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The 3 Driving Factors of Wisconn Valley

Date October 23, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Location Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland Hall, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI + Google Map
Price FREE*

What Does Wisconn Valley Really Mean?

This is a “Don’t Miss Event” that will explore the factors that drove the development of Silicon Valley, as a basis for a panel discussion on the development of Wisconn Valley.


Matt Moroney
Strategic Economic Initiatives Director, WI Department of Administration (DOA)

In late 2017, the Wisconn Valley Special Session bill created a new project position at DOA focusing on economic development in coordination with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Matt Moroney, Governor Scott Walker’s deptuty chief of staff for operations, was hired. Moroney coordinates state agency, federal agency and local community actions related to Foxconn’s investment in the State of Wisconsin. He also serves as a point of contact for state businesses and citizens who are interested in this historic investment.

Dr. Sameer Prasad
Professor of Supply Chain Management, UW-Whitewater

Sameer Prasad is Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He has published extensively in the area of quality, supply chain management, and humanitarian operations. His research has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, etc. Sameer is active with local industry groups such as the Racine/Kenosha APICS chapter. He serves as the internship coordinator for the supply chain area. For additional details please see http://blogs.uww.edu/prasad/.

Marie Watkins
Founder and CEO, Polaris Talent

If it is a skill needing to be hired, Marie can find the talent to match! Marie has 20+ years of global staffing experience. She’s hired talent for iPhone apps, for Bing, for online advertising, for Xbox/Kinect, for Verizon’s CloudSwitch team, for space and avionics companies, for biotech and pharmaceutical companies, for healthcare IT, for automotive companies, for big data companies…

Amber Laurent
Market Principal, ManpowerGroup

Amber manages the Fox Valley territory and has more than 20 years of staffing industry experience with ManpowerGroup.

A recognized expert in the local labor market, Amber is regularly featured in local news outlets including Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Milwaukee Biz Times, offering workforce insights and advice to attract, recruit and retain talent. Amber currently serves as an Executive Partner on the Milwaukee 7 Executive Committee, is a Board Member for the Better Business Bureau and a SCORE mentor to help small business owners thrive. She is also an active member of the Society of Human Resources and Youth Director at her church.

Valuable takeaways from this event can help inform the direction you take your business in the future!


This is a free event if you are a member of any of the partner organizations listed below.

Non-members are $10.

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