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Business Day in Madison

March 1 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison


Table of eight = $1,300
Individual = $175

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February 28, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception at the Madison Club (Sponsored by Kwik Trip)

March 1, 2017

7:30 AM Registration Opens, Partner Meetings (by invitation only) and VIP Breakfast (Sponsors only)
(Registration Center sponsored by First Business Bank; Continental Breakfast sponsored by
Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.; VIP Breakfast sponsored by Alliant Energy)
9:00 AM  Welcome
9:15 AM Robbie Bach, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft (Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.)
10:15 AM  Morning Break
10:45 AM  Jonah Goldberg, Syndicated political columnist, National Review Senior Editor, FOX News contributor and author
Noon  Lunch
12:15 PM  Hugh Hewitt, Political commentator and nationally syndicated talk show host and author (Sponsored by Wisconsin Insurance Alliance)
1:30 PM  Kimberley Strassel, author, columnist and member of Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (Sponsored by Michael Best and Michael Best Strategies)
2:30 PM  Afternoon Break
2:45 PM Jay Timmons, President/CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
3:00 PM Governor Scott Walker (invited) (Sponsored by WEC Energy Group)
3:30 PM Legislative Meetings


2017 Keynote Speaker: Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States.

He has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program, and also conceived and hosted the PBS series, Searching for God in America.

He is the author of a dozen books, including two New York Times best-sellers. Hewitt is a weekly columnist for The Washington Examiner and Townhall.com, and his blog, HughHewitt.com, is among the most visited political blogs in the U.S.

2017 Featured Speakers

Robbie Bach

BachFormer Chief Xbox Officer, Robbie Bach, is the expert that business leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations turn to for insight on strategy, innovation, leadership and people management. During his illustrious 22-year career at Microsoft, Bach served as the Business Operations Manager for Microsoft Europe, Vice President of Marketing for Microsoft Office, and President of Entertainment & Devices, responsible for offering consumers new and branded entertainment experiences across music, gaming, video and mobile communications. In 1999, as Chief Xbox Officer, Bach led the team that developed and launched Xbox and Xbox 360, and in turn, built a successful consumer business within Microsoft. Today, Bach shares his insights on leadership, his 3P Strategic Framework for simplifying complex problems based on purpose, principles, and priorities, and offers a refreshingly intimate view of the struggles and triumphs of a chief executive.

Jonah Goldberg

GoldbergA bestselling author and widely syndicated columnist, Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent political commentators in America today. A Fox News contributor and regular “Fox News All Star” on Special Report with Bret Baier, is known for blending humor and insight on the pressing issues of the day. Goldberg is a contributing editor to National Review, was the founding editor of National Review Online. He is also weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and his syndicated column appears regularly in the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Examiner, Miami Herald, Manchester Union Leader and scores of other newspapers. A fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Goldberg was named by The Atlantic as one of the top 50 commentators in America.

Kimberley Strassel

StrasselKimberley Strassel is a member of the editorial board for The Wall Street Journal. She writes editorials, as well as the weekly Potomac Watch political column, from her base in Washington, D.C. Strassel joined Dow Jones & Co. in 1994, working in the news department of The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, and then in London. She moved to New York in 1999 and soon thereafter joined the Journal’s editorial page, working as a features editor, and then as an editorial writer. She assumed her current position in 2005. Strassel, a 2014 Bradley Prize recipient, is a regular contributor to Sunday political shows, including CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She is the author of the upcoming book “The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech,” which chronicles recent attacks on conservative nonprofits, businesses and donors.

Jay Timmons

TimmonsJayJay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. He became NAM president in January 2011.
Jay is a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and bring about a manufacturing renaissance.

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Walker’s tenure has focused on five priorities: growing the economy, developing the workforce, transforming education, reforming government and investing in infrastructure. Wisconsin’s fiscal house is in order and since taking office, Governor Walker’s reforms saved Wisconsin’s hard-working taxpayers over $3 billion and Governor Walker’s leadership provided $2 billion in tax relief to Wisconsin families, farmers, seniors, and small businesses.


Speaker Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Delta Dental

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

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Copper Sponsors

Alliance of Health Insurers | Kramer Madison | Meijer | National Federation of Independent Business | Old National Bank | School Choice Wisconsin | Society Insurance | The Scan Group, Inc. | Wal-Mart | Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners | WI Hospital Association

Parking/Shuttle Service

The Monona Terrace has parking available for approximately 400 cars and there are some other parking structures within walking distance of the Terrace. Rates vary between $3-$15.

The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association is also sponsoring a free shuttle service between the Dutch Mill Park and Ride and the Monona Terrace between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., every half hour. Parking at the Park and Ride is FREE. The Badger Bus Shuttle will pick up attendees in the EAST lot (look for the Madison Metro bus signs). The Park and Ride is located at the junction of U.S. 12/18 and U.S. 51. Visit the Wisconsin DOT online for more information on the location.

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March 1
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


WMC Foundation


Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703 United States
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