Creative Alliance Milwaukee and Innovation in Milwaukee Announce New Conference Name, Focus, Location

Posted on Aug 19, 2015

Inaugural “Walk the Talk” scheduled for October 7, 2015

Walk the Talk

MILWAUKEE—August 17, 2015—Creative Alliance Milwaukee (CAM) and Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE), an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), today announced the name of their new combined annual conference: Walk the Talk.  The event takes place Wednesday, October 7, 2015, from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

“To ‘walk the talk’ means to do as you say, to back up what you say with action, to practice what you preach. This conference is a call to all Milwaukeeans to move beyond just talking about the things we want for our community to putting our dreams into action,” said Michael Hostad, executive director of MiKE.

“At CAM, we talk a lot about the importance of collaboration and about the critical link between creativity and innovation,” said CAM president and CEO Maggie Kuhn Jacobus.  “We’re walking our talk by joining forces with MiKE to create this dynamic and fresh approach to the conference experience for Milwaukee and by creating an event that fosters actionable dialogue around the topics of creativity and innovation in our community.”

The theme of this year’s Walk the Talk is the Intersection of Creativity and Innovation and includes keynotes and workshops throughout the Third Ward and Walker’s Point to move attendees from talk to action. Add in an ice cream social, recess and live music, and this is a conference unlike others held in the city. The conference is being experience designed by local firm Translator.

“Walk the Talk is not only a literal description of the connective action that is designed into the day, but a call to action to the community to ‘up our game’ by understanding the crucial intersection of creativity and innovation,” said Translator co-founder Mark Fairbanks regarding the conference name and graphic design. “The look and feel of the graphics is modern and colorful, with the intent to brand the experience similarly to some of the better-known national conferences, such as SXSW.”

What: Walk the Talk inaugural conference

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Multiple venues throughout the Third Ward and Walker’s Point showcasing and inspiring Milwaukee’s creativity and innovation

Who: Keynote speakers, Milwaukee super colliders and thought leaders from the corporate, small business, creative, entrepreneurial, tech, nonprofit, startup and academia communities

Cost: $150/person through August 31; $200/person thereafter. Ticket price includes morning coffee and bakery, lunch, treats and cocktail reception. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Contact for details.

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About the organizers: Creative Alliance Milwaukee exists to drive economic prosperity and connect creative to commerce in order to links leverage, promote and grow the creative industries and foster a culture of innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship throughout Milwaukee. CAM incorporates placemaking and economic development strategies that focus on human capital and attracting and retaining talent across all industries to raise the profile of the value of creatives and the creative skill set to the region’s economy.

Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) is an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MiKE creates and supports programming that convenes corporations, universities and talent networks (entrepreneurs, students, independents) in order to create a collaborative ecosystem and foster the development of an innovative workforce in the greater Milwaukee area.