COMMUNITY BUSINESS BREAKFASTS
Community Business Breakfasts
The Community Business Breakfast Series began with a local businessman seeking a place to gather to discuss relevant topics. This series provides local businesses, government officials, MBU faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting topics in an inviting space. Additionally, it exposes MBU students to the surrounding business community. Come and enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast while you network with fellow business professionals from the Watertown community and surrounding areas. Each breakfast features a guest speaker, compelling topics, and a brief introduction to MBU. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the presentation starts at 7:30 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities exist for these events. Contact the MBU Development Office at 920.206.2325 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. See below for more information and video links of previous breakfasts.
Upcoming Community Business Breakfasts
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 7:00am | Business Breakfast Series
Annual Economic Breakfast featuring Jela Trask and Rebecca Deschane – WEDC: Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain & Talent
Theme: “Made in Watertown”
*Workshops to follow this breakfast until 10:00
*See below to read about our key speakers at this breakfast
April 7, 2020 | 7:00am | Business Breakfast Series
Presented by Chris Darling, VP of UPS GBS Finance Operations
Theme: “Supply Chain Logistics”
Jela Trask-Key Business Liason, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Jela Trask is the Key Business Liaison and Business & Investment Attraction Director with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
In this role, Jela serves as WEDC’s liaison for Foxconn, Haribo and other significant commercial or industrial projects in Wisconsin and assists those companies in identifying and connecting to the Wisconsin resources they need to be successful, particularly in areas such as supply chain. With more than 25 years of business development and integrated marketing experience, Jela brings a broad range of skills to the position as she has worked with companies at different life stages – from startups to Fortune 100 companies.
Jela spent her career in San Francisco and Chicago before moving to Madison. For several years, Jela served as director of account management and planning with Nelson Schmidt, where she managed the promotion of Wisconsin as a premier destination for business and personal success.
With a degree in political science and economics from Indiana University, Jela started her career with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Japanese External Trade Organization, where she focused on helping companies navigate global market expansion.
Rebecca Deschane-Talent Initiatives Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporatioin
Rebecca Deschane is the talent initiatives director, a joint position with WEDC and the University of Wisconsin System. In this role, she leads and coordinates both organizations’ statewide efforts to attract and retain talent.
In her prior role as WEDC’s legislative liaison, Rebecca played an integral role in WEDC’s efforts to identify and develop talent initiatives. She serves as the primary contact for WEDC’s engagement with young professional organizations across the state and has worked with NEWaukee to launch and expand YPWeek, a statewide initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young talent in Wisconsin. She has also led an internal task force on talent retention and attraction that developed and coordinated activities across the various divisions at WEDC.
A WEDC staff member since 2011, Rebecca was selected for her new role as part of a national search and will work with WEDC and the UW System to help align local, regional and statewide talent and workforce initiatives. She will engage with organizations to provide insight and policy development to support the talent needs of Wisconsin’s businesses. In addition, she will serve as liaison to organizations and institutions seeking to develop and support complementary talent initiatives.
October 1, 2019 – Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly Presents “The Rule of Law in Wisconsin Courts”
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly discussed with the audience about the Wisconsin Supreme Court and about his time as a Supreme Court Justice and what he has learned during his time in office.
September 11, 2019 – Developing Soft Skills: Wanted-Employees Who Can Problem Solve and Learn to Get Along With Each Other
Tina Crave, Sarah Sullivan, and Kim Melcher from Greater Watertown Health Foundation presented this topic as they discussed the psycology behind how people act and react, and they encouraged those in the audience to participate in an interactive activty, in which they discussed problem solving and how they planned to get along with people.
August 20, 2019 – Business Community Breakfast Introduction
Steve Board, Rob Thompson, and Dr. David Ledgerwood introduced various programs and events for Maranatha’s 1st Business Community Breakfast, introducting the Bsuiness Brekafast Series Lineup, the Athletic games and events, and the Fine Arts Events for the 2019-2020 academic year. Following those presentations and announcements, Dr. Marty Marriott, president of the University, addressed the audience. He discussed a trial that happened to him over the summer, and he spoke about how it changed his perspective.
April 4, 2019 – Dan Litchfield: Badger Hollow & the New Advances in Energy Development
Dan Litchfield is a Solar Farmer and a Wind Farmer, working with landowners, rural communities, regulators and utility customers to develop and bring to reality utility scale renewable energy projects that generate affordable, clean energy and massive local economic development.
Annual Economic Breakfast: "Community Growth: What, Why, and How Businesses are Growing
Kristen Fish, Victoria Pratt, Bob Duffy, and Nate Salas discussed Community Growth: What, Why, and How Businesses are Growing.
Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse | November 13, 2018
Sandi Lybert and Katie Westerman, both from Your Choice to Live, talk about the potential drug abuse used with everyday household items. They discuss how to spot these dangers, avoid them, and they advise on how to prevent drug abuse in your own home.
Workforce Development | October 16, 2018
Tricia Braun explains the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) goal to draw people’s interest in the state of Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin: Expanding and Growing the Community | September 13, 2018
Tricia Braun explains the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) goal to draw people’s interest in the state of Wisconsin.
Business Community Breakfast
Maranatha is thankful for the wonderful relationships with the local Watertown businesses. Learn about MBU and our involvement in the Watertown community when you click here to watch the video.
Generations in the Workforce: How to Speak Fluent Boomer and Millenial at Work | January 24, 2018
Entrepreneurship to ESOPs: The Long View Best Practices | November 15, 2017
County Government and Economic Development | October 11, 2017
Five local county executives and administrators and a county supervisor in Wisconsin.
Marketing Your Business | September 27, 2017
Tim Morgan, CEO, Genesis Marketing Group
Business Community Breakfast | August 15, 2017
Gathering Place by the Water: Building a World Water Hub
Annual Economic Breakfast in Collaboration with Partnership Bank
Business and Education Partnership - Everyone Wins
Forensic Security/Investigation - Cyber & Data Security
During this presentation, the audience was presented with options to discuss a variety of hot topics, ranging from critical business security concerns, to forensic investigations. This unique format, modeled after the “choose your own adventure” novels of the late 1980’s, presented the audience with nine discussion topics, from which audience members selected the items to be discussed.
Court(ing) Business - How judicial decisions affect business stability and economic opportunity
Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2007. She is the 80th justice and the sixth woman to serve on the state’s highest court since Wisconsin became a state in 1848.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Justice Ziegler received her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1986. She earned her law degree from Marquette University in 1989. Justice Ziegler received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College in April, 2014.
Upon graduation from law school, Justice Ziegler was in private practice where she engaged in civil litigation. She also served as a pro bono special assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County in 1992 and 1996. Immediately prior to serving as a circuit court judge, she was an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Ziegler served as a Washington County Circuit Court judge. She was appointed to the bench in 1997, elected in 1998, and reelected in 2004. She was the first female jurist in Washington County. As a circuit court judge, she was the deputy chief judge for the Third Judicial District and served six years as the presiding judge of Washington County. In 1999, Justice Ziegler sat as a Court of Appeals judge in the District II Court of Appeals Judicial Exchange Program.
Justice Ziegler is Chair of the Judicial Education Committee and is a commissioner on the Commission on Uniform State Laws. Justice Ziegler also currently serves on the Marquette University Law School Advisory Board and is a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council and the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench and Bar Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Justice Ziegler is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.
Justice Ziegler served on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission from 2011 to 2016. She has also been a member of a number of law-related organizations including Legal Association of Women and James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Justice Ziegler has been a faculty member at the Wisconsin Judicial College, has served as faculty at a number of seminars, and previously was appointed to the Personnel Appeals Board.
Justice Ziegler is also active in her community, volunteering for numerous charitable and social welfare organizations as a board member and committee chair. Justice Ziegler is currently president of the Trustee Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
Justice Ziegler is married and has three children. Her current term expires July 31, 2017.
Judge Brian Hagedorn currently serves on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the post in 2015 by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Prior to his judicial service, Judge Hagedorn served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Walker for almost 5 years. As a member of the Governor’s senior management team, he worked closely with the Governor and other senior staff members to manage state government, plan the strategic direction of the administration, and design and pass key legislative initiatives. He also oversaw a team of attorneys responsible for representing the Governor in various capacities. Judge Hagedorn’s key job responsibilities included managing litigation in partnership with the Attorney General, serving as the top ethics officer for the administration, advising on legal policy issues, overseeing judicial and district attorney appointments, and providing legal analysis on proposed legislation.
Prior to his work for the Governor, Judge Hagedorn served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, a law clerk for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, and as an attorney at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was the President of the Federalist Society.
When not serving the people of Wisconsin, Judge Hagedorn enjoys being involved in his church, reading, watching the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with his family. Judge Hagedorn has been married for 15 years, and has five children ages 13, 11, 8, 5, and 3.
The Honorable Randy R. Koschnick has distinguished himself as a leader in Wisconsin’s legal community serving as Chief Judge of Wisconsin’s Third Judicial District (which consists of Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Jefferson counties) since 2012 and as Presiding Judge of the Jefferson County Circuit Court since 2007. He is an award-winning jurist with over 30 years of legal experience covering a broad spectrum of the law including Circuit Court Judge, public defender’s offices, prosecutor’s offices, and Board Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section.
Judge Koschnick was elected to the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Branch 4, in 1999 and re-elected to the bench in 2005 and again in 2011. Judge Koschnick is a recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2008 Leaders in the Law Award for implementing “…a number of significant changes, designed to save the taxpayers of Jefferson County money and enhance the public safety, while improving the speed at which cases are processed in the county.” Under his leadership, Jefferson County Circuit Court rose from 18th to 2nd statewide for overall median case age at disposition within the first twelve months of his new case assignment plan.
Active in Wisconsin’s legal community, Judge Koschnick served as Board Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Criminal Law Section (2001-2005). The Criminal Law Section membership consists of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of criminal justice in Wisconsin, including providing opinions and advice to the state legislature on proposed legislation affecting the courts. In addition, he was selected to serve on the State Assembly’s Criminal Justice Reforms Task Force, which enhanced state law by implementing new, evidence-based practices in the areas of eyewitness identification and police interrogation of criminal suspects. These reforms were adopted primarily to increase the reliability of criminal convictions and, at the same time, to reduce the likelihood of wrongful convictions. Judge Koschnick’s expertise in criminal law has allowed him to lecture at legal training seminars sponsored by the Wisconsin Judicial Education Office, as well as at the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Conferences and the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Conferences.
Judge Koschnick is perhaps best known for his Circuit Court decision in State v. Knapp, often referred to as the “Bloody Shirt Case”, a case which progressed to the United States Supreme Court. In 2009, he ran a statewide campaign against Shirley Abrahamson for the position of Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice.
A constitutional textualist, strict constructionist of the law and an advocate for victims’ rights, Judge Koschnick helped create the Jefferson County Victim Impact Panel. He is the panel’s Coordinator and Moderator (2003-present). He helped to develop the Jefferson County Alcohol Treatment Court and currently serves as Chairman of the Jefferson County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council (“CJCC”). His previous work at the county level includes service as a Board Member of Jefferson County’s People Against Domestic Abuse (“PADA”) (1996-1999) and President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
Prior to his 17 years as a Circuit Court Judge, Randy Koschnick served 14 years as a State Public Defender primarily in La Crosse, Monroe, Waukesha, and Jefferson counties, where he was elevated to Deputy First Assistant State Public Defender in the Jefferson Office (1985-1999). He also served in two prosecutor’s offices: the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office and in the Homicide/Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit of the Hennepin County (MN) Attorney’s Office (1983-1985).
Judge Koschnick is a lifelong Wisconsin resident, gun owner and deer hunter. He was born in Milwaukee in 1960, graduated from Whitefish Bay High School (1978), received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1982), and earned his Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law (1985).
Judge Koschnick resides in Ixonia (Jefferson County) with his wife of 32 years, Terri. They have two daughters.