6 episodes

The Focus Forward podcast connects business and community leaders and other Wisconsin “doers” in conversations about how we can all help each other succeed. In each episode, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes guides the discussion toward real and actionable advice you can incorporate in your business or community to help overcome the challenges you’re facing today and prepare for the new opportunities of tomorrow.

WEDC Focus Forward Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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The Focus Forward podcast connects business and community leaders and other Wisconsin “doers” in conversations about how we can all help each other succeed. In each episode, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes guides the discussion toward real and actionable advice you can incorporate in your business or community to help overcome the challenges you’re facing today and prepare for the new opportunities of tomorrow.

    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 5: The Power of a Tech Ecosystem with Aaron Olver

    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 5: The Power of a Tech Ecosystem with Aaron Olver

    Aaron Olver, managing director of University Research Park, talks tech and exponential growth through innovation. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Olver about the state’s technology ecosystem and how it remains successful during a pandemic. Read More

    • 24 min
    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 4: The New Networking: Attract and Engage with Angela Damiani

    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 4: The New Networking: Attract and Engage with Angela Damiani

    Serial entrepreneur Angela Damiani, Newaukee CEO, builds connections and growth for talent and small businesses. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Damiani about the state’s business and talent opportunities pre- and post-COVID. Read More

    • 23 min
    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System

    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System

    Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, discusses students’ desire to thrive despite COVID-19 university closures. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Cross about Wisconsin’s future and the investments we can make as we return from the pandemic.

    • 21 min
    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 2: Scale Up Milwaukee: Inclusive Prosperity with Elmer Moore

    Focus Forward Podcast Ep 2: Scale Up Milwaukee: Inclusive Prosperity with Elmer Moore

    Start-up and scale-up projects in Wisconsin offer unique opportunities to infuse communities of color with economic prosperity and growth. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes interviews Elmer Moore, executive director of Scale Up Milwaukee, a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative.

    Ep. 1: Moving your restaurant forward with Luke Zahm | Focus Forward Podcast

    Ep. 1: Moving your restaurant forward with Luke Zahm | Focus Forward Podcast

    Luke Zahm discusses how he’s moving his restaurant forward in the wake of the pandemic in Wisconsin. Join Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC as she talks to the chef and owner of Driftless Cafe and Wiscochef Enterprises and host of the “Wisconsin Foodie” television show about his restaurant business before and after COVID-19.

    • 30 min
    Welcome to the Focus Forward Podcast

    Welcome to the Focus Forward Podcast

    Join WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes in this short introductory episode to hear what you can look forward to from the Focus Forward podcast. Subscribe today so you don’t miss the full episodes coming soon. Read More

    • 1 min

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