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Greater Milwaukee Foundation awards more than $5.4 million in first quarter
July 2, 2015 11:13 AM
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation divvied up more than $5.4 million among area nonprofits and causes during the first quarter of 2015.

Initiatives in the realm of health and human services received the most foundation funding at more than $2.3 million – about 43 percent of all funds distributed.

Other community causes central to the latest funding cycle were:

*Arts and culture, which received more than $1 million in funding
*Education, which received $901,000
*Child, youth and family services, which received $249,000
*Community development initiatives, which received $245,000
*Environmental initiatives, which received $239,000
*Employment and training efforts, which received $132,000
*Other causes, such as religious institutions and disaster relief, which totaled $342,000 in funding

Another $4,000 from the first quarter was marked for the foundation’s Basic Needs Fund, which supports service providers filling basic needs, such as food distribution.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s dollars stem from both donor advised funds and board directed grants. While donor recommended giving accounted for close to $4.3 million of first quarter grants, board directed grants accounted for more than $1.1 million.

“While their interests are varied, donors of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are often motivated to improve life outcomes for people in our community,” Ellen Gilligan, president and chief executive officer of the foundation, said in an announcement. “Whether donors choose specific causes to support or provide the Foundation with nimble resources to address the needs of our time, they can count on us to be a steadfast partner with 100 years’ experience in helping our community thrive.”

The foundation is celebrating its centennial year in 2015. For more information on its community impact initiatives, visit www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org.

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Roundy's launches 'Wisconsin Proud' campaign
July 2, 2015 11:15 AM
Milwaukee-based Roundy's Inc. is launching “Wisconsin Proud,” a new Pick 'n Save promotional campaign to showcase its Wisconsin products and Wisconsin roots.

First opened in Milwaukee in 1975, Pick ’n Save is celebrating 40 years of serving Wisconsin communities. Through its long-standing relationships with farmers, as well as its partnership with the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, Pick ’n Save works with more than 100 local farmers, offering Wisconsin customers locally grown produce.

“We’ve been working with Wisconsin farmers for over 40 years,” said Steve Jarzombek, vice president of produce for Roundy’s. “Being a Wisconsin company, we understand the importance of providing our customers with the highest quality crops and delivering a Wisconsin farm-fresh experience our customers truly appreciate.”

Pick ’n Save kicked off its new campaign with television commercials incorporating local Wisconsin producers and shoppers.

“We wanted to use these ads to highlight our very own Wisconsin farmers, brewers, shoppers and more,” said Don Fitzgerald, group vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer for Roundy’s. “We’re proud of our local suppliers and thankful for the opportunity to share their quality products with our customers.”

The campaign captures Pick ’n Save’s unique and strong Wisconsin ties, brought to life through in-store signage with a focus on local produce and a voice and tone that resonates with Wisconsin shoppers. Pick ’n Save will convert 10 stores by the end of June and continue the conversion process in its Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin area stores through August 2015.

Components of the new campaign include advertisements, billboards, online banners, new in-store signage, social media and new employee uniforms.

Roundy’s has nearly $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 22,000 employees.

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Marquette nursing dean headed to Loyola
July 2, 2015 11:18 AM
Margaret Faut Callahan, Ph.D., will cap her tenure as dean of Marquette University’s College of Nursing in August to move to Loyola University Chicago, where she will become provost for the school’s health science division.

Faut Callahan, who has served Marquette for seven years, has also been interim provost of the university for the past two years. The announcement of her leave fell as Marquette’s new permanent provost, Daniel Myers, Ph.D., took over on Wednesday.

In a press release issued by Marquette on Monday, university president Michael Lovell, Ph.D., credited Faut Callahan for taking the College of Nursing to “a new level of excellence.”

Among the dean’s top accomplishments during her leadership was the successful reaccreditation of the college by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. She also grew the college’s freshman class by 77 percent and rolled out Wisconsin’s first Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Other noteworthy achievements of hers include the completion of the College of Nursing’s fundraising campaign to back the $4 million, 10,000-square-foot Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation and a stronger partnership with the Zablocki VA Medical Center. With the medical center, Faut Callahan helped secure $5 million in funding for a Veterans Administration Nursing Academy Partnership, which allowed for a bigger freshman class and more engagement with the medical center.

“The past seven years at Marquette have been such a gift for me, and I’m truly thankful for the colleagues and students I got to interact with and learn from every day,” Faut Callahan said. “Serving as provost of Loyola University Chicago’s growing health science division will combine my love for health science teaching, practice, research and administration with my passion for Catholic, Jesuit higher education. But it was the opportunity to return home to my undergraduate alma mater, which is right down the street from my family’s home in Oak Brook, Illinois, that made this role a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I could not pass up.”

Faut Callahan will conclude her time at Marquette on Aug. 31. The Jesuit institution plans to appoint an interim dean for the College of Nursing before the start of the fall semester.

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Cover story: A place for peace
July 2, 2015 11:21 AM
The new Sojourner Family Peace Center opens its brand new, 72,000-square-foot facility later this year, it will not only transform Milwaukee's approach to healing survivors of domestic abuse, but it will also push to halt the cycle of violence that travels between generations.

Read more in the cover story of the new issue of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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BizTimes wins national awards for Editorial Excellence
July 2, 2015 11:24 AM
BizTimes Milwaukee won three national awards for Editorial Excellence at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers Summer Conference in Charlotte, N.C., over the weekend.

“The purpose of the Alliance competition is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications,” said Alliance executive director C. James Dowden.

BizTimes Milwaukee magazine, led by graphic artists Shelly Tabor and Alex Schneider, won a silver award for best overall design. Editorial content was produced by executive editor Steve Jagler, managing editor Andrew Weiland, associate editor Molly Dill and reporters Erica Breunlin and Hilary Dickinson. The contest judges from the University of Missouri School of Journalism commented, “The covers have impact and are inviting. Inside, the cover stories are generously presented with visuals and supplements. The packaging is clean and includes informative artwork. Editors exhibit a smart use of color and typography, as portrayed in the front-of-book Leading Edge and its Coffee Break and Political Beat, a strong table of contents, and a variety of pullouts and subheads throughout the issue.”

BizTimes Milwaukee also won a silver award for best front page for a cover story headlined, “Generational turning point for women to get on board,” which chronicled the progress of placing women on corporate boards. The page was designed by Tabor. The judges commented, “The portrait on this cover was well-executed with dramatic studio lighting that emphasizes the woman among men. The red color was used both subtly and in a sophisticated manner to draw the eye around the page. Lots of restraint used with this cover so that it wasn’t overdone or hyperbolic.”

Breunlin won a bronze award for best explanatory journalism for her cover story headlined, “Generational turning point for women to get on board.” The judges commented, “Kudos to the reporter for identifying a historic opportunity to get women onto the boards of more public companies in the state. The article helps shed light on how Wisconsin fits into national trends. Statistics help bolster the story, while experts help show why gender diversity is important.”

Earlier this year, Jagler received a bronze award for Editorial Excellence from the Milwaukee Press Club for best column, and Weiland received a bronze award from the club for best beat coverage.

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UWM to search for new business dean as Smunt steps down
July 2, 2015 11:27 AM
Timothy Smunt, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business, is transitioning out of his leadership role back into a faculty position this summer, UWM announced last week.

Smunt has served as UWM’s business dean for six years and guided the Lubar School through reaccreditation. In his place will step V. Kanti Prasad, who holds an endowed position as Bostrom professor of entrepreneurship and previously led the business school from 2002 to 2009. Prasad will serve as dean while the school conducts a search for permanent leader.

Smunt is credited with helping structure strategic planning processes for the Lubar School during his tenure and also collaborated with faculty to elevate the school’s international standing. Among the highlights of his achievements at the helm was the ranking of the school’s MBA program by Businessweek. The program was ranked for the first time by Businessweek during his leadership and rose in ranking during its second year of recognition by the publication.

Both the MBA program and undergraduate program climbed in the U.S. News & World Report rankings while Smunt headed the school.

Additionally, he helped redevelop the school’s BBA and MBA programs and assisted in creating new online programs as well as a master’s program for students who did not pursue business during their undergraduate careers.

“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved these last six years through the hard work of our faculty and staff and with the support of our alumni and the business community,” Smunt said in a press release. “We’ve continued to build a significant reputation as a major metropolitan business school and, most importantly, a place where students have an exceptional opportunity to learn, grow and gain experience as young business professionals.”

Smunt has also worked to grow corporate partnerships and boost executive engagement with the Lubar School.

“Tim’s efforts in developing and executing a new vision for the School and being instrumental in the school achieving rankings are well appreciated and illustrate the excellent trajectory of the Lubar School,” UWM Provost Johannes Britz said. “I also commend Tim for his work in cultivating relationships with business organizations. The university is greatly appreciative of his service and leadership on behalf of the Lubar School and UWM.”

Smunt is an elected fellow in the Decision Sciences Institute and is a thought leader in operations productivity, health care management, financial analysis of new technology investment, and international operations strategy. He has been part of the UWM Foundation Board of Directors Investment Committee for the past five years.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
July 2, 2015 11:29 AM

“Have you ever enjoyed a chapter of your life in which, as you turn the page, you know in your heart that you've just been living through what you will remember fondly as ‘the good old days?’

“I have been blessed to live through a series of those chapters in my life.”
-Steve Jagler, executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Jagler as he moves on from BizTimes: Thank you.


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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: Fashion Angels partners
July 2, 2015 11:31 AM

Mark Miller, Goldi Miller and Myra Mouloudji – partners of Fashion Angels Enterprises
Address: 306 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee
Websites: www.fashionangels.com and www.stylelabgirl.com
Industry: Tween girl lifestyle products
Employees: 150

How did you conceive the idea for Fashion Angels? What do your product offerings look like today?
Goldi Miller: “Fashion Angels originally began as a collection of beading kits containing beads, wires, clasps and other materials needed to make custom jewelry, which we assembled ourselves in the backroom of our former business, Goldi’s. The success that those first kits demonstrated to us that we were on to something, and we expanded the idea into the Bead Shop. We found that our products were very popular with young girls who enjoyed making one-of-a-kind pieces for themselves and their friends, so we began to explore more trend-based play patterns that girls enjoyed, and Fashion Angels was born. Now some 17 years later, Fashion Angels is one of the most beloved arts and crafts brands among tweens, which is enabling us to expand into a multifaceted tween girl lifestyle brand.”

What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?
Mark Miller: “I think that the smartest thing we’ve done in the past 12 months is to expand our business into a true lifestyle company serving the needs of tween girls in multiple areas of their lives, beyond their creative play time. The addition of our Style.Lab by Fashion Angels line of tween fashion accessories has enabled us to expand our service to our core customer, as well as diversifying our retailer base. We’ve also made some really important additions to our management team, who each bring a wealth of experience to the company and have really driven our expansion.”

What’s new at Fashion Angels?
Goldi Miller: “In our Creative Play division, we have added some really exciting trend-driven products in the Fashion Angels line, such as our It’s My Biz line of tween entrepreneurship kits, as well as the Chox’d line of chalkboard art inspired craft kits that will launch this fall. We will also be introducing a line of craft kits under license with American Girl this fall that will enable girls to make matching crafts for both her and her doll. At the same time, the Style.Lab by Fashion Angels accessories line continues to grow and is being widely embraced by retailers both here in the U.S. and abroad. We plan to bring four distinct seasonal collections to market each year for Style.Lab, which is a lot of hard work but is also really exciting.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
Mark Miller: “We made a number of important capital investments in 2014 for things like state-of-the-art 3D printers, vacuum molding machines, large format printers and a cutting table that have allowed us to really accelerate our product development processes. So this year we are focused on putting additional human resources in place across the organization that will enable us to capitalize on our investments from 2014.”

What has fueled Fashion Angels’ growth?
Myra Mouloudji: “Fashion Angels’ growth has been fueled by our unique understanding of the desires of tween girls, along with our ability to identify the trends that excite them and to quickly bring products to market that they love. We know that tweens want to project the persona of an older girl, a teenager, and our products enable her to do that in a way that parents are totally comfortable with. Now that we have implemented the second step in our tween lifestyle strategy with the addition of our Style.Lab by Fashion Angels accessories line we are seeing dynamic growth across both divisions.”

Why are you headquartered in Milwaukee? What advantages does the city offer your company?
Myra Mouloudji: “Goldi and I grew up here in Milwaukee and we, along with Mark, all attended UW-Madison. Goldi and Mark started the first Goldi’s store on State Street in Madison while they were still students, so Wisconsin and Milwaukee are our home. Given the design-centric industries were operate in, our current location in the Third Ward is really advantageous due to the accessibility to design talent from MIAD and other schools in the area, as well as the overall energy and vibe that comes from being in the city’s fashion district.”

What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?
Mark Miller: “Our main challenge in the next year is going to be to keep up with our growth. We are doing a lot of work on internal systems and processes to ensure that we can effectively and efficiently design, produce and deliver amazing on-trend products against an ever-steepening growth curve, and to do so while maintaining our unique company culture.”

What is the most significant difference you feel you have made in tween girls’ lives? Why do you focus on that demographic?
Myra Mouloudji: “What we strive to do with all of our products is to enable girls to arrive at what we call ‘The Pride Moment,’ which is that moment that she runs up to her mom, dad, grandparent or friend and says, ‘Look at what I’ve made!’ In that moment, she is filled with self-confidence and pride, and we hope that by her feeling that way that it will lead her to wonder what else she is capable of and inspire her to go find out.”  

Do you have a business mantra?
Goldi Miller: “Yes, our mantra is ‘Find Your Wings,’ and that idea is a part of everything we do at Fashion Angels. The tween years are a critical period in a girl’s personal development, so we strive to make products that will help her build self-confidence now that can serve as an emotional vitamin against the slings and arrows that life throws at her as she matures.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
Mark Miller: “Don’t be afraid to fail.”

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Hot Bubbler Books
July 2, 2015 11:33 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “The Aspirational Investor,” by Ashvin Chhabra
2. “Your Strategy Needs a Strategy,” by Martin Reeves, Knut Haanaes and Janmejaya Sinha
3. “The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough
4. “How to Fly a Horse,” by Kevin Ashton
5. “Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully,” by James Cramer

Courtesy of www.800ceoread.com.

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Bubbler Calendar
July 2, 2015 11:34 AM

*Thursday, July 2, the Milwaukee Art Museum will grant free admission to families and individual visitors, thanks to the support of Meijer. Free museum admission is awarded on the first Thursday of each month. Groups are not eligible for the promotion. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. For more information on its exhibits, visit www.mam.org/calendar.

*Thursday, July 2, East Town Association will hold another “Jazz in the Park” concert. The free outdoor music series, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, brings live jazz to Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee. Concerts are held each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with a happy hour scheduled for 5 p.m. This week’s show will feature salsa band Nabori. “Jazz in the Park” runs through Thursday, Sept. 3. For more information on the series, visit www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park/.

*Friday, July 3, Milwaukee will celebrate the Fourth of July with the “U.S. Bank Fireworks at the Lakefront” show. The event, free and open to the public, will be based at Veterans Park along Lake Michigan with fireworks kicking off at 9 p.m. Patrons can also celebrate Independence Day with the Fireworks Kite Festival along the lakefront. The fest will start at 11 a.m. and run through the afternoon. For more information, click here.

*Tuesday, July 7, “Chill on the Hill” will feature live music performed by Painted Caves and Ladies Rock. “Chill on the Hill” is a free weekly music series that brings live music acts to Humboldt Park in Bay View each Tuesday evening. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. The summer series, presented by the Bay View Neighborhood Association, runs through Tuesday, Sept. 1. For more information on the series, visit www.bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill.

*Wednesday, July 8, FUEL Milwaukee will hold a discussion on talent attraction and retention with keynote speaker Debbie Seeger, of Brookfield-based Patina Solutions. The event, themed “Shift Happens in the Workplace,” will explore strategies and solutions companies can employ to build and keep top talent. Seeger will also address how employees of different generations can collaborate to optimize their company’s performance. The event will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Street in Milwaukee. The event, which is being presented by FUEL’s Talent Attraction & Retention Council, is free for FUEL members and costs $10 for non-members. A light breakfast and networking will be included. For more information or to register, visit www.fuelmilwaukee.org/events.

*Thursday, July 9, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host a “Tech Trends Lunch & Learn.” During the event, attendees will learn about the necessity of backing up computers and how to do so. The event will include a light lunch and will run from 11:30 .m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce office, located at 17100 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 202, in Brookfield. Admission is free for chamber members and costs $15 for non-members. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, click here.

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BizTimes Around Town: Celebration of Giving
July 2, 2015 11:37 AM
The Waukesha Community Foundation recently hosted its 15th annual Celebration of Giving reception at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield. At the event, Bryce Styza and Peter Lettenberger were honored with the Celebration of Giving Award for their philanthropic vision and leadership in Waukesha County.

Check out event photos in BizTimes Media’s Around Town gallery.

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Erica Breunlin BizTimes Bubbler Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Thursday morning. Send news tips to erica.breunlin@biztimes.com or call her at (414) 336-7121.


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