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For nearly twenty years, Henry Sanders Jr. (CEO and Publisher) has been a force for community development, economic development and entrepreneurship in the Madison area, in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.He worked for the City of Madison and then-Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin before joining the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce as Vice President. In that capacity he started the Small Business Advisory Council, Latino Chamber of Commerce and the African wAmerican Black Business Association. Sanders is also the founder of the young professionals organization Madison Area Growth Network (MAGNET), Madison Network of Black Professionals, and Capacity 360, a government relations firm that brought more than $15 million to Wisconsin businesses.
Henry ran a statewide campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 and in 2011 joined the Obama Administration as the Small Business Administration’s Region V Advocate, speaking up for small businesses across six states.
In 2018, Henry was named InBusiness Magazine’s 2018 Startup Company Executive of the Year, was given the Amigo Award by LaMovida Radio and was named Outstanding Experiential Learning Host by the Madison Metropolitan School District for allowing students to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Summit.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and chairs its Membership Advisory Council.
For the past decade, A. David Dahmer (Editor in Chief) was editor in chief of The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper, Madison’s only multicultural weekly newspaper focusing on the positive people, places, and events in Dane County’s African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and Native American communities. He has written well over 1,000 in-depth articles on minority-related people and topics and has managed the direction, content, design, production, and promotion of this multicultural newspaper that has won national awards.
Dahmer is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of Centro Hispano of Dane County, a Madison agency that works to improve the quality of life for Latinos and others living in Dane County by empowering youth, strengthening families, and engaging the community. A graduate of UW-Madison, Dahmer is an NAACP Unsung Hero Service Award winner for leadership efforts in advancing the mission and goals of the NAACP and untiring service to the community and a Club TNT Waterbearer Award winner for outstanding contributions to the community. Twitter: @DaveDahmer
Robert Chappell (Executive Editor & Associate Publisher, It’s Only 10 Minutes podcast co-host) began his professional journalism career at the age of 15, covering village government for the Mount Horeb Mail in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. He worked as editor of the Fennimore Times and associate editor of Madison Magazine. He later served Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton as communications director and worked in strategic communications in nonprofit, arts and entertainment and local government sectors for several years.
L. Malik Anderson is a journalist, social media marketer and content creator. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications (Reporting), Communication Arts (Radio-TV-Film) and a Certificate in Digital Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. L. Malik’s interest include television, music, cinema, theatre, technology and social justice. His journalism experience includes writing for hyper-local, local and national audiences.
In Summer 2014, L. Malik began his multi-summer internship with Wisconsin Public Radio as the Emma L. Bowen Foundation Scholar working in various departments such as audio engineering, web content, development and The Ideas Network, most notably The Larry Meiller Show. Currently, he publishes a profile series titled “Melanated Moguls” alongside other personal reflections and television reviews on lmalikanderson.com.
L. Malik’s artistic work focuses on intersecting identities such as Blackness, Queerness while incorporating topics like mental health, masculinity, the African diaspora and other socio-political issues relevant to contemporary society. His work uses journalism, poetry, prose, mixed and digital media to reclaim his cultural identity and queerness while empowering himself. L. Malik’s words can be found in Madison Commons, WPR.org, The Madison Times, Madison365, Blavity and on other platforms.
Shezad Baloch is a freelance journalist and researcher. He has recently graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a research master’s degree. Previously, he worked as a reporter in Pakistan’s conflict-zone Balochistan for eight years. He also worked for UNICEF’s polio eradication program in Pakistan as a regional Communications and Reporting Officer.
Stephanie Díaz de León (Data reporter, It’s Only 10 Minutes podcast host) is a proven professional in outreach, engagement and workplace diversity. She is the lead planner and designer of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, the state’s premier professional development and community-building event for the state’s leaders of color. She has also served on the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Committee at the Wisconsin Union and the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Council for the University of Wisconsin, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin’s Latino Staff and Faculty Association. She has overseen and executed many of the Wisconsin Union’s major events, including Diversity Forum every year since 2015, the Memorial Union’s reopening, the grand opening of the new Union South and many more.
Mackenzie Krumme is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She served as an intern with Dr. Alex Gee on his podcast, Black Like me. She also reports for Unified News Group throughout Dane County.
Ayomi Wolff is a student-journalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in both English and History. Previously, she worked as an intern for the Washington City Paper in Washington, DC, and had worked on both high school and colligate publications. She is also an avid photographer and filmmaker had has received accolades for both including an honorable mention from C-SPAN for her documentary submission in their 2020 C-SPAN StudentCam documentary contest. She is deeply interested in racial and socioeconomic disparities in America and hopes to further this interest through journalism.
Jill Gade (Director of Business Development) graduated from Edgewood College with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing while working for Ameritech Cellular. That is where she first met Henry Sanders and began her career and professional training. Over the course of the next 25 years she has become a passionate and enthusiastic sales expert with extensive experience in account management, retail management, customer service, staffing and nonprofit fundraising.
Outside of work Jill is married, has two daughters and enjoys volunteering. She has served; St. Paul Lutheran School on the PTO and as a Dance Coach for six years, Lake Mills Library Scholastic Fundraiser for five years, Willowbrook Nursing Home for eight years, Lake View Elementary Food Pantry over the last year and currently is currently serving as the “Special Needs Coordinator” at Abiding Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Stephanie Díaz de León (Director of Outreach and Engagement) is a proven professional in outreach, engagement and workplace diversity. She is the lead planner and designer of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, the state’s premier professional development and community-building event for the state’s leaders of color. She has also served on the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Committee at the Wisconsin Union and the Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity Council for the University of Wisconsin, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin’s Latino Staff and Faculty Association. She has overseen and executed many of the Wisconsin Union’s major events, including Diversity Forum every year since 2015, the Memorial Union’s reopening, the grand opening of the new Union South and many more.
Matthew Braunginn is a Madison native and civil rights activist.
Rev. David Hart is a pastor, attorney, and author living in Madison.
Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies for the University of Wisconsin.
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