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Business Day in Madison

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison

Business Day in Madison 2014 was a gathering of nearly 1,000 business leaders from across Wisconsin. Attendees were treated to numerous eye-opening presentations culminating in closing remarks from Governor Scott Walker.






“Never Quit: The Story of a Life Built on Successful Missions” 

Robert O’Neill - Team Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group; Retired Member Seal Team Six

Rob O’Neill served America as a SEAL, team leader, and senior chief petty officer at Naval Special Development Group (SEAL Team Six) in some of the most challenging, storied, clandestine military roles of our time. In his speech O’Neill shared what he learned during his more than 400 combat missions across four theaters of war. Through his moving and emotional stories drawn from lessons learned during some of the country’s most headline-stealing conflicts, O’Neill detailed how the best of the military’s best approach strategic planning when mission failure is not an option. He shared his views on the ingredients to a successful mission: the right people, preparedness, decision making under pressure, and, above all, a commitment to never quit.

Stoddard_AB“Politics and Public Policy - 2014 and Beyond”

A.B. Stoddard - Associate Editor and Columnist for The Hill

Nonpartisan, Stoddard addressed elections and the political landscape of the day. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, DC as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analyses. Her talk covered the five biggest stories in the news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles and the electoral prospects for the two parties.


“It Can Still be Morning in America”Charles Payne

Charles Payne - Founder, CEO & Chief Analyst of Wall Street Strategies;
Fox Business Network Contributor; Award-winning Author

Charles Payne discussed our current economic situation, how we got here, our prospects for growth and how we’ll improve. From lower taxes, fewer regulations, and new environmental standards to the need for citizens to believe in the American Dream once more, he focused on how we reinvigorate America’s strength – innovation – through balanced risk-taking and access to capital.


Daniel Christman

“A Tour of a Challenged World”

Daniel Christman - Senior Counselor to U.S. Chamber President

Dan Christman outlined the ongoing global crises and their effects on US interests in all areas of the world. By focusing on America's key trading partners, he shows businesses and industries how to invest in parts of the world that are doing well despite the global slowdown. His tour of the world took the audience through the friendly nations, the unfriendly nations, and the ones that cannot be ignored by American investors. From the Middle East, to Latin America, to Southeast Asia, and Africa, Christman gets into the governmental, economic, and cultural hurdles that must be navigated by American industry in order to take advantage of the favorable opportunities despite the crises.


Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker closed out this year's event and discussed issues that impact and influence Wisconsin's  steadily improving business climate.





Charlie Sykes
Talk Show Host, WTMJ Radio-Milwaukee




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View highlights from Business Day in Madison 2013

View highlights from Business Day in Madison 2012