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
Nearly 100 years ago, civic leaders in Milwaukee began planning and implementing a transformation: the vibrant ecology that was the Milwaukee Estuary became an economic machine, Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor. A century later, only traces of either history remain. The estuary is now an EPA Area of Concern, and many industries have gone, leaving brownfields behind. Identified as a catalytic project in the City’s Refresh Milwaukee Plan, the Harbor District is the subject of new efforts at revitalization. Bruce Keyes, Of Counsel with Foley & Lardner, will share the vision for transforming the Harbor District into an economically and ecologically working waterfront.
Richard J. Davidson of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver a program titled “Well-being is a skill.” This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being. These include happiness, resilience, compassion and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics is instantiated in brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can shaped and modified by experience and training. Mental training to cultivate well-being has profound implications for the workplace including its impact on leadership, creativity, employee health, productivity and collaboration.
After one of the most contentious, most expensive and closest gubernatorial races in the nation, join us for expert analysis of the campaign with pollster Charles Franklin of Marquette University Law School and “Wisconsin Voter” columnist Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as they break down who won and why and what is likely to come next. Wisconsin has been one of the most politically divided states in the nation, particularly in the Milwaukee metro area. Will this stark polarization continue? And if it does, what does it mean for citizens? What does it mean for our long tradition of good government? Rotarian Dave Haynes, Editorial Page Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will moderate. This is a joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club.
In honor of Veterans Day, Timothy G. McMahon, Associate Professor of History at Marquette University, will speak on “Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century.” In the decades after the Great War (1914-1918), a common refrain was that the war had changed everything. Certainly, when one considers the impact of the war—from the men lost to adaptations on the home fronts to the emergence of new states—observers could make a great case that the uncertainties with which we became familiar in the twentieth century were unleashed by events of those few years. This talk will highlight three of of the most important, including new state rivalries, the implications of total war, and the unmet desires of people for stable homelands.
Steve Fronk is the Director of the Milwaukee Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as well as the point of contact (POC) for the Southeast Wisconsin Urban Area Security Initiative. As such he manages and oversees collaborative efforts concerning disaster prevention, response and recovery in a 5 county region including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties. In his presentation to Rotary, Steve will give an overview of EMHS and what do they do, and talk about what individuals can do to take care of themselves and their families, as well as what businesses can do in order to stay in business when a disaster hits.