This is a podcast for and about risk-takers—people who aren’t afraid to make it happen and go get it. Every week we talk with leaders who are taking big risks to grow our economy and improve our community. The GoGedders will introduce you to emerging entrepreneurs, established business figures, athletes, artists and civic trailblazers who open up about their path to success, their expertise and why it’s important for more people to create, make, and innovate. These are the GoGedders.
What's going on in the market? A Q4 economic outlook with Brian Andrew of Johnson Financial
Our friend Brian Andrew is something of a financial whiz. As the Chief Investment Officer and Executive VP of Wealth over at Johnson Financial, it’s quite literally his job to keep an eye on all the little ins and outs of the market and the economy as a whole.
On today’s episode of The GoGedders Podcast, host Richie Burke had the chance to pick his brains a bit about… well, everything. They’ll explore the economic effects of the pandemic, the labor shortage, skills gap, supply chain issues, surprisingly good market health, crypto, China, inflation, bonds, tax changes, and more.
Tune in to learn way more than you thought you could in a half hour!
How energy entrepreneur who overcame a battle with cancer is now changing how we bank for the better: Geeta Sankappanavar
When it comes time to open up a bank account, most of us have a pretty standard checklist: no fees, good insurance, decent interest rate, and so on. And once our account is up and running, we don’t really give it much thought — we set up direct deposit, hook it up to PayPal and Venmo, maybe a few autopays, and that’s about it.
But when you look at where your money is going, the stats couldn’t be more frightening. Of the $17 trillion we give to banks, 40% is invested in non-values-aligned assets. That means it’s going to companies that don’t support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Then there’s the issue of access —55 million Americans are either unbanked or underbanked, and in today’s world, that access is an inalienable human right, something that’s absolutely essential to breaking the cycle of poverty.
ESG Financial, a fintech company founded by absolute superwoman Geeta Sankappanavar, recently partnered with the Milwaukee Rotary Club to bring these life-changing services to the Milwaukee area. Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Geeta discuss ESG’s story, mission, and how your dollar can be put to work for the greater good.
How Forward 48 is connecting the next generation of Milwaukee leaders to inspire community-wide progress
Learning from your own mistakes is a tough but necessary part of personal growth. Whether it’s in business or your personal life, recognizing when you've made a mistake and course-correcting for next time a situation arises is a critical part of continuous improvement.
But how do we apply that principle broadly to learn as a community? How can we apply this at the leadership level to make sure the next generation doesn’t make the same mistakes as the previous one? Forward 48 is here to help us do just that.
On this episode, Richie sits down with Ian Abston, Thelma Sias, and Fiesha Lynn Bell to talk all things Forward 48.
In addition to telling the story of how Forward 48 came about, they’ll cover how Milwaukee can better retain top talent, develop its young leaders, and grow as a city from a social, cultural, and economic standpoint.
They also discuss the importance of inclusion when it comes to leadership, and how Forward 48 is cultivating the next generation of leaders from a variety of ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and perspectives.
Culture Shift: Affecting positive change in an unexpected industry through diversity and inclusion
On this episode of The GoGedders, our host Richie was joined by Rich Ballenger (President) and Richaad Reed (National Account Manager) of Lucas Millhapt.
When the George Floyd tragedy happened and BLM kicked into gear, businesses everywhere were quick to make posts to support the movement, condemn racial injustice, and inspire change.
As the leader of the company, Rich wanted to do what was right, but wanted to do so in a way that was genuine. He didn’t just want to just put out a statement to go along with what everyone else was doing.
So, he did something that’s arguably harder than going with the flow. He reached out to his employees during an all-employee communications meeting and said, “What should I do? What should we do? I’m all ears, and here to support however you need me to.”
Rishaad responded, and the result was an Employee Resource Group that sparked a paradigm shift in the company’s culture. Tune into this week’s episode to hear the story – we promise, no matter what industry you’re in or what role you play, there’s something you can take away from this one.
Building Summerfest: How the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater is changing 2021’s fan experience
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave Chappelle, Dave Matthews, Run the Jewels, Kesha, Ludacris, ZZ Top, Fitz and the Tantrums, Rise Against, DJ Diesel (Shaq) — AH!
Despite all the weirdness this year (and last), Summerfest 2021 is set to be a BANGER. The World’s Largest Music Festival has been pulling big talent to our rad venue on the lake for quite some time now, but it hasn’t always been a cake walk, with the facilities being a limiting factor because of the festival’s growth and popularity.
On this episode of The GoGedders Podcast, host Richie Burke sits down with Summerfest royalty Bob Babisch (Entertainment Director) and Jason Stuewe (Vice President of Planning and Development) to talk all about the Big Gig’s latest passion project, The American Family Insurance Amphitheater.
The venue has a massive $51.3M in upgrades (what?!) that will improve just about every single part of the guest experience.
Richie and our guests will also cover what folks can expect from other upgrades around the venue, what planning during a pandemic was like for their team, Summerfest’s economic impact on Milwaukee, and much more.
Success from scratch: The inspiring story of Egg and Flour’s Adam Pawlak
If you’re a fan of Milwaukee food, you might’ve heard the name Adam Pawlak once or twice as of late, and not without good reason.
This Bay View-born bearded wonder has been all over the city after his first solo concept, Egg and Flour Pasta Bar, was a hit in North Avenue’s Crossroads Collective.
Today, we’re joined by Adam Pawlak himself, Alex Anderson, and the legendary David Caruso to talk about Adam’s journey, and what it takes to succeed when setting out to chase your passion. We also talk about the Bucks, because like — how are we supposed to not talk about the Bucks?
Tune into this week’s episode, and you’ll also hear how much Adam, Alex, and David truly love our dear city of Milwaukee, and how much it means to them to be doing their thing and chasing their passion in the city they’ve always called home.
Absolutely a favorite
The GOGedders Podcast is absolutely a favorite and should be one for you too! Richie has great guests and he makes you feel like you are in the room with them!
A Go-To Listen
Relevant, relatable, and dynamic, GoGedders is a conversational pleasure for the ears and the mind. I especially enjoy the diversity of topics that somehow still align with the theme of the show, and it's found a solid home in my top listening rotation.
Prince of MKE
The Prince of Milwaukee aka Richie Burke continues to come out with amazing content each new show! He’s got the pulse of what’s fun/exciting in MKE—while being very funny, informative and easy to listen to.
Chop chop - get it Richie!!