Advancing Equity Through Workforce Development 


Moderator: Annette Miller
Founder, EQT By Design

Annette Miller is founder of EQT By Design, a workplace inclusion and diversity consultancy. A former Madison mayoral aide, she was instrumental in the creation of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights. A co-founder of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, she helped lead the creation of a magazine to promote diversity and recruit diverse talent to the Madison area. She served as board chair for the Urban League of Greater Madison, helping lead a $4.1 million capital campaign and later chaired the economic development committee for the Justified Anger Coalition. Before launching her business, she was the Emerging Markets and Community Development Director at Madison Gas and Electric.


Ray Allen
Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development

Ray Allen, former secretary of the state Department of Financial Institutions, was named secretary of the Department of Workforce Development on January 21, 2016 by Gov. Scott Walker. Secretary Allen has extensive experience in state government, also serving as an appointee in the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Employment Relations, Director of the State Office of Employee Development and Training, and as Executive Director of the Technology for Education Achievement Board. Allen has been active in the Madison area community, serving on many community boards and commissions, and was elected to three terms on the Madison School Board. The Milwaukee native received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.


Dr. Eve Hall
President & CEO, Milwaukee Urban League

Dr. Eve Hall is the President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League and the former President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. Dr. Hall has extensive leadership experience in education, government and non-profits. The core of her work has been fundraising, building programs and partnerships to increase education and career opportunities for students, enhancing professional training and development for adults while leveraging the power of education, business, government and community working together. Past roles have included Chief Innovation Officer/Vice President of Programs/Executive Director for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Vice President of Public Affairs for Family Service of Milwaukee; MPS School to Work Administrator reporting to the Superintendent, and Director of former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson’s Milwaukee Office. Dr. Hall received a B.S. degree in educational psychology from Florida A&M University, a M.S. in administrative leadership from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.


Danielle Yancey-Director
Native American Center for Health Professions at the School of Medicine and Public Health UW-Madison

Danielle Yancey has worked in public service for over fifteen years focusing on programs that promote social justice, education access, and equity. Currently, she serves as director for the Native American Center for Health Professions at the School of Medicine and Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she served as a Career Pathways Coordinator at UW Health in a newly formed Allied Health Education and Career Pathways department specializing in workforce development in the healthcare industry. For several years, Danielle also served as a tribal liaison for the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation working closely with tribal communities on workforce development and capacity building initiatives to enhance employment access on transportation projects. Danielle is co-founder of Spirit of a Woman, a non-profit organization she established with Kelly Jackson (Ojibwe), whose mission is to empower and uplift indigenous girls and women. Their signature program, Indigenous Girls Rock Camp (IGRC), combines music education, performance and leadership development for young girls. Danielle is originally from the Menominee Indian reservation and UW-Madison alumna.  She graduated with degrees in women’s studies and social welfare, Master of Science in urban and regional planning, including a sustainability leadership graduate certificate from Edgewood College.