University Club members enjoy a wide range of engaging programs about the issues that impact Milwaukee, as well as frequent, lively social events that build a greater sense of community and member camaraderie.


The University Club is regular host to programming events that spark thought-provoking dialogue on issues that are affecting Milwaukee and the region. Programming is organized around the Club’s Seven Pillars of Enrichment:

ArtsCultureArts/Culture: Celebrates and explores the vibrant landscape of visual and performance art in Milwaukee. Members of the Milwaukee art community and the City’s most creative minds explain the artistic approaches and methods they use while performing their crafts.

: Offers Club members access to industry experts’ perspectives on market trends, consumer preferences, how world news and events impact local markets, and government regulation and its effect on businesses and the economy.

EducationEducation: Focuses on the important issues facing the state of education in Wisconsin. The Club brings together educational leaders to discuss the importance of academic standards, workforce training, and providing our children with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workforce of the future.

ScienceMedicineScience/Medicine/Health: Addresses key topics across all sectors of the health care industry, from life sciences and medical devices to research and public health policy. Industry experts provide comprehensive looks into health care in the 21st century. 

SportsSports: Offers members in-depth looks into the business management side of professional sports in Wisconsin. Key executives provide insight on how sports organizations and professionals operate on the field/court and in the front office. This pillar also spotlights sports that are not as familiar to every day sports enthusiasts and provides in depth “insider” knowledge on more mainstream sports.

FoodWineFood & Wine
: Creates culinary learning experiences that aim to stimulate the senses.


IssuesIssues of the Day: aims to spark healthy conversation and dialog regarding current issues in Milwaukee and throughout the country.


The Club’s Fellows program brings experts on a variety of topics to reside in-house for two years and share their collective talents with Club members through dialogue and events.

Current Fellows:

Frank Almond – Concert Master, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Randy Bryant – President and CEO, Ten Chimneys Foundation

Kyle Cherek – Chef and Host of PBS Show, “Wisconsin Foodie

Chip Duncan – Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer, The Duncan Entertainment Group

Eve Hall, PhD – President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee

Jonathan Jackson – Artistic & Executive Director, Milwaukee Film Festival

Magda Peck, ScD – Founder of MP3 Health, and Founding Dean of the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at UW-Milwaukee

Michael Pink – Artistic Director, Milwaukee Ballet

Earnestine Willis, MD – Director, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, Medical College of WI

Linda Edelstein – CEO, The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Brad Lichtenstein –Filmmaker & President, 371 Productions

Dr. David Garman Associate Vice Chancellor for Water Technology, Research and Development, School of Freshwater Sciences; Chief Technology Officer, The Water Council

Ken Leinbach – Author and Executive Director, Urban Ecology Center

Kira LaFond – Publisher & Market President, The Milwaukee Business Journal

Cynthia LaConte – President & CEO, Dohmen

Jeramey Jannene – President & Co-Founder, Urban Milwaukee

Danae Davis – Executive Director, Milwaukee Succeeds

Jorden Lee – Program Director, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee


The intention of programming events based on the Seven Pillars of Enrichment is to spark thoughtful conversations, dialogues and discussions among us, with the two-fold goal of addressing issues that impact the region and ultimately, members’ personal growth and achievement. The Club is committed to encouraging open, diverse dialogue on a variety of subjects and engaging members of all backgrounds in thought-provoking conversation.


Strategic alliances are designed to further the University Club of Milwaukee as a gathering place of compelling ideas and the community's center for contemporary conversation.

The Club has and will continue to partner with likeminded organizations to produce programs and encourage inter-organizational seminars, debates, reviews, roundtable discussions, and generally, to celebrate and advance common intellectual energies.

Strategic alliances will assist in driving the attendance and diversity of participants in University Club Programs organized under the existing “Pillars of Enrichment” structure. Allies are invited to share exclusive University Club invitations with their members, giving them an opportunity to attend Club Programs at a non-member rate. Likewise, per request the University Club will extend invitations to its members for strategic allies’ events; should the Club find them of interest to its members. The University Club encourages all of its allies to hold their gatherings at the Club, and will offer an alliance discount when multiple programs are scheduled.

If you are interested in learning more about strategic alliances, please email Dr. Barry Silberg, Program Committee Co-Chair, at or Vicki Schroeder, General Manager at

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