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La Follette Forum 2023: All Policy is Implementation

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.

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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

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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.


2023 Forum Chair

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Manuel Teodoro
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,

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

Herb Kohl attends the La Follette School's graduation ceremony in the state capitol

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.

Learn about the Kohl Initiative