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Watch: Milwaukee CEOs talk importance of a tech recruiting coalition for region

John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual's chairman, president and CEO, announced the creation of a coalition Monday during the Greater Milwaukee Committee's membership meeting that will focus on attracting and retaining technology professionals. High-level members of the new coalition are expected to be formed within three to six months, Schlifske said. Other business leaders joined Schlifske in a panel discussion during the GMC event to talk about the importance of recruiting tech talent. The panel included Cynthia LaConte, CEO of The Dohmen Co., Cory Nettles, managing director of Generation Growth Capital, Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corp. and Alan Yeung, direc

Tech Hub Dreams For Milwaukee Include Call For Diversity

In recent years, a number of organizations that promote business growth have set their sights on the high-tech sector and start-up firms that take innovative ideas to market. Some believe Milwaukee could become a technology center. In fact, local business groups estimate 76,000 jobs in the region now qualify for the tech category. But Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Schlifske says that's not enough. He told the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) on Monday that the need for information technology workers, and others in related fields, continues to grow, including at his company. "You know, if you go back 10 years ago, it was lawyers, actuaries, investment professionals. Now, over hal

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