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Greater Milwaukee Committee: 10 emerging civic, business, nonprofit leaders selected to participate

MILWAUKEE – Some of the Milwaukee area’s top young leadership will be taking part in the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program (YALP) this June with an opportunity to collaborate with leaders from 14 other U.S. cities to discuss challenges facing their respective communities.

Launched in 2015, YALP is a product of Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project and is designed to provide access to case discussions within the school itself along with speaker presentations and whiteboard presentations that ask participants to collaborate on solutions targeting an issue challenging their community.

The 10 participants include: County Executive David Crowley; Evan Reed, senior director impact investment strategy at Northwestern Mutual; David Cohn, executive director, First Tee – Southeast Wisconsin; Cheryl Blue, executive director, 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corp.; Samantha Maldonado, senior manager D&I, Kohl’s; Lauren Feaster, CEO, Professional Dimensions; M. Paula Phillips, senior director, race and gender equity, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin; Lori Richards, CEO, Mueller Communications; Oby Nwabuzor, director/founder, American Heart Association/Evision Growth LLC; and Francesca Mayca Wegner, executive director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.

YALP is supported in Milwaukee by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, with sponsorships from GRAEF and Southwest Airlines.

“Our community recognizes the need to attract and retain young professionals who will be well positioned to become the next generation of leaders. YALP is one of the tools by which we can help prepare a group of diverse emerging leaders to hone existing skills and develop new ones while collaborating with peers from around the country,” said Joel Brennan, president of the GMC.

Other cities that will be represented at the event include: Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Ohio, Nashville, Tenn., Chattanooga, Tenn., Salt Lake City, Utah, San Jose, Calif., San Antonio, Miami, and Birmingham, Ala.


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