We have cancelled our joint program with the Milwaukee Press Club and WisPolitics.
Rotarian Rob Henken, President of the Wisconsin Policy Forum will moderate a discussion with Wisconsin Senator Chris Larson and Wisconsin Representative David Crowley, who are the two finalists in the election for Milwaukee County Executive. Among the topics to be covered are the county’s finances and priorities for next year’s budget, key infrastructure decisions like the future of the Milwaukee County Domes, and the candidates’ views on the proposed 1% county sales tax.
While we monitor the situation regarding COVID-19, guests will not be invited to attend Rotary Luncheons. Guests that have been registered for programs with the Rotary Office prior to March 13th will be allowed to attend.
Reclaiming Agency: Cultivating a Culture of Regeneration in Life
The culture we’re immersed in, and how we inhabit spaces today are based on an old story about the strategy for social change. We are all working hard today to be catalysts for change, as many worked for many year in the past, and still things seem to be getting worse. Many aspects of today’s reality need urgent action, such as climate change. In my view, climate change is not the problem. We, the people, are who and what needs to change. This talk is about exploring, understanding and moving towards a more useful and regenerative response to life, (where we are creative, connected, full of energy and excited about Life); rather than the current reactive and ‘fear’ based one that leads to separation, disconnection and a ‘dead-end’ kind of experience of BE-ingness in life. With ‘expandedness’ in the life experience, we feel more alive and are better able to ‘dance with’ life issues within and out there!
Born and raised in Kenya, she earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication in 2008 from the University of Denver. She earned a Masters Degree in Media from Natal University, South Africa, as well as a Master of Theological Studies (with a peace and justice emphasis) from the Iliff School of Theology in Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Education degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
“Toward a More Inclusive Rotary”
Xavier Ramey (Maywood Proviso Rotary, District 6450) will provide a keynote on the topic of Rotary International’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement, and how he feels it may impact clubs, charitable giving, social equity, and interpersonal engagement. He will specifically look at ways that racial minorities in the Chicagoland area have been challenging and confronting issues within Rotary Clubs and provide several tactics for attendees (particularly Rotarians) to consider. Although this is addressed to Rotary Clubs, you are sure to leave with a new idea or two that you can use at home, work or any organization with whom you are involved.
Xavier Ramey is the CEO of Justice Informed, a nationally-reaching social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, IL. He is also an award-winning social strategist, noted public speaker, and a conflict mediator who has a background in economics and social impact. Xavier has served as the lead of the Social Innovation and Philanthropy Strategy at the University of Chicago, managed multi-million dollar philanthropic portfolios, and led million-dollar fundraising campaigns for nonprofits. He is a founding member of the Black Lives Matter-aligned #LetUsBreathe Collective. Xavier is a Rotarian in the Maywood Proviso Rotary Club, located in Maywood, IL. Xavier was a mainstage presenter at the Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference in Chicago, IL in May of 2018, and shared the stage with international speakers at the RI International Conference in Toronto, Canada in June 2018. He is a dynamic speaker with a strong ability to assess how we can move forward in positive ways, as evidenced in his speech to the Rotary International Convention (click here to hear the speech). Learn more about his work by visiting www.xavierramey.com, www.justiceinformed, or on LinkedIn.
How to Outsmart the Talent Shortage
Join ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jonas Prising for a fast-paced review of trends impacting the Future of Work and practical takeaways from the World Economic Forum Annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland last month. Jonas will share key challenges on CEO’s minds as well as insights from ManpowerGroup’s latest global research on Talent Shortage and What Workers Want with data from 40,000 employers and 14,000 workers across 15 countries. As the pace of disruption accelerates, helping people adapt for future jobs and companies become creators of talent has never been more important. Jonas will outline why skills are the passport to growth and resilience for organizations and individuals how companies can create a culture of learning and build talent.
Rotarians’ Growing Collaboration to End Malaria
Jeff Pritchard, Board Chair of Rotarian Malaria Partners, will provide an update on the malaria elimination campaign and describe several ground-breaking projects where Rotarians are saving lives and reclaiming lost productivity. Malaria has killed more humans than any other disease and remains a deadly menace for nearly 2 billion of the world’s population. In highly endemic regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and Papua New Guinea, Rotarians have been playing a growing role in efforts to eliminate this disease.
John Austin, a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, will talk about his recent report: “As the venture capital game gets bigger, the Midwest keeps missing out.”
According to the report, those working to accelerate economic growth in the Heartland must face some stark realities. The Great Lakes region continues to export wealth to coastal economies, even as investment leaders try to equalize growth between the coasts and the Heartland. The region sees only a tiny fraction of venture capital (VC) deals, despite producing one quarter to one third of the nation’s research and development, new patents, and top talent. Great Lakes VC funds are currently seen as too small or too unknown for investors—at a time when VC is funding fewer firms with bigger exits.
Move Forward MKE
Local governments in Milwaukee County, business leaders, and concerned citizens have come together to advance a solution to the fiscal challenges municipal and county governments face. Move Forward MKE is an effort to have the Wisconsin legislature authorize a one percent, local-option sales tax – a tax that would go into effect if approved in a referendum.
Mayor Tom Barrett will share his perspective on the effort. His 2020 city budget confronted a stark fiscal reality that required a reduction in the sworn strength of the Milwaukee Police Department by dozens of officers. He will provide an update on Move Forward MKE, its prospects in the state legislature, and how passage might change local governments’ fiscal situations.
WI Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan will discuss the first year of Governor Tony Evers’ administration. In addition to highlighting the work from 2019, he will share insights from the January 22nd State of the State Address on what to expect for 2020.
James Hedrick, Co-Founder and CEO of Azul 3d, was recently named to the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 in the Manufacturing and Industry category. He will talk about the surge of developments in 3D printing and what it means—tailored for a lay audience. This will be a joint program with the Kellogg and Harvard Business School alums.
Sara Walker is the Senior Strategist, Regional Director of Investments with BMO Wealth Management.
Procrastinate and Flourish! This was a favorite saying of former Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volcker. Using his career as a reference point, we will discuss the changing role of global Central Banks and the expectations and limitations they face. This backdrop will create the foundation for an economic and capital markets review and outlook. Consumer activity will be under the magnifying glass in an effort to separate noise from outcomes as we begin 2020. All of this is designed to help inform business decisions and personal investment decisions as well as answer any questions audience members may have.