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October 20, 2017 0

Building a conscious culture of inclusion

It’s an understatement to say, we’re in a difficult period. There’s division, and a basic and fundamental conflict going on between freedom of speech and equality for everyone. We all honor first amendment rights, right? But where’s the line when those rights attack the fabric of how and why we became a nation in the […]

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August 16, 2017 0

Now is the time to accelerate inclusion

Across our country, people from all walks of life are speaking out about the terrible and racist demonstrations that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend – and the tragic violence that ensued. There are many emotions – anger, sadness, fear, futility and more. I’ve felt those emotions. The American Family Insurance community has. I’m […]

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June 5, 2017 0

The CEO Podcast: A Conversation with Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker is a 12-time PGA Tour winner, 2017 Presidents Cup Captain, Champions Tour rookie and host of the American Family Insurance Championship, coming to University Ridge Golf Course June 19th through the 25th. I was fortunate to sit down with Steve recently to chat about these things and more as he continues a busy […]

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May 10, 2017 0

The race for a cure is on

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 15 years ago. I watched as she endured surgery and a significant treatment regimen. It showed me just how terrible this disease can be on those diagnosed, but also on family and friends. It changed my life – and my outlook on this disease. Seeing it in […]

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March 23, 2017 0

The CEO Podcast: A conversation with Greg Gard

A Sweet 16 matchup on Friday. Scouting and practices. Travel to New York City. Newly announced regional brand ambassador for American Family Insurance. Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard has a lot going on right now. Greg is also passionate about cancer research and care, and hosts a big fundraising event for his foundation – […]

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September 15, 2016 0

StartingBlock Madison will encourage start-ups in our community

Thanks to the generous investment of public entities, local companies and private citizens, we are launching an entrepreneurial hub called StartingBlock Madison that will make a long-lasting impact in Madison and Wisconsin. The list of those backing this project is long and widespread, from the city of Madison, UW-Madison, the state of Wisconsin and the Greater Madison […]

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August 29, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: Derek Jeter

He’s a former Major League Baseball superstar, a philanthropist, and now media and business leader. Derek Jeter exemplifies the power of a dream champion – someone who does more than just lead by example. “The Captain” has – and continues to – inspire people to keep chasing their dreams. To have courage and heart. To […]

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June 20, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: Steve Stricker

It’s a busy time for Steve Stricker. Fresh off a top two finish at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, Steve hosts this week’s inaugural American Family Insurance Championship,  a PGA TOUR Champions event. It will include playing in a celebrity round of golf during the tournament with fellow Wisconsin athletes Andy North, Mark Tauscher and […]

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June 6, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: American Family Insurance Championship

The American Family Insurance Championship comes to Madison, Wisconsin June 20-26. I’m excited for our community, our state and my company. Host Steve Stricker addressed the media May 31, and talked about the inaugural tournament’s impressive field of players and the charities that will benefit from the event. In the latest CEO Podcast, get the scoop on the American Family Insurance Championship […]

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May 13, 2016 1

Change, Disruption and Opportunities

Service anniversaries are normally really fun events. They give us a chance to congratulate folks for their efforts over time, reminisce a bit, and even roast colleagues for things we’ve shared over years of working together. I attended one, recognizing a long-term employee’s service to the company. When the usual stuff was over (started on […]

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