Conferences

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
Doors open at 8:30am

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership will be presenting the second 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. This event’s focus will be on preparing children for increased independence later in life, and of how the state can help prepare them to join the workforce.  The conference will also examine the promise of Telehealth for assisting children and families affected by IDD, and what hurdles and concerns would need to be overcome for increased implementation.  The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Michelle Reynolds of the University of Missouri-Kansas and Director of Individual Advocacy & Family Support.  The address will take place over an included lunch.

Free Tickets are available Here!


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
Doors open at 8:30am

This will be the second event of a three part series “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?” looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin.  Questions addressed at this conference will examine what challenges and opportunities are facing increased digester development in Wisconsin, and how developers/regulators can plan for the future by optimizing economic, environmental, and energy benefits of this technology.  Simon Jack, Business Editor for BBC News, will deliver the keynote address over an included lunch.

Free Tickets available Here!


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
Doors open at 8:30am

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

Free Tickets available Here!


Achieving Greater Independence for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

***This event is currently being finalized, so as of yet tickets are not available.  Please check back at a later date. Thank you for your patience, and feel free to reach out to the Thompson Center if you have any questions.

April 3, 2020
UW-Stevens Point; 9:00am – 1:15pm
specific address pending
Doors open at 8:30am

The Thompson Center’s third conference on “Increasing Independence for Wisconsin’s Disabled Population” will be held in Stevens Point. This conference will focus in particular on managing the transition of the differently abled to living independently and of working as adults with a disability.   A panel discussion will also approach the topic of how technology can be optimized to facilitate the independence of adults with an intellectual or developmental disability.  A keynote address will take place over an included lunch.

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Past Conferences

Growing Leaders Among Persons with Disabilities

November 7, 2019; 9:00am – 1:15pm

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. This event will focused 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 keynote address will be delivered by Cathy Ficker Terrill, a lifelong advocate, expert consultant, and leader of a substantial number of topical organizations.


What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?

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

The Thompson Center is excited to be putting on the first event of a three part series looking at renewable energy production in Wisconsin entitled “What is Wisconsin’s Energy Strategy?”.  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.