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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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.

Greater Milwaukee Committee joins drive for board diversity

From BizTimes
Published October 14, 2014

Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed, according to a Board Diversity report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc.

In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting it will lead a new initiative on a CEO-to-CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization’s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa.

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Push on to increase diversity on Milwaukee-area corporate boards

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published October 14, 2014

Chief executives of Milwaukee-area companies will be talking with fellow CEOs about the importance of increasing the diversity of their corporate boards as part of an initiative announced Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

The new effort was revealed along with a report by the GMC and Milwaukee Women inc that shows some progress in adding racial, ethnic and gender diversity to the boards of Wisconsin’s 50 largest public companies.

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Getting it right: Milwaukee-area companies with board diversity

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published October 13, 2014

A first-of-its kind study on Wisconsin public company boards’ racial and ethnic diversity out Monday showed 8 percent of seats are held by non-white members; nationally, that number is closer to 13 percent.

Led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women inc, the survey also listed those companies above average in both gender and racial/ethnic diversity represented on the board.

Of Wisconsin’s top 50 public companies, 11 companies’ combined diversity — both gender and racial/ethnic minority — totaled 25 percent or more of board members. Outside Milwaukee those companies are Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp. and Green Bay’s Associated Banc-Corp.

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Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Women inc set ambitious board diversity goals

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published October 13, 2014

By 2015, 25 percent of board members at Wisconsin’s biggest public companies should be women, and by 2018, 13 percent of those board seats should be held by racial and ethnic minorities.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Women inc, ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and We Energies chairman and CEO Gale Klappa set those ambitious goals in a letter to committee members and at the GMC’s monthly meeting Monday.

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Diversity on Wisconsin corporate boards improving, but more work needed according to report by GMC, Milwaukee Women inc

GMC launching formal effort to help board diversity

MILWAUKEE, October 13, 2014 – Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed according to a Board Diversity report released today by the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi).

In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting today that it will be leading a new initiative on a CEO to CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization’s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corporation chairman and CEO Gale Klappa. Its goals include:

  1. Support Milwaukee Women inc’s goal of moving from 15.5% to 25% women on WI50 boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.
  2. Bring WI50 companies up to the WI Fortune 50 numbers for ethnic minority directors from 8% in 2014 to 13% in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5% by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.
  3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals.

Presently, approximately one in 10 board seats in the Wisconsin Top 50 is an underrepresented minority. Racial diversity in the Wisconsin Top 50 is about equal to the national average; however, women are increasing their presence in the board room.

“This year is the first time we’ve seen measurable improvement in gender diversity in three years, with 15.5% of directors in the Wisconsin Top 50 being women, up from 14.3% in 2013,” said Milwaukee Women inc chair Phyllis King. “That said, we still have significant work to do – and we look forward to working with the GMC and other organizations to continue improving these numbers.”

Nationally, there are strong efforts to drive board diversity as an important corporate governance issue. While there is much discussion about the issue, strong data is difficult to find. Companies are not required to report numbers outlining board diversity, leaving such information to be collected voluntarily, which many GMC member companies did for the survey.

“The results of this report can help us lead, because it allows our community to move from the question of ‘why’ to ‘how,’” said GMC president Julia Taylor. “It’s too easy to focus on the reasons that corporate governance does not reflect the population it often serves,” Taylor said. “We need to focus on how to bring about change in this field. We’re pleased with our ongoing collaboration with Milwaukee Women inc and other community organizations to lead this change.”

MWi began collecting gender diversity data in 2003. The GMC, in partnership with MWi, created a database in 2006 of potential board candidates who are female and/or of a racial or ethnic minority. The database, which is populated with nominations and submissions by GMC members, is available to any member of a company who is looking for potential diverse board nominees.

For more information and to see the full Board Diversity Report, please click here.

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