David Cooks, author of “Getting Undressed-From Paralysis to Purpose”, shares his personal journey of how he discovered purpose in the midst of personal tragedy. A Milwaukee native, David’s compelling story began with basketball on the playgrounds of Milwaukee and eventually led him to Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University. David shares his struggles as well as his successes on and off the basketball court as a T-6 paraplegic, with honesty, perseverance and faith.
Melissa Goins is the founder and president of Maures Development Group. She will discuss the Historic Garfield Redevelopment project, which will include the new home for America’s Black Holocaust Museum. This museum has been closed since 2008, and is slated to reopen this fall as part of a $17.7 million project being led by Maures Development LLC and Jeffers & Co.
Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and the effects of boundary-free communication on free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and education curator for PBS MediaShift.
Every business, everywhere is experiencing disruption. As a commercial printer, Quad/Graphics experienced disruption much earlier than other companies. Under the leadership of Chairman, President & CEO Joel Quadracci, Quad has undergone – and continues to undergo – a remarkable transformation. Join Joel as he shares highlights from Quad’s 48-year transformative journey – from a family-owned upstart that underwent rapid greenfield growth to a publicly traded enterprise known for disciplined industry consolidation to today – an integrated marketing solutions provider that helps clients plan, produce, deploy, manage and measure creative assets across all channels (not just print). Quad’s journey has lessons for every leader in every discipline. And, Joel’s gift for storytelling will make it memorable.
Fix the System: How the Politics Industry is Failing America. Katherine Gehl proposes reforms necessary to align the political system with the public interest. What would be required to actually change the political outcomes we are experiencing? What would it take to better align the political system with the public interest and make progress on the nation’s problems? The reforms she proposes constitute a cohesive strategy that will alter the incentives that drive behavior in the political system.
Tax policy, trade practices, regulatory enforcement, and foreign relations have all changed dramatically in the past year. Despite the divisive issues we debate, we still share broad economic priorities: business growth, greater access to employment, and individual prosperity. Ryan James Boyle, Vice President and Senior Economist within the Global Risk Management division of Northern Trust, will investigate how the economy has changed and what businesses and consumers can expect in the new year.
It’s not your grandma’s pickled herring company. Baensch Food Products, makers of Ma Baensch Marinated Herring, an iconic Wisconsin product, has a storied past and bright future with owner Kim Wall manning the helm. Since purchasing the company in 1999, Wall has preserved the “Legend” of Ma Baensch, while evolving the product’s branding and marketing to attract millennials. Responding to consumer demand, she has maintained the original formula while creating a 100% clean product. She also only buys herring from sustainable fisheries and has a progressive hiring practice which includes ex-offenders. Join Wall as she shares Ma Baensch’s recipe for success.