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Commencement Speaker

How can public leaders generate change effectively and collegially?

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At the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, our primary goal is to determine how we can produce and facilitate effective public leadership.

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Wisconsin’s future in transportation, energy, and biomedical technologies, along with prison to work initiatives, improving independence for people with disabilities, and more.


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Our Mission

Wis. Stat. § 36.68 declares that the mission of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership shall be “the facilitation of research, teaching, outreach, and needed policy reforms regarding effective public leadership that improves the practice of American government.”

Our Pledge

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership provides a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership.  Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership.  We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers.