Speaker Date Topic
Clarene Mitchell - TCM Communications Oct 07, 2022
Linkedin
Linkedin

My work history includes print journalism, public relations, community outreach and activism. When I initially started TCM Communications, I offered broad public relations consulting. I quickly zoned in to providing LinkedIn coaching, training and speaking exclusively based on the inquiries I received. 

I also saw a gap in there being skilled professionals who exclusively provided the services. My daily use of the platform gives me expertise that goes far beyond what some may just read in a book or gain from a training. 

As of January 2021, I created 'The LinkedIn Results Ignitor' as my business moniker. I'm very outcomes driven. When clients begin with me, I tell them the the process is all about them getting a return on their investment. We start out with key LinkedIn data regarding their status on the platform. We work as a team to improve the data. As their analytics improve, they start generating results on the platform.

Oh by the they, entrepreneurship was not a goal for me but now I can't imagine not being one. I LOVE WHAT I DO! Helping others to Shine Online the most gratifying role I have had in my career. 

On a personal note, when I need to unwind I binge watch HTGV.

Chris Korjenek - Ambassador for USA Pickleball Oct 14, 2022
Pickleball
Pickleball

Thank you for inviting me to share my love for pickleball!  During the presentation I will briefly discuss the history of pickleball including the explosive growth, what the future might look like and local professional players and programs.  Additionally, I will cover:

  • Indoor and outdoor pickleball options in MT and the North Shore
  • Local initiative for outdoor courts in MT
  • Potential for indoor facilities on the North Shore

After the presentation I will take questions. 

Chris Korjenek Bio

Chris started her career in commercial real estate at Northwestern Mutual upon graduating from college at UW Milwaukee. After spending eleven years with NM including a transfer to their real estate field office in Chicago, she took a job with Draper and Kramer, another real estate firm, where she worked for 6 years in their RE Advisory group managing real estate funds for clients such as the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust. In 2004 she returned to Milwaukee as the Director of Business Development for Inland Companies (now Colliers).  Three years later she switched gears a bit and took a position as the Executive Director for NAIOP Wisconsin, a commercial real estate trade association. In recent years, she does community outreach for real estate developers for Lanser Public Affairs working on projects such as Foxtown and the Ascension medical office building on Port Washington Road and Highland Road.

Earlier in 2022, Chris became an ambassador for USA Pickleball. She, along with millions of others who have taken up the sport, immediately fell in love and quickly started playing 5 days per week. Being an ambassador means that one promotes the game in the local area that they represent. Ambassadors work with communities, clubs and other various recreational facilities to guide and help build programs for all ages. 

Mark Gierach - Executive Director and Founder Nov 04, 2022
The Saukville Community Food Pantry
The Saukville Community Food Pantry

The Saukville Community Food Pantry is a non-profit organization providing warm meals, groceries, school supplies and support to families in need in Ozaukee County. The number of families served has grown tremendously since we opened our doors in 2012. In the first month of operation, the pantry helped 23 families. Today, we serve over 400 families a month and help over 750 families a year. Saukville Community Food Pantry has created a shopping experience for our families to allow them to choose the foods that work best for their family and any dietary needs they may have. Outside of the needs of the pantry we provide a free meal site, holiday meal boxes, mobile food pantries, a Back 2 School Fair and a Back Pack Fridays Program in the Port Washington / Saukville School District.

Bio:

Mark Gierach, the Executive Director and Founder of the Pantry, was born and raised in the City of Mequon, and moved to Grafton just before his junior year in high school. After graduating from Grafton High, he attended MATC in Milwaukee for Police Science and began working for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department in 1974. He retired at the rank of Sergeant in 2004. He worked for Business International Network (BNI) from 2005 to 2015 and operated his own promotional products business. Mark started the Saukville Community Food Pantry in 2011 and became its Executive Director in 2012. He currently lives in the town of Farmington with his wife, Nancy, who also gives much time to help run the Pantry and the Community Meal Site hosted by the Pantry. They are both active at Parkside Community U.C.C. in Saukville and enjoy time with their extended families and friends.

  • Married to Nancy, we each have three children from previous marriages, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
  • Born and raised in Mequon till I was 15 and family then moved to Grafton.
  • Graduated from Grafton High School, attended MATC for Police Science and started working at the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office in 1974.
  • Retired in 2004 at the rank of Sgt.  
  • From 2000 to 2005 I attended Lay ministry training in DeForest WI with the United Church of Christ and worked as the Youth Minister at St. Peter's UCC in Saukville WI until 2015 on a part time basis.
  • Started my own Promotional Products business in 2002 and sold my customer list to another business in 2011 when it became apparent I either needed to hire staff or cut the number of customers I had been working with.
  • The Food Pantry began to be formed in 2010 when I was approached by a group of people we worked with at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Saukville that had a small food pantry in the basement of the rectory and our church had worked with them on several projects.  Their group were all in their late 70's and 80's and asked if we would continue the work they had started.  From there we created a separate 501c3 organization and the journey continues today and into the future.

 

Tomika Vukovic - Co-Executive Director Nov 11, 2022
Wisconsin Voices
Wisconsin Voices

We help people across the state connect with their communities, learn about issues that matter to them, and take action on what they believe.

We were founded as a grassroots movement to remember what we stand for and make a plan that everyone can contribute to. This includes building an engaged citizenry working for change, expanding the electorate by targeting underrepresented constituencies, developing stronger leaders who will never stop fighting even when the going gets tough, continuing support of cultural diversity.

Bio:

Tomika brings extensive experience in leading campaigns as well as a deep skill set in accounting. She most recently served as the Finance and Administration Manager for Milwaukee Turners. Tomika also serves as alderwoman for the 1st aldermanic district in the City of Glendale and as a board member for the Glendale-River Hills School Board. She is incredibly connected throughout Wisconsin politically, and most importantly, to many of our communities throughout the state. In her Co-Executive Director role Tomika will supervise the organizing, policy and data departments of the organization and co-manage the finance, communications and operations departments with Tim Schindler, Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development.

Adam Albrecht - Founder & CEO The Weaponry Dec 02, 2022
The Weaponry
The Weaponry

Adam spent his childhood in Vermont, where he was raised on maple syrup and snow. Following graduation from high school he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he studied psychology, journalism and cheese curds. He also captained Wisonsin’s Big 10 Champion track and field team.

Adam started his advertising career as a copywriter at Cramer Krasselt working on iconic brands including Reddi-Wip, Ski-Doo, GNC, Snap-On, Briggs and Stratton and Case IH. His next stop was at Engauge where he ascended to the role of Chief Creative Officer, winning work with such well known brands as Nike, Coca Cola, Nationwide Insurance, Wells Fargo, UPS and Chick-fil-a. Publicis Groupe acquired Engauge in 2013 and folded the agency into Atlanta-based Moxie, forming a 625 person marketing powerhouse. Adam remained at Moxie until 2016 when he left to launch The Weaponry.

Brittany Vulich - Local Campaign Digital Organizer Dec 23, 2022
The Redress Movement
The Redress Movement

The Redress Movement is an emerging racial justice organization that aims to organize racially and ethnically diverse local movements in communities throughout the U.S.  We will help residents to build and wield collective power needed to redress residential segregation of their own and neighboring communities.

We believe that just as segregation was caused by specific laws, specific policies and specific decision makers, segregation and its multi-generational impacts can be redressed. Our vision is a society no longer divided and separated.

While we know that segregation that took decades to establish cannot be undone overnight, we are determined to take the first steps on an unwavering path to redress it as a moral and constitutional obligation.

Bio:

Originally from rural Illinois, Brittany has called the Greater Milwaukee Area homebase for the past 16 years. After graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a double major in Global Studies and Spanish, she was selected as one of 26 volunteers for the inaugural cohort to the Republic of Kosovo with the Peace Corps serving as an ESL instructor for two years.

She began her organizing career volunteering to knock doors and ask voters about the issues that mattered most to them. She was serving as the Financial Director in the home stretch of a Wisconsin Supreme Court race when the COVID pandemic hit. Nationwide, campaigns turned to digital organizing and physically-distant outdoor events. Likewise Brittany went on to work for several local races and coordinated campaigns focusing on digital organizing, car rallies, and literature drops to help turn out the vote in the fall of 2020.

That same year, she founded Break the Silence in the Burbs (BSB) to create a space in Milwaukee suburbs to amplify BIPOC voices and for residents to show up in solidarity with demands for justice for victims of police brutality and call for systemic change. In partnership with allied and Black-led organizations, BSB co-organized dozens of marches, community conversations, and direct-actions including letter writing campaigns to state legislators and school boards in support of anti-racist policies.

Brittany looks forward to helping the Redress Movement create an inclusive, multiracial coalition reflective of the Greater Milwaukee Area to effectively redress the legacy of racial segregation and advance housing justice in southeatern Wisconsin.