UW Retirement Association

What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea programs are discussions about a hot current topic with an expert to facilitate. There is no formal presentation; rather, the experts throw out provocative questions and participants are invited to respond. Prior to the program, participants are referred to readings on the topic to help spur their thinking.

Groups currently meet online using Zoom. In order to encourage discussion, groups are kept small and preregistration is essential. Registration for each discussion opens two weeks prior to the event. Click the ‘Register’ button below or on the event post on the UWRA calendar.  (Click HERE for information on how to join a Zoom meeting.)

COMING DISCUSSION – to be held using Zoom


Wednesday, November 17 | 10:30 am | REGISTER NOW
Facilitated by UW Athletics’ Kim Durand

This discussion will be held either online or in person, depending on circumstances in November.

This fall, the playing field has shifted for Husky student-athletes. Businesses are now allowed to pay them for using their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Student-athletes can profit from autograph sales, social media posts, YouTube channels, training camps, speaking engagements, personal merchandising, endorsement deals, and more. What does this mean for college athletics, college athletes, and college fans?

Facilitator: Kim Durand serves as the UW’s senior associate athletic director for student development. In her role, she manages all student-athlete academic services, works on enhancing life skills of students, and helps guide Boundless Futures, the UW’s response to the new NIL rules.

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What’s the Big Idea programs are small-group discussions. Come ready to enjoy participating in an exchange of ideas led by our knowledgeable facilitator. Group size is kept small to encourage interaction.


Contact UWRA for more information.