Cabinet Speakers Bureau

Governor's Cabinet Speakers Bureau

Governor Scott Walker's Cabinet is comprised of executive-level, nationally regarded experts in a variety of areas such as economic and workforce development, education, transportation policy, women in government and many other topics.  The Governor's Cabinet Speakers Bureau is comprised of top appointees overseeing Governor Walker's 17 Cabinet agencies, and among their key responsibilities is to build awareness of the laws, policies, trends and other elements that support working families, advance Wisconsin's economy and ensure state government remains accountable to the taxpaying public.


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To submit an inquiry for a speaker at your next event, please select the request for that speaker and include the following information in the email:

  • Name of your organization
  • Your name and contact information (phone and email)
  • Desired topic(s) for the speaker to address
  • Name and type of event with time, date and location (include complete street address with parking/building access information if applicable
  • Approximate makeup and size of audience
  • Format and length of desired presentation, e.g., roundtable, formal speech, PowerPoint presentation
  • Any other details to help us determine the speaker's availability

At least four weeks' notice is preferred for advance scheduling purposes.

Ellen Nowak - DOA


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Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Budget & Public Finance
  • Energy & Utility Regulation
  • Public Administration
  • Economic Development, e.g., Foxconn's Statewide Impact, & Workforce
  • Education Reform

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Sheila Harsdorf - DATCP


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Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Impact of Agriculture
  • Dairy Industry Significance
  • Developing Markets for Agriculture Products
  • Consumer Protection Resources



Eloise Anderson - DCF


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Areas of Expertise

  • Importance of Work to Families & Communities
  • Economics of Marriage – How Family Structure Affects Economic Stability
  • Generational Trauma
  • Engaging Men in Public Assistance Programs

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Cathy Jess - DOC


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Areas of Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Women in Government



Jay Risch - DFI


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Areas of Expertise

  • Wisconsin Economy
  • DFI-What It Is, What Agency Does
  • Elder Financial Abuse Prevention
  • Avoiding Veterans Charity Scams
  • Financial Literacy


Linda Seemeyer - DHS


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Areas of Expertise

  • Medicaid & Welfare Reform
  • Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Opioid Addiction Programs/Policies
  • Long-Term Care Services
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Wisconsin Economy

Daniel Meyer - DNR


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Areas of Expertise

  • DNR Business Services/Customer Service
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • Recreation-State Parks & Other Properties
  • Forestry-Good Neighbor Authority-Economic Impact



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Richard Chandler - DOR


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Areas of Expertise

  • Wisconsin's Tax Climate and Economy: Past, Present and Future
  • Wisconsin's Tax System and Tax Reform
  • Wisconsin's State Budget
  • Wisconsin’s Economy



Laura Gutierrez - DSPS


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Areas of Expertise

  • Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Opioid Task Force
  • Occupational License Process; Roles/ Responsibilities with Boards and DSPS
  • Industry Services Program & Roles in Economic Development Activities, e.g., Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park

Stephanie Klett - TOURISM


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Areas of Expertise

  • Tourism: Travel in Wisconsin; Business of Tourism/Economic Impact
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership

Dave Ross - DOT 


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Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation Policy
  • Local Road Transportation
  • Economic Development Opportunities
  • Local Bridge Program
  • State Highway Program

Daniel Zimmerman - DVA


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Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Veteran Contributions to Wisconsin’s Economy
  • Hiring Veterans
  • Veterans Benefits

Ray Allen - DWD


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Areas of Expertise

  • Recruiting & Retaining Talent
  • Workforce Training Solutions
  • Workforce Planning Resources
  • Wisconsin Economy
  • Workforce Alignment with Economic Development, e.g., Foxconn's Statewide Impact

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Ted Nickel - OCI


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Areas of Expertise

  • Wisconsin’s Insurance Market
  • Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Market and the Federal Affordable Care Act
  • Consumer Protection and Information
  • Insurtech: Innovative Use of Technology in the Insurance Industry
  • Financial Literacy
  • Retirement Security

Lon Roberts - PSC


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Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Regulation
  • Broadband
  • Securities
  • Banking
  • Investments




Mark R. Hogan - WEDC


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Areas of Expertise

  • Key Economic Developments, e.g., Foxconn's Historic Investment and Statewide Impact
  • Wisconsin’s Business Climate
  • Business Growth in Wisconsin
  • WEDC Overview: Mission, Accomplishments, Role of Partners, etc.

Wyman B. Winston - WHEDA


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Areas of Expertise

  • Building Strong Communities Through Affordable Housing
  • Leveraging Public-Private Investments to Transform Communities
  • How to Build Strategic Partnerships
  • Successful Strategies for Revitalizing Neighborhoods

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