Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) programming at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is focused on accelerating the knowledge and skills of professionals in a variety of fields. Programming is enhanced by extending University of Minnesota system resources to Southeastern Minnesota. Through our Outreach offerings, we hope to stimulate the minds of lifelong learners while they explore new topics and new ideas. Our newest Outreach effort is a speaker series called UMR CONNECTS which follows a specific theme each month. This free weekly professional speaker series showcase will connect you to speakers, authors, panels, etc. on a variety of engaging topics. UMR CONNECTS strives to support the University's overall mission of public engagement and outreach by fostering connections between the University, its students, and those who live in or visit our community.