MBU 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 development@mbu.edu for details.

See below for more information and video links of previous breakfasts.

Getting 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 Community Business Breakfasts

October 16 - Workforce Development

Join us to hear from Jim Falco, Associate Vice President of Madison College Regional Campuses.

There is a $5.00 charge for this breakfast.

Jim Falco

Jim Falco is the associate vice president for regional campuses at Madison College. In this role, he is responsible for collaborating with community partners to find innovative and creative ways to deliver high quality educational opportunities and services to residents in the regional areas. Jim has worked to design and launch outreach initiatives and partnerships for business and industry, healthcare and K-12 districts throughout the Madison College district.  Through collaborations with stakeholders, he has led a team to begin an ESL initiative in Baraboo, helped launch summer camps in manufacturing for middle school students and partnered with a regional school district to begin a “Gateway to College” program for students who are in jeopardy of not completing their high school diploma.

Jim joined Madison College in 2016 as dean for the northern region campuses. Prior to Madison College, he was the executive dean for education, career and technical education for eight years at McHenry County College in Crystal lake, IL.  During his tenure there, he started 13 new programs to address the shortages in the talent skills pipeline in the areas of manufacturing, health occupations and hospitality.  He was instrumental in helping the college receive its first ever National Science Foundation and Department of Labor grants.

Jim served on Governor Tommy Thompson’s Work-based Learning Board and has been an evaluator for the “High Schools that Work” school improvement initiative. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from St. Francis College, a Certificate in Managerial Leadership from Harvard University and is a doctoral candidate in education at Aurora University.

November 14 - Wake Up Call: Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse

The goal of this presentation is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse.

There is a $5.00 charge for this breakfast.

Katie Westerman

Katie Westerman, MRC, MS

Educational Coordinator Katie is a certified K-12 School Counselor and former Rehabilitation Counselor. Her experience includes working as a counselor for the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently, the coordinator for parent and community education programs in the Oconomowoc Area School District for 8 years.

Ashleigh Nowakowski

Ashleigh Nowakowski

MPA Executive Director, Your Choice to Live, Inc. Ashleigh Nowakowski has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, teaching in health classes, and working with high-risk youth in the Detour program. Ashleigh also has experience working with youth who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Ashleigh has her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Sandi Lybert

Sandi Lybert

Founder of Your Choice to Live, Inc. Sandi's personal experience with her son, Tyler's addiction and her passion for helping others led her to leave her career in banking to start Your Choice to Live, Inc. Your Choice is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and awareness program for students, parents and communities.

Previous Breakfasts

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September 13, 2018 - In Wisconsin: Expanding and Growing the Community

Tricia Braun explains the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's (WEDC) goal to draw people's interest in the state of Wisconsin.


August 14, 2018 - Business Community Breakfast

Maranatha is thankful for the wonderful relationships with the local Watertown businesses. Join us to hear about MBU and our involvement in the Watertown community.


February 14, 2018 - Annual Economic Breakfast: Collaboration with Partnership Bank

Rob Marchant, Executive VP, Michael Best Strategies LLC & Chairman, Watertown RDA