UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County will serve as host for the Central Wisconsin Veteran’s Summit, co-sponsored by the UW-Platteville School of Business and the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. The gathering will take place on Wednesday, May 3 from 9 a.m.–noon at the UW-Platteville’s branch campus in Baraboo.
Dr. Les Hollingsworth, director of the School of Business, says the summit aims to convene area veterans and student veterans alongside the local business community.
“We want to help build relationships between veterans and area employers and bring a discussion of the best ways to support local veterans,” said Hollingsworth.
Co-host the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce serves veterans and military families by providing educational and other resources to veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses across Wisconsin, according to Saul Newton, the Chamber’s president and CEO.
“Veterans play an incredibly important role in Wisconsin's economy as business owners, employees and community leaders. Through opportunities for connection and discussion, we can ensure veterans are empowered and businesses realize the value veterans bring to their workplaces. We hope this summit can help those businesses grow and connect veterans with the local business community in the Baraboo area,” said Newton.
Sessions will include a presentation from Greg Tremelling, coordinator of UW-Platteville’s Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students, on making the transition from the military into school and work, and a panel of private employers moderated by David Walters, the regional supervisor for the Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Veteran Employment Services.
There will also be a keynote talk from Natalie Isensee, the manager of diversity, equity and inclusion for WPS Health Solutions and a 2012 graduate of the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Project Management program, who was also named the 2022 Woman Veteran of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and a presentation by Christopher Kolakowski, director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Lunch will also be available for participants, so discussion and networking connections made throughout the morning can continue.
“The School of Business is glad to be able to work with the Veterans Chamber to bring these important discussions to this part of Wisconsin,” said Hollingsworth.
Online registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/central-wisconsin-veterans-summit-tickets-586259206067.