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WMC Foundation Kicks Off Second Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship Program

MADISON – WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – launched its second annual Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship program for 31 business leaders from across Wisconsin on Tuesday. The program, presented by CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen LLP), is designed to educate and develop emerging business leaders, features guest speakers, peer-to-peer learning and working groups over the span of three retreats.

“WMC Foundation is passionate about strengthening the next generation of leadership. This fellowship gives rising executives an opportunity to learn from seasoned business leaders, hear about shaping public policy and connect with peers from across business sectors,” said Executive Director of WMC Foundation, Wade Goodsell. “These rising stars will undoubtedly shape Wisconsin’s future, and we’re thrilled to be part of their growth.”

The 2023 Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship cohort gathered in Madison for the first retreat of the program earlier this week. The retreats will feature past program alumni and accomplished professionals, including:

• Samantha Metcalf, National Practice Leader – Clifton Larsen Allen
• Jackson Smith, General Manager – Greenheck
• Jen Fietz, Partner/Director of Account Planning – Imaginasium
• Steve Loehr, VP of Operations Support – Kwik Trip
• Mike Victorson, CEO – M3
• Holly Cloutier, Director of Corporate Planning – Waupaca Foundry
• Wade Goodsell, COO – WMC

The 2023 participants include emerging leaders from a variety of backgrounds, company sizes and industries:

  • Patrick Bottini, Jack Links Protein Snacks
  • Josh Carey, John Deere
  • Paige Conforti, Inland Packaging
  • Paul Connor, M3
  • Fernado Duenas, Eaton
  • Daniel Ehr, BakerTilly
  • Abbey Grahovac, Imaginasium
  • Kelly Ingli, OEM Fabricators
  • Travis Lemke, Gorden Flesch
  • Rebecca Lopez, Godfrey Kahn
  • Bryson Machonga, First Business Bank
  • Nanak Malhotra, CD Smith
  • Geoff Marcks, Grande Cheese
  • Josh Marron, Park Bank
  • Mitchell Maurina, Aon
  • Andrew McCready, WPS Health Solutions
  • Chad Mehlberg, LaForce
  • Nicole Metzler, Dairyland
  • Scott Meverden, First Supply
  • Molly Niklasch, Waukesha County Business Alliance
  • Dave Norgen, Belmark
  • Todd Pagel, Waupaca Foundry
  • Coleman Peiffer, Alliant Energy
  • Gina Popp, Society Insurance
  • Spenser Rathsack, Plexus
  • Ty Robinson, Brakebush
  • Jed Roher, Delta Dental
  • Ali Van Dalen, Kwik Trip
  • Rick Viviani, First Supply
  • Brian Wanek, CLA
  • Ian Weide, SEEK Careers and Staffing

Two more retreats, one in Delafield in March and one in Green Bay in April, will round out the 2023 program. For more information on Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship, visit www.wmcfoundation.org/wisconsin-leads/

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