Speaker Date Topic
Héctor Colón, M.S., O.T., President & CEO, Author Aug 18, 2020
Incredible Journey -- From Boxing Ring to Boardroom
Incredible Journey -- From Boxing Ring to Boardroom


Growing up with poverty and racism on Milwaukee’s Southside, faith and perseverance led him to becoming an internationally acclaimed boxer, and President-CEO of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, one of the largest non-profits in the Midwest.

There’s an old adage that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes the starting line begins in childhood, during very challenging times.

The Hector Colón story, detailed in the author’s memoir, From Boxing Ring to Boardroom-5 Essential Virtues for Life & Leadership (August, 2020), began in a broken home, punctuated with gang violence -the Latin Kings and Spanish Cobras were never far away. As a young Latino in Milwaukee he experienced the ever-present challenges of bullying and prejudice.

All of these experiences played a part in igniting his interest in helping others in his work today as a servant leader.

“If you want inspiration then you owe it to yourself to read Héctor Colón’s life story. From humble beginnings to a champion boxer to the boardroom. Héctor weaves a wonderful story about life’s challenges and rewards.”—Howard Behar, Retired President of the Starbucks Coffee Company

Earlier this year Colón’s leadership was recognized when Gov. Tony Evers appointed him to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

“The Héctor Colón story is one that would capture anyone’s heart. Whether a teacher or preacher, boxer or CEO, Héctor’s story is an inspiration. Despite what would seem insurmountable odds, this is a captivating story of someone who had the grit, determination, and altruism to make a difference despite growing up in poverty, a broken family, and living through the challenges arising from prejudice. —Dr. Mary Meehan, University president emerita and honorary alumna, former healthcare executive, and life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives

Colón’s personal and professional path had an unlikely beginning ---in the boxing ring.

Héctor’s first book, “From Boxing Ring to Boardroom” is set to release in August 2020.

Vivian Probst, Author Aug 25, 2020 7:15 AM
Compelling Story -- She's Changing Up the English Language
Compelling Story -- She's Changing Up the English Language


Vivian Probst, who has a longtime business in the Milwaukee area as a National Consultant to the Affordable Housing industry, is also a linguist and author.

Her new book, Tha Womun Who Forgot Who She Was –the first book in a five-book series is written in WEnglish, a groundbreaking, gender-neutral language.

Vivian spent over a decade creating the concept, text and Glossary for the book. This distinctive book, inspired by dramatic dreams that mirrored Vivian’s own life, is being launched in August, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the U.S. She will discuss the concept of WEnglish, and what her novel represents 100 years after the 19th Amendment was signed.


Erin Sadler, Founder of The Rooted Family Sep 01, 2020 7:15 AM


There’s a better way. Growing up, parenting and living in community can be easier, more peaceful and fulfilling to our souls, brains and bodies.

Erin Sadler, founder of The Rooted Family, partners with teachers, parents and communities to make mindful self-regulation skills and brain-boosting techniques a part of everyday life. These practices increase academic potential, self-awareness and resiliency.

In addition to a masters degree in education, Erin is a certified life coach, meditation practitioner and health coach. She will help you and the kids in your life find their roots. 


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