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Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

“Being at the Annual Dinner reinforces why I am so proud to live in Madison,” tweeted Michele Wingate, director of customer experience at American Family.


63rd Annual Dinner

Date: Sept. 30, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
                      One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Parking: The Monona Terrace Parking Ramp will be open as well as surrounding city lots.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Event Program

A puzzle is a challenge waiting to be solved.

Greater Madison, well known for world-class research, athletics and recreation, unparalleled natural beauty and quality of life, is a place of momentum. Momentum that is not without challenges.

The 63rd Annual Dinner will be unexpected, riveting, enlightening and timely. This is no ordinary business dinner. This is an opportunity. An opportunity to meet challenges head on and to drive change. Change that can be accomplished because greater Madison has the right scale, the right density, the right people and the intentional motivation to solve this puzzle.

Just like a puzzle, our community’s future is interlocked. And, just like a puzzle – even the most difficult have a solution.

Be part of that solution. Join us.

2015 Annual Dinner Sponsors

Title Sponsors:


Platinum Sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:

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WPS Health Solutions

 Silver Sponsors:

AnchorBank, FSB
Dean & St. Mary’s
First Weber Group

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
M3 Insurance
Madison College
Madison Gas & Electric Company
Oakbrook Corp.
Spectrum Brands Holding, Inc.
Tilt Media
The QTI Group, Inc.
Whyte Hirschboek Dudek S.C.

Welcome Reception Sponsor:

Madison-Kipp Corp. 

Registration Sponsor:

Wegner CPAs

Entertainment Sponsor:

Neider & Boucher, S.C.

 Dessert Sponsor:

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP

Bronze Sponsors:

Associated Bank
Exact Sciences Corp.
Fiskars Brands, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Summit Credit Union
TDS Telecom
von Briesen & Roper S.C.

Support Level Sponsors:

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Small Business Sponsors:

Calls on Call Shared Receptionist Services
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Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Madison
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We would be excited to share more details and walk you through a variety of ways to gain high-level, quality exposure for your company. Contact Amy Golackson today 608-443-1944. 

Past Annual Dinner Presentations


62nd Annual Dinner: Future Perfect
Date: September 18th, 2014
Keynote: Steven Johnson

61st Annual Dinner “Innovation has a Location”
Date: September 12th, 2013
Keynote: Debra Kaye

60th Annual Dinner “Reveal”
Date: October 11, 2012

Keynote Address:  Daniel Burrus | Founder and CEO, Burrus Research Associates

59th Annual Dinner “Exposed”
Date:  October 11, 2011

Starring:  Vita Plus, Madison Investment Advisors, JP Hair Design, Kelly Moss Motor Sports, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Entertainment provided by:  UW Marching Band
MC:  Rebecca Ryan | President, Next Generation Consulting

58th Annual Dinner “Why And How Even the Most Intelligent Cities Are Developing 20/20 Foresight”
Date: October 7, 2010

Keynote Address: Dr. Colin Harrison | Director of IBM’s Corporate Strategy Team, Creator of the “Smart Cities” initiative at the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland

57th Annual Dinner
Date: October, 2009

Keynote Address: Thomas Jacob “Jake” Leinenkugel | President, Leinenkugel Brewing Company

56th Annual Dinner  “A Place Called Wisconsin”
Date: September 16, 2008

Keynote Address: John and Tashia Morgridge | John is Chairman of Emeritus of Cisco Systems.  Tashia is retired teacher and author.

55th Annual Dinner  “Trust in Brands and Business”
Date: October 25, 2007

Keynote Address: Robert A. Eckert | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, Inc.

2015 Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Richard V. Reeves


Richard explores the intersection of economic opportunity, social mobility and inequity. He is European Business Speaker of the Year and a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, he was Director of Strategy to the United Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister and the head of Demos, Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank. He is the author of two books and multiple essays including Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream. Richard is currently a contributor to The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.





Ticket Cost:

Member Individual Ticket: $125.00
Member Table Price: $1,250  (Table of Ten)

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $150.00
Non-Member Table Price: $1,500 (Table of Ten)


Chicken Dinner
Vegetarian Dinner

*Please note any gluten and allergy preferences

What Others Have Said

  • Kudos to the Chamber and the Small Business Advisory Council for the creation of the Road Construction Survival Guide. It connects the affected businesses with the city departments and the construction company in charge. The regular meetings and contact with the correct people makes a huge difference in coping.

    Teena Browder, Cork ‘n Bottle
  • My small business has a voice in local politics with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, I have a voice here. We’re all business people and we look at the bottom line. The return on investment from my Chamber membership and the advocacy it provides is far above what I get from other organizations.

    Tim Lightner, Owner, Two Men and a Truck
  • The Chamber has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of the local business community, and to create and preserve the conditions that allow businesses to thrive, for the good of the entire community. I can think of no organization that is better equipped to guide us through this time than the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and we all owe it our full support, to our mutual benefit.

    David Stark, President, Stark Company Realtors
  • The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent resource for my small business. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness, networking opportunities and helpful educational programs. Being a member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand my business visibility, growth and development in Dane County.

    John Vardallas, CAE, Founder/CEO, The American BoomeR Consulting Group