On the Table
NEWaukee is excited to announce that, for the second year, it will be a mega-table host for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table community conversations. On the Table will elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire action for the benefit of greater Milwaukee.
- 6PM – City Hall opens
- 6:15PM – Welcome from Greater Milwaukee Foundation, NEWaukee and Mayor’s Office
- 6:30PM – Conversations Begin
About On the Table:
Thousands of people will gather throughout the region on October 9th for breakfast, lunch or dinner to put ideas and discussion literally On The Table. When people share a meal together and engage in meaningful conversation including listening and learning from one another, we have the power to impact lives and whole communities.
You are invited to join NEWaukee’s community dinner in the Rotunda of City Hall. Our table will be set for any and all guests interested in individual and collective discussion about improving the quality of life in our community. This is your chance to break bread with friends both new and old while building relationships and generating ideas that move our community forward. As you prepare to participate, consider how diverse perspectives could invigorate dialogue at your table and challenge yourself to meet someone new.
There will be a variety of food options available for purchase. Not hungry but feeling chatty? Pull up a chair and share your brilliant ideas with the table! On the Table has the potential to accelerate our community’s progress.
Please RSVP so we can ensure that every dinner guest is accounted for!
Food: Meat on the Street and Falafel Guys
(Guests are also welcome to bring their own dinner.)
Cash Bar: Pour Inc.
What you discuss at your table is completely up to you, and any topic that advances us toward a more vibrant region is welcome. At the same time, we challenge you to consider the current conditions of our community.
Our region’s growing diversity is a significant strength, and it will be a competitive advantage for our shared future. In large part, our region offers a remarkable quality of life; however, for far too many people, opportunity for economic, social and civic participation is out of reach.
In areas such as income, incarceration and entrepreneurship, we face significant disparities based on race and ethnicity. Moreover, these disparities are often more pronounced here than in similar regions. Achieving our shared goal of a thriving region will require building upon the strength of our diversity while ensuring that race and ethnicity are never barriers to all people reaching their full potential.
Closest to Gold’s Gym, U.S. Cellular, and The Pabst Theatre.
About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is the region’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has inspired philanthropy by connecting generous people to community needs that align with their interests.
The Foundation was founded on the premise that generosity can unlock an individual’s potential and strengthen the community as a whole for everyone who lives here. Our vision for a dynamic region is rooted in the idea that our community is greater when all people have the opportunity for economic, social and civic participation.
We work side by side with those who are committed to ensuring greater Milwaukee is a vibrant, economically thriving region that comprises welcoming and inclusive communities providing opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.
The Foundation serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, and our donors support a wide range of causes locally and around the world. Since being established in 1915, the Foundation has awarded more than $717 million in grants – including a historic $95 million in 2017 – supporting a wide variety of nonprofits and initiatives that are forging a brighter future for the people of greater Milwaukee.
We recognize that our region has serious challenges. Entrenched disparities threaten to further segregate our communities physically, socially and economically. As a community foundation, we can play an important role in bringing people together to bridge those divides. Our community’s needs compel us to convene people, generate ideas and catalyze investment to accelerate progress toward an equitable region. There are no instant solutions, but we know for certain that as a community, we are GREATER TOGETHER. To learn more, visit greatermilwaukeefoundation.org.
Get to know your table hosts for the evening! They’ll be guiding the conversation and taking notes of all your brilliant ideas. More table host information coming soon!
A native of Walworth County, Danielle considers Milwaukee her second home. Upon graduating from Marquette University during which she completed internships with the Office of (former) Congressman Dave Obey and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Danielle worked on the staff of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. She later served as Legislative Liaison at the Hispanic College Fund, working with Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and the Senate Diversity Initiative to motivate and empower rising young Latinos. She later served in the Obama administration, working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, serving as a liaison to cities across the country, messaging a variety of issues including border security, immigration priorities, and grant allocations, as well as the 2012 rollout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and presidential initiatives including the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico and Strong Cities, Strong Communities. She later worked on electoral races in Louisiana, Virginia, Florida, and back home in Wisconsin, before joining the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Division in 2017 where she serves as a registered lobbyist, advocating on behalf of the City of Milwaukee, focusing on public safety issues.
Leah currently serves as a Social Innovation Analyst for F. Dohmen Co. where she works with her team to close health equity gap in Milwaukee through strategic community and business investments. Prior to joining Dohmen, Leah worked for the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) from 2011 to 2017 first as the Director of Membership Engagement then as a Project Director, managing the GMC’s education initiatives. Leah began her career in Philadelphia at Hurley-Franks and Associates, an urban planning firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in community engagement techniques. Leah graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 2008 where she majored in Growth & Structure of Cities. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s Degree in City Planning and a concentration in Community and Economic Development. Her favorite Milwaukee adventures include visiting the penguins at the Milwaukee County Zoo, wandering the book racks at the Milwaukee Public Central Library, and biking the Hank Aaron State Trail – those adventures are usually coupled with her favorite Milwaukee foods which include Kopp’s custard (duh!), Camino’s burger, and Pete’s Pops.
I’m Jilly Gokalgandhi, and I currently work in Community Relations at Rockwell Automation. I graduated from Marquette University with a BA in International Relations and Economics, and someday hope to a US Diplomat. As the daughter of immigrant parents, I’ve always felt moved by working in spaces that provide equal opportunities and access to all members of our society. I spent time researching the best in-school and out-of-school youth workforce development strategies and implementing the community schools model at Bradley Technology & Trade High School. I’m an avid reader, feel nourished by the wonderful people in my life, and eventually would like to run out of pages in my passport.
In addition to writing a monthly column for Milwaukee Independent, Dominic Inouye is the founder and director of ZIP MKE, which has, since October 2016, collected over 2,000 photographs celebrating faces, places, and events from all 28 ZIP Codes in the city of Milwaukee. ZIP MKE has exhibited its collection over 15 times around the city and now has a permanent installation at the new Fiserv Forum with photos taken by local high school students. Inouye is also the City Organizer for Jane’s Walk MKE, which this past May facilitated over 30 walks, bikes, and paddles around Milwaukee to honor the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs and to encourage free, citizen-led neighborhood explorations. In 2016, he retired after 22 years from teaching writing, literature, and film studies at Marquette University, Pius XI High School, then The Prairie School in Racine. This gave him time to not only work with ZIP MKE and Jane’s Walk MKE but to present a TEDX Talk at UW-Milwaukee and serve as a 2017-18 Ex Fabula Fellow.
Montavius is an economic developer with the Dept. of City Development in Milwaukee. In his position, he works with business & property owners to improve commercial corridors throughout the city. He is committed to cultivating a competitive Milwaukee through improving urban spaces & providing opportunity for locally owned businesses. A graduate of Marquette University, Montavius knows what it means to Be the Difference.
Michelle works with Menomonee Valley Partners (MVP), a nonprofit organization working to revitalize and sustain Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley as a thriving urban district that supports economic development, attracts family-sustaining jobs, and fosters environmental health. Michelle is passionate about Milwaukee’s story, history, and the city’s many opportunities for outdoor recreation: the Hank Aaron State Trail, Menomonee River for kayaking and fishing, Three Bridges Park, and more.
Marcel Maculan is an analyst with Generation Growth Capital. Mr. Maculan joined GGC in 2018. He assists in the review and due diligence of new investment opportunities and supports in the monitoring of portfolio companies. Mr. Maculan earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Michelle Romano is a Corporate & Social Communications Professional for ManpowerGroup, the world’s leading global workforce solutions company. In this role, Michelle leads social and digital media strategy and content development for the organization’s global social channels. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University, where she graduated with Honors, a major in Corporate Communication, and a minor in Spanish in 2015. Michelle loves to travel, is passionate about gender equality, and is interested in emerging tech and its effects on the world of work. In 2017, Michelle was recognized as a 30 Under 30 “Rising Star” by PR News.
Rebecca Stoner is the Director of Development at ACTS Housing – a nonprofit social enterprise that supports transitioning renters to owners, houses to homes, and blocks to communities. She came to Milwaukee to earn her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration through the Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette in 2012. Since then, she has fallen in love with the City of Milwaukee and purchased a home on Milwaukee’s north side. Rebecca’s Masters Thesis focused on providing dignity through housing services, and housing has been a long time passion of hers. When she’s not working at ACTS, she enjoys running around with her husband and their dog in the yard of her new home.
Gabriel Yeager is the Downtown Environment Specialist with Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science of Architectural Studies and Certificate of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Over the course of his college career, he interned with Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, where he helped launch the organization’s placemaking program. Initial projects included creating the Downtown Placemaking Task Force, commissioning ten utility box murals, and activating empty storefronts. Recent projects include coordinating the Jefferson Street pedestrian tunnel mural, and forging new community partnerships including PARK(ing) Day, Jane’s Walk, Take Your Kid on the Bus Day, and the Downtown GO! Kart, a free game check-out kiosk at 310W.