The Speaker Crawl

The Speaker Crawl
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum MapMap
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The Speaker Crawl

at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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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.

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*Please note that it is a cash bar for the evening – plan ahead! Complimentary apps from Screaming Tuna will be available while they last!


  • 6:00PM – Registration and networking
  • 6:30PM – Opening Keynote by Northwestern Mutual
  • 7:00PM – First Speaker Session
  • 7:20PM – Second Speaker Session
  • 7:40PM – Third Speaker Session
Schedule of Speakers

This event is part of YPWeek Milwaukee presented by Northwestern Mutual!

YPWeek is a week long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. YPWeek brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to you as a YP while educating your employers on the important role these functions play in retaining you as their workforce.

Featured Speakers

Lori Brissette, Vice President of Insurance and Annuity Client Services @ Northwestern Mutual
“Work Like You Won the Lottery”
Lori Brissette currently serves as the Vice President of Insurance and Annuity Client Services, having joined the company in January 2018.  Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Lori worked at USAA in San Antonio, Texas, where she most recently served as Assistant Vice President, USAA Protection Experience.

Lori brings extensive background in omni-channel servicing of life and health insurance products. She has experience leading diverse teams through change, while fostering a growth mindset and culture of continuous learning and improvement. While at USAA, Lori also helped develop and lead a new corporate strategy and operating model, driving alignment across the company.

In her seven years with USAA, Lori served in numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining USAA, she led a law firm that provided services to financial security companies. She also served as an elected district judge for the State of Texas. Lori earned her B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from South Texas College of Law. Lori and her husband Roger have four adult children.

Rob Zimmerman, Director of WaSH & Sustainability @ Kohler
“Believing in Better: Kohler’s Sustainability & Stewardship Journey”
Rob is currently the Director-WaSH & Sustainability at Kohler Co., in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA. In his position, he leads efforts to develop and grow business in the water, sanitation, and hygiene markets for underserved communities globally, as well as oversees creation of strategies and tools to capitalize on Kohler’s leadership in design, water efficiency and sustainability.

Some of his responsibilities include providing strategic direction for Kohler’s efforts to understand the needs of underserved communities, coordinating innovation that can address those needs and helping to develop business models that deliver sustainable impact at scale. Rob also establishes and grows relationships with key non-governmental organizations that are global advocates for WaSH, environmental education, and sustainability. Rob has presented training sessions on water efficiency and sustainability issues at national conferences, written numerous articles for trade publications, and is frequently quoted on water efficiency and sustainability issues in the media. He is actively involved in developing and implementing Kohler’s internal sustainability and corporate responsibility programs.

Rob currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the US Green Building Council’s Wisconsin Chapter. Rob is a LEED Accredited Professional. Rob has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a MS in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D., President @ Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor
“Leadership for the Long Run – Keeping the Faith from Start to Finish”
The Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry was elected the eighth President of Concordia University Wisconsin in July 1997. He began his faculty career at Concordia as an Assistant Professor of History in 1991.

Dr. Ferry earned his Ph.D. in European History from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996; his M.A. in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989; his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, in 1987; and his B.A. from St. John’s College, Winfield, KS, in 1981.

Prior to coming to Concordia Dr. Ferry served as campus pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Congregation at the University of Wyoming in Laramie from 1989-1991.  He was assistant pastor at Wheat Ridge Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado from 1987-1989.

He has authored numerous articles, reviews and essays on education, religion, and history and most recently, his book, Faith in the Freshman, a story of hoops and hopes.  He has also made numerous presentations at meetings, workshops, and conferences and serves as a member on numerous higher education and community boards.

Dr. Ferry is married to Tamara and they have five children – Peter, Hannah, Andrew, Rachel, and Stephen.  They are members of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Nick Fallucca, Chief Product and Innovation Officer @ Palermo’s Pizza
“Generation Innovation: MKE Made & Winning with Pizza”
As Chief Product and Innovation Officer for Palermo Villa, Inc., Nick is responsible for ensuring that Palermo’s Family of Brands continues to provide innovative products that meet the changing demands of the marketplace. He believes in focusing on health, wellness and sustainability as keys to fulfilling Palermo’s mission to Deliver a Great Pizza Experience. From ideation to commercialization, Nick and his team provide inventive solutions for the company’s branded products and its private label customers.

His passion for Pizza and people is without a doubt a tribute to his grandparents, whose spirit continues to guide the business they founded 50 years ago. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee, Nick is proud to be part of the third generation of Falluccas involved in the family business.

Lori Zindl, President @ efficientC​
We Built It Ourselves: Streamlining Services with Technologies​
Never one to shy away from innovation, Lori Zindl spearheaded the development of efficientC – OS inc.’s state-of-the-art proprietary claim processing and denial management software. She began her revenue cycle management career in 1985, as a medical bill collector. Lori was amazed at the amount of bad debt sent to collection agencies which were still owed by third-party payers. She wondered why healthcare providers couldn’t get paid by the insurance themselves which led to her consulting career and founding her first company in 1993.

Lori has built her successful career around the principles of valuing both clients and employees. Her passion, perseverance, and authenticity inspires over 75 of the healthcare industry’s top talent to achieve measurable results.

Jack Koppa, Front-End Web Developer @ SafeNet Consulting
“Open Source: Aligning Career & Personal Growth”
Jack is a Front-End Web Developer at SafeNet Consulting, who stumbled into software while studying environmental science & Chinese. Combining those three interests has led him to live in Shanghai, work on clean tech web apps, and contribute to an open-source air quality project; he’s at his most excited when finding some helpful way to apply career-related skills. Though he’s also pretty excited when discussing SpaceX.

In the culture of open source software, individuals and companies freely share their ideas & effort, to improve tools & experiences for everyone. This philosophy works because incentives are aligned in each direction: those who help the most, learn the most; the biggest contributors are also the most recognized. We’ll discuss how opportunities for this kind of goal alignment – where contributing to something you care about can lead to profitable skills – fuel both career & personal growth.

Dr. Derek Riley, Computer Science Program Director @ MSOE
“Harnessing natural intelligence to develop artificial intelligence”
Dr. Derek Riley is the program director of the new Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Riley joined the MSOE faculty in 2016 and is an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

In addition to teaching at MSOE, Riley provides consulting services for companies regarding big data, and helps them find ways to turn the information they are collecting into insight to enhance their bottom line. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). His areas of expertise include big data, algorithms, process modeling and simulation, Scrum and agile processes, and mobile computing.

Rich Meeusen, Chairman, President & CEO @ Badger Meter
Richard A. (Rich) Meeusen is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter, Inc., a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Badger Meter is an innovator in flow measurement, control and communications solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide. The company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals and other fluids, and are known for their accuracy, long-lasting durability and for providing valuable and timely measurement data.

Meeusen joined Badger Meter in 1995 as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He was elected president and chief executive officer in 2002 and chairman in 2004. Prior to joining Badger Meter, Meeusen served as vice president of finance and treasurer of Zenith Sintered Products, Inc., in Germantown, Wisconsin, and in the audit division of the Milwaukee office of Arthur Andersen & Co.

In addition to his responsibilities at Badger Meter, Meeusen currently serves as a director of Menasha Corporation, a consumer packaging company, and Serigraph, Inc., a specialty printing company.

Maggie Beckley, Real Estate Manager @ Aurora Health Care
“Building Passion Into Purpose”​
Maggie Beckley is currently the Real Estate Manager at Aurora Health Care. She received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in Finance and Accounting and her MBA with a focus on Real Estate and Commercial Development from Roosevelt University where she held honors as a Goldie B.Wolfe Miller Scholar. Maggie also completed Marquette’s Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) Program and is a licensed real estate broker.

Maggie currently serves as board treasurer of Lead2Change, Inc., a youth leadership organization committed to empowering and inspiring youth to be catalysts for change in their communities and also as board treasurer for CUPED Corporation, which promotes and protects traditional urban neighborhoods by working to eliminate physical, economic and social deterioration. It was formed by individuals with vision and experience in real estate and a passion for urban Milwaukee. She has received several awards and distinctions, including the Milwaukee Community Journal Millennial Honoree and the 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 under 40 Award.

Ben Stern, Sales Manager & Jim Young, Sales Operations and Enablement @ ETE REMAN
“Turning ‘We Can’t’ into ‘Why not?'”
Ben Stern is the Sales Manager for ETE Reman, The second-largest automatic transmission remanufacturer in the United States. He is an enthusiastic and passionate leader whose skills in communication, strategy and servant leadership have helped him build a team of highly efficient (and fun) Sales Reps. However, it’s his ability to ask great and insightful questions that places him squarely in the middle of ETE’s revolutionary, technology-driven movement that’s changing the way Transmission Repair Shops and Retail Customers order parts.

Ben has lived and worked across the country, following a yearn for Bicycle racing and adventure that lead him to Texas, San Francisco and many points between. In January of 2015, feeling the call of “The Good Place” on the shores of Lake Michigan, he returned and began his ETE Reman journey.

Jim Young, aka ET-D2, fills the role of sales operations and enablement at ETE Reman, an auto parts remanufacturer without rival located in Milwaukee’s Granville Business Improvement District. Jim is a rare blend of software developer, business strategist and leader whose ability to look beyond basic user requests and identify more impactful opportunities set him apart from others who share his skillset.

Evidence of Jim’s superior approach to problem solving was on display recently at Dreamforce 17, an annual user conference bringing together thought leaders, industry pioneers and thousands of IT professionals. In addition to sharing the stage with two other winners of the Dreamforce Appventure contest, Jim also spoke about “How a single developer can make a major impact” & “The Path to theReal Problem”.

Coming to ETE from a small company working from home, Jim loves having teammates and coworkers, and though he has only recently celebrated his 1-year ET-versary, we can’t imagine our company or culture without him!

Evan Arnold, Director of Product Development @ Glenroy
“Packaging, from Frustration to Innovation”
Evan has worked at Glenroy for over 8 years and currently leads Glenroy’s Product Development team.  Evan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Packaging Engineering.  Evan continued his education and obtained his MBA from Cardinal Stritch in 2015.  Evan lives in Glendale with his Wife, and Daughter.  He enjoys cribbage, cheese, and all things Wisconsin.

Molly Dil, Managing Editor @ BizTimes Milwaukee
“A millennial’s perspective on the Milwaukee business community”
Molly Dill covers startups and financial services. A graduate of Marquette University, Dill joined BizTimes as a reporter in 2011. Previously, she was a reporter for the Marshfield News-Herald in central Wisconsin. She lives in Wauwatosa with her husband, Jesse, and her dog, Tuck. In her free time, Dill enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and trying Milwaukee’s newest restaurants.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Northwestern Mutual Concordia University WI         Palermo's      ETE Reman Kohler   Aurora     Glenroy Badger MeterSafe Net  Efficient C        Screaming Tuna