Last call for Get Smarter Conference registrations

BizTimes is accepting last-minute registrations from employers to attend the fifth annual Get Smarter Conference, which will focus on how companies can use apprenticeships, internships and mentorships to develop their future workforce and become more productive.


The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. The conference is presented with the premise that a smarter Milwaukee is a better Milwaukee, with smarter employees and more profitable companies.

The first session of panelists will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m., and the second panel discussion will be held from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

The panelists for the first session of the conference will be:

* Megan Anderson, assistant director of the internship program at Alverno College and president of the Milwaukee Area College Internship Consortium (MACIC).
* Nicole Langley, market vice president of Wisconsin and northern Illinois for ManpowerGroup.
* Reggie Newson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
* Sister Joel Read, former president of Alverno College and a renowned mentor.
* Will Ruch, president and chief executive officer of Versant.
* Peter Holbrook, Ph.D., dean of the Cardinal Stritch University College of Business and Management.

The second panelist participants, who will focus on best practices for employers, will be:

* Sara Reed, first vice president and  talent development manager, Robert W.Baird & Co. Inc.
* Wade Krogwold, campus and community recruiting manager,  Direct Supply.
* Jenna Newhouse, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business, senior account manager intern, Direct Supply.
* Ilya V. Avdeev, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, founder of the UWM Student Startup Challenge (SSC) and director of Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory (AMDL) at UWM.
* Stephanie Borowski, president, GPS Education Partners.
* Ken Mahuta, owner, Mahuta Tool Corp.

The 2013 BizTimes Get Smarter Conference is sponsored by Cardinal Stritch University and UWM. To register to attend, visit

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