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Workshops & Events

Lakeshore Leaders Breakfast Series

Sparking Ideas & Innovation

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc and Sheboygan, will be hosting a monthly speaker series with distinguished leaders making a positive impact in our communities. Join us to hear an inspiring talk and to learn from area leaders.

Virtual Agenda

7:30- 8 a.m. Registration/Breakfast (Eat-at-Your Desk)
8-8:45 a.m. Lakeshore Leader Talk
8:45- 9 a.m. Wrap-Up/Q&A/Networking
Cost: $20

2020 Speakers

Date Speaker
Wednesday, December 9 Dan Ariens, Chairman & CEO, Ariens Co.

2021 Speakers

Date Speaker
Wednesday, January 13                       Josh Shefner, CEO, Agricycle Global, Inc.
Wednesday, February 10 Michelle Birschbach, Attorney, Steimle Birschbach

The Lineup

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Dan Ariens
December 2020
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Family Business Leadership

Dan's leadership is based on five core values. He will delve into each one and share how they have helped him excel in his roles over the years. 

About Dan Ariens
Dan Ariens, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ariens, joined the company in 1983 and became CEO in 1998. Since that time, Dan’s leadership has been defined by a set of five Core Values and 15 Management Principles that clearly outline management expectations. As a manufacturer of premium outdoor power equipment for both consumer and commercial use, AriensCo represents some of the oldest and most respected brands in the category. A proponent of manufacturing, STEM education, and Lean Management Principles, Dan has been recognized for his advocacy in these areas.

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Josh Shefner
January 2021
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Social Entrepreneurship
Lessons of a Young Leader

Josh Shefner founded Agricycle, a vertically integrated portfolio of ethically-sourced and upcycled CPG brands with the mission of eliminating extreme rural poverty through market-based solutions.The company encompasses a network of 35,000 farmers, a cooperative of 6,700 women, and 28 employees. He will discuss social entrepreneurship and international development.

About Josh Shefner
In addition to founding Agricycle and serving as CEO, Josh won the Global Student Entrepreneur Award for Wisconsin's inaugural competition in 2018. He was named one of Wisconsin Inno's 25 Under 25 and was awarded a US State Department grant in 2019. He was also named a Fellow of the national Future Founders in 2020.

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Michelle Birschbach
February 2021
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11 Lessons for 11 Years
What I've Learned as the Co-Owner of a Growing Small Business

In 2009, Andrew Steimle and I started our law firm Steimle Birschbach, LLC, in Manitowoc with two staff persons. Fast forward to today, and we have two locations, seven attorneys and fifteen employees overall. I'd like to share a few lessons I've learned as a woman leader of a growing business. Lessons I've learned from my mistakes. In accepting what I can change and what I can't (such as my gender). And the simple wisdom that only comes with age and experience. 

About Michelle Birschbach
Michelle Birschbach has significant experience in all dimensions of asset protection, wealth transfer, estate planning, business, and real estate matters. Michelle's practice includes assisting clients with the most sophisticated of legal matters, but Michelle enjoys helping all clients attain their goals. She attended Kiel High School and earned her Associates Degree at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan. She graduated with distinction with a B.S. in Political Science and Behavioral Science & Law from UW-Madison and cum laude from Marquette University Law School.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Betke, Program Specialist, or 920-6563-7337.