Conferences

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Past Conferences

Achieving Greater Independenc for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Webinar)

April 3, 2020
9:00am – 1:15pm

The Thompson Center’s third conference on “Increasing Independence for Wisconsin’s Disabled Population” was held via webinar. This conference focused on managing the transition to living independently and working as adults with a disability.  A panel discussion also approached the topic of how technology can be optimized to facilitate the independence of adults with an intellectual or developmental disability.  The Keynote address was delivered Michael Morris, Executive Director of the National Disability Institute & The ABLE National Resource Center.


Protecting Democratic Institutions from Threats to Liberty (Webinar)

March 27, 2020
9:00am-2:10pm

The Tommy G. Thompson Center  hosted an event looking at global freedom and democracy and its progress or lack thereof over the past several years.  Alongside this was an examination of the specific cases of the USSR, Russia, and Venezuela. Our panelists gained their expert perspectives from spending significant amounts of time in these countries through tumultuous periods. Discussion also looked at America’s role on the world stage, and the need for it to be a Model of Liberty.


Renewable Energy Development, Grid Modernization, and Distributed Generation in Wisconsin

March 6, 2020
UW-Milwaukee; 9:00am-1:15pm
Golda Meir Library – 2311 E Hartford Ave.; Milwaukee, WI 53211

This was the third event of our “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?” series looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin. This conference focused on what roles innovation and grid modernization play in renewable energy development at a national level and how these affect Wisconsin.  The event examined economic and regulatory questions around distributed energy generation and storage in a modern world. The keynote address was delivered by General Donald Hoffman, United States Air Force Retired, and member of the Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analysis.


The Future of Manure Digesters in Wisconsin

February 25, 2020
UW-Green Bay; 9:00am – 1:15pm
University Union – 2420 Nicolet Drive; Green Bay, WI 54311

This is the second event of our three part series “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?,” which explored renewable energy production in Wisconsin.  Questions addressed at this conference included challenges and opportunities facing digester development in Wisconsin, and how developers/regulators can optimize economic, environmental, and energy benefits of this technology.  Mark Hill, DTE Energy Vice President of Operations, delivered the keynote address.  Wisconsin State Representative Gary Tauchen provided a legislative update.


Improving Integration of Services and Outcomes for Children Affected by Disabilities

February 7, 2020
UW-Whitewater; 9:00am – 1:15pm
Community Engagement Center – 1260 West Main Street;  Whitewater, WI 53190

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership presented its second conference in a three-part series on the topic of disability in Wisconsin.  This event focused on preparing children for increased independence later in life, including preparation for the workforce.  The conference also examined the promise of telehealth for assisting children and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities, in particular, and what hurdles and concerns would need to be overcome to increase telehealth access.  Laura Nagel of CI Therapies provided the keynote address, focusing on the important role occupational therapy plays in increasing independence.


Growing Leaders Among Persons with Disabilities

November 7, 2019; 9:00am – 1:15pm

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership presented the first conference in a three-part series on the topic of disability in Wisconsin.  This event focused on the importance of self-advocacy and its continued optimization, in addition to best practices for supporting families affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities. The keynote address was delivered by Cathy Ficker Terrill, a lifelong advocate, expert consultant, and leader of a number of prominent disability research and advocacy organizations.


What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?

October 4, 2019; 9:00am-1:15pm

The Thompson Center held the first event of a three-part series on renewable energy production in Wisconsin entitled “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?”  The conference examined opportunities and challenges for expanding Wisconsin’s renewable energy capacity, and ways the state can optimize its existing renewable energy resources.  Sharon Jacobs of the University of Colorado Law School and author of “The Energy Prosumer” served as the keynote speaker.


The Founding Fathers and Public Leadership

Friday, September 20th, 2019; 10:50am-3:15pm

The Tommy G. Thompson Center held a conference on the UW-Madison campus examining the beliefs and insight of the founding fathers as they pertain to public leadership in America.  The Thompson Center brought together a large number of panelists with expertise to examine the mindsets of Franklin, Madison, Adams, Marshall, Dickinson, Douglass, and many other framers of America’s beginnings.  Former Ambassador Rick Graber interviewed Former Second Lady of the United States Lynne Cheney during the luncheon.


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.