2017 Lunch n' Learn - Innovation That Matters: Does your community have what it takes?

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Name: 2017 Lunch n' Learn - Innovation That Matters: Does your community have what it takes?
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Event Description:

The digital revolution that is transforming all aspects of our lives – how we live, interact, learn and work – is behind the rise of innovative startups across the country.  These startups are changing the way we live daily and they will only continue to pop up in the future. Communities that capitalize and support the digital shift of innovative startups will reap the rewards of economic vitality and improved quality of life.

The Innovation That Matters research project by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1776, Free Enterprise and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center, analyzes key markets that are capitalizing on 21st Century innovations by creating strong networks between startups, local government, civic leaders, and established businesses in the community.
Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce for a special event to understand the important role the business community plays in creating an environment where innovation can thrive. Hear the results from research project followed by a panel of local experts who are making innovation happen in the Fox Valley. You'll walk away with specific recommendations on how you can create change, foster innovation and help the Fox Valley thrive for the next 20 years.   
Communities that embrace the digital revolution will either thrive or be left behind with missed opportunities.

Check out the Innovation That Matters report on the website here.


J.D. Harrison is the senior director for strategic communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he leads a team that specializes in marketing, advertising, digital content, social media and other messaging platforms. J.D. previously covered small business, entrepreneurship and public policy for The Washington Post, and before moving to Washington, he covered startups and emerging technology for Portfolio in New York. J.D. is a proud native of Durham, North Carolina and a graduate of both Wake Forest University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Mitesh Ajmera is the co-founder of Torus Tech Co, a technology company with a presence in the Fox Valley, California, Canada and India. At Torus, he works with startups and businesses of all sizes to create value through software that helps them scale, improve processes or even reimagine the core product with a tech layer. An entrepreneur at heart, Mitesh loves building things - apps, businesses and relationships alike. He has an MBA and was part of Harvard Business School’s 2015 batch for executives ‘Launching New Ventures’. 

Amy Pietsch is an entrepreneur, turned intrapreneur, currently serving as the Director of the Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center. Amy’s passion is assisting entrepreneurs, small business owners, community and business leaders to launch and grow sustainable enterprises. Amy helps them design their business model, develop their marketing and business plans, and secure financing. Amy is a graduate of Alverno College with an MBA in Innovation Leadership.

Jerry Deschane
is the Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Urban Alliance. He also serves as the Secretary of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Mutual Insurance board of directors and is an ex officio member of the board of the Local Government Institute. Deschane spent 20 years with the Wisconsin Builders Association and also has experience in state government and the news media.

Michelle Schuler is the Community Engagement Manager for Microsoft.
With over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial experience, Michelle chose to pursue a new career for herself in technology in 2011. She leads the TechSpark Wisconsin initiative for Microsoft. TechSpark Wisconsin is a civic program aimed at fostering greater economic opportunity and job creation in Brown and Outagamie Counties. As co-founder and president of Women in Technology Wisconsin Inc. (WIT Wisconsin), she has successfully put strategies into action to create the region’s largest member organization of technology leaders, managers and specialists. WIT Wisconsin has grown to over 200 members representing more than 60 employers. The organization has created sub-groups to appeal to specific markets, including WIT@Work,WITonCampus, and WIT for Girls. 


Return/Refund Policy:Our on-line reservations are limited to seminars/events. Because The Chamber is responsible for payment to the venue for the reservation, refunds are only available if The Chamber is contacted three business days in advance of the event.

Event Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsor

  • Charter Communications

Liberty Hall
800 Eisenhower Drive 
Kimberly, WI 

Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Contact Information:
Mark Rahmlow

General Admission: $15
Reserved Table of 8 for $96 

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