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DeannaDeanna Singh is motivated to serve urban communities and has strived for opportunities to do so throughout her education and career. Ms. Singh is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Burke Foundation. The Burke Foundation seeks to make a difference in the lives of youth by investing in creative, well conceived and cost-effective educational opportunities.

Prior to joining the Burke Foundation, Ms. Singh served as Vice President, Program Officer of the Robert W. Baird Foundation and CEO of Singh Consultations, a firm dedicated to assisting non-profit organizations and small businesses achieve their missions. Ms. Singh has founded and led a number of social innovations, including Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, a college preparatory school for underserved children; the Milwaukee Street Law Project, a program that uses law students to teach high school students basic legal concepts and skills; and LIFT-Bronx (formally NSP), a poverty alleviation organization.

Ms. Singh received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University, her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.In addition to her professional work, Ms. Singh enjoys international travel and writing. She recently completed the first draft of her novel, Cape Agulhas.

JmiJames (Jim) Gross is the vice president of global marketing for Brady Corporation. In his current role, he is responsible for leading global marketing resources, business strategies, brand development, product and portfolio management, new product development, customer intelligence and digital and web teams.

He offers more than 19 years of experience, including a series of roles with increased responsibility at Brady in marketing, sales, customer operations and executive leadership. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president and general manager of Brady’s North American business, which included the management of Brady US, Brady Canada, Brady Latin America, Varitronics, Brady Medical and ElectroMark.

James received his Bachelor of Science in marketing and his Master of Business Administration in finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

CarloCarlo J. Emanuele is the global manager for product/marketing at Brady Worldwide, Inc. His role at Brady stems from many years of experience in marketing management and innovation of both distribution and manufacturing. Prior to Brady, Carlo held multiple senior management roles at Direct Supply, Inc. with responsibilities including strategic marketing, eCommerce and innovation focus.

He is also a team lead for the partnership between Brady and Marquette University, specifically on the collaborative efforts of the Midwest Social Innovations Start-Up Challenge hosted at Marquette University in August 2013.

Carlo received his Bachelor of Arts in communications and public relations from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

FredFred Johnson is part of Johnson Controls’ Operations & Innovation Team as Global Director of Pricing & Market Strategy. He leads a team of pricing and strategy experts to design and implement pricing and go-to-market strategies across the global business units of Johnson Controls. He and his team work side-by-side with Innovation Catalysts and Business Builders to develop new products and offerings for Johnson Controls, based at Johnson Controls’ Innovation Center in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

Before Johnson Controls, Fred spent 11 years in the Aerospace and Industrial manufacturing industries with both Parker Hannifin and Oshkosh Corporations. He spent five years living in England, France and Italy focused on identifying and integrating numerous acquisitions for Parker Hannifin. For Oshkosh Corporation, Fred co-led the Business Excellence team driving significant increases in shareholder value through Strategic Pricing, Lean Manufacturing, Lean Office, Lean Accounting and Strategic Procurement strategies.

JamieJamie D.Elder is the appointed Director, Office of Urban Development for the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families (DCF). Within his role, he serves as the urban liaison for Secretary Eloise Anderson while working on issues related to community outreach,economic security and social education.

Jamie's path to DCF began with his enlistment in the United States Army straight out of Rufus KingHigh School where he served two years active, one year guard and three years reserve as an Information Systems Operator-Analyst aka Computer Geek. He had to prematurely discharge from active duty after his father's passing and started his first business by purchasing the first 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise in Wisconsin at the age of 21.

After selling his franchise, he started a real estate services business called Landlord Conciergeand sat on various boards and committees focused on youths and economic development. Within the last year, Jamie has focused on identifying and reducing employment barriers for fathers in Milwaukee's inner city to matchthis workforce to meet the needs of employers and entrepreneurs. In this capacity he serves as one of the lead representatives for DCF on the Transform Milwaukee Initiative and related projects such as Transitional Jobs and the recently announced Revolution Labs inner-city business startup accelerator program.


“Ultimately, we must understand the
need to be agents of change.”       

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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