When we think about innovation, we tend to think about researchers in crisp, white lab coats, slick tech entrepreneurs with fancy gadgets and VC’s making deals.
But, the truth is that innovation is a messy business. It’s full of blind alleys and half-baked ideas, random collisions and abrupt changes in direction. Ideas mix and combine, fail, reemerge and, in the end, only a precious few become overwhelmingly successful.
Innovation, most of all, is driven by collaboration. So it takes more than just smart people, but diversity as well. Different people, working on different things, colliding together in unexpected ways are what bring about important new ideas. That’s why, more than anything else, connecting talent in Milwaukee is crucial to our continued ability to innovate and compete.
MiKE’s singular focus is on programs that lead to partnerships between corporations and emerging talent networks.
Those emerging talent networks include entrepreneurs, independents, creatives and other innovators, as well as the critical organizations that support those constituents. We find meaningful ways to connect them with Milwaukee’s corporate giants to drive mutually-beneficial opportunities that result in innovation.
Our programs fall into three categories:
- Storytelling: We turn innovators and entrepreneurs into rock stars at large-scale and intimate events.
- Creating: We host challenges and projects that result in new technology, companies, and fully-baked ideas.
- Connecting: Whether it’s a guest speaker, a new company, or a titan of industry, we connect people to forge new relationships that lead to action.
Comprised of corporate, education and civic leaders, the MiKE Leadership Council oversees the direction of MiKE to brand Milwaukee as a national center of innovation and a model for industrial cities transitioning to the new economy.
Co-Chairs: Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton Corporation; Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup
|Todd Teske||Chairman, President & CEO||Briggs & Stratton Corporation|
|Jonas Prising||President||ManpowerGroup, Inc.|
|Julie Cole||Vice President, Marketing||ManpowerGroup, Inc.|
|Andy Moschea||Brewery Vice President||MillerCoors|
|Betsy Brown||EVP, General Manager||Cramer-Krasselt|
|Bill Bertha||US Bank|
|Brian McKaig||Communications Director||GE Healthcare|
|Dan Nelson||Chairman/ CEO||Nelson Schmidt|
|Gail Towers-MacAskill||Sector Development Manager||WEDC|
|George Meyer||CEO||Kahler Slater|
|George Konstantakis||President||Brooks Stevens|
|Joseph Zvesper||Chairman/CEO||American Appraisal Associates, Inc.|
|Michelle Rindt||Director||We Energies|
|Mike Williams||SVP, Enterprise Technology Services||FIS|
|Rich Meeusen||Chairman, President & CEO||Badger Meter|
|Steve Laughlin||CEO||Laughlin Constable|
|Tonit Calaway||Vice President, Human Resources||Harley-Davidson|
|Wyman Winston||Executive Director||WHEDA|
|Ed Gawronski||VP, Marketing Strategy||Kohl’s|
|Dan Steininger||President||BizStarts Milwaukee|
|Gary Grunau||Spirit of Milwaukee|
|Jeremy Fojut||President||ART Milwaukee|
|Angela Damiani||Vice President||ART Milwaukee|
|Lee Ann Garrison||Director, Design Research Institute||UWM|
|Steve Glynn||Founder||Spreenkler Creative|
|Tom MacKinnon||Chief of Staff||Marquette University|
|Maggie Jacobus||Executive Director||Creative Alliance Milwaukee|
|ReDonna Rodgers||Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship|
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