WEDC INDUSTRY EXPERTS

A COLLECTION OF EXPERTS TO SUPPORT SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES

Tap into the expertise of the state’s economic development executives. As the state’s lead economic development agency, our executive team lives and breathes economic development. And they are available for media opportunities and speaking engagements.

To submit your request for a speaker for an upcoming event, please contact David Callender at 608.210.6706.

Missy Hughes
Secretary and CEO

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Economic development
  • Rural economic development
  • Forward-looking economic development strategies
  • WEDC overview

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Sam Rikkers
Chief Operating Officer

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Rural and urban economic development
  • Business attraction
  • Business retention and expansion
  • WEDC programs and operations

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Khadija Mims
Chief Financial Officer

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Governmental and nonprofit financial management
  • Financial compliance with WEDC award contracts

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Aaron Hagar
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Government and community networks’ roles in supporting the startup community
  • WEDC entrepreneurship and innovation strategy

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Beth Haskovec
Director, Office of Rural Prosperity

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Rural challenges and opportunities
  • Timber Industry Diversity Project
  • Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool

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Joshua Robbins
Vice President, Technology and Information Systems

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Implementation of SaaS systems, risks vs. rewards
  • International travel security compliance: the balance between productivity and security

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Katy Sinnott
Vice President, International Business Development

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Global trade
  • Foreign direct investment

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Mike Ward
Vice President, Business and Community Development

SPEAKING TOPICS:

  • Regional economic development
  • Business retention and expansion
  • Available financial resources

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