Eyeing the future

New North Summit to feature region’s first Hatch pitch contest

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 :: Don't Miss
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

This year’s New North Summit is designed to be a fast-paced event to provide its 700 attendees with plenty of information they can use right away when returning to their businesses, organizations and communities.

This year’s summit will be held Dec. 5 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay with New North Inc. Executive Director Barb LaMue and New North co-chairs Vicki Updike of New Sage Strategies and Bill Bohn of Associated Bank serving as emcees.

The summit’s theme of “20/20 Vision” comes from the idea that the topics discussed will help guide guests in how the region sees its future, LaMue says.

The morning’s program includes presentations from Gov. Tony Evers and Missy Hughes, the new CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Rebekah Kowalski of Manpower will then present the results of the Talent Assessment study the organization recently conducted. She will share insights on what the region can expect regarding future talent needs and what it is doing to overcome its talent shortage.

The morning’s program also will feature three ED (economic development) talks, which are designed like TED talks but are shorter in length and focus solely on economic development issues. This year’s ED speakers include:

Kim Underhill, group president of Kimberly-Clark North America. In her role, Underhill is responsible for the company’s nearly $8 billion North American personal care and consumer tissue business.

Fred Stephan, president of Flexibles North America for Amcor. He was president of Bemis North America when Amcor purchased the Neenah-based company last May.

David Beurle, a world-renowned expert on community, regional and organizational economic revitalization. Beurle’s work extends from local and regional planning to corporate and governmental levels with a focus on forward thinking and long-term planning.

The event provides plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day and includes updates on the region’s Inspire education program and the Wisconsin Supplier Network, the successor to the Supply Chain Marketplace.

LaMue says the summit’s afternoon will have a different vibe this year with two distinct breakout sessions. Ann Franz, director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, will share the details of the 10th annual Manufacturing Vitality Index in one session, while the other will feature a regional Hatch pitch contest.

During the pitch contest, eight entrepreneurs selected from four regional pitch events will have three to five minutes to make their pitches to a panel of judges. Two entrepreneurs will advance from regional competitions in Marinette, Green Bay, Appleton and Sheboygan during Startup Wisconsin Week, which begins Nov. 11.

New North partnered with the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation on Hatch, which will award $5,000 to the first-place winner and $3,000 to the second-place winner at the summit.

“The more pitch events we have, the better it is for our entrepreneurial ecosystem that we have here in the New North,” says LaMue, who will be overseeing her first summit since taking over for Jerry Murphy, who retired from the role last June.

If you go

New North Summit

Date: Dec. 5

Time: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: KI Convention Center, Green Bay

Register at: newnorthsummit.com