Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Public Policy Forum, will discuss a pair of recently released Public Policy Forum reports on K-12 education in Milwaukee. The first provides a broad overview of Milwaukee’s education landscape, showing overall characteristics in terms of schools, students, teachers, types of schools, demographics, and academic achievement, and breaking down the data among public, private, and charter schools. The companion report shows how the current education landscape has changed in the past decade and how it compares with a group of “peer” cities. Henken will summarize the key data findings and comment on policy implications for school improvement efforts in Milwaukee.
Mark Mone, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, talked about the University’s current and expanding partnerships with area business and community groups. The University’s School of Freshwater Sciences, School of Public Health, and Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa are uniquely positioned to help propel Milwaukee forward. Chancellor Mone also discussed how UWM is working with the city, state and region on economic development, addressing the looming talent pipeline shortage, and the impact of the state budget on the UW System and UWM.
Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has spent her career successfully advocating for Jewish causes. With all that is going on in the world, especially what is happening in Europe, Hannah spoke about anti-Semitism. She has recently been appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and talked about religious freedom at large. As an agent for change, Hannah was responsible for a significant new approach to combating anti-Semitism in her most recent position with the State Department, and successfully led CFW through its transition into an advocacy organization. She is leading the reorganization of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation following the agency’s strategic reimagining process.
Kurt Bauer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Steve Lyons, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Contractor Coalition, participated in a forum on “Right to Work” in Wisconsin. Moderated by Rotarian Dave Haynes of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club. Due to a technical error, the first few seconds of the introduction by Steve Jagler of BizTimes Milwaukee were cut off.
Economist and investment strategist Clare Zempel will provide an economic outlook in a program titled, “Economic and Market Outlook 2015-2020: Opportunities and Risks.” Mr. Zempel was an economist for major national firms such as Robert W. Baird and U.S. Bank for more than 30 years and is now principal of Zempel Strategic. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Doug Hagerman, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Rockwell Automation, will talk about having authentic conversations about ethics in the workplace. When ethics and integrity become part of your culture, they are a differentiator and a competitive advantage. Authentic conversations about ethics leave no room for doubt that the company and its leaders are serious about doing what is right. To do this, make it personal, make it relevant, and make it a team sport. Your organization will then be well on its way to creating a culture of integrity. Rockwell Automation has been named six times as “One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute. In 2012, the national Better Business Bureau gave their highest honor — The International Torch Award – to Rockwell Automation for advancing trust and integrity in the marketplace.
Paul C. Brophy, a city planning consultant who specializes in older industrial cities, has been working with city government, M7, and a consortium of foundations on economic growth strategies for the city and metro area and on ways of improving Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. One result of the work is that Mr. Brophy is bullish on the future of Milwaukee, despite the many challenges we face. Mr. Brophy presented his views on Milwaukee from his national vantage point.
Master networker Joe Sweeney has delivered hundreds of keynotes since the release of his New York Times best-selling book, Networking Is a Contact Sport. He heard a consistent refrain from CEOs, vice presidents, business people, and college graduates following his presentations: “Can you help move the needle at our company and improve performance on a consistent basis?” Joe’s latest book, Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free and Get Going in Your Business, Career and Life, is about changing human behavior. Joe will deliver some lessons from Moving the Needle designed to help define goals, focus efforts, and give you tools that will help you get clear, get free and get going in your professional and personal life.
This joint meeting with the Milwaukee Press Club featured new Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin, interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee journalists:
- Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business Journal
- Stephanie Sutton, WISN Channel 12