When working on Insight cover stories, you sometimes glean some interesting info or tidbit about an organization’s CEO either during the interview or photo shoot. Sometimes the information is trivial, but other times what you pick up says a lot about the subject. While talking with Secura President and CEO Dave Gross for this month’s cover story, he mentioned the company’s commitment to United Way, and another person in the room said, “Tell her about the cookies.”
A cookie lover myself, the comment caught my attention. I quickly learned that during Secura’s internal United Way campaign, Gross bakes 1,000 cookies that he brings to work and sells for $1 each to benefit the United Way. (I’m told they go very fast.) While he loves baking, Gross says the tradition is rooted in his role as a servant leader. That leadership style drives him and the rest of Secura’s leadership team in their focus on employee wellness and living balanced lives.
Gross has a genuine way about him that came through in his response about his favorite part of the insurer’s new nearly $100 million headquarters in Fox Crossing — the ability to once again have all of Secura’s local employees under one roof. To read more about Secura’s focus on employee wellness and its continued growth, please check out my cover story beginning on page 22.
The arts and economic development aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence, but in this month’s Insight Insider, Jessica Thiel explains there’s a deep connection between the two. Underscoring that, a study reported earlier this year that Wisconsin’s creative industries deliver an annual economic benefit of $9.7 billion. To learn more, turn to her story starting on page 30.
A few weeks ago at the Women’s Leadership Conference, we announced the creation of the Insight Women of Influence Awards. The awards provide an opportunity to honor those making a difference in the New North region. The winners will be honored at a luncheon on March 31 at Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah. To make the event a success, we need your help: Please go to insightonbusiness.com/events/women to nominate someone who has made a difference in your life, at your business or in your community. Nominations are due Dec. 12. I am excited to read the stories of these difference makers and share them in a special section in our April issue.
Annual New North Summit
The New North Summit is the region’s largest economic development event with more than 700 attendees who gather to learn about the latest initiatives, including those in economic development and attracting and retaining talent. This year’s event also features a Hatch pitch event in the afternoon where eight entrepreneurs will compete for cash prizes to make their business ideas a reality. The New North Summit will be held Dec. 5 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Visit newnorthsummit.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Oshkosh Business Expo
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Business Expo helps businesses increase brand awareness, share information about themselves and discuss job openings. This year’s expo will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Visit oshkoshchamber.com/business-expo for more information.
An extra dose of Insight
Listen to Dave Gross, president and CEO of Secura Insurance, discuss the insurer’s focus on employee wellness and its move to a new headquarters in Fox Crossing.
Gross’ interview is just one of many you will find online at insightonbusiness.com/home/cover-story-videos.