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BizTimes MKE: Milwaukee Business Insights

The BizTimes MKE podcast, powered by BizTimes Media, is designed to keep you informed and provide ideas and strategies to help improve your business. Each episode features thought-provoking insights and best practices from business and community leaders.

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Michael Sheppard: Driving diversity in financial services│Ep. 23

Michael Sheppard, managing partner at IronwoodDrive Financial Group, uses diversity as a differentiator in an industry that has been slow to reflect the changing demographics of consumers. Michael encourages his financial advisors to embrace their differences and be their authentic selves in order to establish trust with clients - which is the key to success.In partnership with The Brimful Life


24 Feb 2020

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Steve Glickman - The opportunity created by Opportunity Zones│Ep. 15

Steve Glickman is the co-founder and former CEO of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a bipartisan research and policy organization in Washington, D.C. focused on addressing economic inequality through the creation of a new marketplace for private equity investments in distressed communities. In a recent presentation to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Glickman discussed the successes and challenges of the first two years of the Opportunity Zone program in the U.S – as well as best practices for investing in a fund. See his slide presentation here.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


6 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Lyle Landowski - Keeping culture as a differentiator amidst change and growth│Ep. #13

Lyle Landowski, partner and COO at Colliers International, discusses how investing in people brings fulfillment to his profession and his approach for building a culture at Colliers today and in the future. In Partnership with Beth Ridley and The Brimful Life


16 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Kimberly Kane - Creating the type of company you’d love to work for │ Ep. 16

Kimberly Kane, president and CEO of Kane Communications Group, started Kane Communications with a goal of being a different kind of company and a different kind of leader. With a focus on client outcomes, employee growth and development as well as diversity and inclusion, Kane Communications is the type of company you’d love to work for and work with.A partnership with The Brimful Life.


13 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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David Riemer: Strengthening broad-based economic security with a New Deal 3.0│Ep. #17

David Riemer, senior fellow at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, discussed his new book "Putting Government in its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0" during a recent Rotary Club of Milwaukee program. Riemer makes the case that the New Deal model has sputtered since the 1970s in the face of international competition and disruptive technology. He argues for strengthening broad-based economic security programs and bolstering market regulation while also eliminating means-tested welfare programs and market-manipulating subsidies. A partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


20 Jan 2020

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John Austin: Why the Midwest is missing out on venture capital│Ep. 26

John Austin, a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, talks about his recent report: “As the venture capital game gets bigger, the Midwest keeps missing out.” According to the report, those working to accelerate economic growth in the Heartland must face some stark realities. The Great Lakes region continues to export wealth to coastal economies, even as investment leaders try to equalize growth between the coasts and the Heartland. The region sees only a tiny fraction of venture capital (VC) deals, despite producing one quarter to one third of the nation’s research and development, new patents, and top talent. Great Lakes VC funds are currently seen as too small or too unknown for investors—at a time when VC is funding fewer firms with bigger exits.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


16 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Amanda Baltz - The secret to being fabulous at work and home│Ep. #14

Amanda Baltz is an entrepreneur, business leader, mom of five and CEO of Spaulding Medical. She finds harmony between her personal and professional lives and the energy to pour into her work and home families by focusing on herself first.A partnership with The Brimful Life.


30 Dec 2019

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Charlie Hawks, Henry Sanders, and Ben Selig - Lessons from motoring stupidity on a global scale│Ep. #11

Rotarian Richie Burke, president and founder of GGMM and The GoGedders Podcast, interviewed three Shorewood guys, Charlie Hawks, Henry Sanders, and Ben Selig, about their experience completing the grueling Mongol Rally. The trio drove nearly 14,000 miles in a 2002 Suzuki.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


9 Dec 2019

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BizTimes Economic Trends Panel Q&A│Ep. 19

In addition to speaker presentations, the 2020 BizTimes Economic Trends Conference featured a panel discussion featuring Michael Knetter, economist and president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, John Kissinger, president and CEO of GRAEF-USA Inc., Austin Ramirez, president and CEO of Husco International, and Jack Salzwedel, CEO of American Family Insurance. Event sponsors included Annex Wealth Management, BMO Harris Bank and SVA along with supporting sponsors Bridgewood Advisors and Vistage. 


31 Jan 2020

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Jordan Pintar and Katie Mullen - Grooming the next generation of fearless women leaders | Ep. #10

 Jordan Pintar and Katie Mullen, co-founders of BlackPaint Studios (art and design studio), discuss the journey that brought them to start their own company after becoming disillusioned with the “mad men” culture at their corporate jobs. They also share how they foster a diverse and inclusive culture in their own company as well as advice they would give young women starting out in their careers.In Partnership with Beth Ridley and The Brimful Life


2 Dec 2019

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Sara Walker: From 'Procrastinate and Flourish' to 'We're in a Good Place'│Ep. 22

Procrastinate and Flourish!  This was a favorite saying of former Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volcker.  Using his career as a reference point, Sara Walker of BMO Wealth Management discussed the changing role of global central banks and the expectations and limitations they face.  This backdrop created the foundation for an economic and capital markets review and outlook.  Consumer activity was under the magnifying glass in an effort to separate noise from outcomes as we begin 2020.   All of this was designed to help inform business decisions and personal investment decisions as well as answer any questions audience members had.In partnership with The Rotary Club of Milwaukee. 


17 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Tina Jones of Girls on the Run: Taking on challenges one mile at a time│Ep. 21

Tina Jones has been executive director of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin since 2012. On this episode she and Girls on the Run ambassador Lyrique Jackson join host Beth Ridley of The Brimful Life to talk about the organization, lessons learned from running and the upcoming Sneaker Soiree. Jones also discusses how she’s learned to take things as they come and Jackson shares how Girls on the Run has helped her deal with getting angry quickly. In partnership with The Brimful Life.


10 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Darcy Winslow - Creating change in complex systems│Ep. #12

Darcy Winslow spent 21 years working at Nike, holding several executive positions, and most notably leading four complex systemic change initiatives within and extending well beyond Nike. She is a prominent leader in sustainability and has worked in all sectors of society, assisting organizations to deeply integrate these principles.Darcy co-founded the Academy for Systems Change in 2010 and has had the honor of leading this organization since 2011. The heart of the Academy’s work is to contribute to and grow the emerging field of Awareness Based Systems Change, working with committed leaders around the world, and most recently with a heightened focus on climate change.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


16 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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James Hedrick: Developments in 3D printing│Ep. 24

James Hedrick, co-founder and CEO of Azul 3d, was recently named to the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 in the Manufacturing and Industry category. During a recent Rotary Club of Milwaukee presentation, he talked about the surge of developments in 3D printing and what it means—tailored for a lay audience.  This was a joint program with the Kellogg and Harvard Business School alums.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee.


2 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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John Franke: A non-partisan guide to impeachment │Ep. 20

Is it possible to have a non-partisan discussion about impeachment?   Former Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John Franke believes the answer is “yes,” and started the New Year by giving Rotarians a look at the ultimate check and balance given to us by our Constitution.  The President cannot fire Congress; why is it that Congress has the power to send the President packing?  In what ways is an impeachment quite different than a criminal proceeding?  What should we expect of our elected representatives in what has been a highly partisan process?  Franke offers a non-partisan discussion about the history and development of our impeachment procedures and consider why an impeachment need not so divide us.In partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee


3 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Faye Wetzel: Entrepreneurs should make panic their friend │ Ep. 18

Beth Ridley interviews entrepreneur extraordinaire, Faye Wetzel, founder and owners of Faye's contemporary women's fashion boutiques in Mequon and Brookfield. Faye attributes her success as an entrepreneur in the ever changing retail industry to staying curios, leading with purpose and strong values and making panic her friend.In partnership with The Brimful Life.


27 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Ian Abston: ‘Getting new things done in Milwaukee is really hard’│Ep. 32

Ian Abston, co-founder of Light the Hoan, talks with Beth Ridley of The Brimful Life about his work to raise funds to illuminate Milwaukee's iconic bridge. He discusses the challenges of raising money in the city, how he and Light the Hoan co-founder Michael Hostad kept the faith in their vision, and advice for the next person with a big idea in the city.A partnership with The Brimful Life.


11 May 2020

Rank #17

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Dr. Tiffany Mullen: Bringing humanity back to health care│Ep. 29

Beth Ridley talks with Dr. Tiffany Mullen, co-founder of Vytal Health, a company that provides functional and integrative medical consultations and services online.One could argue that the healthcare industry is a great example of what goes wrong when leaders don’t put people first. Healthcare costs continue to rise, but our overall health and quality of experience with healthcare providers isn’t improving.Driven from her own experience as a patient living with a chronic medical condition, Dr. Mullen is working to bring humanity back to healthcare to improve our overall health and wellbeing and our experience with healthcare among patients and physicians as well.In partnership with The Brimful Life.


6 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Christine Specht: Put work down and just think│Ep. 28

Serving others, connecting work with purpose and meaning, staying grounded and striving for better are some of the values Christine brings to life at Cousins. Christine makes leading with such optimism look easy, but she shares that she’s really intentional about developing these positive leadership competencies. One of Christine’s tips for being a successful leader is to walk away from the laptop, put the work down and just think. That and occasionally blasting some '80s hair band music in the car, keeps Christine motivated to be her best.A partnership with The Brimful Life.


23 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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2020 BizTimes M&A Forum: Lessons in culture, trust and buying and selling businesses│Ep. 27

The 2020 BizTimes M&A Forum featured a panel discussion with Andrea Bukacek, CEO of Bukacek Construction, Sharad Chadha, CEO of Sprecher Brewing, Paul Grunau, chief learning officer at APi Group, and Ryan Martin, CEO of Midwest Composite Technologies. Panelists shared lessons learned from their own M&A journeys, including the importance of trust in a deal and financing coming together, the role culture plays in success after a transaction, and some of the tough decisions buyers and sellers have to make as a deal comes together. The panel was moderated by Ann Hanna, managing director and owner of Taureau Group, an event sponsor. Other sponsors included Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. and Old National Bank.


19 Mar 2020

Rank #20