The Speaker Crawl

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The University Club of Milwaukee MapMap
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NEWaukee’s Speaker Crawl is an interactive professional development program that simultaneously features numerous speakers and a cultural institution to a young professional audience. The participants never sit during the presentations as they traverse the program exhibitions to hear from the diverse lineup of speakers. The Speaker Crawl is social in nature while it also imparts a wide array of information about the important issues facing our city as well as tips for personal and professional growth. Please note that it is a cash bar for the evening! 

6:00PM – Registration and networking
6:30PM – Opening Keynote
7:00PM – First Speaker Session
7:20PM – Second Speaker Session
7:40PM – Third Speaker Session

Speaker Lineup:

This event is part of Startup Week Wisconsin 2017, an entrepreneur-led event that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders and startup enthusiasts together to build momentum and celebrate Southeast Wisconsin’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Over 20 events hosted by 20+ community partners will take place during the inaugural Startup Week Wisconsin, November 6th-12th all over Wisconsin! Learn more here!

About the University Club of Milwaukee

Founded in 1898 by a group of 19 college alumni, The University Club’s founding mission was to offer members a distinctive opportunity to network, share ideas, grow relationships and engage in the issues of the day. This was a time of great hope and promise, and of progress and innovation. Very similar to the Milwaukee of today!

Two decades later in 1921, entrepreneurial members of the Tripoli Temple in Milwaukee purchased land at what is now Good Hope Road and 43rd in Milwaukee and began a country club for the benefit of its members. Over the years, Tripoli Country Club and its championship caliber golf course attracted fine golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper and Cary Middlecoff, while also serving as an oasis for members and their families.

Deeply rooted in the fabric of our broader community, both legacy clubs are now united by a common commitment to excellence, engagement and a desire to positively impact the lives of our members, their families and future generations of leaders.

Today, there simply is no other club in the region that offers the same heritage, legacy of excellence and breadth of experiences as the University Club of Milwaukee.

Speaker bios

Amanda Baltz – CEO – Spaulding Medical
“Innovation in Healthcare: The Spaulding ECG Story”
Amanda Baltz is CEO of Spaulding Medical, West Bend, where she is responsible for the company’s strategy and operations. Spaulding Medical is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spaulding Clinical Research, which Baltz joined in 2007, serving in a business development and operations capacity. In October 2012, she was named vice president of business operations for Spaulding Clinical Research, the position she held until being named president and CEO of Spaulding Medical. Under her leadership at Spaulding Medical, the company has successfully launched a proprietary medical device, clearing barriers to entry and gaining market acceptance. Prior to joining Spaulding Clinical Research, Baltz was in business development with Forest Pharmaceuticals and Direct Supply in Milwaukee. She is a Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 award winner in 2017. She is a member of Hoan, a Milwaukee based group of next-generation leaders and professionals. She was s a member of the Holy Family Parish School Board, where she served as board president for 2014-2015, and served on the Holy Family Parish Council. She is a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. She received her bachelor of science degree from Marquette University where she was named the “Biomedical Sciences Student of the Year” in 2004.

Ann Davis – Founder – Venture with Impact
“Why Workation?” – How to convince your employer to allow you to work remotely and travel abroad.
Ann Davis is the founder of Venture with Impact, a workation program, which brings working professionals to cities abroad and matches them with pro-bono projects that align with their professional skills. Ann has lived and worked with various international organizations in Latin America over the past nine years and has traveled to more than 40 countries on five continents.

Erica Storm – Director of Legal Content – Zywave
“The Four Tendencies: Using Tendencies to Motivate Yourself and Others”
Erica Storm is an attorney and the Legal Content Director at Zywave, Inc., a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology solutions for the insurance industry. More than 3,500 brokerages worldwide—including 93 of the top 100 U.S. insurance firms—use Zywave’s proven solutions to serve their clients and achieve organic growth. In her current role, Erica oversees the production of compliance content for Zywave’s software products and manages their HR Hotline. She directs a team of attorneys, paralegals and HR consultants that creates and provides resources for Zywave’s Partner agencies and their clients. Previously, she worked in Zywave’s in-house legal department and as an associate attorney at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Norbert College and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Erica is a frequent speaker on legal and compliance topics that affect employers. She is also interested in productivity, work flexibility, employee engagement and performance management.

Gerald Allison – Business Manager for Woodlake Market & Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates – Kohler
“In the Spirit of Excellence”
Gerald joined the team at Destination Kohler in 2014. His first role with the company was as the Store Manager of Woodlake Market. Prior to coming to Destination Kohler, Gerald worked for his family’s grocery as well as one other grocer in the Wisconsin market. He is, in his own words, “a second generation grocer.”

Shortly after he arrived in 2014, Gerald was tasked to champion a project in which Herb Kohler challenged the team to explore the realm of infused spirits. Gerald’s role evolved to include Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates, and most recently, Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy.

Throughout the evolution of the infused spirits project, one thing was clear – whatever he developed needed to be exceptional. After months of experimentation, the team found the perfect match – Dark Chocolate and Brandy, thus a new brand was born. Gerald and his team worked tirelessly to create the perfect blend of chocolate and brandy that would bring a truly unique product to market. After much trial and error, the team delivered just that, an original product with original taste.

Gerald resides in the West Bend area with his wife and three boys.

Katherine Juergens – Founder & CEOMoxxy Group
“Shit no one says but should. Ten truth bombs about marketing in a corporate environment that startups should know.”
It’s one thing to say you have 20+ years experience. It’s another thing to say you have 20+ years of the right kind of experience. With a career that spans leadership roles on both the agency and client side, Katherine’s career has included leading multi-million dollar accounts like Pfizer and Merck on the agency side and then transitioning to client-side with GE Healthcare. Has she launched multi-billion-dollar initiatives? Check. Lead efforts at the Olympics? Check. Be known as the go-to-creative launch specialist across the globe for major product introductions? Check.

With a master’s degree in international marketing and communications, Katherine has specialized in global launches and local activation and effective doesn’t have to mean splashy. Sometimes you need razzle-dazzle. Sometimes you need boring. Anyone can tell you they can move mountains. Katherine prides herself in being authentic and telling clients what they need to do to move the needle. Or if the needle can be moved.

Hailed for creativity, strategic marketing, and effectiveness as a writer and keynote speaker, Katherine tells a story and connects on not a B2B or B2C level, but an H2H level. Human to human. She introduces the elephant in the room and exposes the emperor for being naked. With a passion for sound ideas, having fun, and connecting amazing people, Katherine founded The Moxxy Group in 2017, which touts clients like IBM and Samsung. She lives in Muskego with her daughter Sydney and dog, Henry.

Mary Burke – Founder & CEO – Building Brave
Be Prepared to Pivot
The greatest lesson an entrepreneur needs to learn is to welcome uncertainty. If you are trying to do something that no one else is doing that means there is no clear path. You may think you know, but you don’t really.

Mary started Building Brave two years ago and is setting out to do something no one else is doing: connecting 10 million women globally through a mobile app so women can inspire and empower each other.

The strategy she uses she learned from a world-renowned biochemist – keep multiple irons in the fire.

She also uses survival skills that she learned in her 13 month, unsuccessful quest to become Governor of Wisconsin.

Whether you are thinking of starting a business, have your own business or are just hanging out, Mary’s insights will help you tackle any challenge or bounce back from any setback.

Manoj Nair – Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder – BUZZ.IO
“Why Innovate Fearlessly”
Manoj is a Software Engineer with a fearless approach to innovation. Highly analytical decision-maker with extensive experience in building, turning around, and operating companies, along with a proven history of increasing productivity and turning around difficult situations.

Mike Lappin – Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary – Aurora Health Care
Innovation driving the future of Health Care
Mike Lappin joined Aurora in 2009 as its first general counsel and was responsible for establishing Aurora’s in-house legal department. As chief administrative officer, Mike is responsible for overseeing compliance, government relations, human resources, information services, internal audit, legal services, real estate and facilities management, as well as affiliations, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions. He previously practiced law at Quarles & Brady. Mike received his law and master’s degrees in public administration from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Rhommer Varilla – Director of Growth & Strategy – SafeNet Consulting
“No better time than now… to do something dope with technology”
Rhommer first learned how to program a computer in 1979 at Dover Elementary in Milwaukee, WI. Since then he has participated in multiple mind shifts of applying technology that brings us to the Digital world we live in today. Throughout his career, he has been a software developer, taught classes on designing software and using various tools and products, and held multiple leadership positions in growing technology services companies. At SafeNet consulting, he plays a key role in understanding today’s business and technology trends and putting the company in a position apply technology in ways that create an engaging experience, optimize business, and transform products for their clients. He has a passion for innovation and actively seeks like-minds that are looking for a better way of doing things.

Taylor Bohmann – Founder & CEO – Jaxxtaylor
“Does the Fashion & Creative Scene Exist in MKE?” is a fashion-forward eCommerce store for men and women, founded by Taylor Bohmann. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and honing her skills through employment at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Taylor explores the entrepreneur route and launched Jaxxtaylor in November 2016. She splits her time volunteering in her hometown Milwaukee and manages Jaxxtaylorweraing multiple hats, while the brand continues to grow in the Midwest with popularity and increase in sales. Jaxxtaylor has approximately over 38,000 views per month and has expanded the brand ambassador program to 30+ girls.

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