IceBreaker is SOLD OUT!

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Kohl Center 601 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI, 53703

IceBreaker returns for its third year with the theme “Prodigium,” which is Latin for an omen or sign of things to come and is the Latin root of prodigy. It could also be an element on Greater Madison’s periodic table – the “human element” that helps make our community unique, dynamic and forward-thinking.

This year’s speakers are Greater Madison prodigies, and they will address how this community’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit have played an important role in fostering their own success and inspiring the next generation of talent.

IceBreaker is the only business event on the floor of the Kohl Center, featuring a high-quality production, engaging content and a room full of business leaders representing diverse industries.

We’re building on the momentum from last year’s sold-out event – this is an experience you will not want to miss.

Individual Tickets
$65 for Members
$100 for Non Members

Table of Eight
$520 for Members
$800 for Non Members


The events starts at 11:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly for extra time to park, walk to the Kohl Center, get in line at event registration and walk down to the floor of the Kohl Center.

PARKING: Visitor parking is available in a variety of ramps surrounding the Kohl Center. Link to City Maps: CLICK HERE!

  • UW-Madison campus ramps 46 (Corner of Lake and Johnson Ramp), and 83 (Fluno Center).
  • City of Madison State Street Campus Garage with entrances on Frances Street (430 N. Frances St.) and Lake St. (415 N. Lake St.)
  • University Square (Lucky Building) with the entrance on Lake St., located between Johnson and University Ave.

o   Surface lots (69, 78, 87, 91, 94) surrounding the Kohl Center require a campus annual parking permit. Cars without a permit are subject to a parking violations and possibly towing.

o   Parking spaces for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) are available in front of the Kohl Center on Dayton St. and along the east side of the building on Frances St. Disability hangtags or license plates exempts the PWD from parking fees or time limit restrictions ONLY when parking at a meter with a time limit of 30 minutes or longer.

For more information about sponsorship: 
Amy Golackson -  


2017 IceBreaker Sponsors: 

Arctic Circle Sponsor: 

Glacier Sponsor:


Registration Sponsor:

Reception Sponsor:

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Ice Floe Sponsors:


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WPS Health Solutions

Dessert Sponsor:


Frost Sponsors:

American Transmission Co.
Exact Sciences
EZ Office Products
Fetch Graphics
Sergenian’s Floor Coverings
Summit Credit Union
Supreme Structures, Inc.
Wegner CPAs

Design Sponsor:

Kennedy Communications

Sponsor this event!

This lunch will draw more than 700 attendees to the Kohl Center floor. We expect that IceBreaker tickets and sponsorships will sell fast!

Contact for more information: 

Amy Golackson -  

2017 Speakers

IceBreaker speakers

Kaaren Hanson (Memorial High School Class of 1988) is the Design Director at Facebook, where she builds robust design teams and creates customer-centered collaborative environments. Previously, Kaaren led design at Medallia and served as Vice President of Design Innovation at Intuit, where she was recognized with two CEO leadership awards.

Peter Koechley (West High School Class of 1999) is the co-founder of Upworthy, whose online community has logged more than 1.5 billion minutes of attention on topics ranging from the criminal justice system to advertising’s adverse effects on body image to clean energy. At 24, Peter became the youngest-ever managing editor of The Onion.

AJ Carr (Verona Area High School Class of 2020) created Building Bosses at age 13 to help teach young people how to start their own businesses and learn the importance of leadership, entrepreneurship and community service. Now 14, AJ has overcome family tragedy to become a community youth leader, author, honor student and actor who recently had roles on PBS’s “Mercy Street” and NBC’s “Chicago PD.”


Ticket Cost:

Individual Tickets
$65 for Members
$100 for Non Members

Table of Eight
$520 for Members
$800 for Non Members



Chicken Salad (vegetarian options available)

*Please note any gluten and allergy preferences

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