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New North Summit to focus on technology, talent

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 :: New North
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Anyone who’s attended a New North Summit is familiar with the premier networking opportunities it provides.

Themed “Net-Work,” the first part of the name plays on the idea of networking as well as the internet and the integral part those tools play in business. “Work” refers to the quest for talent.

The summit, slated for Dec. 6, moves to a new venue — the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Lorissa Bañuelos, director of marketing and investor relations at New North Inc., says Appleton provides an ideal central location for the annual event.

“People are really excited about this exhibition center in Appleton, and it’s almost like a reveal of the exhibition center that will help us get exposure for our cause as well,” she says.

The all-day event caters to economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, educational and community leaders and human resource specialists. It typically draws around 700 attendees, with a goal this year of bringing in 800 to 900.

The event’s popular ED Talks set it apart, says Jerry Murphy, executive director of New North Inc. Inspired by TED Talks, these dynamic, 15-minute presentations feature three prominent speakers who will focus on talent, innovation and education.

The governor or governor-to-be will be invited to deliver the first ED Talk. Other speakers interspersed throughout the day include Mary Goggans, president of Encapsys; Michelle Schuler, manager of TechSpark Wisconsin for Microsoft; and a yet-to-be named third speaker.

Goggans will speak on the topic of talent. “Many companies in our region are working on programs to bring in top technical talent to our state, including New North with their successful programs,” she says. “I want to share our experience and the opportunity we can have to keep top talent from leaving the state after college.”

Schuler will focus on business development and the importance of collaboration. It was recently announced she will work out of the TitletownTech building in her work of overseeing the Wisconsin part of Microsoft’s digital initiative program.

The Green Bay Packers also will play a prominent role in the day, Bañuelos says. It will celebrate the legendary team’s 100-year anniversary and recognize the important role it’s played in Northeast Wisconsin.

“Not only are they just a huge attraction to the area, they also have given back a lot to our economic development,” Bañuelos says.

Each year, the summit highlights prominent business development projects, educational initiatives and recruiting efforts. Projects in the spotlight will include TitletownTech, Foxconn’s investment in Green Bay, and SECURA, Oshkosh Corp. and Green Bay Packaging, which all are building new facilities.

On the education front, the event will recognize the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and its flurry of new projects and programs. The school recently broke ground on its Richard J. Resch School of Engineering and STEM Center, and it launched an Impact MBA program that’s designed to prepare experienced working professionals to lead organizations through an era of accelerating technology.

It also will highlight a partnership between Fox Valley Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College. The two schools used a Fast Forward grant to collaborate in offering boot camp programs in welding and CNC machining.

Finally, the day includes three breakout sessions focused on talent retention efforts in key industries and embracing diversity in the talent pool. Advancing AI Wisconsin and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, which presented last year, will be back. The organization Northeast Wisconsin Consortium of Adult Education will bring a panel of C-suite executives to discuss key ingredients for organizational success.


If you go

When: Thursday, Dec. 6

Where: Fox Cities Exhibition Center

To register or learn more:

Meet the ED Talk speakers

Mary Goggans is president of Encapsys, LLC, a global innovator and manufacturer of encapsulated products. She previously served as vice president and general manager of the Encapsys division of Appvion, a specialty papermaker, following a 25-year career in leadership at Kimberly-Clark Corp. Goggans received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983.

Michelle Schuler is manager of TechSpark Wisconsin at Microsoft, a position she began last July. She leads this multidisciplined technology initiative focused on the impact of technology disruptions, while also helping Microsoft to learn more about the New North region. Schuler is co-founder and outgoing president of Women in Technology Wisconsin, a startup organization with the goal to attract, grow and retain women in technology. She previously held business-development roles with Excelion Partners and SRC Technologies. Schuler received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1996.

Stay tuned for a third to-be-named speaker.