Waukesha 2035

This innovative event focuses on the unique challenges facing Waukesha 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.

Competing in a New Era of Innovation

On April 26th author Greg Satell shared his insights on how the new era of innovation is transforming connections and interactions with customers, partners, vendors and employees.

Greg is a popular author, speaker, and trusted adviser whose new book, Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change, will be published by McGraw-Hill in April, 2019. His previous effort, Mapping Innovation, was selected as one of the best business books of 2017.

As an accomplished entrepreneur, executive and one of the foremost experts on innovation today, Greg speaks to audiences around the world and works with leading organizations to better compete in today’s disruptive marketplace. He was recently named by Innovation Excellence as #2 on its global list of “Top 40 Innovation Bloggers” and by IDG as one of “10 Digital Transformation Influencers to Follow Today”.

(click to download Greg’s slides)

 Watch Greg’s presentation

Following the keynote presentation, local CEOs discussed how technology and innovation are changing their business and what they are doing now to stay relevant for the next two decades.


W. Kent Lorenz, Retired Chairman, CEO – Acieta LLC
Topic: IoT Technology trends for manufacturers
(click to download Kent’s slides)

John C. Hill, Jr. (“Jay”), CTO and COO, Imaging, GE Healthcare
Topic: Cutting Edge: Staying competitive in the ever-changing world of health care
(click to download Jay’s slides)

Following the presentations, it was time to roll up your sleeves as the program continued with 11 unique roundtable discussions. Attendees were able to participate in any three discussions. Each table was led by an expert discussion leader.

Investing in Leadership
Roundtable Session Leader: Mervyn Byrd, Vice President, Sales & Leadership Development – Waukesha County Business Alliance

Creating Work Environments that Support Strong Cultures
Roundtable Session Leader: Matt Rinka, Partner – RINKA

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Rise of Digital Ecosystems
Roundtable Session Leader: Todd McLees, Founder, Managing Partner – Pendio Group

Economic Development – Planning for 2035
Roundtable Session Leader: Suzanne Kelley, President and CEO – Waukesha County Business Alliance

IoT Technology Trends for Manufacturers
Roundtable Session Leader: W. Kent Lorenz, Retired Chairman, CEO – Acieta LLC

Rethinking Agility for a Post Digital Age
Roundtable Session Leader: Greg Satell, Author: Cascades & Mapping Innovation, Contributor: Harvard Business Review & Inc – Publisher: DigitalTonto.com

Talent Attraction Trends & Tools
Roundtable Session Leader: Tricia Braun, COO – WEDC

The Future of Housing In and Around Waukesha County
Roundtable Session Leader: David Belman, President – Belman Homes

Three Retirement Questions You Should Ask
Roundtable Session Leader: Deanne Phillips, Director of Client Learning and Development – Annex Wealth Management

Upskilling your Workforce for a Competitive Advantage
Roundtable Session Leaders: Phyllis King, Vice Provost – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Stephen Schmid, Interim Dean – UWM College of General Studies

Waukesha County Transportation Infrastructure
Roundtable Session Leader: Allison Bussler, Director of Public Works – Waukesha County

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Event Details

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • The Ingleside Hotel

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