The Speaker Crawl

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Zimmerman Architectural Studios MapMap
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The Speaker Crawl

at Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Event Details:

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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There will be complimentary beverages and appetizers while they last.


  • 6:00PM – Registration and Networking
  • 6:20PM – Introduction
  • 6:25PM – Keynote: Jeremy Jeffress
  • 7:00PM – First Speaker Session
  • 7:20PM – Second Speaker Session
  • 7:40PM – Third Speaker Session

Speaker Schedule:

Gallery East Wing West Wing
7:00 Olivia Fritz Brian Rott TBA
7:20 Ryan Hoban Blessing Egbon Nikia Johnson
7:40 TBA Brian & Angela West Dena Nord and Nydia Maurás-Jones

Additional Information:

This event is part of Milwaukee Startup Week 2018.

Milwaukee Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies
together to build momentum and celebrate entrepreneurship in Southeast Wisconsin. Hosted November 5 – 11th, 2018 the 3rd annual Milwaukee Startup Week is part of the Wisconsin Startup Week initiative. To learn more about Milwaukee Startup Week visit,

Wisconsin Startup Week is the State’s largest entrepreneurship event. Wisconsin Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders, major companies to build momentum and celebrate entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. Dozens of events will be hosted in eleven cities across the state of Wisconsin during the inaugural Wisconsin Startup Week, November 5 – 11, 2018. To learn more about Wisconsin Startup Week visit,

Featured Speakers

Additional speaker information coming soon!

Olivia Fritz – Environmental Project Engineer, Kohler Co.
Talk title coming soon!

Olivia Fritz is an Environmental Project Engineer in Kohler Co.’s Product Sustainability Engineering team. She manages product transparency for both environmental impacts and material health disclosures, and is leading the effort to integrate product material health initiatives into Design for Environment. Olivia has experience in environmental compliance, remediation, and supplier quality. She’s inspired by the challenge to show others how sustainability is connected to their role, no matter what they do and had the opportunity to help train over 500 manufacturing associates on the topic of sustainability. She is also passionate about student mentorship and encouraging girls to pursue STEM related careers. Olivia graduated from UW-Madison in Civil Engineering, and is currently pursuing her MBA from Marquette University. You can find Olivia traveling to national parks, camera in hand, or exploring the outdoors locally in Sheboygan, WI.

Jeremy Jeffress – Milwaukee Brewers
Talk title coming soon!

Jeremy Jeffress was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers as the 16th overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. In 2018, Jeffress was named to the National League All Star team, where he pitched a scoreless inning. He is currently the Brewers’ closer. When Jeffress isn’t on the field, he is a devoted father to his daughter, Jurnee. Jeffress is also dedicated to raising awareness for juvenile epilepsy and has recently partnered with Epilepsy Foundation of SE Wisconsin.

Nydia Mauras-Jones & Dena Nord – Partners, Odvant Creative
Now I know: Expectations versus Realities

Connecting to clients is Nydia’s favorite part of the job. She’s been a graphic and web designer for almost 9 years with experience working with non-profits, corporations, and small businesses. The past few years building Odvant Creative has been the most fun and rewarding of her career. In her free time, Nydia enjoys designing for social justice causes, volunteering, spending time with her husband and two kids, and eating all the food.

Dena Nord’s passions lies in both a fine art and design. With over 10 years experience, she has worked with a range of companies helping them find their visual voice. She is a founding partner at Odvant Creative, a branding and design studio in the third ward. Odvant’s process for brand design goes beyond a logo and leaves their clients feeling empowered. In her free time, Dena creates abstract paintings and tags them in augmented reality to show off her painting process.

Angie West, Editor-in-Chief, Alcoholmanac Magazine
Brian West, Publisher, JABmedia, LLC

A Dozen Years of Milwaukee’s Beverage Culture

Angie is a founding partner of JABmedia, LLC, the publisher of Alcoholmanac Magazine. An editor and writer by training and trade, Angie identified her local niche in the beverage scene in 2006, when she was fresh out of Alverno College with an English degree and a world of possibilities ahead. A passion for helping others express themselves made magazine publishing an inspiring career path and one that has helped her build a strong network within the beverage and creative scenes throughout Southeast Wisconsin. Today, Angie wears nearly every hat while publishing Alcoholmanac—from bookkeeping to graphic design. When she’s not working on the magazine, she freelances editing and writing services and can sometimes be found pouring beer at a festival for one of Milwaukee’s many local breweries.

Brian spent eleven years as the publisher of Alcoholmanac Magazine in Wisconsin, five of which were also spent as its Editor-in-Chief. He is a long-time distilled spirit and craft cocktail writer, advocate, and marketer, having founded Milwaukee Cocktail Week and numerous other cocktail- and/or craft-spirit-centric events, programs, and promotions. A Milwaukee native, Brian has a passion for seeing the spirit and cocktail scene flourish in Wisconsin. He has a background in education, which he uses to ignite a similar appreciation for quality beverages in others.

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