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April 25, 2014

Paul "Ripples Guy" Wesselmann

Since 1990, Paul has worked with hundreds of organizations to create dynamic presentations that inspire and inform.

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With degrees in psychology and higher education, Paul Wesselmann provides dynamic skill training and inspiring leadership development at professional conferences, staff meetings, and retreats around North America. Paul’s weekly “Ripples” emails are read by over 30,000 subscribers each Monday morning, and thousands more enjoy his daily posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Biography

Paul earned a B.A. in psychology from McKendree College where he was a resident assistant, programming board chair, student government officer, and the school mascot. He completed his M.A. in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University while interning first at Heidelberg College as Assistant Director of Residential Life and then as Coordinator of BGSU's Student Wellness Program. He also worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas to develop an outcomes assessment tool for their alcohol/drug treatment program and was honored by BGSU's faculty and students as the 1991 CSP Graduate Student of the Year.

Paul ventured to Wisconsin to accept a position at Beloit College as Assistant Director of Residential Life & Assistant Director of Summer Conferences. His next stop was the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he worked as a Residence Life Coordinator. He also began volunteering at Madison's AIDS Network as a source of emotional support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Paul was eventually recruited to join AIDS Network's management team as Director of Volunteer Services where he developed a pool of several hundred active volunteers.

Since 1990, Paul has been presenting conference workshops and designing staff training for a variety of organizations in the private and public sector. He gradually began receiving requests to deliver keynote addresses and in 1997 transformed  a part-time hobby into a full-time career as a leadership trainer and keynoter. He currently works with 40 clients a year around North America with audiences ranging in size from a dozen to several thousand.

In 1999, Paul created Ripples, an inspirational Monday morning email that transformed into The Ripples Project, an organization with over 30,000 members whose mission is to encourage small waves of kindness.

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Paul's Pick
READ:
It’s a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice
by Bo Lozoff (Penguin: NY) This book is an accessible prescription for happiness that combines reaching IN to expand your spiritual awareness and reaching OUT to build a community through compassion and service. My copy is filled with scribbles and underlines, especially on page 51: “We can do hard. Really, we can....Human beings were designed for the chips to be down sometimes. We can endure some unimaginably hard things and come out better for them.”