Get Smarter Conference to showcase 50 Ideas in 50 Minutes

Last updated on July 7th, 2019 at 02:45 pm

Conference-240564688-Shutterstock.jpgBizTimes Media will spotlight the expertise of southeastern Wisconsin’s top young business leaders during its 2015 Get Smarter Talent Development Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The annual conference gives the region’s pack of young professionals an opportunity to tap into the insight of successful young leaders and absorb their tokens of career and business advice.

This year’s event, to be held at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, will roll out with rapid-fire presentations comprised of 50 ideas in 50 minutes. The event has evolved from a morning jump starter to an afternoon and evening recharger, running from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Within 50 minutes, attendees will learn about ideas that can advance their companies’ intellectual capital, improve their business operations and performance, and enhance their leadership team.

Behind those ideas are:

*Abby Andrietsch, executive director, Schools That Can Milwaukee
*Rick Barrett, owner, Barrett Lo Visionary Development
*Matt Cordio, founder, Startup Milwaukee, Skills Pipeline and The Commons
*Darienne Driver, Ed.D., superintendent of Schools Milwaukee Public Schools
*Marc Gorelick, COO, Children’s Hospital
*Katie Perhach, Milwaukee office managing partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
*James Phelps, principal in charge, JCP Construction
*Omar Shaikh, co-owner and president, SURG Restaurant Group

Prior to the 50 Ideas in 50 Minutes presentations, a panel of “Rising Stars,” or up-and-coming young professionals, will discuss their career accomplishments and challenges. The panel session, to be moderated by Corry Joe Biddle, executive director of FUEL Milwaukee, will be interactive so that audience members can tailor their questions to what is most relevant for their own career paths.

“Rising Stars” panelists are:

*Amanda Kerkemeyer, executive audit manager, GE
*Jake Suski, senior vice president of communications and broadcast, Milwaukee Bucks
*Heather Turner Loth, project development, Eppstein Uhen Architects
*Dustin Zick, PR senior manager and social media specialist, Cramer-Krasselt

The Get Smarter Conference costs $40 for individuals. For more information on the event or to register to attend, visit

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is located at 1721 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee.

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