Economic Forum 2017

Sponsorship Opportunities

Secure your sponsorship of Economic Forum 2017. Email MJF CEO/President Hannah Rosenthal.
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Keynote Speaker

Karen Mills is a former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School focusing on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. Read her complete bio.



Panel discussion with Milwaukee business leaders

Mike Gousha serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School. He is the host of the Law School’s “On the Issues” conversation series, and has been the solo moderator of numerous political debates, including the final debate of Wisconsin’s historic 2012 recall election for Governor. In addition, Gousha continues to work as a contributing anchor and political analyst for WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He is the host of the weekly Sunday morning program “Up Front with Mike Gousha,” which airs on ABC affiliates statewide.

Gregory S. Marcus is president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, a Milwaukee-based leader in lodging and entertainment. He is a director for numerous Milwaukee entities including the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and UPAF.

 Justin L. Mortara, Ph.D., joined Mortara Instrument, a medical device firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1998 and served as its CEO from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, Mortara was acquired by Hill-Rom, a leading global medical technology company. . Dr. Mortara currently serves on the boards of the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

5 Years of Straight Talk about the Economy

This year’s Economic Forum event will mark 5 years of straight talk about the national and Milwaukee area economy. View the last four years of keynote speakers and business leader panelists.


Event Co-Chairs

We are honored to have these celebrated business leaders co-chair this year’s Economic Forum.
Linda Gorens-Levey, Partner, General Capital Group
Allan “Bud” Selig, MLB Commissioner Emeritus
David Lubar, President and CEO, Lubar & Co.
Greg Marcus, President and CEO, Marcus Corporation


2017 Sponsors

Economic Forum 2016 Highlights

The 2016 Economic Forum was a sell-out event. See the event highlights.