At the fourth annual La Follette Forum, leaders across sectors and levels of government discussed effective models for delivering high-quality public services.
This free, public forum, which was held on March 1, 2023, included subject-area expert presenters and Wisconsin-based panelists engaging in solution-based discussions on different issues. Each session included an audience Q&A.
Check-In & Breakfast
8:15 – 9 a.m.
Opening Remarks & Keynote
Andrew Card, Former White House Chief of Staff
9 – 10 a.m.
Panel Session 1
Inclusive Implementation: More than a seat at the table
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Breakout Conversations
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel Session 2
Substance Abuse: Collaborating across levels of government
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Panel Session 3
COVID-19 Response: Lessons from around the state
2 – 3:15 p.m.
Keynote & Closing Remarks
Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor and Host of The Takeaway
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout session topics
In small groups during the lunch hour, panelists shared their successes implementing policy on six different topics.
2023 Forum Chair
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
2023 Advisory Committee
David Haynes, Retired Ideas Lab Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Rob Henken, President, Wisconsin Policy Forum
Benoy Jacob, Director of the Community Development Institute, UW–Madison Division of Extension
Cavalier Johnson, Mayor, City of Milwaukee
Kirsten Johnson, Secretary-designee, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Mike Koles, Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association
Bob Lang, Director, Legislative Fiscal Bureau
Jeff Mayers, President, WisPolitics.com
Julia Taylor, Former President, Greater Milwaukee Committee
Liliana Keomanivong Teniente, Secretary, La Follette School Student Association
Becky Valcq, Chair, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Dawn Vick, Division of Intergovernmental Relations Administrator, Wisconsin State Tribal Relations Initiative
Curt Witynski, Retired Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
The Kohl Initiative
The La Follette Forum is made possible by the Kohl Initiative.
Funded by former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, the Kohl Initiative has transformed our ability to expand public outreach, train future public leaders, and support influential research.