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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism will discuss the state of journalism today, the impact of nonprofit, fact-checked news in Wisconsin and what news consumers can do to navigate through the spread of mis- and disinformation. The presentation will be led by WCIJ’s Executive Director Andy Hall, Managing Editor Dee J. Hall and Developme…
 
Rotarian Richie Burke will have a conversation with Steven Olikara, Founder of Millenial Action Project. The Millennial Action Project has an audacious mission: activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics.
 
For years, people in Milwaukee have been experiencing the personal challenges surrounding unstable housing. Listen as two current Rotarians talk about the intersection of housing instability and their work. They each see daily the success of following people from a state of being homeless to independent living including sustainable income and home …
 
What is the Electoral College and Can I Get an Online Degree? As we await certification of our State’s electoral votes for the U.S. president, join Kevin Kennedy who served as Wisconsin’s chief election official for 33 years and John Franke, a former member of the Election Commission, as they discuss the process by which Wisconsin chooses its Presi…
 
Dr. Tony Thrasher is the Director of Crisis Services with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. “Mental Health, Suicide, and Changes in Coping during a Historic Pandemic” The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many challenges that affect individuals from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Included in these challenges have been practices of…
 
Diversity exists in many forms – race, politics, age and thoughts – to name a few. These differences can challenge workplace values, relationships and team productivity. When managed effectively, however, diversity can be the catalyst for creative and innovative solutions and result in high performing teams and impactful outcomes. The challenge and…
 
Commissioner Lafayette Crump is focused on Milwaukee’s future. As Mayor Tom Barrett’s top development official, Commissioner Crump oversees teams of people working on Economic Development, Planning, Housing, Neighborhood Commercial Activity, and City-Owned Real Estate. In his presentation to the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Commissioner Crump highlighted…
 
Rotary Connections Beyond Borders: How Rotary and the United Nations Work Together to Support Refugees around the Globe Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world. As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, it appropriate to reflect…
 
Strong relationships and open communication are always important, but they’re even more critical now as we cope with social distancing, remote work, and stress from COVID-19. Since March, Ex Fabula has shifted their in-person StorySlams and workshops to virtual ones, and they’ve learned a lot in the process! Megan McGee, Executive Director of Ex Fa…
 
Prioritizing Purpose in a Pandemic Everyone has had to pivot and adapt to the changes since March 2020 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is no exception. The Clubs have had to make more challenging decisions in the past six months, than they’ve arguably made in six years. Kathy Thornton-Bias, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Great…
 
Ken-David Masur, Music Director for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra discussed plans for the 2020-21 season and the Bradley Theater Center. Ken-David recently concluded a landmark tenure as associate conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For eight years, Masur served as principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony, and previously as assoc…
 
Dr. Don Berwick is President Emeritus for the Institute for Healthcare Improvements. A leading authority on health care quality and improvement and a Professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Berwick discussed the Moral Determinants of Health. Here is a link to his recent article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).…
 
County Executive David Crowley talked about the vision to achieve racial equity in Milwaukee County – specifically why this racial equity framework is so crucial to improving outcomes for county residents, but also what steps are being taken to achieve the stated goals of the vision. County Executive Crowley also discussed the budget and what steps…
 
Damian Buchman grew up across Waukesha & Milwaukee County. A graduate of Brookfield East High School, Damian is an unlikely survivor of a rare childhood cancer. He is the founder of The Ability Center, Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association and the RampUp movement. Damian is a recognized champion for Ability as: a 2019 Donald Driver Driven to Achiev…
 
What was intended to be a bridge that slashed infant mortality rates and made potable water more accessible also resulted in this Guatemalan community’s resiliency to COVID-19. Please join Mike Paddock as he shares the stories of the Marquette University EWB-USA Team during his virtual author visit of Bridging Barriers. This program consisted of wo…
 
As we approach the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, former Defense Secretary William Perry and Tom Collina, Policy Director of the Ploughshares Fund will discuss their new book: “The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump.” Secretary Perry served as the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense fo…
 
Rotarian and Wisconsin Policy Forum President Rob Henken discussed his organization’s recent reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the budgets of Wisconsin’s local governments and school districts, both in terms of hits to vital revenue streams and added expenditure pressures. The presentation also honed in on the pandemic’s effects on …
 
Due to a recording glitch, this podcast starts shortly after Jamie Reeve begins his introduction of our speaker. Noah Williams, a Professor of Economics at UW Madison, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the Wisconsin economy. The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to unprecedented disruptions around the globe. This talk discussed the impact on the Wisco…
 
Fellow Rotarian and the Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern, had a conversation with Sheriff Earnell Lucas. Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas discussed what inspired him to enter into the law enforcement profession, and what he is doing to help restore honor, integrity and trust in law enforcement in Milwaukee County and America.…
 
Due to recording issues, the initial 3 minutes of this program was not recorded. Dr. Eve Hall begins the recording by answering a question about the difficult conversations she has had recently. The full program is available on YouTube here. Join us as three Rotarians share their views and stories on racial equity. In light of current events and gi…
 
Immigration and COVID-19: What’s the Connection? What are we Learning? COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on characteristics of immigrants and immigration that have been largely unseen prior to the pandemic. Those characteristics include the fact that the foreign-born have been at the cutting edge of the crisis by being overrepresented in both essenti…
 
Mike Gousha is a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School and Lynn Sprangers is an award-winning journalist who served in executive capacities in sports, higher education and the performing arts. They are producers of a new documentary film for PBS, America’s Socialist Experiment, which looks at the nearly ha…
 
Veterinary Medicine and its Impact on Animal and Human Health and An Update on COVID-19 Veterinary medicine has long been critical to advancing breakthroughs in both animal and human health. From novel advances in cancer treatment to breakthroughs in vaccine development, the UW School of Veterinary Medicine has long been a leader in investigating t…
 
David Villa is the Executive Director of The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). SWIB, created in 1951, is responsible for managing the assets of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), the State Investment Fund (SIF), and other state trust funds. As of December 31, 2019, SWIB managed more $128 billion in assets.…
 
This was our annual Armed Services Program. This year, we were pleased to welcome Captain Michael Brasseur, Director of Naval Armaments Cooperation at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and Director of NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2).
 
Covid19: A view from the trenches In the fall of 2018, Austin Ramirez spoke to Rotary about tariff policy and the increasing uncertainly facing international trade markets. Today Husco is witnessing first-hand the havoc created by the COVID-19 pandemic on manufacturing here and abroad. How is he managing? Austin Ramirez is the second-generation Pre…
 
Rotarian Richie Burke interviewed six fellow Rotarian business owners about how COVID-19 has affected their companies. The Rotarians include: Jim Barry, President of The Barry Company Todd Bentley, President of Bentley World Packaging Mark Kannenberg, President of RBP Chemicals Darren Miller, President of JM Construction Michael Sheppard, Managing …
 
After General Motors and Ventec Life Systems sought out the capability to construct 200,000 ventilators, they switched to U.S. providers for the components, since the coronavirus pandemic threatened international supply chains and forced speed an integral driver. Pindel Global Precision of New Berlin quickly stepped up the challenge. Pindel CEO Bil…
 
From Sustainability to Survivability: Managing Uncertainty Amid Crisis The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the nonprofit sector as it has all our lives. The organizations we depend on to serve the most vulnerable, educate our youth, enrich our lives and build stronger communities are in jeopardy. However, there are steps leaders can take to increase …
 
“Tolkien & Lewis” On a dreary September evening in 1931, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their friend and fellow scholar, Hugo Dyson, met for dinner in Lewis’s Magdalen College dormitory in Oxford, England. More than eight hours later, Lewis emerged a changed man. His transformation from atheist to theist to Christian was based on the insights of To…
 
Coronavirus, What do we know, where are we now, and where might we go? Coronavirus is suddenly upon us. How did we get here? What do we know for sure? Where might we be headed? How will this end? And what can I do to protect my family and business? Dr. Bob Gleeson has studied pandemics professionally for Northwestern Mutual and personally for 25 ye…
 
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