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The Economic Summit V

Wisconsin and Iowa Council

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 7:00 AM (CDT)

The Economic Summit V

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Develop a Common Understanding

Given the population gains during the last decade and the demographic projections going forward, it has become apparent that wealth creation for people of color is no longer a matter of consideration but one of national concern. While many majority institutions and citizens have achieved impressive economic growth (the appreciation of their neighborhoods), most people of color have been non-participants.

The Summit is dedicated to the exploration of issues relating to the strategies and the positive participation of racial minority groups in the economy of the country and the world.  The goals of The Summit include: developing a common understanding, focus on the causation rather than symptoms, and opportunities to change the paradigm.

Focus on the Causations Rather Than Symptoms

In addition to addressing a topic that has had little if any coverage, The Economic Summit V will approach the challenges to be discussed scientifically. The symposium will endeavor to initiate activities that will eventually address the root causes of economic disparity between people of color and non people of color by operating the following model of actions:

Present relevant observations ■ Establish tentative descriptions (hypothesis) that are consistent with what has been observed ■ Use the descriptions (hypothesis) to make predictions ■ Test those predictions by further observations, and modify the descriptions (hypothesis) in the light of the results ■ Revise descriptions and test those predictions until there are no discrepancies between theory and observation.

Explore Opportunities to Change the Paradigm

The Economic Summit V will endeavor to transform the experience, wisdom, and insight of our panelists, practitioners, and attendees into the meaningful change of a “transportable” strategy that can be utilized throughout the country.  In addition to the expert analyses and case studies, the conference will include an examination and audience discussion of how best to translate what has been learned into a series of “next steps.”


To download the PDF version of the Schedule of Events and Presentations, CLICK HERE.

7:00 a.m. Registration and Resource Fair (Lobby)
8:00 a.m. Kick-off Breakfast - Welcome - Keynote Presentations

Antonio Riley - Executive Director, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development AuthorityAntonio Riley

As the first African American to head the agency, Mr. Riley oversees what is considered the second largest bank in the state, with a $3 billion mortgage portfolio. Under Mr. Riley and Governor Doyle's leadership, WHEDA has focused its energies to capture the inherent relationship between housing and economic development by developing new strategies that increase jobs, making homeownership affordable, and renewing and invigorating depressed neighborhoods. A key focus has been on creating greater opportunities for minority-owned businesses.

Ken Pinckney - Vice President Commercial Banking, Johnson Bank (Milwaukee)
Ken PinckneyThe Economy: Past, Present and Future Implications - A Banker's Perspective

Mr. Pinckney manages a $50 million commercial loan portfolio and has more than 25 years of professional experience in banking. Pinckney is Vice Chair of the Board of Managers for the Schroeder YMCA and Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, WI, and he also Chairs the Board of Directors for St. Charles Youth and Family Services and is Treasurer of Milwaukee's Urban Economic Development Council. Pinckney was named Small Business Advocate of the Year in 1998 by the U.S. Small Business Administration and received a Wisconsin Supplier Development Council individual Initiative Award in 1996.

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Break and Resource Fair (Lobby)
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Presentations

Panel: The Political Process and the Economy

Representative Jason FieldsRepresentative Jason M. Fields - Wisconsin State Legislature 11th Assembly District
In November 2004, Jason M. Fields was elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature to represent the 11th Assembly District located on Milwaukee's northwest side. Prior to being elected, Representative Fields held various positions in the financial and insurance industries, such as banker, stockbroker, financial advisor, and portfolio manager helping to manage approximately $100 million in business and private assets. He is currently Vice President of Matthews Financial Services, and is a licensed securities broker and investment-banking associate.

Dextra HadnotDextra Hadnot - Director of External Affairs, AT&T Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
Before working with AT&T Wisconsin, Mr. Hadnot worked with the City of Milwaukee for 10 years, where he served as a lobbyist working on State Legislature issues. Dextra also worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Milwaukee Common Council's 7th Aldermanic District. Before his work with the Council, he obtained government experience while working with Mayor Norquist's administration as an intern. In his role as External Affairs Director, Dextra works to favorably position the policies, initiatives, products and services of AT&T Wisconsin with customers, key stakeholders and legislators.

Enis RaglandEnis Ragland - Legislative Assistant to State Senator, Spencer Coggs
Enis Ragland has worked in the political arena for more than 30 years. His current responsibilities as Legislative Assistant to State Senator Spencer Coggs include staffing and coordinating the Committees on Veterans Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, the Special Legislative Council State Tribal Relations Committee, the Educational Communications Board, and the Council on Workforce Investment. Enis recently retired from the City of Madison where he served as Director of the Office of Community Services, managing a staff of 15 with a budget of more than $5 million.

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break and Resource Fair (Lobby)
10:45-11:45 a.m. Presentation

Charles Manuel - Trade Commissioner, South African Consulate General (Chicago, IL)
Charles ManuelThe World Economy and People of Color
Charles Manuel joined the Consular Corps after a career spanning retail, education, provincial and local government in South Africa. Mr. Manuel assumed his current role in November 2005. His duties include the development of trade and the facilitation of investment between the companies in the Midwest and South Africa. In this capacity Mr. Manuel coordinates trade and investment for South Africa in 14 states in the U.S. Midwest. Before arriving in the USA, Mr. Manuel was based at the Department of Trade and Industry's headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Presentation

Robert Wynn, J.D. - Founder, Asset Builders of America, Inc.
Robert Wynn, J.D.The Economics of Emerging Populations
Mr. Wynn is engaged in an effort entitled "CLIMB" to establish 100 investment clubs in the city of Milwaukee. Mr. Wynn is also spearheading an alternative credit data project, which is funded in part by the Brookings Institution of Washington, D.C. More recently, Mr. Wynn has launched a project entitled "Land Rich," which is an ambitious effort to help cash poor property owners to derive greater value from their real estate holdings. Mr. Wynn is also an investment advisor, and owner of Akamai LLC, which is a business and community development consulting firm.

1:00 p.m. Break and Resource Fair (Lobby)
1:30 p.m. Presentations




Registration fees are non-refundable seven (7) days prior to start of event.



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When & Where

The Edgewater Hotel
666 Wisconsin Avenue
Madison, WI 53703

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 7:00 AM (CDT)

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Wisconsin and Iowa Council

The Wisconsin and Iowa Council's role is to support and develop minority-owned businesses by facilitating important connections between corporations and minority suppliers. The Wisconsin and Iowa Council certifies and matches minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services. Through our events we are able to provide opportunities of exchange and partnership to both supplier and corporate members. Our territory includes the states of Wisconsin and Iowa, and leadership is provided by President, Floyd Rose, Ph.D. 

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