On The Table

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM City Hall MapMap
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About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Table Hosts

NEWaukee is excited to announce 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.

What is On the Table:

Thousands of people will gather throughout the region on October 17 for breakfast, lunch or dinner to put ideas and discussion literally On The Table. When people share a meal together, 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!

What are some topics that will be discussed?

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.

Thank you to our community partners! 

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 causes locally and around the world. Since being established in 1915, the Foundation has awarded more than $621 million in grants – including a historic $60 million in 2016 – 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 easy answers, but we know for certain that as a community, we are GREATER TOGETHER. To learn more, visit greatermilwaukeefoundation.org

Table Hosts

Get to know your table hosts for the evening! They’ll be guiding the conversation and taking notes of all your brilliant ideas.


Jeffrey Carter, Sr. Performance Reporting Specialist – Robert W. Baird









Jessica Boling, President – Rotaract









Jocelyn Kopac, Founder & Program Coordinator – Tri-County Young Professionals Network









Leah Fiasca, Project Director – Greater Milwaukee Committee









Mandela Barnes, Career Panelist










Obiageli Nwabuzor, Managing Consultant – Envision Self LLC & Ambassador for ONE MKE









Romke de Haan, General Manager – Dohmen Constellations









Sean Lowe, Central Region Vice President – National Urban League Young Professionals








Matt Kemple, Live Event Producer – Milwaukee Comedy & Underground Collaborative









Ranell Washington, Co-Founder/Vice President – Social X









Melissa Goins, President – Maures Development Group, LLC










Danielle Decker, Intergovernmental Relations for City of Milwaukee