May 19, 2016

Hi Friends,

When was the last time you went to a meeting and finished more energized than when you started ... delighted that everyone in the room was on the same page, rowing in the same direction?

It happened to me on Tuesday, and it was a wonderful reminder that our business community’s involvement and expertise continues to help Milwaukee Succeeds grow and accelerate.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to share Milwaukee Succeeds with the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s (GMC) Education Committee, chaired by Mark Sabljak (publisher, Milwaukee Business Journal) and Nancy Sennett (partner, Foley & Lardner LLP).

The GMC is in a unique position to positively affect educational outcomes for children in Milwaukee with 200 passionate CEOs, a dedicated staff and deeply collaborative partners.

I am so proud to share that those partners have already connected the dots with Milwaukee Succeeds!

The Education Committee continues to support our work in the Goal 3 networks by focusing on two specific sub-goals:
  • Raising the average ACT score of Milwaukee youth from 16 to 22 by 2020.
  • Ensuring that 61% of Milwaukee’s 25 to 35-year-old population will have a postsecondary degree (associate’s, credential or bachelor’s) by 2025.
Under the leadership of Julia Taylor, the GMC is working to enhance the pipeline of diverse talent and leadership, knowing that our leaders should reflect our region. As Julia said, “Our focus on education and minority inclusion in Milwaukee education is THE most important driver of society.  Young people MUST have equitable opportunities to pursue college and career pathways of their choice.”

Additionally, we’re pleased to partner with MPS and the GMC on Reimagining High Schools, a force that’s using student, educator, and community voices to reinvent the way we ensure that MPS graduates leave our high schools with a degree, ready for post-secondary education and job training, and posed to begin careers in our region.

Some additional highlights of the Education Committee meeting:
  • Leah Fiasca, GMC project director for Teachtown MKE, spoke of how Teachtown MKE is attracting and retaining top educators to Milwaukee and empowering each educator to infuse innovation into his or her classroom.  The GMC launched this important project in 2013 and since then has welcomed nearly 2,500 educators to our urban schools and helped relocated nearly 500 of them to this region and continues to serve hundreds each month in social and professional development activities.
  • John Daniels, Jr., chairman emeritus of Quarles & Brady, spoke about MKE Fellows (above). This initiative was started to encourage young, talented and diverse college students from Milwaukee to return from college for summer internships, and eventually, their careers. In 2016, the program is nearly tripling in size, and will provide a wide range of professional and personal development opportunities, social supports and safety nets for summer 2016.
  • Karin Smith, president/CEO Inspire SE Wisconsin, presented a new online platform for all students in Milwaukee to start career exploration.  The GMC’s Talent Dividend initiative partnered with Community Career Connections, Inc. and Milwaukee Public Schools to create the My Life! My Plan! workshop.  Karin has made great progress in promoting the website that enables connections between employers and their future workforce.
What an engaging session! Let me know if you want more information.

See you soon,


Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057



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