Conferences

The Founding Fathers and Public Leadership 

September 20th, 2019 ; 11:00am – 3:30pm
Lowell Center, UW Madison Campus
610 Langdon St., Madison
Doors open at 10:30am

The Tommy G. Thompson Center will be putting on a conference examining the beliefs and insight of the founding fathers as they pertain to public leadership in America.  The Thompson Center will be bringing in a large number of panelists with profound expertise to examine the mindsets of Franklin, Madison, Adams, Marshall, Dickenson, Douglas, and many other framers of America’s beginnings.

Former Second Lady of the United States Lynne Cheney will be our keynote speaker for this event.

Free tickets available Here!


What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?

October 4, 2019; 9:00am – 1:00pm
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club, Madison
1 W. Dayton st., Madison, WI 53703
Doors open at 8:30

The Thompson Center is excited to be putting on an event looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin.  Panelists will include representatives of both public and private organizations as well as some academics.  Specifically the conference will examine what opportunities and challenges are present in building up Wisconsin’s renewable energy capacity, and how the state can optimize the use of its existing renewable energy resources.

Sharon Jacobs of the University of Colorado Law School and author of “The Energy Prosumer” will be our Keynote speaker for this event over a free lunch.

Free Tickets can be obtained Here!

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Past Conferences

Future of Transportation in Wisconsin

April 26th, 2019 ; 9:00am-4:00pm

This one-day conference was held in Milwaukee at the Harley-Davidson Museum and examined a host of issues relating to Wisconsin’s transportation, jobs,  and what challenges/solutions will mean to businesses and average Wisconsinites in the future.


Second Chances and Prisoner ReEntry in Wisconsin

March 7th, 2019 ; 9:00am-3:30pm

This was a one-day conference sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  The conference examined Governor Thompson’s recent proposal to create a second chance for criminal offenders, enhancing Wisconsin’s workforce and creating a path for prisoner re-entry as a result.  This event was approved for 6 CLE credits and a free lunch was also included with registration.


Effective Public Leadership

November 30, 2018

The Thompson Center hosted a well attended and free event featuring a number of academic luminaries and policymakers  involved in leadership in contemporary American politics.  The event was held In the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge and featured an excellent view of Lake Mendota.


Criminal Justice Reform

April 26, 2018

Criminal Justice Reform brought together academics, policymakers, and think tanks to address needed reforms to the criminal justice system in Wisconsin and nationwide. Grover Norquist served as keynote speaker.


Leadership Across the Branches

November 17, 2017

Leadership Across the Branches was devoted to identifying leadership skills among public officials and disseminating that knowledge. It showcased esteemed individuals from both parties from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches at the federal and state levels.