2017 Wisconsin Fall Symposium Agenda

October 27-28, 2017

Clarion Hotel in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Friday, October 27

4:00pmRegistration Opens
Networking and welcome with Wisconsin State Representative Lisa Subeck and Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud
5:00pm Opening Remarks & Special Guest Speaker from Jessie Garcia, Author and Sportscaster
Join Jessie, the author of Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State’s Olympian, and the first female TV sportscaster in the Midwest and the first to host a NFL coach’s show. Jessie has also covered Wisconsin teams and athletes for more than 20 years including coverage at WISC-TV in Madison and at WTMJ in Milwaukee, where she hosted The Mike McCarthy Show. Currently she teaches journalism at Carroll University, in Waukesha.
6:00pmShuttle Leaves for Dinner
6:15pmCooking Class and Dinner Experience – Forage Eau Claire
Learn new cooking skills and get to know each other while preparing a three-course dinner

Saturday, October 28

*** Assorted pastries, muffins, and coffee will be served***
9:00amThe future of Retail and Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Initiative
• Lisa Nelson, Walmart
10:00amEncouraging Women Owned Businesses in your Community
• Alison Dodge, Wisconsin Women Business Initiative Cooperative (WWBIC)
11:00amCommunicating with Your Constituents- Social Media Panel
• Dr. Maureen Schriner, Former UWEC Communications Professor
• Linda Pophal, Owner/CEO of Strategic Communications
• Laurie Boettcher, Digital Marketing and Marketing Program Director and Instructor Chippewa Valley Technical College
12:00pm Luncheon
1:00pmHidden Figures Viewing and Google Coding Party – Teen girls (ages 13-18) invited to join 
NFWL is proud to partner with Google’s Made with Code to offer a Hidden Figures Viewing and Coding Party for teen girls (13-18). Hidden Figures is the true story of three female, African-American NASA mathematicians — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — and their decisive contributions to the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The event concludes with a coding activity that corresponds with the movie and its main themes. Each teen girl attendee will receive some free swag.
4:00pm Closing Reception

Hotel Scheduling

Due to a lack of availability of lodging at the Clarion, a room block has been made at the Hampton Inn Eau Claire across the street from the Clarion.

You may go online to hamptoninn3.hilton.com and make your reservations or call the hotel at 715-833-0003 and talk to one of the Guest Service Representatives. The online route is the fastest way to go. If you choose the online route: enter Eau Claire, WI as your destination, select the correct dates; (make sure to use the dates our group is set for, or the group rate will not appear), then select “Add Special Rate Code”. In the “Group Code” space you should enter NFW. Be sure to make your reservations before 10/06/2017.


Additional Information

For questions or more information, please contact Zach Madden at

Zachary.Madden@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-7521