Dr. Howard Fuller is a nationally known civil rights activist, academic and relentless advocate for education reform. His career includes many years in both public service and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. Dr. Fuller’s long history and deep involvement in the pressing issues of race and income inequality that have continued to trouble Milwaukee give him a unique perspective on what the citizens of Milwaukee need to do to make a difference
Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She spoke about her life in North Korea, her escape to China and struggle to bring her family to freedom. She has recently completed writing her memoir, The Girl With Seven Names, and over 5 million people have viewed her TED Talk sharing her story. Hyeonseo has given testimony about North Korean human rights in front of a special panel of the UN Security Council, and she speaks about North Korean human rights and North Korean refugee issues around the world.
You are surrounded by people whose daily decisions impact results you are counting on. On the flip side, many are counting on the decisions you make in business…and life. Breakthrough research into understanding how our “inner entrepreneur” works sheds light on how we make decisions in business environments – and it has very little to do with our personality traits! Joe Abraham, author and founder of BOSI Global, who has been featured twice on the TEDx stage, presented an insightful talk packed with real-life stories and case studies to lead you to a deeper understanding of your pre-wired tendencies in business – as well as a methodology of how to identify the entrepreneurial DNA of those surrounding you.
Katherine Gehl, fourth-generation President and CEO of Gehl Foods, discussed U.S. competitiveness and the state of our democracy. Harvard Business School defines competitiveness as the co-existence of business success AND rising living standards for average Americans. For the last several years, our businesses have been making record profits, but workers’ wages have not kept pace. Business leaders from all sides of the political spectrum generally agree on the top policy priorities that will help reinvigorate American competitiveness: fix the debt and the tax code, enact comprehensive energy policy, invest in our infrastructure, and strengthen our K-12 education system. Despite widespread consensus on these issues, our political leaders haven’t made any progress. Katherine shared her views on what needs to change.
Health care in the United States is in the midst of profound changes including a shift from fee-for-service to capitated care, consolidation of health care service providers, and increasing reliance on imperfect quality measures tied to reimbursement. These changes are impacting the care of seriously ill and dying patients who consume an inordinate amount of health care resources. In January 2015 The Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin was formed to help advocate for improved care for the seriously ill through advocacy, education and systems change. David E. Weissman, MD will describe efforts in Wisconsin to improve care for patients and families facing a serious illness.
Dennis Kois, CEO, Milwaukee Public Museum presented the program, “Fakes, Mummies and Mastodons: Do Museums Matter?” Museums like MPM are rapidly changing from sleepy keepers of cultural and scientific heritage to forums for energetic civic dialogue, incubators for STEM education and lifelong learning, and instigators of compelling and topical public programming. They have also proven to be quality-of-life bellwethers, and critical to the ability of cities to attract and retain a talented millennial workforce. Where did museums come from? Where are they going? And perhaps more to the point: in this digital age… do they even matter?
Rotarian Doug Stahl, Milwaukee School of Engineering Professor and member of the professional Milwaukee chapter of Engineers Without Borders, gave an overview of RCM’s projects in the Guatemalan highlands.
In 2014, there were over 5,000 reports of violence and maltreatment against children in Wisconsin. While Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s role in treating victims is easily understood, what’s less known is the myriad of ways Children’s is working to combat this preventable epidemic directly in our communities. Peggy Troy, CEO of Children’s, shared how their team is addressing the 90 percent of risk factors outside of the doctor’s office that affect a child’s health and well-being, and the role she believes the business community needs to play to ensure all kids have a chance at a healthy life.
The world muslim population of 1.6 billion (23% of world pop.) is forecast to grow to 30% of global population by 2050. What is the face of Islam in Milwaukee? Who are they? What are their values and is there a Muslim agenda? Former Milwaukee Rotary Club member Chris Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Art Museum retired from the Museum in 2002. He changed his name to Muhammad Isa Sadlon and four years later was the Executive Director CEO of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest Muslim organization. Chris (now known as Isa) will answer these questions and respond to any issues raised by attendees at the June 16 Rotary Program.
A panel of Milwaukee journalists interviewed new Journal Media Group Chief Executive Officer Timothy Stautberg at a joint meeting of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club. Journal Media Group was launched April 1 after the merger of Journal Communications Inc. and the E.W. Scripps Co. Stautberg leads a group of newspapers in 13 markets around the country, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Interviewers included: Charles Benson, Today’s TMJ-4; Kurt Chandler, Milwaukee Magazine; and Rich Kirchen, Milwaukee Business Journal.