Schedule and Panels

Schedule Subject to Change

7:30 - 8:30 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 am - 8:45 am

Ho-Chunk President Wilfred Cleveland and Wisconsin Dells Singers

Panel Discussion

8:45 am - 10:15 am

The Wisconsin Problem, Part I: How Can We Attract and Retain Talented People of Color?

Moderated by ManPowerGroup Global Diversity Officer Christopher Rowland

Panelists: Mahlon Mitchell, President, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin; Genyne Edwards, Attorney; Nicole Sandoval, President, Latino Professionals Association  

Break Out Session 1

10:30 am - 12:00 pm  

Schools in Crisis: Addressing Opportunity Gaps in K-12 Education

Moderated by Mike Ford, The Hop Hop Architect

Panelists: Kaleem Caire, Founder, One City Schools; Mike Hernandez, Principal, Madison East High School; Dr. Juan Baez, Director for the Division of Bilingual and Multicultural Education for Milwaukee Public Schools; Marcio Sierra, founder and director, Lighthouse Christian School

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Addressing Disparities in the Health Care System

Moderated by UW Health Chief Diversity Officer Shiva Bidar

Panelists: Dr. Amy DeJong, Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health Medical Director; Erika Villafuerte, Bilingual Community Engagement Specialist, UnitedHealthGroup, Lisa Peyton Caire, founder, Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness; Damond Boatwright, Regional President, SSM Health

10:30 am - 11:45 am

How to Survive & Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Moderated by Dr. Sabrina Robins, Operations Director, TAPFIN

Panelists: Ugo Nwagbaraocha, CEO, Diamond Discs International; Jeffery Patterson, owner, JP Hair Design; Mark Richardson, owner, Unfinished Business and GigBlender; Milele Chikasa Anana, founder and publisher, Umoja Magazine

10:30 am - 11:45 am

How to Thrive as a Nonprofit Leader

Moderated by Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Community Program Officer Rashad Cobb

Panelists: Sandy Morales, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County; Vanessa Mcdowell, CEO, YWCA Madison; Jessica Cavazos, President, Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County

Traditional Indigenous Buffet Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Panel Discussion With Current College Students

Moderated by University of Wisconsin Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims

Break Out Session 2

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm   

Innovations in Post Secondary Education

Moderated by Madison Magazine Editor & Publsher Karen Lincoln Michel

Panelists: Leslie Orrantia, director of community engagement, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dennis J. Shields, chancellor, UW-Platteville; Wilma Bonaparte, vice president, Milwaukee Area Technical College; Mai Lo Lee, diversity director, UW-Green Bay; Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler, associate vice chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence, UW-Oshkosh.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm   

Community Connections: Running a Socially Responsible Organization

Moderated by Attorney Samantha Skenandore

Panelists: Dan Brown, executive director, Ho Chunk Gaming - Madison; Arvind Gopalratnam, director of corporate social responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks; Brenda Gonzalez, diversity manager, Agrace Palliative Care.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm   

Funding the Work: Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits

Moderated by Wisconsin Philanthropy Network CEO Tony Shields

Panelists: Jeff Mack, vice president, Park Bank; Angela Davis, director of development, Madison Community Foundation; Keetra Burnette, senior director of stakeholder engagement, United Way of Dane County; Eric Upchurch II, chief visionary, Opportunity, Inc.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm   

A Dialogue on Disparities in Criminal Justice and Incarceration

With Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray and Focused Interruption Coalition Executive Director Anthony Cooper

Breakout Session 3

3:30 pm - 5 pm       

Effective Social Justice for the 21st Century

Moderated by the Honorable Judge Everett Mitchell

Panelists: Brandi Grayson, activist; Ajamou Butler, founder, Heal the Hood; Dr. Karen Menendez Coller, CEO, Centro Hispano; Christine Neumann-Ortiz; founder, Voces de la Frontera

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  

Advancing Equity Through Workforce Development  

Moderated by EQT By Design Founder Annette Miller

Panelists: Ray Allen, Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development; Dr. Eve Hall, president and CEO, Milwaukee Urban League; Danielle Yancey, director, Native American Center for Health Professions at the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

The View from the C-Suite

Moderated by Attorney Rebeca López

Panelists: Ana Hooker, senior vice president, Exact Sciences; Cedrick Ellis, senior vice president and chief enterprise services officers, CUNA Mutual Group; Kimila Daniels, vice president and chief administrative officer, Quartz Health Insurance

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm  

Women of Excellence

Moderated by Progress Center for Black Women Founder Sabrina Madison

Panelists: Angela Russel, vice president for diversity and inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group; The Honorable Judge Kristy Yang; Shiva Bidar, chief diversity officer, UW Health and City of Madison alder; Nia Trammel, administrative law judge

Cocktail Hour

6 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner, Community Arts Showcase & Social Time
7 pm - 10 pm

Friday, October 19

Breakfast Keynote

8 am - 9:15 am

United Way of Greater Cincinnati CEO Michael Johnson

Panel Discussion

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Immigration Policy in Wisconsin

Moderated by Madison College Associate Dean Ramón Ortiz

Panelists: Fabiola Hamdan, immigrant affairs specialist, Dane County; and Norys Piña, founder, Unidos por un Futoro Mejor

The Wisconsin Problem Part II: Strategies, Next Steps and Closing Remarks
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Madison365 Publisher and CEO Henry Sanders