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 Insurance.



65th Annual Dinner – SOLD OUT

Date: Sept. 27, 2017
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

2017 Annual Dinner Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Wells Fargo presenting

Platinum Sponsors:

BMO platinum

Husch platinum

LSB platinum

UW platinum

Gold Sponsors:

Alliant gold

AmFam gold

CUNA gold

M3 gold

Madison College gold

MGE gold


Spectrum gold

SSM Health gold

Summit gold

UW Health gold

WPS Health Solutions

Silver Sponsors:

EZ Office Products
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Lands’ End
TDS Telecom
Tilt Media
UnityPoint Health – Meriter

Welcome Reception Sponsor:

Madison-Kipp Corp.

Registration Sponsor:

Exact Sciences Corp.

Entertainment Sponsor:

Neider & Boucher

Dessert Sponsor:

Baker Tilly

Bronze Sponsors:

American Transmission Co.
Charter Communications
First Weber, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Supporting Sponsors:

Fleetworthy Solutions, Inc.
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
JP Cullen
SprintPrint, Inc.

Small Business Sponsors:

Aberdean Consulting
Carex Consulting Group
Culver’s – Todd Drive Madison
Echo Tap & Grill

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 at 608-443-1944. 

Past Annual Dinner Presentations


64th Annual Dinner: “Make Madison”
September 28, 2016
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.

2017 Speaker

Eric Weiner headshot

Eric Weiner is a best-selling author, award-winning national and international correspondent and philosophical traveler who seeks the answers to life’s biggest questions. His latest book, The Geography of Genius, explores the history of places from ancient Athens to Renaissance Florence to modern-day Silicon Valley to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. He is also the author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, a New York Times best-selling memoir of his travels to countries that are known for their happy people, and Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, a book based on his travels of the world in search for an experience of the divine.

Eric has worked on several award-winning teams as a veteran foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, the BBC and The New York Times. He is also the winner of the Angel Award for journalism excellence and a co-recipient of the Peabody Award. His commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Slate and The New Republic. Learn more at


Ticket Cost:

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)


Chicken Dinner
Vegetarian Dinner

*Please note any gluten and allergy preferences

What Others Have Said

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    Teena Browder, Cork ‘n Bottle
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    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.

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