April 30, 2019

Episode 30

That’s right it’s our LAST podcast episode of Season 3👊 Episode 30 guest is rural maverick Janet Palmtag.

Janet is a true leader and an entrepreneur 🌟She’s been a volunteer throughout her community for several years, so she tells it like it is when it comes to leadership from a company and community perspective💚

April 29, 2019

Nebraska Thriving Index

It’s finals week for University of Nebraska 💥 and in the last month there have been so many exciting leadership opportunities for students! One of those opportunities was a research fair on Lincoln’s campus.

Three Bureau for Business Research Scholars at Nebraska College of Business have been working on a team led by Eric Thompson to develop the Nebraska Thriving Index 💪The single presenter is graduating senior Tim Paschal who looked at Statistical Matching for Benchmarking Analysis⚡️

The two presenters are Tommie Brechbill and Jordan Duffin Wong. Tommie is a graduating senior and Jordan will continue working next year on the Thriving Index project 👏 Their research titled “Examining Effects of Quality-of-Life Amenities on Population, Employment, and Income Growth” informed the creation of the Nebraska Thriving Index 💫

April 26, 2019

Episode 29

💥Have you listened to Episode 29 yet? After learning more about what exactly we do at the Rural Futures Institute, Amy Webb had some awesome things to say about the future of rural 💥

“The Nebraska community and just the larger rural community is lucky that you guys exist and that you’re doing this work. Because, again, we’re reticent to change, it’s hard and, ultimately, what futurists ask people to do is to confront that uncertainty and that change and to accept it and to experiment and try things that are untested.” 💚

April 26, 2019

Episode 29

Quantitative futurist 🔮and professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, Amy Webb shines a light on what exactly it means to be a futurist during Episode 29 ⭐️

Dr. Connie and Amy discuss the now-est mentality of the United States, our emotional relationship with change, the multiple pathways for possible futures. She also just released her new book “The Big Nine” last month, check out the link in our bio for more info✨

April 25, 2019

Episode 29 Bold Voice

“The point of being a leader is to inspire others to do things they think are right,” says University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Student Regent Renata Valquier Chavez during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 29.

Renata, a third-year biotechnology and political science student at the UNO, digs deep into leadership and her experience at the University of Nebraska as an honors student, a student-athlete and the student body president.

April 24, 2019

Episode 29

Episode 29 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥with quantitative futurist Amy Webb! Amy is also professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, an award-winning author and the Founder of The Future Today Institute 🔮

During the episode, Dr. Connie and Amy talk about artificial intelligence, futurism, change, now-est mentality and community ✨

UNO Student Regent joins Rural Futures Podcast Episode 29 as Bold Voice


April 24, 2019 — “My leadership philosophy is to always lead by example and to not see yourself as higher than anyone else,” said Renata Valquier Chavez, a third-year biotechnology and political science student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Originally from Sidney, Iowa, Valquier Chavez moved to Elkhorn, Neb., during high school and decided to stay in Omaha, Neb., for her college experience. She is a member of the UNO Honors Program and a student-athlete on the UNO cross country and track team, and she spent the past year as the student body president and the student regent at UNO.

Valquier Chavez shared her University of Nebraska experience during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 29 at 22:51. The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. This episode features Amy Webb, an award-winning author and professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, and it is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

“I think UNO is an absolutely spectacular university,” she said. “My vision for our future students is to have the sense of pride to be at the university that they are at, regardless of which campus it is within the University of Nebraska.”

Valquier Chavez believes that teamwork is crucial to her success as UNO Student Regent and Student Body President, as well as an honors student and a student-athlete. “I believe that it’s a group effort wherever it is that you’re leading, whether it’s on the cross country team or within student government,” she said.

“The point of being a leader is to inspire others to do things they think are right,” she said. “I see myself in this position to encourage my colleagues to go after tough projects and to tackle controversial issues,” she continued.

She shared her advice for college students, which included time management, living intentionally and finding joy. “I think it’s so important to remember that you’re doing this all by choice,” she said.

“When you’re in an elected position, you’re not doing it for yourself,” she said. “You are in a position to serve others,” she added.


About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders. ruralfutures.nebraska.edu

April 22, 2019

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day rural listeners! Today’s holiday was originally created to educate the world about the environmental movement and motivate others to help make positive change 🌟🌎

Today is a great day for reflection on what has been happening with the #NebraskaFlood although it has brought so much destruction, it has also brought together communities and a feeling of hope that has made them stronger 💚

April 19, 2019

Episode 28

Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast features Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council, Garry Clark ⭐️Garry intersects workforce development, quality of life, fighting through fear 💪

Since Dr.Connie and Garry’s conversation, Fremont, Neb., and much of Northeast Nebraska has been significantly impacted by flooding in March 2019. Lives were lost and Nebraska’s damage is estimated at $1.8 billion. We touched base with Garry, and he says Fremont is in recovery mode. He urges listeners to donate to the American Red Cross ❤️(link below!)

Red Cross

April 19, 2019

Episode 28

On Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast, Dr. Connie talked with Garry Clark, the Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council. One of Garry’s ideals is finding opportunity when fighting through fear👊– he did this when he moved from Washington, D.C., projects where he witnessed drug addiction to Nebraska to accept a track scholarship. And because of that leap he took, Garry discovered his love for rural Nebraska 💚

Garry is also the author of the book “Unlikely Viking: From the D.C. Projects to Rural Nebraska”– check out the link below!

Unlikely Viking