A new summer speaker series was launched this week with a presentation on “The Value of Higher Education” by Dr. Darla Cuadra, director of Notre Dame De Namur University’s Tracy Campus, and Cerena Sweetland-Gil.

Seven more Tuesday evening talks are scheduled between now and July 30, featuring a mix of speakers drawn from the university and the Tracy community.

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This Tuesday’s speaker is Therese Madden, the director of NDNU’s evening and professional programs, who will talk about “Thriving in Stressful Situations.” She teaches classes in Tracy for the human services degree program, drawing on her experience working in human resources and leadership development across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

She will be followed by adjunct faculty member Chosen Cheng speaking about “Technology in Business” on June 18 and Tracy Chamber of Commerce CEO Tamra Spade discussing “Entrepreneurial Strategies” on June 25.

Madden will facilitate a student panel on adult learner strategies on July 9; interim Chief Alex Neicu will speak on the topic of “Police Departments as Community Problem Solvers” on July 16; and Brad Washington will talk about “Global Engagement through Online Learning” on July 23.

The series will end with a discussion of “Community Involvement and Giving with Nonprofits” featuring Sofia Valenzuela, director of development and philanthropy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy.

Talks will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Tracy Campus, 902 Central Ave., Ste. 1. All are free to attend.

The first local speaking event sponsored by the university featured businessman Dan Costa, who gave a lunchtime talk about “Entrepreneurship in the San Joaquin Valley” in February at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

To learn more about the summer speaker series and the university’s Tracy programs, visit www.ndnu.edu/tracy.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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