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.

Scale Up Milwaukee accepting applications for 2nd class of entrepreneurial training program

From BizTimes
Published August 18, 2014

Scale Up Milwaukee, a multi-stakeholder effort helping support entrepreneurs at all stages to grow their ventures by stimulating a strong regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, today announced it is accepting applications for the second class of its Scalerator program – training designed to teach ambitious, local companies how to maximize their growth potential.

Following the success of the pilot program that saw 12 diverse Milwaukee ventures accelerate growth by close to 25 percent, the second Scalerator will comprise a larger group of ventures and will take place over a six-month period during which participants will take a deep dive into topics like sales and marketing, entrepreneurial finance, organizational structure and human resources. The Scalerator will systematically work with regional investors, banks, universities, and public sector stakeholders, to support the growth in various ways.

“Over the last year, we’ve confirmed that this region is filled with growth-minded businesses that have enormous potential to scale and ultimately boost the Milwaukee community,” said Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive Education and architect and facilitator of Scale Up Milwaukee efforts. “We’re looking forward to working with a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs and equipping them with practical skills that they can use to rapidly accelerate their growth.”

Interested businesses should have a strong ambition to grow and a scalable business model with annual revenues between $500,000 and $5 million. Businesses should also have an established leadership team that holds significant ownership of the company. Applications are available online.

See the full article here.

Innovation: Beyond the buzzwords

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published August 1, 2014

Over the past few years, the nebulous term “innovation” has emerged as the corporate buzzword du jour.

In a global, technology-driven economy, the thinking goes, everything moves faster. The massive, Fortune 500 corporations of the past must become more nimble, responsive and creative or risk extinction.

The Milwaukee area boasts many examples of innovation in action: GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wauwatosa’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., Harley-Davidson Inc. and ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee. Yet many other companies talk the talk, but find themselves stumbling when it comes to walking the walk.

It’s in part because true innovation can make companies feel vulnerable. It necessitates breaking down walls, looking beyond the present and — most frighteningly — introducing a certain amount of risk.

Nonetheless, the buzzword is so pervasive because of the urgency surrounding it.

“Competition is so different today than it was 10, 15, even five years ago. The world is moving so much faster today,” said Briggs & Stratton chairman, president and CEO Todd Teske [also co-chair of the GMC's Innovation in Milwaukee initiative]. “There’s a risk in doing nothing, and that’s the risk I think is really bad — if you do nothing and expect everything to stay the same.”

Ask six different people, and in all likelihood you’ll get six different definitions of “innovation.”

The crux of it is an idea that has legs. An invention or new approach that isn’t just good in its own right, but can be scaled and/or commercialized. Generating those good ideas and knowing what to do with them is the challenge dogging big companies pivoting to face a global, digitally driven market.

For the full article, including more quotes from Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) co-chairs Todd Teske, Jonas Prising and Michael Lovell, please click here.

Meet Michael Hostad

From the Milwaukee Business Journal
Published August 1, 2014

Michael Hostad’s name first came up in conjunction with the Innovation in Milwaukee initiative (MiKE) when it surfaced that he was the one to land Flying Car’s keynote speaker, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Shortly thereafter, the former head of digital efforts at the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee formally joined the MiKE team as executive director.

Hostad, a Hartford native, comes from a background in computer science and technology. In high school, he started his own entrepreneurial venture during the dot-com bubble, and later received his associate degree from Waukesha County Technical College.

His vision for MiKE is to take a group based on an ambiguous concept — “innovation” — and make it something concrete. He plans to measure and catalog its impact on the community, and to steer toward more programmatic offerings (as opposed to events-based).

To read the full article, please click here.

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell Named Co-Chair of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

Academic representation key to leadership team in supporting innovation, collaboration

MILWAUKEE, July 31, 2014 – Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell was named co-chair of Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE), an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) focused on supporting a local entrepreneurial environment. Lovell joins MiKE co-chairs Todd Teske, CEO of Briggs & Stratton, and Jonas Prising, CEO of ManpowerGroup.

“I am looking forward to helping create talent networks to foster innovation in Milwaukee and serving at the interface between university and industry,” Lovell said. “MiKE helps to position Milwaukee as a city of innovation and entrepreneurialism, and our depth of universities and educational opportunities further demonstrates Milwaukee’s ability to cultivate a deep pool for talent.”

Dr. Lovell began his role as the 24th and first lay president of Marquette University on July 1, 2014. He came to Marquette after serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2011-2014, where he oversaw the expansion of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, was active in the creation of the Water Council, and helped establish the App Brewery and launch the Student Start-Up Challenge. A distinguished scholar, researcher, educator and leader, Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Lovell has published more than 100 articles in leading engineering journals, has written a dozen book chapters and recently co-authored a book, Tribology for Scientists and Engineers.

As a researcher, Lovell has been a lead or co-lead investigator for nearly $30 million in externally-funded research grants from foundations, businesses and government agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education. His research has led to several technological breakthroughs, and he currently holds seven patents and 14 provisional patents. Earlier this spring, Lovell was formally inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.

“President Lovell’s reputation for establishing partnerships among academic, industrial and nonprofit sectors is well-known in Milwaukee and beyond,” said MiKE co-chair Jonas Prising. “We look forward to furthering these partnerships and working together on the MiKE Council.”

MiKE focuses on connecting talent with corporations in in the Greater Milwaukee region, as well as the importance of recruiting and retaining key employees – whether permanent or freelance – in the area, through events like Flying Car, its corporate and talent councils, and more.

“As the MiKE initiative has grown since starting in 2011, we have continued to adjust to ensure it suits the needs of all parties – talent, corporations, education,” said MiKE co-chair Todd Teske. “President Lovell brings a valuable perspective to the table as we work to solidify relationships and partnerships in our community.”

MiKE recently hired a new executive director, Michael Hostad, and hosted Flying Car in June with headliner Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc. Going forward, MiKE will continue identifying opportunities for Milwaukee’s corporations, talent networks and students.

About Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)
MiKE, or Innovation in Milwaukee, brings together Milwaukee’s innovative talent to develop creative solutions. MiKE is committed to driving economic development through creative problem solving and the attraction and development of talent by fostering a culture of innovation in Milwaukee.

About The Greater Milwaukee Committee
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.


Milwaukee Welcomes “The Woz”

Steve Wozniak at Flying Car 2014From BizTimes
Published June 27, 2014

When Steve Wozniak was in high school, he trained himself to build any computer
in about two days.

“And I still didn’t think I would have a job in computers,” Wozniak told reporters during Milwaukee’s Flying Car Conference on Friday.

Wozniak, who is co-founder of technology giant Apple Inc., chief scientist of Fusion-IO and a highly regarded engineer and inventor, keynoted the Flying Car Conference and opened up about his lifelong drive for innovation.

The three-year-old Flying Car Conference, created by the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) Initiative, convened Milwaukee leaders, entrepreneurs and inventors for conversations about the future and the need for both innovation and top-tier talent.

This year’s conference, which ran June 25-27 at venues across Milwaukee, followed the theme “People Powered” and played up “the human side of innovation” as it explored what exactly compels people to make great things happen.

For the full article, please click here.

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