Past Presentations and Speakers

Past WAS Themes

Past Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Magda Peck – Dean, UW Milwaukee School of Public Health
  • Will Allen – Former Professional Basketball Player/head of “Growing Power.”
  • Peter Anin – author of The Great Lakes Water Wars
  • Neal Patel – Principal Product Manager, Amazon Inc.
  • Barry Rassin – 2018-2019 President, Rotary International
  • Chuck Quirmbach – Reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR)
  • Alex Runner – Director of Thought Leadership & Executive Communications, Johnson Controls
  • Dr. Jon Riehl – Transportation Systems Engineer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dawn Borowski, Alice Lundstrom, Diane Voit – Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace and Education for Peace Center
  • Dr. John Walz – President, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
  • Pete Prodehl – Director of Interactive Media, Brinn Labs
  • Michael Barber – President & CEO of Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography, General Electric (GE) Healthcare
  • Maddy Power – Producer & Visual Journalist
  • Michael Swedish – Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
  • Dr. Stephen Hargarten – Chair, Medical College of Wisconsin World Health Program
  • Peter Sawyer – Pulitzer Foundation
  • Fred de Sam Lazaro – PBS NewsHour Correspondent.
  • Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau (Retired) – IBM Corporation, former Dean, National Defense University
  • Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio – Authors of “The Hungry Planet”
  • Dr. Oscar Arias – former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed – Ibn Khaladun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
  • Eric Plantenberg – President, Freedom Personal Development
  • Wendy Baumann – President, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.
  • RADM David P. Aucoin – USN Director, Programming Division, US Navy
  • Sahar Maher El-Issawi – Egyptian journalist & blogger
  • Geneva Bolton Johnson – Retired President, Family Service America
  • Dr. Cary Silverstein – International Organizational Consultant
  • Jay Burdette – Sears China Division
  • Dith Pran – New York Times photojournalist
  • Dr. William Schultz – Executive Director, Amnesty International
  • Elaine Chao – Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau – France, Environmentalist
  • Jeanne Kirkpatrick – former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Cabinet Member
  • Giandomenico Picco – former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Evan Thomas – Assistant Managing Editor, Newsweek Magazine,
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