July 1, 2015


Guests:  Kaleem Caire, Founder, CEO and Marlo Mielke, Director, One City Learning Centers

The evidence is clear.  During the first three years of life, a child born into a low-income family hears 30 million fewer words than a child born into a well-off family.  If a child can’t read well by the time he/she is in 3rd grade, the child is four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than one who can.  And if the child happens to be poor, he/she is six times less likely to graduate.  This kind of achievement gap is real in Dane County, and a new program is underway to prevent it in the first place. 

One City Learning Centers, a reorganized venture that has emerged from the struggling Child Development Inc. Center on Madison’s south side, is poised to address the early childhood education needs of low to moderate-income families.  The CDI South Madison site is the home of the first One City Learning Center with a vision in place to expand it to other neighborhoods.  

On this program, Kaleem Caire, CEO and Marlo Mielke, Director of the Center scheduled to open this September for children ages 2-5, share the plans for this Center and why it is structured to be academically successful and financially sustainable.  Mandatory parental involvement is just one of the requirements.  

For more information, call 608-268-8004 or contact the One City Learning Center, 2012 Fisher Ave., Madison, WI 53713.  Soon to be introduced: www.onecityearlylearning.org.

June 26, 2015


Guests: Karen Musser, President/CEO and Carrie Gartzke, Self-Directed Supports Specialist, Care Wisconsin

What is the state of long-term care in Wisconsin?  On this program, Karen Musser and Carrie Gartzke describe Family Care, the Partnership Program, and Medicaid SSI - the three public programs Care Wisconsin currently offers in certain Wisconsin counties.  What impact will the Wisconsin budget have on these long-term care services?  What is self-directed care, and how will self-directed care be retained in the new budget guidelines?

Care Wisconsin began as a human services agency in 1976.  They manage the long-term care needs of frail seniors and adults with disabilities who meet income, functional, and residency requirements. Their care model is based on access, choice, quality and cost-effectiveness.  For more information, go to carewisc.org.

June 18, 2015


Guest: Barbara Zabawa, Attorney/President, Center for Health Law Equity, LLC

With the increasing focus in health care on prevention and wellness, implementing programs in the workplace to support and encourage employees to participate in healthy behaviors and activities are becoming more popular. As with all new efforts, challenges arise as to what are the best practices in wellness program implementation; how can a business establish a “healthy corporate culture” while providing strong leadership and employee buy-in?

On this program, Barbara Zabawa discusses the legal landscape of health care reform in the workplace and also shares insight into the current case regarding the Affordable Care Act subsidies that is before the Supreme Court.

For more information, call 608-579-1267 or go to www.cfhle.com.

June 11, 2015


Guests: Bob Sorge, President; Tom Linfield, V.P. Community Impact

As a catalyst for positive, genuine and lasting change, the Madison Community Foundation reached out early to be an inaugural funder of the Justified Anger initiative, a movement they see as potentially being able to successfully address the racial disparities that exist in Dane County and improve the lives of minorities in Madison. On this program, Bob Sorge and Tom Linfield take us through the process of how they identified Justified Anger and other big picture areas of need and are adding their expertise and commitment to achieving a long term community impact.

On Tuesday, June 16, the Madison Community Foundation welcomes author Sheryl WuDunn as guest speaker at their annual dinner, Inspiring Philanthropy 2015, at Monona Terrace. WuDunn, a pulitzer prize-winning reporter, co-authored A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity with her husband, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.  She will share stories from the book and offer her insights on the art and science of philanthropy and how we can each make a difference.

 For more information about the event, go to madisoncommunityfoundation.org.

June 4, 2015


 GUESTS:  Lannia Stenz, Executive Director;  Sandy Henshue, Director of Events and Corporate Partnerships;  Betsy Kennedy, member and Laughter Yoga Coach

No one need face cancer alone.  Not when Gilda’s Club is nearby.   Gilda’s Club offers an environment away from the health care setting where people affected by cancer can come when they are happy, sad, angry or tired.  

On this program, Lannia Stenz, Sandy Henshue and Betsy Kennedy, Gilda’s Club member and Laughter Yoga Leader, describe the normalcy that returns to families’ at Gilda’s Club in Madison where family and friends come together for emotional and social support, to speak with professionals, play games, laugh and have fun, or just relax and take a nap.  While there may be nothing funny about a diagnosis of cancer, that doesn’t mean people can’t get a good laugh at Gilda’s Club.  Learn how on this program.

For information about Gilda’s Backyard BBQ on Thursday, June 25, go to www.gildasclubmadison.org.

May 27, 2015


Guests:  Victor Rivas Rivers, author, actor and advocate against domestic violence; Shannon Barry, Executive Director, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services)

In his book, A Private Family Matter, Victor Rivas Rivers describes the violence inflicted on him and his family by his father and what it took to break the cycle of abuse.  Rivers, a former NFL football player and now actor and advocate against domestic violence, will be in Madison as the keynote speaker at the Celebrate Independence Luncheon presented by DAIS - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, on June 15 at the Concourse Hotel.

On this program, Victor Rivers shares insights about domestic violence and highlights the role men can play in creating an environment where women feel and are safe.  Also on the program, Shannon Barry, Executive Director of DAIS, who describes the growth in programs and community outreach for women and families to support those impacted by domestic violence in Dane County.  As you will hear, it is a public matter!

For more information, go to www.abuseintervention.org.

May 21, 2015


GUESTS:   Jim Jaeger and Sandy Nuernberg, Association of Spiritual Caregivers at Meriter and ambassadors and facilitators in the Wisconsin Medical Society's Advance Care Planning program, "Honoring Choices

Planning ahead is about preparing for your future today.  On this program, Jim Jaeger and Sandy Nuernberg take us step by step through the process of understanding, reflecting on and discussing future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences.  The truth is, if you do not express your preferences, decisions are made for you if you can no longer speak for yourself.  And the decisions someone else makes for you may be different than what you would have chosen for yourself.  

There are two parts to expressing your preferences:  Having the legal advance directives signed and accessible and having the conversation with your loved ones on what your wishes are.

Advance planning can be the best gift you give your family.  For more information, go to www.honoringchoiceswi.org.

May 14, 2015


GUEST: Kim Campbell, wife of Glen Campbell

On this program, Kim Campbell, wife of music legend Glen Campbell, shares the story of Glen’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the “Goodbye Tour” Glen, she and their children embarked on to bid farewell to the thousands of fans who followed him over the years.

Kim will be in Madison to introduce the film, GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME which documents their journey, and answer questions at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin’s An Evening to Remember, Thursday evening, May 28, at Union South.

Also on this program, Kristin Larson, Director of Development and Communications at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance, who describes programs and services available to people in Wisconsin who have been impacted by Alzheimer's.

For ticket information to this exclusive showing, contact the Alliance at www.alzwisc.org or call 608-232-3400 or 888-308-6251.

May 6, 2015


GUEST:  Amy Supple, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Edgewater Hotel Company, LLC

The goal was to “create an extraordinary destination that is uniquely Madison…a community centerpiece that improves public access to the lake, enhances Madison’s profile as a destination city, and drives further development in downtown,” said Bob Dunn, president of the Hammes Company, the developers of the new Edgewater Hotel.  At Dunn’s side from the conception of that possibility was Amy Supple, now Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Edgewater Hotel Company, LLC.

On this program, Amy Supple describes the challenges she faced as Project Director of the pre-development efforts through the construction and her role now overseeing the strategic positioning, branding and financial management of The Edgewater.  In other words, there is more going on than meets the eye and more reasons now than ever to experience the all new Edgewater as a community destination.  It’s a fascinating story you’ll want to hear.

If you go to The Edgewater for a special occasion, take a photo or selfie of your visit, and you may see it displayed on their history wall.  Send it to info@theedgewater.com.

April 28, 2015


Guests:  Dawn Crim and her daughter, Danielle Crim

This past March 6, Dawn Crim and her 12-year-old daughter, Danielle, began their journey to Birmingham and then Selma, Alabama to walk in the steps of those who - 50 years ago - marched from Selma to Montgomery in their determined quest to gain the right to vote.

At the top of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Sunday, March 8, Dawn turned to her daughter and said, “When you turn 18 you will exercise your right to vote, and you will take your children. That is what we do, WE VOTE!  That is why we are here today.” Once the March began, Danielle said, “It was amazing! It felt like I was walking beside the spirits of everyone on Bloody Sunday and everyone who walked from Selma to Montgomery.”

On this program, Dawn and Danielle Crim relive details from their historic journey and the firsthand experiences that brought to life those memorable moments from 50 years ago.