WEDC Focus Forward

WEDC Focus Forward


Latest Episodes

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 9: Innovation, Inspiration and Public Health with Alexander Kempe
January 21, 2021

Alexander Kempe, president and CEO of Novir, the testing solutions company and winner of the We’re All Innovating contest, talks with WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes about his company’s antibody test and

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 8: Dennis Beale on Teaching Passion and Changing Lives
November 11, 2020

The founder of Power of Perception, a mentoring program for Eau Claire students that creates opportunities for minority youth, talks with WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes about how passion, motivation and

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 7: New Comfort Zone, New Partners with Sabrina Madison
October 14, 2020

Sabrina Madison, founder of the Progress Center for Black Women and known locally as Heymiss Progress, is an award-winning entrepreneur talks with WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes about building networks,

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 6: Meeting the Challenge: COVID Testing with Kevin Conroy
September 16, 2020

Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, talks about research and development and teams that drive innovation. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Conroy about Exact Sciences' piv

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 5: The Power of a Tech Ecosystem with Aaron Olver
July 15, 2020

Aaron Olver, managing director of University Research Park, talks tech and exponential growth through innovation. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Olver about the state’s technology eco

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 4: The New Networking: Attract and Engage with Angela Damiani
July 01, 2020

Serial entrepreneur Angela Damiani, Newaukee CEO, builds connections and growth for talent and small businesses. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Damiani about the state’s business and

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System
June 17, 2020

Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, discusses students’ desire to thrive despite COVID-19 university closures. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Cross about Wisco

Focus Forward Podcast Ep. 1: Moving your restaurant forward with Luke Zahm
May 20, 2020

Luke Zahm discusses how he’s moving his restaurant forward in the wake of the pandemic in Wisconsin. Join Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC as she talks to the chef and owner of Driftless Cafe a

Welcome to the Focus Forward Podcast
May 05, 2020

Join WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes in this short introductory episode to hear what you can look forward to from the Focus Forward podcast. Subscribe today so you don’t miss the full episodes coming soon. Read More