Past speakers for the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition include:

The Future of Higher Education with Presidents John Swallow and Jay Rothman

President John Swallow sat down with UW System President Jay Rothman for a Fireside chat discussing the future of higher education. These transformative leaders discussed how higher education will build the workforce of the future, and what innovations will be part of the solution for Southeastern Wisconsin’s economic development. The conversation was moderated by WGTD Morning Show host and Carthage faculty member Greg Berg. 

Apr 18, 2024

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Business for a Better World: A panel discussion with Wisconsin B-Corp Leaders

B-corporations are a collective of corporations committed to shaking up shareholder primacy. The owner-founders of these three mission-driven corporations spoke about how they believe they can make a difference while also making a profit.

Feb 29, 2024

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Smart Urban Development Roundtable 

With noted regenerative infrastructure architect Tim Duggan as keynote, this roundtable program spurred close, collaborative conversations between Carthage faculty and Kenosha professionals on topics related to urban ecosystems, smart infrastructure, equitable urban development, and building talent and community within Kenosha.

Nov 9, 2023

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Building for the Future: Ascent Milwaukee with Engineer Jordan Komp

Engineer Jordan Komp of Thornton Tomasetti discussed the challenges and marvels of building the world’s tallest mass-timber building, the 25-story Ascent Tower in Milwaukee, WI. 

Oct 5, 2023

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“Caring for the Community: Creating a Culture of Mental Health”

Moderator Kelly Smith, and panelists John Huggett, Vice President of Central Operations for the Boldt Company, Kari Foss, Behavioral Health Manager for Kenosha County, and Linda Wohlgemuth, Senior Vice President and COO of Froedtert South, discussed the mental health crisis and employer-driven responses to ensure the well-being of students, employees, and the community as a whole. 

Feb. 15, 2023
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Travis Hessman
Vice President of Content, Endeavor Media
Oct. 27, 2022
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Trust and Demand Panel discussion, featuring:
Steven Bauer, senior vice president at Haribo; Glenn Quaiver, vice president of distribution for ULINE; Patrick Simmons, vice president of transportation for Tyson Food; and Professor Doug Voss, professor of logistics and supply chain management at the University of Central Arkansas 
May 5, 2022
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Rosario Marin
41st Treasurer of the United States
Feb 23, 2022
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Raven Jemison
Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Milwaukee Bucks
Nov. 9, 2021
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Catherine Jacobson
President and CEO, Froedtert Health
March 30, 2021
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Daymond John
Co-star of ABC’s “Shark Tank, two-time New York Times best-selling author, brand expert, founder and CEO of FUBU, and presidential ambassador of global entrepreneurship
Feb. 9, 2021

Randall Tucker
Chief Inclusion Officer at Mastercard
March 14, 2019
Read more about Mr. Tucker’s visit on the Kenosha News’ website 
See photos from Mr. Tucker’s visit on our Flickr 

James and Deborah Fallows
Best-selling authors of “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America”
Feb. 18, 2019
See photos from the Fallows’ visit on our Flickr 

Governor John Baldacci
Maine Governor and U.S. Congressman
Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2018
See photos from Gov. Baldacci’s visit on our Flickr 

Alex Lasry
Milwaukee Bucks Vice President of Strategy and Operations
Sept. 30, 2015

Thomas Martinez
Vice President of Sales Operations at Zenefits
May 4, 2015

Michael McCrea
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology/Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Feb. 11, 2015

Jeffrey Ball
Writer, scholar-in-residence at Stanford University
Oct. 29, 2014

Bryant Ambelang
President and CEO of NatureSweet, Ltd.
April 8, 2014

Lester Munson
ESPN legal affairs reporter
March 12, 2014

Lisa Carlson ’84 and Steve Hopp
Benefits executives at Gallagher Benefit Services
Dec. 11, 2013

Richard Halloran and Fumiko Mori Halloran
Writers, journalists, and East Asian policy experts
Oct. 23, 2013

Scott Lang
Chairman, president and CEO of Silver Spring Networks
Sept. 30, 2013

Christopher A. Ruud
Vice President of Global LED Adoption at Cree, Inc.
June 13, 2013

Wendy DuBoe
President and Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
April 11, 2013

Gregory S. Woodward
President of Carthage College
March 20, 2013

Hoyt Harper II ’77
Senior Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts
April 11, 2012

F. Gregory Campbell
21st President of Carthage College
Feb. 9, 2012

Pat Hughes
“Voice of the Cubs”
Jan. 17, 2012

Stephen Balch
Founder and chairman of the National Association of Scholars
Nov. 16, 2011

Mike Leonard
Veteran feature correspondent for NBC-TV
Oct. 27, 2011

Edward Michael
Executive vice president at Abbott Laboratories
July 18, 2011

Anthony Alofsin
Frank Lloyd Wright expert
April 13, 2011

Nicholas Pinchuk
CEO, Snap-on Incorporated
March 15, 2011

Duane R. Kullberg
Retired Managing Partner and CEO, Arthur Andersen & Co.
March 3, 2011

John McDonough
President of the Chicago Blackhawks
Sept. 15, 2010

Col. Donald D. Woolfolk
Deputy Director of Intelligence, Navy Special Warfare Command
Nov. 10, 2010

Sumner Slichter
Policy Director, Office of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Washington, DC

Antonio Perez
President and CEO, Talgo America, Inc.

Eileen Mackevich
Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Tim Sullivan
President and CEO, Bucyrus, Inc.

Christopher Begley
Chairman and CEO, Hospira, Inc.

Gale Klappa
President and CEO, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Lovie Smith
Head Coach, Chicago Bears

Charles A. Bowsher
Former Comptroller General of the United States

The Honorable Clayton Yeutter
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Karl Ostby
Chairman, S.E. Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority
Philip C. Evenson
Executive Director, S.E. Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Roch Lambert
Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Recreational Products

Art Linkletter

Rear Adm. Ann E. Rondeau
Commander, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, U.S. Navy

James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress

Carl Lewis
Olympic Gold Medalist

Roland Hemond
Executive Advisor to the General Manager, Chicago White Sox

Daniel J. Travanti

Samuel C. Johnson
Chairman Emeritus, SC Johnson

David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Former Governor, State of Wisconsin

Sergei N. Khrushchev
Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Bill Broydrick
Broydrick & Associates

David R. Duerson
President/CEO/Majority Partner, Fair Oaks Farms, LLC

Arthur I. Cyr
A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business, and Director of the Program in International Political Economy, Carthage

Siva Yam
President, U.S. - China Chamber of Commerce

Congressman Paul Ryan
First Congressional District, Wisconsin

Michael H. Moskow
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jeff Nowak
Executive Editor/Vice President, Special Interest Magazines, Reiman Publications

The Honorable Diane S. Sykes
Judge, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Allan H. “Bud” Selig
Commissioner, Major League Baseball

Janet Hale
Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Frank Busalacchi
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Bruce Dumont
Founder and CEO, The Museum of Broadcast Communications

Andy MacPhail
President/Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Cubs

William Schneider
Senior Political Analyst, Cable News Network

Michael Hodge, MBE
British Consul General, Chicago

Ellen M. Gardner
President, Ameritech Wisconsin

William E. La Macchia
President and CEO, The Mark Travel Corporation

Robert A. Cornog
Chairman, President and CEO, Snap-on Incorporated

Alan R. Blatecky ’68
Vice President of Information Technologies, MCNC

The Honorable James R. Klauser
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Administration and Special Counsel to the Governor

Michael J. Powers ’63
Vice-Chairman for Professional and Organizational Development, Ernst & Young LLP

Pat Richter
Director of Athletics, UW-Madison

Richard Abdoo
Chairman, President and CEO, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Jean-Pierre Rosso
President and CEO, Case Corporation

Robert Michael
Economist, University of Chicago

Audrey Freedman
Audrey Freedman & Associates

A. W. Tom Clausen ’44
Retired Chairman and CEO, BankAmerica Corporation