Diversity in Business Awards


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM


You’re invited to the 2017 Diversity in Business Awards, an event celebrating those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers. Awards are given to individuals and/or organizations who have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community though the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs.


Aurora Healthcare
Employ Milwaukee
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Godfrey & Kahn
Hunzinger Construction
Hupy and Abraham
JCP Construction
Michael Best & Friedrich
Herb Miller, Michels Corporation
Quarles & Brady
Ritika Singh, ESPN / The Walt Disney Company 

Stevens Construction
Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL)

The Daily Reporter and Wisconsin Law Journal will recognize individuals and organizations that are dedicated to diversity and inclusion. All nominees must have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community through the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruitment and retention of diverse employees/students/partners
  • Fostering or creating opportunities within the business/academic/social community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives in their communities and/or organizations
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive business/academic/social climate through efforts such as visibility, communication, and education
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence
  • Promoting professionals of color in a significant and positive way

InterContinental Milwaukee
139 East Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

thomasDenise Thomas / Keynote Speaker

Denise Thomas is an active dynamic speaker and effective communication coach who uses engaging and relevant techniques in her role as “The Effective Communication Coach.” Over the past 14 years, Denise has earned various awards based on her successes in Global Supply Chain and Information Technology for Toyota, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors. She was recognized as the 2015 ONE MKE Drivers of Diversity Professional of the Year, NV Magazine 2016 Movers & Shakers, and the MillerCoors 2015 Q3 BIS Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient. Denise earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Stritch and completed the University’s African American Leadership Program. Personal Mission: Transforming emerging leaders and ambitious professionals into recognized entrepreneurs and leaders by mastering the art of effective communication and networking.

5:00-7:30 p.m.: Registration, networking, awards

If you have any questions please contact:

Jenny Byington at 414-225-1803 or jbyington@dailyreporter.com.

Event Details:

November 15, 2017
The InterContinental Milwaukee
139 E Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202