Events, Presentations & Webinars

Upcoming RFI Events

Let's Connect To Change The World

Shelley McKinley, Microsoft GM

Shelley McKinley, Microsoft

Let’s Connect The World To Change The World!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 3 pm (CST)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management
Kaufman Academic Residential Center | Great Hall
LIVE STREAM: On this page!

Shelley McKinley, general manager of Microsoft technology and corporate responsibility group, will discuss Microsoft’s work to build a better future, which starts by connecting people so that everyone can access the opportunities that technology provides. She will deep dive into the opportunity to utilize technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), to help people with disabilities and benefit the environment, as well as the investments Microsoft is making to help prepare the workforce for the future. This presentation is free and open to the public.

The Microsoft technology and corporate responsibility group delivers on the company’s mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more by driving the digital transformation and readiness of high impact organizations including universities, cities and political campaigns, and through leadership and innovation of technology in the high impact areas of human rights, accessibility, environmental sustainability and broadband access. Microsoft has recently placed special importance on access to broadband throughout the rural U.S.

Check out Shelley’s blog posts here, and find her on Twitter @shelleymckin.

The Rural Futures Institute is proud to host Shelley March 28 and 29, introducing her to University of Nebraska students and faculty as well as several Nebraska community leaders. Follow RFI across social for insights!



RFI Presentations

Spring 2018 Friedman Seminar Series
Apr. 4, 2018 | Tufts University | Boston, Mass.

Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director
Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associate Executive Director & Chief Futurist
The Future of Rural


Great Plains Symposium
Apr. 18-20, 2018 | Kearney, Neb.

Bree Dority, University of Nebraska at Kearney Associate Professor of Economics, RFI Faculty Fellow
The Economic Impact of the Annual Crane Migration on Central Nebraska 



Great Plains Symposium
Apr. 18-20, 2018 | Kearney, Neb.

Katelyn Ideus, RFI Director of Communications & Public Relations
Rural Futures Institute: Create A Bold Story For Rural



KEYNOTE | Nebraska Press Association Annual Banquet
Apr. 20, 2018 | Omaha, Neb.

Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associate Executive Director & Chief Futurist



Jun. 9 – 11, 2018 | Denver, Colo.

Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director



Center for Rural Development Webinar Series
Feb. 20, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. CST


In Person

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities
Apr. 4-5, 2018 | Hastings, Neb.

2018 Great Plains Symposium
Apr. 18-20, 2018 | Kearney, Neb.


Past RFI Events

Panel Discussion with Rural Japanese Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders
Oct. 27, 2017 | Lincoln, Neb.

In partnership with Japan Society, based in New York City, N.Y., and Japan NPO Center, based in Tokyo, the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska hosted a panel discussion entitled, “A Thriving Rural Future in Japan and the United States,” Oct. 27. The following day, RFI took the visitors on a tour of southeast Nebraska, stopping in Nebraska City, Neb., and Auburn, Neb.

Recap >>

Visiting Presenter, Paul Genho, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 2016 | Lincoln, Neb.

Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit

Oct. 27-28, 2016 | York, Neb.

Rural Regional Forums

Sep. 2016 | Chadron, North Platte and West Point, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

Oct. 2015 | Curtis and Lincoln, Neb.

Regional Forums

Sep. and Oct. 2014 | Broken Bow, Nebraska City, and Scottsbluff, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

Nov. 3-5, 2013 | Lincoln, Neb.

Rural Futures Conference

May 8-10, 2012 | Lincoln, Neb.

Past RFI Webinars >>