Events & Presentations

Past RFI Events & Presentations

Nebraska Thriving Index Workshop Presentation
2019 Thriving Children, Families and Communities Conference
Buffett Early  Childhood Institute
September 16, 2019 | Kearney, Neb.

Inclusive Leadership Development: Advancing High-Quality Early Childhood Eduction
2019 Thriving Children, Families and Communities Conference
Buffett Early Childhood Institute
September 16, 2019 | Kearney, Neb.

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

Community Fellows – It’s a Transformational Experience!

Apr. 24, 2019 | Beatrice, Neb.

Shawn Kaskie, Outreach Project Coordinator

Panel | Women’s Forum Global Meeting

Designing Cities and Economies For the Future

Nov. 16, 2018 | Paris, France

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


Forum Presentations | Rural Japan Immersion Through Japan Society

When Local Wisdom Goes Global

October 2018 | Ehime University | Matsuyama, Japan

Challenges in Regional Revitalization: Insights from American and Japanese Rural Innovators

October 2018 | University of the Sacred Heart | Tokyo, Japan

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


KEYNOTE | Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska Press Association Annual Banquet

The Future of the Rural-Urban Divide Opportunity

Apr. 20, 2018 | Lincoln, Neb.

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


Great Plains Symposium

Rural Futures Institute: Create A Bold Story For Rural

Apr. 18-20, 2018 | Kearney, Neb.

Katelyn Ideus, RFI Director of Communications & Public Relations


Spring 2018 Friedman Seminar Series

The Future of Rural

Apr. 4, 2018 | Tufts University | Boston, Mass.

Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director (retired)
Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist


Microsoft GM Shelley McKinley
Mar. 28, 2018 | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Let's Connect To Change The World

Presentation Proceedings

Connectivity and overall access to technology are critical areas of need for rural economic development, health care access, education and more. As Microsoft works to build a better future, Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Microsoft’s Technology and Corporate Responsibility Group, shared how the company is connecting people, so everyone has access to the opportunities that technology provides. She also discussed how the use of technology, such as artificial intelligence, to create environmental sustainability, connect 1 billion people around the world with disabilities and prepare the workforce of the future.

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 & Presentations
Visiting Presenter, Paul Genho, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 2016 | Lincoln, 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.

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