Dr. Julia Nepper Announced as Featured Speaker at Chamber’s Fourth Annual IceBreaker


Contact: Erik Greenfield, Communications Manager, 608-443-1952 (office), 608-669-7884 (cell)

MADISON – Dr. Julia Nepper, who at age 23 is one of the youngest Ph.D. recipients in the country, was announced today as a keynote speaker at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual IceBreaker luncheon taking place Thursday, April 12, at the Kohl Center. Gen. Marcia Anderson, the first African-American woman major general in the history of the U.S. Army, and Syovata Edari, veteran trial lawyer turned chocolatier, have also been announced as IceBreaker keynote speakers.

“In her relentless drive to seek the greater, Dr. Nepper has embarked on a remarkable academic journey that brought her to Greater Madison and, ultimately, the IceBreaker stage,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “IceBreaker is defined by those who are accelerating Greater Madison into the future, and welcoming one of the nation’s youngest Ph.D.’s is an ideal way to help us tell that story.”

Dr. Nepper received her Ph.D. in biophysics from UW-Madison in December. A native of North Carolina, she began attending community college at age 11, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington at 16 and enrolled in UW-Madison’s graduate program at 18. She is interested in pursuing a career in science outreach, communication and education.

Presented by CUNA Mutual Group, the Chamber’s fourth annual IceBreaker will bring together 1,000 current and future business leaders at the only business event on the floor of the Kohl Center. To register, visit here:

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at


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