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


Moderator: Christopher Rowland
ManPowerGroup Global Diversity Officer

Christopher Rowland was appointed ManpowerGroup’s Global Diversity Officer in June 2016. Rowland has been with the company since 2007, previously serving as Managing Director for ManpowerGroup Solutions. At ManpowerGroup, Rowland collaborates with the senior leadership team to implement culture and talent strategies that leverage diversity and inclusion across the company’s 80 countries and territories and throughout the ManpowerGroup family of brands. Globally, Rowland is responsible for understanding the company’s diversity on a regional and country level in order to have better insight into where ManpowerGroup is today and how to elevate inclusiveness and implement diversity best practices for the future. In North America, Rowland oversees the D&I strategy to ensure that the company continues to lead in this space both internally and externally. Rowland holds a bachelor's degree with a major in economics from Colgate University. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Mahlon Mitchell
President, Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin

Mahlon Mitchell currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, the youngest and first African American to serve in the post. Born in Milwaukee, he grew up in Delavan, and now lives with his wife, April and two children, Sie’anna and Karson, in Fitchburg. Mahlon has served as a firefighter in Madison for twenty years and when the fight over collective bargaining and Scott Walker's Act 10 law began in 2011, he led the firefighters in a monumental stand of solidarity. This led to his being the Democratic Party’s nominee for Lt. Governor in the 2012 recall election against Scott Walker. Mitchell most recently ran for governor in the 2018 Democratic primary.


Genyne Edwards

Genyne Edwards, JD, is an experienced consultant and attorney who has worked in community development and social enterprise for more than 15 years. She specializes in building partnerships and coalitions, managing and staffing projects, and conducting research. During the course of her career, Ms. Edwards has been instrumental in leading and developing successful public-private partnerships, which have convened community leaders, influential interest groups, public health advocates, government officials and policy makers. While serving as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Ms. Edwards managed more than 40 employees and an annual budget of $12 million. She received her undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University and her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. She is also certified in professional coaching and commercial real estate. Ms. Edwards is the recipient of many awards, including being recognized as one of the Most Influential African Americans in the Tourism Industry by Black Meetings and Tourism. Recently, she was recognized for her leadership and service to the Marquette University Alumni Association.


Nicole Sandoval
President, Latino Professionals Association

Nicole Sandoval is a recruitment coordinator who works in higher education by strengthening relationships and the public interactions through intensive individualized assistance to prospective students of diverse backgrounds. Nicole believes that education is the most powerful tool to change the world. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science and Ethnic Studies from Edgewood College. A native to La Paz, Bolivia, Nicole brings a global perspective from Germany, Spain, France, and Mexico. Her professional experience includes higher education practices, public speaking, community outreach, event coordination, and program development, along with in-depth knowledge of immigration policy from her previous role at KCQLC, Ltd in Chicago, IL. Nicole is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and was named one of thirty-two Wisconsin’s most powerful Latino’s in 2018 by Madison365 and is currently serving as President for the Latino Professionals Association.