May 9, 2017
Media contacts:
Edward Lee, 608.729.1211, [email protected]
Katy Pettersen, 608.516.6684
[email protected]

WHO: Co-hosted by Urban League of Greater Madison & Madison Region Economic Partnership
Attended by 450+ business and community leaders from the eight-county Madison Region

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 8am-4pm (see detailed agenda below)

WHERE: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin

DETAILS: In their fourth year of continued partnership, the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) are hosting a joint event for Madison Region business and community leaders focused on economic development and diversity. This annual Summit builds on the organizations’ previous joint events in a collective commitment to advancing talent, opportunity, and growth for all the region’s citizens.

The day-long Summit will feature keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities for an anticipated audience of 450+ business and community leaders from across the eight-county Madison Region. Aggregate results of the third annual Madison Region Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Survey- a benchmarking tool capturing data about workforce demographics, supplier diversity programs, and community engagement – will also be shared.

Featured speakers for the Summit include Tiffany Jana, CEO and President at TMI Consulting, a Diversity and Inclusion Firm; Dr. Steven Deller, Professor at UW-Madison Extension; Himar Hernandez, State Assistant Director for Community and Economic Development at Iowa State University; Dr. Chris Benner, the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, the Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Dr. Alicia Robb, Founder and CEO of Next Wave, a Visiting Scholar with the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Colorado-Boulder; Deborah Biddle, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and more.

PRESS RSVP: Members of the press should email Katy Pettersen at [email protected] to confirm attendance.

Opening Session:Includes remarks from Paul Jadin, CEcD, President, MadREP; Dr. Ruben Anthony, President & CEO, ULGM; and a welcome fromRay Allen, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

State of the Economy and Changing Demographics: Dr. Steven Deller, UW-Madison/Extension

Plenary Session: Tiffany Jana, Diversity as an Asset and Competitive Advantage

Breakout Sessions: Five concurrent sessions with featured and panel speakers

12-12:30pm Luncheon

EDD (Economic Development & Diversity) Talks: Dr. Chris Benner, Kathy George and Dr. Ed Hubbard

Breakout Sessions: 4 concurrent sessions with featured and panel speakers

Closing Session: Angela Russell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group

Visit for additional agenda information, including breakout session details.

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The mission of the Urban League of Greater Madison is to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st Century. We are working to realize our mission through a comprehensive strategic empowerment agenda that includes the deployment and expansion of programs and services, advocacy, partnerships, and coalition building in the areas of employment and training, youth development, home ownership, community engagement, and more.URBAN LEAGUE OF

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