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Mark Hogan Highlights WEDC Parntership at GMC Event

Published April 26, 2017
Milwaukee Independent

The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) held its membership meeting, with a focus on the Scale Up program and regional jobs creation, at the University Club on April 10.

Leaders from local corporations and nonprofits attended the April event in support of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s work and for a progress update. During the meeting it was announced that the GMC program Scale Up Milwaukee had created almost 500 jobs since it began.

“Altogether 57 companies have graduated from the six-month Scalerator program over the last three years,” said Julia Taylor, President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. “In partnership with WEDC, the Scalerator program was launched in 2013 to help local and regional companies grow. WEDC’s leadership and direct guidance has helped this initiative become successful.”

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Sales tax discussion morphs to broader issue

Published March 3, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

What started in late January as a call by downtown Milwaukee business executives for a new local sales tax in Milwaukee to support arts and cultural institutions may be morphing into a push to address the broader but less glitzy issue of how the state provides financial aid to municipalities.

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Capacity crowd, special beer part of 40 Under 40 awards event: Slideshow

Published February 22, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

It was quite a night at The Pfister Hotel Tuesday as more than 700 people packed the grand ballroom to celebrate the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 award winners. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the fun event that honored the Milwaukee area’s up-and-coming young professionals.

It was one of the largest crowds in the history of the program, which is celebrating its 25th years of recognizing Milwaukee’s young professionals. Each guest got a vuvuzela-type horn to help honor the winners and they put them to good use as the rowdy crowd made lots of noise as each winner came to the stage to receive their award.

For the second straight year, we inducted four of our past winners into the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. They were Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor, Milwaukee real estate attorney Bruce Block, Quad/Graphics Inc. chairman Joel Quadracci and acclaimed broadcast journalist Eric Von, who passed away in September 2016.

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Business, community leaders debate how to fund convention center expansion: Slideshow

Published February 27, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

If there was one thing that was clear from the Milwaukee Business Journal’s recent Flash Forum on the possibility of enacting a sales tax to fund a convention center expansion in Milwaukee, it was that it will not be easy. Check out the attached slideshow to see who attended the important discussion.

“There is no doubt that this will be a tough task, but it is important to the future of our community,” said Omar Shaikh, chair of Visit Milwaukee and co-owner of SURG Restaurant Group.

Shaikh was joined on the panel by Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corp., Greater Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor and State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee). The panel was following up on a spirited discussion at a Business Journal Downtown CEO Roundtable Jan. 26 where prominent real estate, restaurant and hotel executives joined the call for such a local sales tax of between 0.5 percent and 2 percent.

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Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance Announced

Press Release: Milwaukee Women Inc. and Greater Milwaukee Committee

Jackie Mortenson: or at 262-389-7627
Phill Trewyn: 414-390-5500 or 414-719-2650

2017 winners are Susan J. Schmitt, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Rockwell Automation, and Aurora Healthcare, receive GMC Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance.








The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), awarded the fifth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance on Monday, February 13 at the GMC annual meeting. In a departure from prior years, two awardees were recognized: an individual and an organization. Susan J. Schmitt, SVP of Human Resources at Rockwell Corporation, and Aurora Healthcare each received the eponymous distinction.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity in their corporate structure resulting in increased gender diversity in leadership and on corporate boards in the Milwaukee Region. Past winners include Mary Ellen Stanek with Baird, Jeff Joerres of Manpower Group, and Gale Klappa, CEO of WEC Energy Group, and Northwestern Mutual Life.

Susan Schmitt’s nominator noted that her “vision helped create an internal structure for Diversity & Inclusion that places the ownership and accountability in the business and engages senior leaders not only as sponsors, but as participants and change agents in this work.” Schmitt’s initiative helped increase the gender diversity of women executives and directors by more than 65%.

Aurora Healthcare, the largest private employer in Wisconsin, has worked to address the significant healthcare disparities in diverse communities, invested in creating a pipeline of diverse talent, and was one of the first systems in the region to join the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge as a bold step to eliminate health care disparities. This group is focused on increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data, increasing cultural competency training and increasing diversity in leadership and governance.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee comprises 200 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 Ted Kellner, the GMC creates new ideas and implements solutions in innovation and talent, economic prosperity and vibrancy of place. For more information, please visit

Milwaukee Women inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving balanced representation of women on boards of directors to maximize the performance of Wisconsin businesses. The group carries out annual research and produces an annual report on the gender diversity of the boards and C-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest public and private 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


For more information, please contact Jackie Mortenson: or at 262-389-7627.