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Sean Lowe is an Investment Client Services Specialist at Northwestern Mutual where he has worked since 2004. The UW-Milwaukee alum has also been a member of Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals since 2005 in various leadership positions. He is also the former National Urban League Young Professionals Central Region Outstanding Member of the Year.

Rank your Top 5 MCs. I would have to say Biggie, Tupac, Jay-Z, Eminem and Kanye. In that order.

Which motivates you more: doubters or supporters? Doubters! Supporters will always come with success, your doubters will drive you to be that more successful.

Why do you live in Milwaukee? I truly want to make a difference here and I see Milwaukee as a city on the rise with all of the recent construction developments. I’m proud of my hometown and want to be a part of the positivity around here.

What three leaders in Milwaukee under 50 have impressed you the most? My mentor Kamilah Williams-Kemp, my best friend Ranell Washington and developer Kevin Newell.

What’s the biggest stumbling block in Milwaukee to turning the corner on our racial disparities?  Not enough collaboration being done on the same efforts. Lack of communication and true goal setting will keep us in a rut, I look to change that.

What are your top three priorities at this point in your life? Health, wealth and having a family someday.

You and other leaders of color recently met with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. How did the meeting go and why is it important for communities of color to have access to someone like the Mayor of Milwaukee? The meeting went extremely well and I am very appreciative of Mayor Barrett’s time with us. We share a mutual interest in having young professionals succeed in this city. It is important for communities of color to have access and young professionals in particular because we deserve to have a seat at the table. I am the President of the oldest and one of the largest young professional organizations in the entire State of Wisconsin. We are taking a seat at the table and having access to conversations with the Mayor and others because we are too influential, educated and connected in this city not to be there. Often times too many of us people of color second guess if we deserve to be in that room, instead of owning the moment and seizing the opportunities that come.

You serve as the National Urban League Young Professionals Membership Recruitment and Retention Chair, the National Urban league Young professionals, and serve as the President of the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals. What about the Urban league makes you believe in their mission? We in the National Urban League Young Professionals focus on Leadership Development, Volunteerism and Philanthropy. I have been volunteering with the Urban League for the past 12 years. I have seen firsthand how they expanded my network of lifelong friends and peers tenfold. They have done incredible work with job placement in underserved communities and fighting for civil rights and racial justice locally and nationally. The Urban League understands the importance of having young professionals in leadership roles not just in the future but now and continues to provide those opportunities.

Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie? Sweet potato pie hands down!

Name the all-time top 5 hoopers from Milwaukee Marshall High School? I don’t even know I can name five! I was the Chess Captain at Marshall. I went to Marshall with Mandela Barnes, Jamaal Smith and other young professionals who have reinvested in Milwaukee.

If someone was going to play you in movie who would it be? I would have to say Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I’m a huge WWE fan so I would love to see that.

Finish this sentence for me: Milwaukee is….. Food, fun and festivals!

Written by Henry Sanders

Henry Sanders

Henry Sanders is Publisher and CEO of Madison365.

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