Conferences

Second Chances and Prisoner ReEntry in Wisconsin

March 7th, 2019 ; 9:00am-4:00pm

This will be a one-day conference sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  The conference will examine 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.  Free Tickets Here


Future of Transportation in Wisconsin

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

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


The Founding Fathers and Public Leadership 

September 20th, 2019 ; 9:30 – early afternoon

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.

Free tickets will be made available in mid-March

  • Past Conferences

    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 will featured an excellent view of Lake Mendota. We would also like to thank the Wisconsin Eye for its work in recording and making publicly available the content of our conference.  Links are included below.

    Featuring Presentations by:

    Keynote – Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll

    Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens Opening Address
    Alan Wiseman (Vanderbilt),
    Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Weinberg),
    Richard Smith (Kentucky),
    Aparna Mathur (American Enterprise Inst.),
    Former Representative Mark Honadel (Goodwill Talentbridge Team)
    Representative Peter Barca (Wisconsin State Assembly)
    Scott Coenen (Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum)

    Wisconsin Eye:

    Short clip (1:43) of Alan Wiseman and Laurel Harbridge Yong – Link

    Watch the Full Conference – Link


    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.