Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

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

Presenting Sponsor:

BMO presenting

Platinum Sponsors:

Alliant platinum

Husch platinum

LSB platinum

UW platinum

Book Sponsor:

AmFam gold

Gold Sponsors:

Kwik Trip gold

M3 gold 50year

Madison College gold

MGE gold

Summit gold

UWH-UPHMeriter-Quartz gold

WPS Health Solutions

Experiential Sponsor:

Elumenati gold

Silver Sponsors:

CUNA Mutual Group
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Lands’ End
SSM Health, St. Mary’s Hospital
TDS Telecom

The QTI Group
Tilt Media

Welcome Reception Sponsor:

Madison-Kipp Corp.

Registration Sponsor:

Exact Sciences Corp.

Entertainment Sponsor:

Neider & Boucher

Dessert Sponsor:

Baker Tilly

Bronze Sponsors:

American Transmission Co.
First Weber, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
JP Cullen
Spectrum Brands
Wegner CPAs

Small Business Sponsors:

Aberdean Consulting
Culver’s – Todd Drive & Cottage Grove Road
Fearing’s Audio Video Security
SprintPrint, Inc.
Trifecta General Counsel

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”
September 27, 2017
Eric Weiner

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.

2018 Speaker

Beth Comstock headshot

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.


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

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