The Milwaukee Education Spotlight seeks to connect business leaders and schools to build the region’s future workforce

The Milwaukee Education Spotlight seeks to connect business leaders and schools to build the region’s future workforce

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During the 2023 Milwaukee Education Spotlight, speakers took the stage for a Q&A moderated by BizTimes managing editor Arthur Thomas.

With a tight job market in Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate is 3.3%, in recent years many area employers have struggled to find the talent they need to grow their businesses. This problem is expected to increase in the coming years as demographic trends indicate that the size of the Milwaukee metro workforce will decrease dramatically.

Therefore, the vitality of the region’s economy and the success of the region’s businesses will increasingly depend on metro Milwaukee’s ability to maximize its human capital and train young people to prepare them to be part of the region’s workforce.

BizTimes Media is hosting the second annual event to help business leaders and their students find opportunities to engage and partner with Milwaukee schools. Milwaukee Education Spotlight Thursday, February 29th at 2:30 pm at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Click here to register.

The program will start with a basic conversation Dale Kooyengathe president Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and Allison Wagnerexecutive director of the college graduation program All in Milwaukee BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor will answer questions Arthur Thomas About the state of education in Milwaukee, what it means for the region’s workforce, and how the business community supports Milwaukee schools and how others can get involved.

The keynote will be followed by a pair of panel discussions with educators and business leaders discussing their partnership.

The first panel includes: Andy Stiththe president Cristo Rey Jesuit High School; Angie Sandovalcommunity engagement analyst Johnson Controls; Blanca GonzalezExecutive Director icstars and Sarah Dollhausen-Clarkassistant director of talent partnerships and pipeline Northwestern Mutual.

The second panel includes: Hank Kohlpresident and CEO AND Inc.; Amy Leveckthe manager Whitefish Bay High School; Danny McCormickdirector of career programs and partnerships Carmen Schools of Science and Technology; and Kari Conradtthe president Enhance Graphics and Branding.

The panel discussions will be followed by a series of roundtable discussions with more business leaders and educators to talk about how they are partnering. Participants will be able to participate in three 15-minute round table sessions. Roundtable participants include:

  • Abby Andrietsch of Augustine Preparatory Academy and Julie Tolan of Lauber Partners
  • Anthony McHenry of Milwaukee Academy of Sciences and Bill Reitman of Briggs & Stratton
  • Chris Her-Xiong, Hmong American Peace Academy and Jason Handal, Northwestern Mutual
  • Maricris Coryell of Joan Antida High School and Tim Anheuser of Kapoor and Assoc. Inc.
  • Karen Hunt of Tenor High School and Tiffany May of Berghammer Construction
  • Blanca Gonzalez of c. stars and Sarah Dollhausen-Clark of Northwestern Mutual
  • Jeremy Joecks of GPS Education Partners, Amy Leveck of Whitefish Bay High School and Hank Kohl of AND Inc.
  • Lynda Kohler of SHARP Literacy
  • Allison Wagner of All in Milwaukee and Ray Manista of Northwestern Mutual
  • Marco Morrison of College Possible
  • Andy Stith of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Angie Sandoval of Johnson Controls
  • Danny McCormick of Carmen Schools of Science and Technology and Kari Conradt of Boost the graphics
  • Erin Cherney of Milwaukee Public Schools youth apprenticeship program
  • Hand Keith of Milwaukee College Prep and Leslie Dixon, Milwaukee College Prep board member and former Human Resources Director Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Brian Couch of Seton Catholic School
  • Krista DeBoer for City Learning Center, Craig Shuler and John Mullins of DigiCOPY
  • Michael Frohna of 3DE by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
  • Cheryl Rebholz of Northshore Classical Academy

Click here to register for the event or for more information, including the ability to become a table captain, table for 10, logo recognition and more.

Milwaukee Education Spotlight is sponsoring the event Northwestern Mutual. There are supporting sponsors Catholic Financial Life and We Energies.

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