Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)

‘Walk the Talk’ Conference to address community challenges with creativity, innovation

Walk the Talk

From BizTimes
Published October 6, 2015

Hundreds of Milwaukee creators and innovators will apply their ingenuity to some of the city’s most pressing community issues on Wednesday during the “Walk the Talk” Conference, presented jointly by Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE).

The conference, a merging of CAM’s annual Creative Milwaukee @ Work Summit and MiKE’s Flying Car event, will explore the intersection of creativity and innovation while using that intersection as a lens through which attendees seek solutions for challenges in education, talent attraction and retention, corporate innovation, Milwaukee neighborhoods, the environment and beyond.

Maggie Jacobus, president and chief executive officer of CAM, sees creativity and innovation as “two sides of the same coin” and tools to leverage in tackling broad community concerns that have layers of complications and ripples of impact.

When it comes to large-scale issues like education, talent and enhancing the community, creativity and innovation can affect approaches and solutions, Jacobus said, while those issues can inversely affect creativity and innovation.

Through the conference, which will unravel at more than 15 locations across the Historic Third Ward and Walker’s Point, CAM and MiKE will outline specific community challenges and highlight progress currently being made by a variety of stakeholders.

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Museum chief, robotics professor will keynote Walk the Talk conference

Walk the TalkFrom Milwaukee Business Journal
Published October 5, 2015

Milwaukee Public Museum president and chief executive Dennis Kois will join Marquette University robotics professor Andrew Williams to kick off Walk the Talk, an event meant to marry creativity and innovation with action.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee initiative and Creative Alliance Milwaukee (CAM) co-host the day-long conference, combining the forces behind the GMC’s annual Flying Car event and CreativeMilwaukee@work Summit.

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Program aims to keep bright minds in Milwaukee

From TMJ4
Published September 29, 2015

It’s a whirlwind cross country trip designed to help college students and boost business in Milwaukee.

Their challenge begins as soon as they take flight.

“Marketing is my undergraduate and I’m also getting three masters degrees at the same time in International Business, Global Sales and Marketing and then Management,” said Colin Murdy, a junior at Concordia University.

You heard that right, three masters degrees and guess what else?

“I am a Janesville native,” he said.

And not only that, Murdy is planning to stay here. In fact, Murdy already started his own company.

“My company is called Murdy Global,” he said.

This is exactly the scenario Innovation in Milwaukee — an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee — is trying to create through their latest program, known as Destination Innovation. It works to keep bright minds in the Milwaukee area after they graduate.

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‘Walk the Talk’ conference to explore interplay of creativity and innovation

Walk the TalkFrom BizTimes
Published September 25, 2015

With plans to converge their two flagship conferences, Creative Alliance Milwaukee and The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) will present a SXSW Interactive-esque event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at more than 15 venues across the Third Ward and Walker’s Point.

The traveling conference, born from CAM’s Creative Milwaukee @ Work Summit and MiKE’s Flying Car, will be known as “Walk the Talk” with a theme along the lines of the “Intersection of Creativity and Innovation.”

The conference will urge attendees to move beyond conversation about community topics to necessary and impactful action. Anchoring the day will be keynote speeches by Milwaukee Public Museum president and chief executive officer Dennis Kois, who will explore creativity, and Andrew Williams, Ph.D., who will center on innovation. Williams is director of the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics Lab at Marquette University.

The event will also wrap its arms around creativity and innovation by addressing business issues related to talent attraction and development, organizational process, company culture, the business of art, and creative placemaking.

Among those slated to speak are Cielo executives Sue Marks and Kristen Wright, who will give their insight on talent; DCI-Artform leaders Karin Peterson and Mark Muhurin, who will discuss process; and Joey Feinstein, of Southweste Airlines, who will address company culture.

Read the full article here.

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DESTINATION INNOVATION: Nonstop Connections at 35,000 Feet

10 local Milwaukee college students set to take to the sky with Innovation in Milwaukee, Southwest Airlines® and Kohl’s

MILWAUKEE – September 25, 2015
– On Tuesday, September 29th, the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) initiative will fly 10 college students via Southwest Airlines to the Kohl’s Department Stores Digital Center in Milpitas, California, as part of Destination Innovation. En route, students will work with experienced mentors on a real-world business challenge from Southwest and Kohl’s. Before reaching their final destination, students will pitch their solutions to passengers who will vote for the best idea. Upon arrival, students will meet with representatives from Kohl’s to learn how the company strives to remain agile in the retail innovation world.

More than 110 students from 21 college and universities in Wisconsin applied to participate in Destination Innovation. The application asked students how they would innovate the customer service experience in the retail and air travel industries. The 10 students selected to take part in the program will continue developing their ideas with the assistance of five local mentors also along for the ride.

Upon their return to Milwaukee, the students will share their ideas at the “Walk the Talk” conference on October 7, 2015. Walk the Talk is a collaborative effort between Innovation in Milwaukee and Creative Alliance Milwaukee (CAM) to highlight the intersection of creativity and innovation.

“It’s amazing to see what can happen when organizations collaborate,” notes Innovation in Milwaukee executive director Michael Hostad. “Whether it’s a retail giant, an air travel leader or 21 colleges and universities, this is what it means to innovate in Milwaukee. We’re excited to hear the ideas the students come up with and share them with the community at Walk the Talk on October 7th.”

In a workshop setting, the students will present their solutions to improve the customer service experience in the retail and air travel industries, while conference attendees serve as focus group participants to further explore the students’ ideas. More information about Walk the Talk is available at

The students participating in Destination Innovation come from Marquette University, Alverno College, Mount Mary University, Cardinal Stritch University, Carthage College, Wisconsin Lutheran College and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

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