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Leadership Breakfasts

The Leadership 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 opens: 7 a.m.
Presentation start: 7:30 a.m.

Breakfasts are $5 per guest, unless otherwise noted.

Getting to Campus

Find directions to campus. Parking is available inside the main entrance to the left. The meeting venue is in the top level of the Dining Complex.

Upcoming Breakfast-November 11


Our final breakfast for the 2021 Fall Semester will be on Thursday, November 11th. Susan Marshall, founder of the Backbone Institute, will be speaking on “Leadership: Breaking through Toxicity.”

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.

October 13, 2021 Leadership Breakfast

We were glad to host the ThriveEd Annual Meeting as Chris Czarnik, their key speaker, spoke passionately about job recruitment and hiring today. Watch the video of the breakfast below!