Conferences

Growing Leaders Among Persons with Disabilities

November 7, 2019;   9:00am – 1:15pm
The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Dr., Madison WI 53703
Doors open at 8:30am

Free tickets can be obtained Here!

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is pleased to be presenting the first event of a three part series looking at disabilities in Wisconsin. Each event will address a number of specific issues around the general uniting theme of Increasing Independence for Wisconsin’s Disabled Population.

Our first event will focus on the work currently being done representing this population in the state, and on ways the state supports or could better support families affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The event will consist of two subsequent panel discussions followed by a keynote speaker over an included lunch. The keynote address will be delivered by Cathy Ficker Terrill, a lifelong advocate, expert consultant, and leader of a substantial number of topical organizations.

Schedule of Events

9-9:10am                 Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:10-10:25am        Panel 1: Promoting Self-Advocacy Among Persons with Disabilities

  • Erin Miller, People First Wisconsin
  • Cindy Bentley, People First Wisconsin
  • Ashley Mathy, People First Rhinelander
  • Claire Bible, Waisman Center
  • Moderator: Jenny Neugart, Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

10:25-10:35am     Break

10:35-11:50am     Panel 2: Supporting Families Affected by Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

  • Elizabeth Hecht, Waisman Center
  • Lisa Pugh, The Arc Wisconsin
  • Pamela Hencke, Disability Advocate
  • Moderator: Cathy Ficker Terrill

11:50-12:00pm      Break

12:00-1:00pm         Lunch & Keynote Address: Cathy Ficker Terrill – advocate, expert consultant, and leader of a substantial number of topical organizations

1:00-1:10pm            Closing Remarks

The Thompson Center is pleased to present this event in partnership with:

  • Special Olympics Wisconsin
  • Waisman Center
  •  UW-Madison Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

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Past Conferences

What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?

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

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.


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.