The Interview: A Reverse Job Fair

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Ward4 MapMap
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Featured Companies and Positions

Looking for a job? We’ve got you covered!

Not only will you be able to hear directly and honestly from some of Milwaukee’s best and brightest companies about what it’s like to work for them, they’ll be interviewing ON THE SPOT for available positions! Take in the beautiful views of the Ward4 while you explore what your future could look like with any of these amazing employers. With open positions in all different sectors, this is the place to be if you’re looking to change it up a little or start something totally new!

6:00-6:30 – Registration and networking
6:30-7:30 – Interviews with company executives!
7:30-8:30 – On-site micro interviews with company representatives!



Ward4 is a coworking hub for entrepreneurs, startups, investors, and other technologists. It is the destination for productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

Our Mission: We are building a community in which motivated individuals find success through working together, collaborating, and focusing. We are fostering the serendipitous collisions that every entrepreneur hopes to encounter. We aren’t just a physical space. We’re a strong community of driven individuals that thrive on one another’s passion.

Looking for Parking? Check out all of these options nearby Ward4.

Aurora Health Care

Aurora has over 1,000 jobs available in the Greater Milwaukee area. We will be highlighting specific openings at this event but if you have other interests there will be recruiters and leaders on hand to talk about any Aurora job – you need to find the job that is right for YOU.

At Aurora, we’re constantly finding better ways.  That means we’re committed to implementing innovative best practices for patient-centered care.  By putting the patient at the center of all we do, the structure and processes we adopt provide the best possible care experience for our patients. They changes we make require us to work together in coordinated, flexible and innovative ways, and encourage creativity and collaboration.  As the world changes around us, our patients’ expectations change, too.  Aurora strives to be aware of our patients’ needs, and to be flexible and adaptable to those needs. We believe every patient deserves the best care.  But no matter how we change, our purpose remains steady:  we help people live well.

Patrick Norton is the VP IT Technology Engineering of Aurora Health Care. Pat has over 25 years of experience in IT leadership in both retail and healthcare. Prior to starting with Aurora Health Care, Pat was the IT Group Manager for the Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN.

Today, Pat is the vice president of Aurora Health Care’s IT Technology Engineering. This includes Epic (EMR) infrastructure, Aurora’s enterprise infrastructure (storage, compute, and network), end user computing (EUC) and collaboration, computer science, security engineering, business intelligence and data warehouse engineering.

As Aurora Health Care becomes increasingly dependent on IT systems, Technology Engineering is responsible for researching, designing and implementing unique solutions that are stable and strive to exceed the business and caregiver expectations, in order to deliver an exceptional patient experience. In addition, capacity planning to ensure that needed resources are available, enhancing reliability and availability and motivating the broad range of technical resources required. Pat also collaborates with leadership and technical engineers to plan, coordinate and implement multidisciplinary strategic and tactical approaches within the departments to meet clinical and financial outcomes.

Open positions:
Post Grad Intern
Business Systems Analyst
IT Service Desk Support Rep
Network Engineer, Senior

Bright Cellars

Bright Cellars is the monthly wine subscription startup designed to help new wine drinkers discover and define their taste in wine! We curate wines from around the world with the goal of making wine fun, accessible and educational.

How Bright Cellars works: Our members join the Bright Cellars club by taking a short quiz to share their taste preferences. The Bright Cellars machine learning algorithm, developed by two MIT grads, evaluates these preferences to predict four bottles of wine matched to each member’s taste. Each month, our members receive four unique bottles in the mail and log on to our site to provide personalized feedback. Similar to Pandora, the Bright Cellars algorithm uses this feedback to improve monthly matches going forward.

Maria Santacaterina is the Director of Member Experience at Bright Cellars and oversees the customer service team (the largest so far at Bright Cellars). She is proud to call herself Bright Cellars 1st employee and has been with the company since the beginning, 3 years now. To sum it up, anything member facing is Maria’s realm of expertise – from customer acquisition to reactivating canceled members. She focuses on establishing the best customer service processes in the country, improving member retention month over month, increasing lifetime value and attracting top talent to join her team in Milwaukee. Before Bright Cellars, Maria started as a Content Marketing Manager at a marketing startup out in Boston focusing on creating inbound marketing content and strategies for EdTech and software companies.

Open positions:
Assistant Wine Concierge
Member Support Assistant – Part Time
Marketing Analyst


What makes you THE workplace destination everyone should want to work for?
At Kohler Co., we’re not just a workplace. We’re a global collaboration of leading brands built by 30,000+ associates across six continents. From plumbing and power innovations to decorative tiles and championship golf courses, there’s a place for each associate to design his or her career path. There’s never a shortage of opportunities to grow, evolve and succeed.

The world looks up to the products and services Kohler provides. And we depend on the ideas and impact of our associates to uphold that standard of quality and maintain that leading edge. We’re committed to being the best, and that starts and ends with our talented people.

This is more than just a place to earn a paycheck. This is a rare opportunity to make your mark and make your work matter.

Describe your company culture in one sentence or less:
Put simply, we’re always Believing In Better—in our product innovation, our environmental sustainability and the development of our people.

Jeffrey Weiss – Director – Sustaining Product Engineer, Kohler Power Systems.

Aftermarket Product Support Engineer
Manager, Component and Supplier Quality
Staff Engineer, Facilities
Team Leader – 3rd Shift Assembly

Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is a 160-year-old startup focused on helping people become financially secure. Joking aside, NM is in the midst of becoming an engineering focused company. This effort has support from all levels of the organization including their CEO. This effort also brings with it many opportunities to leave your mark at NM as they modernize their technology stack and applications, move to the cloud, and all around just make our environment better.

The types of problems or puzzles our teams solve on a day-to-day basis:

  • Information/web/infrastructure security is important at NM.
  • We have a mainframe and other aged products that need to be modernized and/or replaced.
  • Big data is used in our statistical modeling and machine learning techniques to address business objectives and client needs.
  • We have been working on increasing our reliability and availability with automation and containerization.
  • We are updating our user experiences to be modern, intuitive and responsive.
  • To the cloud! We are leveraging cloud based infrastructure.

Other than creating the future at work how can I utilize my awesome skills to help others?

  • Educational Assistance Program: Up to $5250/year to support ongoing education
  • Volunteering: Paid time to volunteer for an array of community-focused activities
  • Matching Gifts Program: Up to $3000 per employee per year in matching gifts to schools and nonprofits.
  • Volunteer Support Program: Up to $500 per year per employee to match your volunteer hours with 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • NM Scholarship Program: Children of employees may qualify for up to $5000 in post-secondary scholarship benefits.
  • Company Hackathons
  • STEM Outreach Opportunities

Emilia Sherifova is the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture & Engineering at Northwestern Mutual. She is playing a critical role in driving Northwestern Mutual’s digital transformation. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Emilia was CTO of LearnVest which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015. Prior to joining LearnVest Emilia served in similar roles in other Financial Technology firms based in New York.

Open Positions:
Click here for a full list of positions available!


What it’s like to work at gener8tor:
At gener8tor, everything we do revolves around the entrepreneurs we serve. We believe that growing startups through venture capital is one of the best ways to create wealth and jobs in commuity. We run three accelerator programs, gALPHA, gBETA, and gener8tor in multiple cities across the midwest. We also have corporate programming that brings together startups, venture capitalists and corporations to better expose these groups to one another.

The gener8tor team is small but mighty, working in a fast-paced, ever changing environment to continuously find new ways to be helpful for our portfolio companies. We have a “no job is beneath us” attitude, taking care of the grunt work with as much enthusiasm as we’d have taking a trip to Silicon Valley. Because we are a small team, a high sense of responsibility lies with each team member, which allows everyone to have a huge impact on the company.

Ben Stanley is the Director of gBETA. Ben leads gener8tor’s gBETA Milwaukee program. gBETA is a free, six-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. Ben joined the gern8tor team after four years in journalism, during which he wrote in-depth stores about a variety of industries and issues, including government, business and healthcare. Most recently, Ben was a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee, where he wrote about startups and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin.

Ben studied English at Marquette University.

Open positions:
gBETA Business Development Associate
gBETA Graphic Design Associate

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