The Greater Milwaukee Committee – About Us

The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area.

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The GMC Talent Dividend

The Talent Dividend is a GMC-sponsored initiative built upon regional collaborations between businesses, institutions of higher education, K-12 school systems, service providers, community organizations, economic and workforce development agencies and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool to match the human capital needs of existing and emerging businesses.

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MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee)

The Greater Milwaukee Committee aligns our region’s assets in advanced manufacturing and our global innovation companies through MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee), a design, technology and innovation cluster that serves as a catalytic source for rapid innovation and talent to compete on the world stage.

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GMC launches teachtown initiative

After being approached by MPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Thornton, the GMC and its education committee launched the "teachtown" initiative to help MPS address the impending loss of human capital. Teachtown will help MPS widen their talent pool, and create some important supports for them so that new teachers are able to access our community and make meaningful connections to their students and to Milwaukee.

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‘Creational Trails

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Flying Car 2014

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Welcome To the Greater Milwaukee Committee

The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s mission is to make Greater
Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play.

Our membership – comprised of our region’s business, labor, academic, philanthropic, nonprofit and civic leadership – believes that intelligent, active interest in public affairs is the true measure of citizenship, and the foundation for community.

Flying Car 2014: People-Powered Innovation

One theme throughout all of the GMC’s initiatives is talent: attracting, retaining and growing it here in Milwaukee. It’s evident in Teachtown MKE – attracting and retaining quality teachers – and MiKE – attracting and cultivating talent and connecting it to our corporations. Talent attraction and retention is what drives our city to be even better.

Three years ago, the GMC’s MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee) initiative created the first Innovation Week – wide-ranging events centered on new ideas and innovation in various venues over 10 days. Today, it is Flying Car – three days of new ideas, technology and creativity focused on people-powered innovation and drawing speakers like Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, the creator of the first personal computer and co-founder of Apple, and Commissioner Bud Selig, whose innovations in baseball dramatically increased both the popularity of the sport and the financial success of the teams.

This year, we are excited to be partnering with Summerfest to truly “sell” Milwaukee as a city of innovation, ideas, creativity, music and, most of all, fun. We also have the incredible support of many member organizations.

Flying Car 2014: People-Powered Innovation has an incredible blend of information and experiences for its attendees. How many events have a community metal pour (Kelly Ludeking/KRL Metals), electronic musician (Summerfest performer Robert DeLong), genome structuring (Dr. David Dimmock), Google brand strategy (Heidi Hackemer) and digital prophet (David Shing) at the same event for one ticket? None.

This three-day conference has something for everyone, in every sector, with every title or expertise. Most importantly, it gives everyone a chance to learn more about topics they’re interested in and can further incorporate into their everyday work.

We hope to see many of your employees at Flying Car 2014 innovating, connecting and learning. To purchase tickets, check out

Creative Placemaking Forum

Creative Placemaking ForumWednesday, April 16, 2014
Turner Hall
Program: 2:45-6:00 p.m.
Networking: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Register and get more info here

Please join us for a forum on creative placemaking featuring local and national case studies hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, in partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee and the Mandel Group, Inc.

Featured speakers include:

  • Omar Blaik, U3 Advisors
  • Adam Carr
  • Alice Carle, Kresge Foundation
  • Lyz Crane, ArtPlace America
  • Kimberly Driggins, District of Columbia Office of Planning
  • Michael Fleming, Upper St. Clair Development Corporation
  • Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Marilyn Higgins, SALT District Syracuse NY
  • Neil Hoffman, MIAD
  • Darryl Johnson, Riverworks
  • Dasha Kelly, Still Water Collective
  • Barry Mandel, Mandel Group
  • Polly Morris, Milwaukee Arts Board
  • Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Common Council
  • Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute

To learn more about the principles of creative placemaking, please click here for a video put together by the Kresge Foundation.

Community Partners

  • Arts Wisconsin
  • City of Milwaukee – Mayor’s Office
  • Creative Alliance Milwaukee
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) – UWM
  • LISC
  • Mandel Group, Inc.
  • Milwaukee Artist Resource Network
  • UEDA
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • WAM-DC

GMC Annual Meeting features Joerres, Barrett and Meeusen

The Greater Milwaukee Committee hosted its annual membership meeting on Monday, February 10th at the University Club of Milwaukee.

At the meeting, the GMC, in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc., gave the second annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award to ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO Jeffrey Joerres in recognition of his work in promoting gender diversity in the corporate sphere. Read more here.



Following the award, Mayor Tom Barrett spoke about the importance of youth summer employment and his Earn and Learn initiative. Learn more here.




During the business portion of the membership meeting, GMC chair John Daniels, Jr., thanked longtime board of directors member Lyle Balistreri for his service as he stepped down from the board.



Badger Meter chairman, president and CEO Rich Meeusen keynoted the annual meeting, beginning with an update on the Water Council and its major successes and expanding upon the idea of Milwaukee as a global water hub. He then tied in GMC initiatives MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee) and Scale Up Milwaukee, which both focus on attracting and retaining key talent in our region.

The Milwaukee Business Journal and Urban Milwaukee covered the meeting.

GMC awards second annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award to ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Joerres

Award honoring diversity in corporate governance given by Greater Milwaukee Committee & Milwaukee Women inc.

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 10, 2014 – The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc. (MWi), bestowed the second annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to ManpowerGroup Chairman  and CEO Jeffrey Joerres at the GMC annual meeting on Monday, February 10th.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in our region. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek.

Jeff Joerres, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, is a champion for diversity in the workplace. He chairs the GMC’s Future Workforce Committee, which focuses on strengthening the diversity of the region’s workforce. Through a combination of research, recognition and initiatives, the Future Workforce Committee seeks both a short- and long-term impact on a diverse workforce across all levels of professional development, from entry-level worker to CEO to the corporate boardroom.

“Jeff has worked tirelessly to promote diversity in the workplace in our region and beyond,” said Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee president. “He has truly been a spokesperson for promoting women to executive positions and corporate boards, and understands that it is essential to a successful business climate.”

Joerres co-chaired the 2012 B20 Task Force on Employment, which delivered recommendations to inspire sustainable employment creation at the G20 summit in Mexico. Joerres also led discussions on the world of work at the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last month. He is Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago board of directors.

“Jeff understands that having women represented on boards is about the importance of women as consumers, shareholders, and a source of executive talent that drives bottom line results,” said Phyllis King, Milwaukee Women inc. chair and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate vice chancellor. “His passion extends to his own company, where more than 30% of the board of directors is comprised of women and 55% of managers are women. Jeff’s leadership and emphasis on gender diversity sets an example for companies worldwide.”

Nominees for the Mary Ellen Stanek Award are reviewed on an annual basis by MWi and the GMC Future Workforce Committee, and the award is announced and granted to the recipient at a GMC membership meeting.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee comprises 185 passionate CEOs who work together to make Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play. Currently led by president Julia Taylor and chair John Daniels, the GMC creates new ideas and implements solutions in education, economic development and effective government. For more information, please visit

Milwaukee Women inc. is a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces a biennial report on the gender diversity of the boards and C-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest companies. MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates. For more information, please visit

Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Teachtown MKE launches crowdfunding campaign

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12, 2013 – The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s (GMC) newest initiative, Teachtown MKE, launched a new campaign, “Beyond the Books,” inviting Milwaukee’s educators to submit their biggest and brightest ideas for cultivating great education in their schools or classrooms. Using crowdsourced funding, chosen ideas are brought to life through online donations.

Project Flexibus is the first project funded through Beyond the Books. First-year Hmong American Peace Academy science instructor Rick Ferraro wants to teach his students about alternative fuel. Through Beyond the Books, Mr. Ferraro’s students will convert a real gasoline-powered engine to an ethanol-fueled one, which will then power a school bus.

Teachtown MKE hopes to raise $17,000 by mid-February for Project Flexibus through crowd-sourced funding. The funds will cover a used school bus, delivery to the school, engine conversion and fees related to the crowdfunding campaign. The campaign also includes “stretch goals” of $36,000 to include a custom graphics wrap for the bus and $80,000, which would cover a brand-new school bus.

To learn more about Project Flexibus and Mr. Ferraro’s students, and to donate to the campaign, please visit

The GMC created Teachtown MKE at the request of MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton, who came to the GMC requesting assistance in recruiting and retaining teachers in MPS. Teachtown MKE works with local partners to fuel a community dedicated to providing local educators with a warm welcome and continued gratitude. To learn more, visit, and to learn more about Beyond the Books, visit

The Greater Milwaukee Committee is a private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Currently led by president Julia Taylor and chair John Daniels, the GMC is committed to building on its past successes and to making Milwaukee the best community in which to live, learn, work and play. For more information, please visit

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