University of Wisconsin–Madison


Effective Public Leadership in America

November 30, 2018 ; 10:00am -2:00pm

The Thompson Center will be hosting a free event featuring a number of academic luminaries currently involved in the research of leadership in contemporary American politics.  The event will be held In the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge and will feature an excellent view of Lake Mendota and will include a free lunch.

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Featuring Presentations by:

Alan Wiseman (Vanderbilt),
Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Weinberg),
Richard Smith (Kentucky),
Aparna Mathur (American Enterprise Inst.),
and others.

Second Chances and Prisoner ReEntry in Wisconsin

March 7th, 2019 ; 9:00am-6:00pm

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.

Future of Transportation in Wisconsin

April 26th, 2019 ; 9:00am-6:00pm

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.

  • Past Conferences

    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.