Innovation. We all aspire to it. But where does it come from? How do we build a true culture of innovation in our businesses and our community?
It starts with imagination. The genesis of all innovation is the ability to think without boundaries. To peer ahead to what the future could be. To imagine… forward.
66th Annual Dinner
Date: Oct. 11, 2018
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.
4:30-6:00 p.m. Networking, Madison Ballrooms, Level 4
6:00-6:30 p.m. Transition to Dinner seating, networking room bars close, bars on Level 2 open
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner and Event Program, Exhibition Hall, Level 2
2018 Annual Dinner Sponsors
CUNA Mutual Group
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
SSM Health, St. Mary’s Hospital
The QTI Group
Welcome Reception Sponsor:
Exact Sciences Corp.
Neider & Boucher
American Transmission Co.
First Weber, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Small Business Sponsors:
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 Helen Stewart today at 608-443-1950.
Past Annual Dinner Presentations
65th Annual Dinner: “Ground Level for the Next Big Thing”
Date: September 27, 2017
Keynote: Eric Weiner
64th Annual Dinner: “Make Madison”
Date: September 28, 2016
Keynote: John Burke
63rd Annual Dinner: “A Puzzle is a Challenge Waiting to Be Solved”
Date: September 30, 2015
Keynote: Richard V. Reeves
62nd Annual Dinner: Future Perfect
Date: September 18, 2014
Keynote: Steven Johnson
61st Annual Dinner “Innovation has a Location”
Date: September 12, 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.
Beth Comstock drove innovation for one of the world’s largest companies, is a top-10 LinkedIn influencer and has twice been named one of Forbes’ most powerful women in the world.
In nearly three decades at GE, including as Vice Chair, Comstock led efforts to accelerate new growth and innovation, initiated GE’s digital and clean-energy transformation, seeded new businesses and enhanced GE’s brand value and inventive culture. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, she oversaw TV ad revenue and new digital efforts, including being one of the founders of Hulu.
Comstock is a director at Nike, trustee of The National Geographic Society and former board president of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology. Her new book, Imagine It Forward, about summoning courage and creativity in the face of change, will be published Sept. 18.
Member Individual Ticket: $125
Member Table Price: $1,250 (Table of 10)
Member VIP Table Price: $1,500 (includes 10 parking passes and 10 drink tickets)
Non-Member Individual Ticket: $200
Non-Member Table Price: $2,000 (Table of 10)
*Please note any gluten and allergy preferences