Event Details

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
7:30 – 10:30 AM
Lakeland University, Younger Family Campus Center

Sheboygan County 2035

This forward-looking annual event focuses on the unique challenges facing Sheboygan County and how the individuals there will live, work and play by 2035. The topics covered will include workforce development and leadership issues, specifically covering training, transportation, economic development, access, and the future of work with both a keynote presentation and roundtable sessions.

Growing an already global community

Sheboygan County is home to world-class hospitality venues and global companies, but to grow and retain both in the coming decades, the county will need a workforce to support its growing economy. Join us June 15 for an opportunity to make progress on these fronts by providing time to step back and look at the long-term picture.

  • Dan Meyer, Publisher/Owner, BizTimes Media
  • Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. (1)
Panel: Sheboygan County’s Affordable Housing Initiatives and Goals for the Coming Decade
  • Don Hammond, SCEDC Board Chair, Executive Vice President, Mersberger Financial Group (2)
  • Chad Pelishek, Director of Planning and Development, City of Sheboygan (3)
  • Sig Strautmanis, Partner, General Capital Group (4)
  • Bob Werner, President, Werner Homes (5)
Moderator: Andrew Weiland, Editor, BizTimes Media (6)


Panel: Innovative Talent Solutions
How can employers and higher education collaborate to create innovative solutions? This session will include representation from two major Sheboygan County industries: manufacturing and tourism.
  • Beth Borgen, President, Lakeland University (7)
  • Christine Loose, Vice President of Lodging & Wellness, Kohler (8)
  • Anne Troka, Community Engagement Manager, Sargento Foods (9)
Moderator: Deidre Martinez, Executive Director, Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce (10)

Breakout Sessions

The panels will be followed by breakout sessions on innovation, workforce health, and removing hurdles to workforce participation.

Top health care trends that will impact your business

Health care is changing. Gain insights into how consumerism, digital health and new models of care delivery will impact your business today and in the future.


  • Mark Behl, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Froedtert Health

The mental health frontier

Join this session to learn about innovative mental health services in our community. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the future of our community’s mental health and brainstorm areas for growth to address the on-going mental health challenges faced by individuals, families, and systems of care.


  • Kate S. Baer, M.A., Executive Director, United Way of Sheboygan County

Childcare challenges and possible solutions

Adequate childcare within the county is one of the major challenges impacting employees and employers in the region.  Join his session to learn about the current state of childcare and the barriers in the childcare industry and possible solutions that could work in Sheboygan County.


  • Gina Covelli, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Sheboygan County
  • Colleen Steinbruecker, Executive Director, Family Connections, Inc.

Innovation – programming supporting start ups

Sheboygan County is known for its generational companies and for innovations in product development. Building from this strong foundation, this panel will talk about the support services and future programming intended to build the next generation of companies and products.


  • Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. (SCEDC)
  • Jamie Schramm, Campus Executive Officer, UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
  • Stephanie Hoskins, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, Jake’s, A Lakeland Community

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