Along with the promotion, Wildman recently was named one of the international Thirty Under 30 emerging leaders in the field of learning for 2020 by the Learning Guild, which supports organizational learning. He was honored during the Guild’s Nov. 16-18 annual conference, held virtually.
As a group, the young leaders represent seven countries, 11 states and the District of Columbia, as well as companies that include Adobe, Allianz, Amazon, JetBlue, KPMG, Pepsi, Southwest Airlines, Workday and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Wildman, a native of Wausau who lives in Chicago, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Platteville and is working on a master’s in instructional design from UW-Whitewater. Learn more at his LinkedIn site.
With so much learning moving online because of the pandemic, he earned the new skills from UW-Stout at a perfect time to benefit Olive Tree Arts, based in Chicago. The nonprofit organization promotes cultural understanding for young people through the arts and creative expression.
“The pandemic expedited our process to working in online spaces. I now oversee our virtual programming and learning and development initiatives,” Wildman said. “I've helped turn our in-person program offerings that serve 500-plus students, teachers and community members into online offerings and designed and built a virtual onboarding program from scratch.”
The certificate program “gave me the confidence to start creating high quality learning solutions on my own,” he said.
Joan Vandervelde, who works in online professional development in UW-Stout’s teaching, learning and leadership department, said Wildman “is an excellent example of the value of a certificate. Certificates have the fastest-growing enrollments in the country right now for a variety of reasons.”
Students in the instructional design program build an extensive eportfolio of projects to showcase with their LinkedIn profile and reference in their resume and job interviews, Vandervelde said.
Certificate programs typically take six to nine months to complete, and many of the courses count as credit toward a related master’s degree.