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 email@example.com for details. See below for more information and video links of previous breakfasts.
Upcoming Community Business Breakfasts
Rob Marchant of Michael Best Strategies and the chair of the RDA for Watertown will update the community on the progress of the downtown progress. More details to come!
Brent Ridge – President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Brent Ridge joined Dairyland Power Cooperative as President and CEO on July 13, 2020.
Prior to Dairyland, Ridge served as Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Energy Northwest (Richland, Wash.). His responsibilities included finance, treasury, enterprise risk management, asset management, human resources, supply chain, information services and energy services and development. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board for Columbia Generating Station.
Earlier in his career at Energy Northwest, Ridge served as Asset Manager, Controller and Chief Risk Officer. He was also the manager of Construction and Maintenance Services, responsible for power plant modifications, outage and online major maintenance, facilities and commercial engineering.
Ridge earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Regis University (Denver, Colo.). He also completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at MIT, the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Ridge has been involved in the communities where he’s lived. He is a member of the Chancellors Advisory Council for Washington State University. He is a past member of the Tri-City Development Council Board of Directors, March of Dimes Board, United Way Board and former Chairman of the Board of Columbia Industries. Ridge and his wife, Lis
Susan A. Marshall is an author, speaker, and Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, a private practice dedicated to improving competence, confidence and effective risk-taking. She has been assisting leaders in public and private sector industry, non-profit agencies, and public education for nearly 30 years.
Her corporate and consulting experience includes work with Fortune 100 companies including GM, Apple, Archer Daniels Midland and Best Buy as well as a wide variety of private enterprises and non-profits such as New York City Leadership Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She led a turnaround of a failing marketing division in the mid-90s and has shared many of the lessons learned in that endeavor with her clients.
Susan wrote and taught the Leadership course for Mount Mary University’s MBA program and has been a frequent speaker at a variety of Wisconsin Universities as well as at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Her most exotic experience in education was as part of a global team working with the Minister of Education in Brunei to teach transformational leadership skills to school leaders.
Susan is the author of four books and hundreds of articles. She was a regular columnist for Wisconsin Woman magazine for eight years and is a frequent contributor to Biz Times Milwaukee.
Locally, Susan is a member of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, facilitator for Leadership Waukesha County and chair of the Education Policy committee. She serves on the Ixonia Bank Board of Directors and is the 2019 recipient of the Don Richards Leadership Award, bestowed by the Business Journal to inspire and motivate business people to take community leadership roles.
Susan has two married daughters and five granddaughters. She lives in Oconomowoc.