Michel: A powerhouse of innovation

Life is a series of choices based on priorities
Madison skyline with a blue green overlay

Life is a series of choices we make based on our priorities, one of my mentors once told me. If we’ve got our priorities straight, he said, the best choices become clear and guide us into the future. If that’s how Madison’s current economic landscape was shaped, business leaders over the years must have made some significant choices based on priorities of innovation, inclusion and accelerated growth.

This month’s cover story on the changing business climate in Madison explores that kind of inclusive growth and how it’s redefining who we are as a city and a region. Neil Heinen, editorial director of Madison Magazine and WISC-TV, talked to some key figures in the local business community and shares some of their insights on how far we’ve come since the early days of industrial growth. The city’s economy has grown steadily, and in recent years Madison has risen onto national economic rankings with major cities like San Francisco and Seattle. I am grateful to Neil for writing these types of analytical pieces for the magazine each January as a way to capture what’s on the horizon for Madisonians in important topic areas that affect us all.

Neil also wrote the feature profiles of the 2019 Best of Madison Business award recipients. Collectively, this year’s honorees represent a powerhouse of innovative leadership. They have used their ingenuity to build influential businesses and organizations like gener8tor, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, M3 Insurance and the Progress Center for Black Women. The recipients of these prestigious awards are very deserving of the recognition. I am always particularly interested in who receives the Brian D. Howell Excellence in Innovation Award. Brian was the editor of Madison Magazine from 1997 to 2003, and during his tenure he elevated the magazine’s coverage of business and technology. I am so glad that this year’s Howell award goes to Sabrina Madison, an entrepreneur and innovator whose work we have noted previously in the pages of this magazine.

Our local city and region are seeing the benefits of some sound business decisions that were made over the decades. It is my hope that today’s leaders are making their economic choices based on a strong set of priorities that will guide us successfully into the future.

Karen Lincoln Michel is publisher and editor of Madison Magazine.