New North Summit features three global business leaders

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
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Three global business leaders with ties to Northeast Wisconsin highlight the program for the 16th annual New North Summit, set for Dec. 5, at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

Speakers Kim Underhill of Kimberly-Clark North America, Fred Stephan of Amcor and David Beurle of Future iQ will follow the popular “ED Talk” format, the New North’s version of TED Talks, focusing on economic development themes from the perspective of business leaders. The speakers engage the audience through a storytelling format to expose them to new ideas.

“We are excited to share the global perspectives of Kim, Fred and David with summit attendees,” says Barb LaMue, executive director of New North Inc. “They bring an understanding of the impact that industry-led initiatives can have at the regional level.”

Underhill is group president of Kimberly-Clark North America, a position in which she is responsible for the company’s nearly $8 billion North American Personal Care and Consumer Tissue businesses. Since joining Kimberly-Clark in 1988, she has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in research and engineering, supply chain and marketing.

Stephan is president of flexibles North America for Amcor, a global leader in the development and production of responsible packaging for industries including food/beverage, pharmaceutical, medical and home- and personal-care products. He previously was president of Bemis North America until its acquisition by Amcor in May 2019.

Beurle is the CEO of Future iQ, a research and consulting company that specializes in foresight and scenario-based strategic planning by helping clients to connect emerging macro trends with their local issues and concerns. He is a world-renowned expert on community, regional and organizational economic revitalization.

The summit also features a new Regional Pitch event by pre-selected entrepreneurs who have advanced through local events across the region. It also will include updates on various development projects across the region in collaboration with local partners, talent and business development videos, presentation of workplace excellence awards, the sharing of regional success stories and networking. A special presentation by ManpowerGroup and an afternoon breakout session with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance additionally are part of the lineup.

Register online for the New North Summit at The registration fee is $90, increasing to $100 at the door on the day of the event. Student tickets are available for $15.