Howard Snyder is Founder and Executive Director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization established in 1983 in an abandoned fire station on Villard Avenue and Hopkins Street. Today, the Northwest Side CDC is located in the Century City Tower, the old Eaton building on 27th and Capitol, where it operates a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which lends money to support business development, three Neighborhood Strategic Planning (NSP) community organizing/crime prevention projects, a major housing program targeted at rehabilitating foreclosed property for sale, and grassroots efforts to connect people to jobs in the neighborhood.
Howard and the Northwest Side CDC are three-time MANDI Award winners including the Northern Trust Navigator Award for the Villard Square Library development. Howard is a highly regarded nonprofit leader who has managed the growth of his organization through changing political environments, funding priorities and neighborhood issues. Howard is very proud to be a Wisconsin Badger, having earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations at UW-Madison.
Experiential Learning through Art and Museum Experiences, Laci Coppins-Robbins
Laci Coppins - Robbins Executive Director, Milwaukee Teacher Education Center Guest Artist/lecturer, Alverno College, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Marquette University, Northwestern University Executive Board Member, African American Art Alliance of the Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Directors, Artist Working in Education Mentor, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Member, Professional Dimensions Executive Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
"Dr. Laci Coppins-Robbins is a visual artist and educator, her presentation around Experiential Learning is best expressed through the visual narrative. The presentation shares examples of specific achievements demonstrating Experiential Learning and illustrates methods to connect individuals to exhibitions, works of art through direct experiences and focused reflection. This talk considers techniques where relationships are developed and nurtured: student to self (I am), student to others (We are) and student to the world at large (We are). While also taking into account both the individual (I am) and the collaborative nature (We are)."
How to Fail with Success, Joe Sheehy
How to Fail with Success Student, Philosophy at UW - Milwaukee Member, Philosophy at UW - Milwaukee Paralegal, La Fleur Law OFfice
"Success does not happen without failure. To truly be a success, we have to change the way we think about failure. Academic institutions distort an individual’s thoughts on failure and hinder success. Many people become risk-averse and do not challenge themselves. They fear failure before failure happens. This is called doubt. This word stops more people from even getting to failure. In order to change this, a different perspective on the matter is required. Your gender, race, intelligence, background, etc. do not have an impact on whether you are successful or not. This perspective isn’t solely focused on money either; there are many areas people seek success in. This comes down to the principles that we must practice and ingrain in our minds. Starting anything is easy because it’s when things get tough, you are truly tested."
We Eat What We Are
Kyle Cherek Host, Wisconsin Foodie (twice Emmy-Nominated Television show) Host, Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek Partner, Amuse Bouche Productions Frequent media contributor to Public Radio, NPR, CBS, and NBC.
"What role does flavor play in our memory, personal identity, and sense of place? Flavors have shaped humankind since the dawn of civilization, influencing economies, religions, societal structures, and physical evolution. This talk explores the fascinating tale of how flavors have formed us across the millennia and what our choices today mean for the future."
When Good is Not Good Enough
Frank Martinelli President, Center for Public Skills Training Contributing Author, YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs
"Milwaukee . . . In spite of the valiant, ongoing efforts of many caring people and dedicated organizations over a long period of time, life has not improved for many Milwaukeeans. Poverty and the many problems associated with it are increasing at an alarming rate. We continue to live in one of the most racially segregated regions in the U.S.
If things are going to really change, we need to shift attention from modest service goals that provide temporary relief to courageous actions that challenge and change the economic, social and political systems that are the root cause of many of the problems our community faces.
In order for this shift to occur, we need to challenge our work in the nonprofit sector -- especially those nonprofit organizations working in and with low income communities. Too much of our work stops at providing services to individuals in the communities ravaged by unjust social, economic and political systems. And this work is essential and must, of course, continue. At the same time, nonprofits need to direct more efforts at actually changing the underlying systems that produce so much of this pain and injustice."
Agile Leadership: Preparing for an Unconventional Career Path
Emily Phillips Partner, Drosner Phillips Group - Baird Board of Directors, Executive Women's Golf Association Board of Directors, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Foundation Vice President of Programming, Board of Directors, Professional Dimensions in Milwaukee
How do you navigate life without knowing all of the answers? How do you transition from student to expert? We live in a rapidly changing environment where technology accelerates the pace of interactions and expectations of knowledge. The new normal demands versatile and adaptive talent to handle the ambiguities life presents us; learning how to be fearless in the face of unknowns provides us the ability to unlock success in our careers as modern day change agents. This talk will outline the benefits of not being afraid of what you don’t know and the advantages of living life as a leader in our community.
Food Insecurity is a Public Health Concern
Rayna Andrews Senior Director, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Chairwoman, Milwaukee Excellence Charter School 40 under 40, Milwaukee Business Journal United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Philanthropic Five
"Food insecurity is an urgent public health problem in the United States, affecting one in seven households. Andrews TEDx talk explores the landscape and impact of food insecurity in the United States and overlays it on the current health outcomes in Milwaukee County. This talk will offer a fresh approach to solving the problem of food insecurity; and how our communities can adopt a collective impact framework that addresses the root causes of household instability that leads to food insecurity."
The Art of Going Viral
Niki Johnson Artist, Curator, Owner- Niki Johnson Studio, LLC Artwork housed in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, UW-Health's American Center Hospital, Madison Central Public Library Reviews of art featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, Vice Magazine
"Galleries provide a controlled, if not elevated environment--but what happens when your work goes viral? Artists create artwork with specific intentions and audiences in mind. Where a piece of art is seen directly affects the way it is experienced, and fuels how it is interpreted. This talk explores how political artwork makes meaning when it explodes beyond the walls of the gallery to hang alongside flashy headlines and clickbait. Drawing on my experience of having a piece go viral, I reveal the unexpected lessons I learned about being an artist committed to creating social change while unexpectedly navigating the territory of public domain."
The Art of Self-Accommodation
Jason Anderson Counselor for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing (D/hh), and Students with Physical Disabilities Founder: Brew City Signers ASL Trivia and CODE-IDEA.org
"As a Disability Services Counselor at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Jason has made the act of building bridges in the disability world his life's work. He believes that the solutions to many disability related problems lie within each person in the form of self-accommodations. Much like art, those solutions require ingenuity, cultivation, and repetition to flourish, and are entirely possible to achieve. Drawing from his lived experience as a hard-of-hearing child growing into a late-deafened adult, he is able to understand multiple perspectives on how people from diverse disability backgrounds can utilize tools and experiences to drastically improve their lives, education, and careers."
La'Ketta Caldwell Founder, Keyta Life Senior Program Manager of the Arts Education Department, Boys & Girls Club 2015, 40 under 40, Milwaukee Business Journal 2015 MANDI Nominee
"Caldwell’s TEDx is her journal entries from the phone call to the funeral of her family member who committed suicide. The timeline depicts the impact it had on her family and the community. We cannot continue to hide mental illness. Say something! It is real like any other disease. People should not feel intimidated or ashamed. We cannot continue to bury suicide in families. I may never get the answer of why, but I know that I cannot stay silent. My brother made an impact on my life. I will say something and not give up. I will share my story hoping lives will be saved."
Co President - TEDxUWMilwaukee Director of Curation
Co President - TEDxUWMilwaukee Director of Logistics BBA, Finance - Fall 2018
"It is my personal goal to learn how communities develop and change, and obtain an academic understanding that will allow me insight on economic and social development. TEDxUWMilwaukee allows me the opportunity to engage and exchange knowledge with so many inspiring people. Together, I believe we can bring positive change to the vibrant and diverse, but often too segregated and polarized, Milwaukee community."
Director of Curation - TEDxUWMilwaukee Student Body President Student Association at UW - Milwaukee Co Founder - TEDxUWMilwaukee College of Letters and Science, Chemistry - Spring 2017
"I strive to make myself and those around me more thoughtful about the world we all share. TEDxUWMilwaukee is a platform with which we inspire thoughtful and consequently impactful lifestyles in those touched by it. I find my self-worth in changing the world for the better every day. TEDxUWMilwaukee has made that a reality."