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Rockford University to Host Business Summit Focusing on Evolving Education & Industry

06/05/2024 9:52 am

ROCKFORD, Ill. – (June 5, 2024) – Rockford University is thrilled to announce its second annual Business Summit, set to take place on June 13, 2024. The event will bring together Rockford industry leaders to engage in a day of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing.

The free event will take place in Regents Hall in the Burpee Student Center on Rockford University’s campus located at 5050 E. State St. in Rockford, Illinois. The summit will go from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Breakfast is included, and an optional lunch is available for purchase. 

This year’s summit features an impressive lineup of accomplished speakers, interactive workshops, and valuable takeaways. Panelists include:

  • City of Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara
  • Travis Andersen, President & CEO of UW Health 
  • Howard Spearman, President & CEO for RVC (Rock Valley College) 
  • Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent for RPS 205
  • Alex Stagnaro-Green, Regional Dean for the UIC College of Medicine
  • Gina Caronna, Executive Director for The Workforce Connection 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from distinguished local keynote speakers who are at the forefront of their industries. The engaging sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, and entrepreneurship. 

To sign up for the free event, head here: Rockford University Business Summit RSVP ( 

Any questions on the event can be sent to RU’s Associate Vice President of Business Innovation and the Dean of the College of Professional and Extended Learning Dr. Deepshikha Shukla at

This event is open to the media to attend and record b-roll. Interviews with speakers can be done before the event at 7 a.m. or after. 

Please RSVP to Sara Myers at or 815-394-5052 by June 12 at 5 p.m. to confirm attendance. 

About Rockford University:

Rockford University is a private university located in Rockford, Illinois. With a rich history dating back to 1847, the university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in various disciplines. Known for its commitment to academic excellence, Rockford University is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers and lives of purpose.


Media Contact: 

Sara Myers

RU Marketing & Communications