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The Commons

Michael Lovell
The Commons co-chair
President, Marquette University

Visit The Commons website.

No matter your age or discipline, we’re building an active and diverse ecosystem of amazing people across the Milwaukee region. The Commons believes in developing and investing in talent, wherever they are in their journey, to empower them to grow within their career and impact the community around them. For emerging talent, The Commons is a direct connection to the great professionals and organizations doing meaningful work in our region. For local businesses, it’s a hands-on regional talent strategy that organizations need to attract, develop, and retain innovative and diverse leaders. 

The Commons creates an equitable space to connect talent with Milwaukee-area companies to build a career network. This level of inclusivity is achieved through curated relationships with over 60 community-based talent development partners and a strong connection with 24 higher education institutions. The Commons’ curriculum serves K-12 to C Suite talent through skills accelerators, internship programs, leadership development, and by creating a pipeline from talent to regional businesses.


participants feel more connected to the community



more likely to stay/seek

jobs in the region


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Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key. Nearly 40% of participants are students of color and nearly 30% are first-generation college students. The Commons aims to break down barries for historically disadvantaged students by providing equal access to career and leadership opportunities. 

Forward 48

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Visit the Forward 48 website here. 

The Forward 48 leadership initiative, launched in 2020 by the Hoan Group and The Commons, focuses on connecting diverse, rising leaders in our community with established leaders. The program creates a robust and diverse civic leadership succession strategy through experiential learning, professional development, and exclusive networking opportunities.



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