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How do small businesses survive in Wisconsin? Let’s talk about it at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit

Kimberly Lonetree, Deborah Biddle, Mariam Maldonado, Cainan Davenport, Jessica Cavazos

The People Company founder Deborah Biddle will moderate a panel discussion titled “Staying Alive: How Smalll Businesses Survive and Thrive in Wisconsin” on Tuesday, October 11, the second day of the Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.

Deborah is an Inclusion Institute Certified Diversity Practitioner, National Diversity Council  Certified Diversity Executive, National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional,  Intercultural Diversity Inventory Qualified Administrator, Certified Talent Management  Consultant, and a sought after Trainer and Speaker. She leads the diversity, equity and  inclusion consulting, assessment, training, coaching and practitioner certification firm,  The People Company Consulting Group. Deborah works with organizations that want to  leverage the power of change to heighten development and performance for their  people. She designs and delivers thought-provoking and challenging experiences that  help people THINK better, DO better and BE better at what matters most. 

Deborah serves as president of Madison Youth Arts Center Board of Directors, board  member and Diversity Committee Chair of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism,  and board of directors vice president of Madison-Based Impact Christian Schools. 

A graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, Deborah holds  a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in finance from  the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Diversity, Equity and  Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College  of Business and an Activity Based Costing Certificate from Kellogg School of  Management at Northwestern University.

Joining Deborah on the panel are:

  • Jessica Cavazos, President and CEO, Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Mariam Maldonado, Founder and Owner, Luna’s Grocery
  • Cainan Davenport, Co-owner, Taperz Barber Shop and Co-founder, People of Progression
  • Kimberly Lonetree, Owner, Shapeshifter Coffee Company

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community-building event for people of color. It will take place October 10 and 11 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.