Bridget Coffing |Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations |McDonald’s Corporation
Our keynote speaker, Bridget Coffing is the company’s Chief Communications Officer and reports to McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she oversees the Global Government and Public Affairs department; Global External Communications, which encompasses media relations, public relations, marketing communications, and global digital communications; and the Global System Communications group, including internal communications, meetings and events, creative services and the McDonald’s archives. A 30-year veteran of McDonald’s, Coffing leads a global team of company communicators to invigorate dialogue with employees, international media, stakeholders, customers, and the NGO community. She helps shape strategic Brand communications to strengthen the company’s work to make a difference as a corporate citizen. Coffing leads the McDonald’s Global Communications Council, driving system-wide communications alignment, and the Worldwide Corporate Relations Council, helping facilitate issues preparedness and crisis management. In her previous role as Vice President of Global External Communications, Coffing developed communications strategies and initiatives to reinforce McDonald’s commitment to children’s well-being, Ronald McDonald House Charities, marketing leadership, sports and entertainment alliances, global field communications, and worldwide consumer brand activities including McDonald’s FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games sponsorships. Coffing joined McDonald’s in 1985 from Golin/Harris Communications, where she specialized in food and consumer marketing. Coffing previously worked in the advertising and retail promotion industry. Coffing is the recipient of numerous top industry awards and McDonald’s recognition, including the McDonald’s Presidents’ Award, which is annually awarded to the organization’s top one percent of employees, and McDonald’s Team and Circle of Excellence Awards. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society and The Seminar; a Board member of the Public Relations Society of America, Chicago chapter, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology.
Kyle Buchmann |Managing Senior Director of Development – Corporate and Foundation Relations | UW Foundation
Buchmann joined the University of Wisconsin Foundation as Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations in 2012 and worked to build mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and corporations and foundations. In 2013, he assumed the role as Managing Senior Director and oversaw the re-organization of the corporate and foundation relations group to prepare for the upcoming University of Wisconsin campaign. In 2015, he was chosen to oversee the creation of the Regional Development Group in addition to his other central development duties. He serves on the UW Foundation communications committee, the UW Sponsorship Council, and as a mentor for newly hired employees. Prior to joining the UW Foundation he was the Associate Director for Major Gifts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Prior to his career in educational advancement he was the Director of Tournaments and Championships for Collegiate Club Sports in Pittsburgh, PA. He was responsible for the management of the pre and post season play and the corporate sponsorship sales associated with those events. He completed his BBA in Management at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
David DeWitt | Technical Fellow | Microsoft
DeWitt was a faculty member in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1976 until he joined Microsoft as a Technical Fellow in March 2008. He served as department chair from 1999 to 2004. Dr. DeWitt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His pioneering contributions to the field of parallel database systems were recognized by ACM with the 2009 Software Systems award. Currently, he manages the Jim Gray Systems Laboratory in Madison for Microsoft.
Tim Donohue | Bacteriology| UW–Madison
Dr. Donohue has been a faculty member at UW–Madison for over 29 years. His research focuses on diverting the energy from sunlight and renewable waste into microbial pathways and products. He has been a member of many federal research panels, has served on several editorial boards and advisory committees in microbiology, helped author reports for the Department of Energy of solar energy generation and the conversion of plant biomass into biofuels, led cross-disciplinary research programs like the NIGMS Biotechnology Predoctoral Training Program, and is Past President of the American Society for Microbiology, the largest and oldest Biological sciences professional society in the world. In 2007, UW–Madison was named as home of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), a 25M/year DOE-funded cellulosic biofuels research center that is directed by Dr. Donohue. Great Lakes Bioenergy conducts basic, genomics-based research to design the microbial and plant systems needed to produce cellulosic biofuels. To date Great Lakes Bioenergy has filed invention disclosures that have led to over 100 patent applications, some 3 dozen technology licenses/options and formed the basis of 2 new companies. Great Lakes Bioenergy is part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, a State, UW–Madison and private sector partnership to make advances needed to provide a suite of renewable energy systems.
Jamie Marsh Finco| Director of Corporate & Employer Relations | Wisconsin School of Business
Marsh Finco created and implemented a unique model to broaden and deepen strategic partnerships between companies, students, faculty and alumni in the dimensions of hiring, research partnerships, talent development and investments. Prior to this role, Jamie served as a career advisor and employer relations consultant in the Business Career Center for seven years. Jamie served as President of the Hire Big 10+ Career Services Consortium and is currently the Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Career Services Council. She is passionate about coaching students and alumni to career success and consulting companies on strategies to achieve their partnership goals with the UW.
Lisa Girdharry | Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer | UW Credit Union
Ms. Guidharry is responsible for the overall direction of the credit union’s marketing, communication, business development, community relations and brand equity strategies. Guidharry joined UW Credit Union in 2007. She previously worked with Johnson Bank, CUNA Mutual Group and US Bank.
Kelli Gradel | Training Manager | Dean Clinic
Ms. Gradel provides technical training services to more than 5,000 employees across 65+ clinics in South Central Wisconsin. For the past two years, Gradel has served as an executive sponsor and process improvement mentor for various teams participating in the Physician Leadership Development program at UW–Madison. Gradel is a Learning and Development leader with over 20 years of experience in training, instructional design, and evaluation. She has worked in both healthcare and public education, with a focus on driving innovation and change through instructional best practices.
Laura Heisler | Director of Programming | WARF
Heisler is charged with developing, implementing and directing the programmatic framework for the groundbreaking public spaces at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery including the one-of-a-kind Town Center, which welcomes the entire community. Prior to assuming this role in 2009, she served as an Intellectual Property Manager for WARF and as the Program Developer for the Morgridge Institute for Research. She has been involved with numerous aspects of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery project since its inception in 2006. Laura is a patent agent registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before joining WARF in 2004, she worked as Intellectual Property Manager, Grants Manager and as a research scientist for Third Wave Technologies. Laura did her undergraduate work at Stanford University in Biological Sciences and Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of several scientific publications and the inventor of a U.S. patent.
Kendra Hogan | Office of Industrial Partnerships | UW-Madison
Hogan is an attorney at the UW–Madison Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) where she serves as a Contracts Specialist. Kendra works with companies whose interests span sponsorship of innovative research to accessing market-ready UW technologies, with a particular focus on the College of Engineering and Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education Centers contracts. She performs institutional review and negotiation of research-related agreements in support of OIP’s mission to provide a flexible and individualized approach to fostering successful and long-term industry relationships with the university. Kendra has a background in academia and industry with a Master’s of Science in molecular biology and genetics from the University of California – San Diego (2007) followed by two years as a research scientist at Roche NimbleGen, Inc. in Madison. In combination with her J.D. (cum laude, 2012), she is currently completing a Master’s of Public Health through the UW’s dual degree program.
A native of Wisconsin. Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 with a major in Zoology. While on campus, he was also a member University of Wisconsin Football Team, including the 1993 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship team. Joe later finished his education with a Masters Degree in Finance from Butler University. Upon graduation from UW, Joe accepted an entry level sales position with Altria. During his 17+ year career with Altria, Joe has held several management and account manager positions within the company. Currently he manages a large sales organization for Altria in Illinois.
Vicki Kampmeier | Director, Human Resources and Administration | TDS
Kampmeier and her team is responsible for collaborating and aligning with stakeholders to attract, develop and retain a highly engaged workforce that delivers business results. Prior to joining TDS, Vicki worked in operational leadership roles within the wireless industry for companies like U.S. Cellular and Bell South. Vicki is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR), and is a member in the local chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, and Madison’s HR Executive Group. She received her Master’s in Organizational Development from Edgewood College, and her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.
Steve King | Executive Director of Professional and Executive Development | Wisconsin School of Business
Steve King serves as the Executive Director of Professional and Executive Development at the Wisconsin School of Business, Previously, Steve was Chief Learning Officer and Vice President of Talent Management for Baxter International. Prior to this position, Steve was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Hewitt Associates for seven years, with responsibility for all aspects of human resources for the international consulting and outsourcing firm, and he was Hewitt’s Chief Learning Officer for three years. Before joining Hewitt, Steve was with the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning where he was the faculty head for leadership and change management. He also held training and management development positions within Caremark and Harris Bank. Steve has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of Iowa, both in economics.
Susan LaBelle | Managing Director | UW–Madison Office of Corporate Relations
LaBelle joined UW–Madison as Managing Director of the Office of Corporate Relations in February 2014. Susan’s professional background includes executive positions in marketing and strategy in the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently she served as global vice president of marketing at drug development services company Covance. In addition to her roles at global companies, she has provided consulting on strategy and marketing to companies, nonprofits and higher education institutions. Susan has an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, and earned her master’s in marketing and management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tom Lochner | Executive Director |Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association
Tom Lochner has served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association since 1989. He serves on the Wisconsin Cranberry Board Inc. (WCB), the Wisconsin Cranberry Research and Education Foundation Board (WCREF), and is a board member of the Cranberry Museum, Inc. (CMI) Board. He is a UW–Madison graduate.
Miron Livny |Chief Technology Officer |Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
Livny received a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1975 from the Hebrew University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1978 and 1984, respectively. Since 1983 he has been on the Computer Sciences Department faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Sciences, the director of the Center for High Throughput Computing, is leading the HTCondor project and serves as the principal investigator and technical director of the Open Science Grid (OSG). He is a member of the scientific leadership team of the Morgridge Institute of Research where he is leading the Software Assurance Market Place (SWAMP) project and is serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery. Dr. Livny’s research focuses on distributed processing and data management systems and involves close collaboration with researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines. He pioneered the area of High Throughput Computing (HTC) and developed frameworks and software tools that have been widely adopted by academic and commercial organizations around the world.
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf | Provost | UW–Madison
Mangelsdorf has served as Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since August, 2014. As the chief operating officer of the university and deputy to the chancellor in the overall academic leadership and administrative management of the university responsibilities include the academic program planning involving 12 schools and colleges; faculty and staff development and personnel oversight and budget planning and management.
Mangelsdorf comes to Madison after serving six years as the dean of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, where she was also a member of the Department of Psychology. Prior to Northwestern, Mangelsdorf served from 2004 to 2008 as the Henry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was the first woman to hold that position. She joined the University of Illinois Department of Psychology in 1991 and served as associate provost from 2001–03 and head of the psychology department from 2003 to 2004. She previously served four years as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Mangelsdorf earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980 from Oberlin College in Ohio and her doctorate in 1988 in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Jill McDermott | Program Director for the Center for Professional and Executive Development | Wisconsin School of Business
Jill is an accomplished talent and organization development leader with more than 25 years of experience designing, implementing and managing organizational design and change initiatives, talent development models and programs, employee engagement and performance programs. She is a recognized expert for building strong partnerships with individuals and teams and creating effective organizational strategies. Jill has strong interpersonal and influence skills in remote and matrix work environments. Jill worked with the Thomson Reuters Corporation for 10 years as a leader in organization and talent management. She supported business leaders globally by assessing, designing and improving talent management, providing coaching and training for high potentials and executives, and creating custom learning solutions for executives, teams, and their business units. Currently, Jill is the program director for “Cultivating Well-Being: a Neuroscientific Approach,” a collaborative program between the Wisconsin School of Business and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Jill has a Business Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in Organizational Development.
Bill Murphy | Biomedical Engineering |UW-Madison
Murphy is the Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, and Co-Director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and postdoctoral training in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. His research interests focus on creating new biomaterials inspired by the materials found in nature. Murphy’s research group is using new biomaterials to understand stem cell behavior and to induce tissue regeneration. He has published more than 120 scientific manuscripts, filed over 30 patents, Co-Founded multiple start-up companies, and received awards that include the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Wisconsin Vilas Associate Award, and induction as a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Jeffrey S. Russell | Dean, Division of Continuing Studies | UW–Madison
Russell is the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, the Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies, and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a cofounder of the university’s Construction Engineering and Management program. Russell has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. He was honored for his career in education as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ five winners of the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. The award recognized Russell’s contributions to civil engineering throughout his 25-year career. In 2007 Russell was awarded the Engineering Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Russell serves on the UW Credit Union Board of Directors as well as the Advisory Board for the Wisconsin Center for Education Products & Services.
Nicole Rybeck is the Education Process and Standards Leader for GE Healthcare’s Global Education Services business. In her role, she is responsible for supporting the growth of global education business through simplifying and standardizing processes to be used across all seven global regions. Nicole started her career with GE as part of the Information Technology Leadership Program. Following her graduation from the program, she completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Outside of her day job, Nicole serves as the Campus Recruiting Leader for GE at UW-Madison. In this role, she leads GE’s recruiting efforts and engagement across campus. Nicole is a graduate of UW-Madison’s College of Engineering and continues her involvement on campus as President of the Brittingham Viking Scholarship Organization, a group that has been dedicated to promoting the value of academic, social and professional connections between UW-Madison and Scandinavia for more than 50 years.
Pamela W. Stampen | Community Investment | American Family Insurance
Pam has been with American Family Insurance for 22 years and has served in ten roles, giving her a broad perspective on the company and its operation. Pam currently serves as the Leader of the Community Investment function, and along with her team, is responsible for redesigning American Family’s approach to philanthropy. Pam has also served American Family as HRVP, Integrated Sales and Service VP, Corporate Planning Director, Customer Billing Director, and IS Organizational Development Director among others. Before coming to American Family, Pam worked for both public and private companies including Ernst & Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Charles Schwab, Stuart James Investment Bankers and Northwest Airlines. Pam’s educational background includes an MBA and MS in Quantitative Analysis both from UW-Madison and a BA from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Constance Steinkuehler | Digital Media | UW–Madison
Steinkuehler is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Co-Director of the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) lab at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and Chair of their annual GLS Conference. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Higher Education Videogames Alliance (HEVGA), an organization of higher education leaders whose mission is to underscore the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities. In 2011-2012, she served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she advised on national initiatives related to videogames. Her research is on cognition and learning in commercial entertainment games and games designed for impact. Current interests include the neuroscience of games (particularly in the areas of attention and emotional and social well-being), literacy and games, scientific reasoning and games, and the development of mixed methodologies for heterogeneous game-based data sets. Her research and leadership work has been featured in Science, Wired, USA Today, New York Times, ABC, CBS, CNN NPR, BBC and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Justin Sydnor |Wisconsin School of Business | UW–Madison
Sydnor is an assistant professor in the Department of Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance at the Wisconsin School of Business. He joined the Wisconsin School of Business from Case Western Reserve University, where he was an assistant professor of economics with the Weatherhead School of Management. His research interests are in psychology and economics, applied microeconomics, (behavioral) industrial organization, insurance markets, and risk and decision making. Sydnor earned his B.A. in economics and German from UW–Madison and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Raj Veeramani |Internet of Things Lab | UW-Madison
Veeramani is the Robert Ratner Chair Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with joint appointments in the College of Engineering and the Wisconsin School of Business. He is the founder and Executive Director of the campus-wide UW E-Business Institute and UW E-Business Consortium, which is Wisconsin’s leading university-industry partnership helping industry gain competitive advantage through e-business strategies and best practices. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the UW Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, a campus-hub for university-industry collaboration focused on research and experiential learning with IoT technologies and applications.
Ms. Voight has worked with Baird for almost 3 years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Business Management degree in Human Resource Management. She converted from a Talent Acquisition Intern upon graduation into her current role as Campus Relations Manager where she manage the campus and community relationship efforts throughout the firm, supporting a wide array of financial business’s and corporate departments, and oversees the intern program including 200+ interns this past summer.