On the scene: Best of Madison Business Awards

On the scene: Best of Madison Business Awards

It was such a pleasure being a part of the program for the Best of Madison Business Awards luncheon. It’s a yearly event put on by the good folks at Madison Magazine and this year, I got to be Neil Heinen’s sidekick.

That meant I sat beside Neil on a panel with the honored guests and asked questions about their success and what they anticipate for businesses in the future.

2016 Honorees:

Jack Salzwedel, American Family Insurance CEO

Jack Daniels, Madison College President

Steve Goldberg, CUNA Mutual Foundation Executive Director

Anyway, I love these luncheons because you take away something. I learned so much just from networking with folks and finding out what they’re doing in the start-up communities.

Another topic of interest – disparity. We have a lot of work to do in Wisconsin when it comes to closing disparity gaps. We are the worst state in the country for black Americans. I can’t recall the study but it was in the news multiple times this last year. As Steve Goldberg said today, we have to face the ugliness of it.  Some suggestions for the average business were to first and foremost, hire a more diverse workforce. But I thought there were some other great ideas like adopting a school and partnering with community groups. I hope we can find someone to work with in the future as a station.

Anyway, I would love to hear your great story ideas – if you’ve got a great start up and would like to share, please let me know! Also, if you think you know a good group worth considering for a potential partnership, send it my way, too.

Congrats to Madison Magazine for another successful event! It was a sold out crowd!