Wake Up with Washburn breakfast lecture
Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 7:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 10.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 13.00 ea.

1729 MacVicar Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 Phone: 785.670.4483