The theme of the two-day conference is Getting Wisconsin Back in the Race: Finding Success in an Evolving Economy””. More than 325 business leaders and economic development professionals are expected to attend. Keynote Speakers: Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton Lt. Governor Lawton will provide a snapshot of the state’s economic development successes and challenges. Richard Bendis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Innovation America There are many keys to innovating and invigorating states to become leaders in the entrepreneurial economy. Learn from one of the nation’s leader, Richard Bendis, who currently serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a national 501c3 not for profit, private/public partnership focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America. Mr. Bendis has distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries..
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