Director, Diverse Talent & Supplier Programs, Manpower Group
Shaleta is responsible for the management, development and execution of the Supplier Diversity Initiative across all four brands – Manpower, Experis, ManpowerGroup, and Right Management. She directs, manages, and implements the ManpowerGroup Supplier Diversity Initiative, ensuring compliance with clients diverse business spend requirements and ManpowerGroup policies and goals. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan that provides the framework for ManpowerGroup to have access to all diverse and multicultural communities and organizations, meet clients contractual requirements, provides innovative solutions to clients, and meets ManpowerGroup Supplier Diversity mission. Ms. Dunn is a member of the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors and Vice Chair of that council’s certification committee and WBOF Planning Committee. She is also a member of the NMSDC Supplier Diversity Advisory Council. Shaleta majored in political science at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and also attended Cardinal Stritch University where she received her project management certification.
President, Vangard Group, LLC
In 2003 Kalan Haywood founded Vangard Group, LLC, a full-service real-estate development company and has over 25 years of development and leadership experience in the investment and development sector. He is currently Member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), The Business Council (TBC), National Realtors Association (NRA), Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA), and the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR). Prior to founding Vangard Group, LLC Mr. Haywood led Haywood Investment Group and Haywood Construction, as well as worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects. Mr. Haywood received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture while minoring in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Principal, Athena Communications
Launching Athena Communications, LLC in 2009, Tammy Belton-Davis brings over ten years of leadership as a communications and governmental affairs professional. Prior to her entrepreneurial venture, Belton-Davis has held senior level positions with non-profit organizations and city government, and served as a staff assistant for the Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council.
As principal of Athena Communications, Tammy’s role is to provide progressive organizations with a cutting- edge approach in communications that results in optimal organizational growth. Ms. Belton-Davis graduated from Alverno College with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications and pursued a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her volunteer efforts include serving as the chief administrator for her church, and Board Vice-chair of Groundwork Milwaukee.
Co-Owner, Garfield’s 502
In early 2006, LaMarr Franklin co-opened a bar and restaurant, Garfield’s 502, in Milwaukee. The lounge is located on the former site of “a legendary blues bar founded by Everette “Boobie” Moore”. Mr. Franklin has also been member of the Medical Examining Board, Chairman of the Board for Northcott Neighborhood House, Vice Chair Milwaukee Immediate Care Clinic, Past Chair and member of the Board of Citizen for Veterans Issues, President of the Historic King Drive Bid Board, Past chair of the joint Examination Board of Marriage Counselors, Professional Counselors, and Social Workers for the State of Wisconsin, Past Chair and member of the Wisconsin Real Estate Appraisers Examining Board, President and one of the Founders Garfield’s Art, Blues, Gospel and Jazz Festivel, Past Chair and member of Martin Luther King Economic Development Board. He has also been the Vice President of Sales at Computec Integrated Solutions, Owner/National Sales Manager of his own business, Marrs Systems and Regional Sales Manager of Informer Computer Systems, Inc., among other notable titles. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Associate, Michael Best Strategies
Thomas Harris is an associate with Michael Best Strategies LLC, assisting clients in identifying strategic opportunities to grow their business. His work involves a full range of services related to government relations, lobbying, strategic planning, and public relations. Prior to working at Michael Best Strategies, Mr. Harris served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of State Senator Lena C. Taylor developing and implementing all policy objectives, strategies and operating plans in accordance with office policy and applicable law. He was also the Director of Community Relations for the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office. There, Mr. Harris was a trusted advisor to the Country Executive for outreach and special events. Mr. Harris also served as the Political Director, Staff Assistant and Campaign Manager on various campaigns in the state of Wisconsin over the past few years. He holds his Master of Arts in Communications and Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice/Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Product Manager (NEMA Products), Eaton Electrical
Tijuandria Smith is Eaton Electricals’ Product Manager where she leads and manage new product development based on market trends and customer needs. Ms. Smith originally started with Eaton Electrical as Assembler and has relocated with the company, in a number of capacities including Senior MCC Divisional Sales Engineer and Sales Engineer, over the previous 20 years. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Western Carolina University.
Carl returned to Milwaukee to lead CFSS in 2015 after serving in increasingly responsible roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously the assistant director of P.E.O.P.L.E. (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the most comprehensive precollege-through-college programs in the United States. Carl was instrumental in providing intensive college preparatory and retention services on a year-round basis, that included rigorous academic workshops, college major/career exploration, campus exposure, and student leadership development to over 1,300 students 2nd thru college graduation. Prior to his role with P.E.O.P.L.E., Carl worked with youth from 6th grade to college graduation, providing precollege workshops and services for youth in his various roles at the University of Platteville. Carl has utilized his experience in working with youth to develop a unique organic mentoring model for both youth and young adults. This model’s implementation began during his career at UW Madison and has been improved and implemented recently at CFSS. Carl has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is currently completing his dissertation for a doctorate degree in Education.