Notre Dame College Business Students Network, Learn with Tech Professional Lecture Event

Notre Dame College students are learning firsthand about the humanities and sciences—the people and machines—as well as the marketing and research of the tech industry in presenting a new networking and lecture event on campus. 

Two business courses at the College are actively engaging in experiential education by hosting what they have coined a Human Learning Happy Hour, a professional, interactive education program on Thursday, November 1, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Enterprise Development Center of the Connelly Center on the Notre Dame campus.

The event will feature a keynote address, "Are Robots Taking Over: How to Keep Pace with Exponential Tech Advancements," by Tracey Zimmerman, president of Robots & Pencils, a digital innovation firm that has a local presence in Cleveland. The company works with some of the world’s top brands to help them use mobile and frontier technologies to transform and future-proof their businesses.

In addition to offering Notre Dame students the opportunity to connect with corporate and community professionals in technical and related industries, the session addresses how technology advancements are accelerating at an unprecedented rate and changing the way people live, work, learn and communicate. Zimmerman is expected to shed light on frontier technology trends, share strategies for how to keep pace with the changes and provide insights on the future of work.

Students, led by seniors Robert Ellebracht and Nolan Pittman and juniors Laura Herrera and James Holle, are organizing the event as part of two fall semester classes at the College, BU375: Marketing Research and BU385: Marketing Management. Both courses are taught by Joyce A. Banjac, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Notre Dame. Ellebracht, Herrera and Holle are marketing majors. Pittman is a business administration major.

The College’s Residence Hall Association also is supporting student efforts to present the event.

About Tracey Zimmerman

Zimmerman brings over 20 years of expertise in marketing, technology and process improvement to her role at Robots & Pencils.

Since joining the company in 2015, Zimmerman has proven to be an expert at finding ways to grow the business while improving operations for the benefit of the company’s talent and clients. Her areas of expertise include cross-functional team leadership, project management, content strategy, business and process analysis, user experience and customer advocacy.

Zimmerman began her career as a software developer, analyst and consultant for multinational companies across the financial and medical sectors, including Bank of America and Siemens Healthcare.

About Robots & Pencils

Robots & Pencils is a digital innovation firm that works with some of the world’s best brands to create what’s next. Since its inception in 2009, Robots & Pencils has helped more than 175 clients reach 77 million people worldwide with innovative solutions. In 2014, the firm was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America by Deloitte.

Their approach to creating great software is to always blend the sciences with the humanities, the robots with the pencils, the developers with the designers.

October 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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