Feel like a kid again and get inspired as we host 13 of Milwaukee’s greatest leaders, creatives, business owners and professionals at Betty Brinn Children's Museum! A keynote will kick us off followed by 3 rounds of 4, 20 minute Ted style talks spread across the museum's exhibits.
Attendees are invited to pick and choose which speakers they'd like to see, or just network and play over some live music and drinks.
6:00-6:10 - Registration and Networking
6:10-6:15 - Introductions by NEWaukee and Betty Brinn Children's Museum
6:15-6:45 - Keynote by Sheldon Cuffie of Northwestern Mutual
7:00-7:20 - Round One
7:20-7:40 - Round Two
7:40-8:00 - Round Three
Food and drink will be available AFTER the keynote! Appetizers provided by our friends at Bacchus!
Speakers & Titles:
Keynote: Sheldon Cuffie | Northwestern Mutual
Joe Bartolotta | The Bartolotta Restaurants | "Building a Value-Based Company"
Rachel Roller | Aurora Health Care | “Health care reform: what it means to you and Wisconsin”
Greg Matzek | WTMJ | “Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Career”
Kim Stoll | Badger Meter | “How Technology is Changing the Face of the Water Industry”
Grace Fuhr & Adam Carr | Historic Milwaukee, Inc. | “Exploring MKE: How to learn about our community and have fun while doing it.”
Corey Zetts | Menomonee Valley Partners | “What watching the transformation of the Valley has taught me about Milwaukee”
James Phelps | JCP Construction
Katie Crowther | TMJ4 | “A Look at Local Media - What's Real in the Age of Fake News?”
Cristian Vega | Screaming Tuna | "The Power of Local Partnerships"
Janine Dyer & Cassandra Plaster | Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) | “Fostering the Small Business Climate in Milwaukee”
Zac Driscoll & Joe Fitzgerald | Milwaukee Riverkeeper | "Monitoring Water Quality in the Milwaukee River: A Citizen Science Approach to Protecting our Rivers."
Jason Yi | Jason S. Yi
Sheldon Cuffie is vice president and chief information security officer of Northwestern Mutual. Sheldon is an industry thought-leader of 20+ years focused on enabling business outcomes through technology. In his role, he leads a group of cyber-security, information risk, enterprise privacy, and disaster recovery professionals responsible for the protection of client information across Northwestern Mutual’s insurance and investment portfolios. In January 2016, he was appointed as an executive officer of Northwestern Mutual.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2006, Sheldon served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard for nine years and worked in IT infrastructure and enterprise architecture leadership roles for Kohl's, M&I Bank, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company, and Abbott Laboratories.
Sheldon graduated with honors from Concordia University Wisconsin with a bachelor’s of arts in Management, and later graduated with honors with a master’s of science degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) in 2013.
Rachel Roller joined Aurora Health Care in 2007. As senior vice president of community and government relations, she serves as the primary liaison between Aurora and community stakeholders and government officials at the local, state and federal levels. A member of the Aurora executive leadership team, she is responsible for the development of Aurora’s community relations and sponsorship strategies, which includes the Aurora Better Together Fund, Aurora’s signature community leadership and investment program. Rachel also leads the development of Aurora’s public policy agenda.
Prior to joining Aurora, Rachel worked for 10 years in state government where she provided chief policy, budgetary and political counsel to members of the Wisconsin State Senate and the lieutenant governor, as well as staffed the Legislative Joint Finance Committee.
Her community involvement includes 2015 membership on the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County campaign cabinet, as well as current memberships on the Public Policy Forum board, Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development advisory council, Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Wisconsin public policy committee and Elm Grove junior guild.
Greg is an award-winning Sports Anchor and sports talk show host for AM620 in Milwaukee; and host of the Packers official post-game show on the Packers Radio Network.
Greg is a member of the Milwaukee Business Journal's 40-under-40 class of 2015, volunteers his time for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, and is the first Wisconsin native to appear on - and win - a competition based reality TV show.
Greg graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Radio, TV, and Film degree, and three track and field all-American awards.
Greg lives in Menomonee Falls with his wife, two daughters, and rat terrier.
Joe Bartolotta grew up in Wauwatosa and spent time working in restaurants in New York before returning to his hometown. He opened his first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, with his brother Paul in the village of Wauwatosa in 1993. Garnering a four-star review by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel soon after opening, Ristorante Bartolotta has consistently been rated the best Italian restaurant in Milwaukee and has received a DiRoNA Award from Distinguished Restaurants of North America.
Joe followed the success of Ristorante Bartolotta with the opening of Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro in 1995. The restaurant received another four-star success with the DiRoNA Award from Distinguished Restaurants of North America, and Executive Chef Adam Siegel won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest in 2008 for his work at Lake Park Bistro.
In 1999, The Bartolotta Restaurants opened an Italian-style steakhouse, Mr. B's, in Brookfield. In 2006, Mr. B's received a DiRoNA Award from Distinguished Restaurants of North America, and in 2013, Mr. B's was named one of America's Top 20 Steakhouses by The Daily Meal as well as one of the top steakhouses in the country by Food & Wine Magazine.
In 2004, Joe opened Bacchus, A Bartolotta Restaurant, located in the historic Cudahy Tower, offering a commanding view of Lake Michigan and The Calatrava. The restaurant received a four-star review by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and features a 750+ bottle wine list and a menu that changes seasonally to use the freshest ingredients available.
Following the success of Joe's diverse restaurants, The Bartolotta Restaurants launched another successful venture, Bartolotta Catering & Events. Bartolotta Catering & Events is the exclusive caterer for two of Milwaukee's premier event spaces: Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin on Milwaukee's lakefront, and The Historic Grain Exchange in Downtown Milwaukee.
Grace Fuhr is the Special Events Director for Historic Milwaukee promoting Milwaukee through open house events Doors Open and Spaces & Traces. A Minnesota native, Grace has called Milwaukee home since 2006, when she moved here to attend UW Milwaukee. Grace has professional experience in city and state government as well as non profits in event planning, fundraising, and community outreach.
Adam Carr is an independent based in Milwaukee, WI, who works at the intersection of community and communication. Carr is currently Co-Chair for the Coordinating Committee of March On Milwaukee 50th, which is planning 200 Nights of Freedom to commemorate Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Marches. In 2016, he authored the children’s book Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, a collaboration with SHARP Literacy, and has collaborated on neighborhood-based public art projects in Milwaukee, including Listening to Mitchell in 2014 with artist Sonja Thomsen, TypeFace in 2013 with artist Reginald Baylor. Carr has been on staff at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service since 2012 and was the producer at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee from 2008-2011. He is also Board Vice President of Artists Working in Education and Board President of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.
Kimberly (Kim) K. Stoll is vice president-sales and marketing at Badger Meter, Inc. Ms. Stoll joined Badger Meter in 2008 as director-utility marketing. She became vice president-marketing in 2009 and became vice president-sales and marketing in 2012. Prior to joining Badger Meter, Ms. Stoll worked for Rockwell Automation in a variety of capacities in both human resources and marketing, and practiced law with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. and Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky, S.C in Milwaukee, Wis.
Ms. Stoll received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and a juris doctor degree from Marquette University in 1994, where she graduated cum laude.
Corey Zetts is the Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners, a public/private partnership that has worked to transform Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley from Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore to a national model of sustainable urban redevelopment. MVP convenes diverse stakeholders to revitalize the Valley for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community. Since 1999, more than 300 acres of contaminated land in the Valley has been developed, 42 businesses have moved here, 5,000 jobs have been created, and more than 60 acres of parks and trails developed, including Three Bridges Park.
Through MVP, Corey has been engaged in a diverse array of projects, including real estate development and business recruitment, infrastructure and sustainable design planning, habitat restoration, greenspace and recreational planning, public art and community engagement. Corey moved to Milwaukee in 2005 and has been a proud Milwaukeean ever since.
James Phelps is the President of JCP Construction, LLC, a Milwaukee-based general contracting firm. James, who founded the company in 2008 with his two brothers, is responsible for leading the construction and business development team at JCP Construction with a keen mission to revitalize the City of Milwaukee while also uplifting the community by employing residents from the areas in which they work.
James has over 19 years of experience in the construction industry, both on-site and in the office, beginning his general contracting experience at KBS. Throughout his professional career, James has worked his way through various field, engineering, and project management roles for both residential and complex projects.
Today, James has led JCP to tackle multi-million dollar projects for various companies throughout the Milwaukee area, of which examples include, Bader Philanthropies Headquarter Building, Northwestern Mutual, the new Bucks arena, the Moderne, North End, and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
James is a member of the MMAC and a board member of The Business Council as well as serves as a board member on the Historic King Drive Bid #8 Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and Milwaukee Community Service Corps. James is a proud graduate of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program, an alumna of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Katie Crowther is a news anchor and general assignment reporter at Today's TMJ4. She moved to Milwaukee three years ago, and fell in love with it. Her job gives her unique access and insight on the strengths and weaknesses of Milwaukee. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. She attended John Carroll University, and got her Master's Degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has seen, and covered a lot in her more than ten years in the business. She has also lived and worked in Las Vegas, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, Valencia, Spain and Dublin, Ireland.
Co-owner of Screaming Tuna, voted MKE's #1 sushi restaurant in 2015 & 2016, the only certified, sustainable seafood sushi restaurant in the Midwest. Board Member of the Walker's Point Association. Head of the inaugural Walker's Point Street Festival. MKE United Community Ambassador. Local DJ. Happy soon-to-be husband. A product of an equally eclectic upbringing, that took him from the inner-city of Chicago to one of the most affluent suburbs in Illinois. After giving the University of Missouri the ol' college try, fate & circumstance would find him in MKE in 2010, where he has slowly but surely been trying to craft his legacy.
Cassandra Plaster :
Cassandra Plaster is the Education & Volunteer Coordinator at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). She strives to create new and exciting avenues to bring business education to Wisconsin entrepreneurs. In her role at WWBIC, she listens to clients when developing new classes and events to ensure WWBIC offers something for everyone’s learning style. Cassandra also works to create new corporate and government partnerships to ensure WWBIC clients are receiving business education and coaching from local experts who are passionate about fostering Milwaukee’s small business community.
Outside of WWBIC, Cassandra works to positively affect the lives of Milwaukee area young people as well. She is the director of the Franklin Public Schools cheerleading program where she oversees athletes 4k-12 grade, leading her high school team to place 6th at the national championships in 2016! She lives with her family and furry children in Bay View and Milwaukee’s Lakefront is her favorite place to be.
Janine has over 15 years of experience in Accounting with most of her career being with Milwaukee area Non-profits. Janine enjoys spending time with her family and three children along with volunteering her time at local shelters.
Zac Driscoll is the Water Quality Specialist with Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Zac’s primary role at Milwaukee Riverkeeper is overseeing their river monitoring programs. This includes working with citizen scientists to collect water quality data, sampling stormwater outfalls to test for the presence of bacteria, and overseeing their aesthetics monitoring program. He also helps out with other Milwaukee Riverkeeper programs including their river cleanups and paddle events. Before coming to Milwaukee Riverkeeper Zac completed an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences for which he studied Lake Michigan invertebrate ecology.
Joe Fitzgerald has been filling the shoes of both Water Quality Intern and Chloride Educator for Milwaukee Riverkeeper this year. Through his position he will be working with Milwaukee Riverkeeper to conduct community outreach and education, emphasizing the importance of involving communities around the Milwaukee River Basin in discussions of their watersheds and the roles that individuals play in their environment. He will also be assisting Milwaukee Riverkeeper with specific projects and programing like the 2016 Milwaukee River Basin Report Card and Milwaukee River Urban Water Trail Map. Joe has a background in natural resources, he recently graduated from Northland College with a double major in natural resources and geosciences, emphasizing in ecological restoration and water science.
Jason S. Yi ‘s works across artistic disciplines: photography, video, sculpture, drawing, multimedia and interactive installations. The expanded notions of culture, time and existential reality play a critical role in the creation of his work.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Italy and Austria. Notably, his installation was included in the international biennial exhibition at the Inside-out Art Museum in Beijing in 2013. His awards include Joan Mitchell Foundation 2014 Painters & Sculptors Grant, Mary L. Nohl Foundations Fellowship and Kamiyama Artist in Residence Fellowship, supported by the Japan Foundation.
Among other places, he has participated in exhibitions at the Korea Society in NYC, Platform China in Beijing, Moran Museum of Art in Seoul, Kamiyama Art Museum in Kamiyama, Japan, Hotel Pupik in Schrattenberg, Austria, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Milwaukee Art Museum. His solo exhibition “Yellow Mountains and Other Places” at the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee has been reviewed in the Artforum Magazine’s Critic’s Pick’s by Lori Waxman.
His works are included in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Kamiyama Museum of Art in Japan, Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the Edward F. Albee Foundation in New York.
He is currently a faculty member at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, co-director of The Pitch Project, artist-run gallery and collaborate with Leah Kolb from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for the Plum Blossom Initiative, a curatorial and platforming project. Jason S. Yi lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.