Allen Lecture Series

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The Dr. John and Tammy Allen Lecture Series brings outstanding local, regional or nationally recognized entrepreneurs who have liberal arts backgrounds to engage with students, faculty and the community.

Allen Lecture with Janna Ronert

After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Janna Ronert set her sights on a career in the skincare industry. Unable to find a skincare line without parabens or chemicals to solve her rosacea, she created a company out of her apartment. Today, Image Skincare has over 25,000 customers in more than 60 countries. Janna is also is the co-founder of Hush & Hush, a line of luxury beauty supplements, which launched in 2019.

Read Janna's story

Dr. John and Tammy Allen began their education in liberal arts and have become accomplished entrepreneurs in the medical field as well as other areas of business. Their foundation in liberal arts built up the confidence to believe they could learn anything which has led to a philosophy of lifelong learning and incredible success.

The Allens want to ensure that liberal arts students and faculty at the university have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of talented, recognized individuals.

Dr. John Allen and Tammy Allen

Previous Speakers

Allen Lecture poster featuring Peter Zandbergen

April 2020

Peter Zandbergen, Executive Vice President at Union Bank and Trust.

Peter has 40 years of experience in banking and management including corporate banking, commercial lending, private banking, wealth management and strategic planning. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, majoring in ethnography/anthropology and a degree from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He is active involved in the community.

September 2018

Michael Zimm, Digital Media Manager at Digital Surgeons. He specializes in search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

Video of the talk is available here.

Prior to transitioning into the tech world, Michael received his PhD in Classics from Yale University. He has published articles on the value of the liberal arts and higher education in the Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, VentureBeat, and Quartz.

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Allen Lecture featuring Michael Zimm