The Alumni Association provides lifelong learning and career development opportunities for Redbirds long after graduation. One way this objective is achieved is through Illinois State Insights, a webinar and livestream platform.

Illinois State Insights encompasses a variety of topics presented for free by authors, field professionals, Illinois State faculty and staff, and alumni experts.

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The platform kicked off last fall with New York Times bestselling author James Clear, who discussed his book Atomic Habits. Clear explained how the surprising power of small habits have a huge impact on life.

Since the launch, topics covered have included finding a career you love, learning the art and science of creativity, making a difference, willpower, and negotiation. The most recent shared ways to incorporate humor into the workplace to increase team productivity, manage stress, and create a positive work culture.

“The Alumni Association constantly seeks new ways to engage alumni outside of traditional gatherings,” said Alumni Engagement Executive Director Kris Harding, M.S. ’94. “Through Illinois State Insights, Redbirds have access to free professional and personal development resources, allowing them to develop skills and seek new ideas after leaving Illinois State’s campus.”

Webinars and livestreams are available monthly. Registration is easy, and emails are sent periodically to remind participants when and how to connect to the webinars. To learn more about the topics and to register, visit

There are many other opportunities for Redbirds across the globe to connect and learn through the Alumni Association, including an online book club. Members join for free and discuss a new book every two months. Find out this summer’s selections by visiting

The website also offers information to access Milner Library’s database, insurance options, alumni networks, Alumni Association social media platforms, and career services for alumni.