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President Clinton and BlocPower

Posted January 21, 2020

Climate change is a major topic this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as leaders continue to discuss governmental and private efforts to address the issue. Former…

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Hope for Prisoners

Posted November 25, 2019

Thursday will be the first Thanksgiving Kory Crossman’s shared at home in nearly 30 years. He got out of prison in January and without the help of his mentor, Jon…

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Filling the silence

Posted November 20, 2019

FEATURE: LOTUS Legal Clinic, Milwaukee, WI Sitting at the sentencing of the man who sexually assaulted her, 15-year-old Lindsey Anderson was already thinking about how she could use her traumatizing…

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Living life with purpose and passion

Posted November 14, 2019

While many of my peers were tasked with running coffee and filing papers at their summer internships, mine gave me the space to do something inspiring. Over the course of…

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Who’s the right funder for your early-stage company?

Posted October 18, 2019

I remember the first pitch I ever made to a venture capitalist to raise funds for my social enterprise. As the co-founder of a company that worked to increase livelihood…

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Passion and Progress

Posted October 10, 2019

Lauren Usher will be the first to admit she wasn't sure what would come out of her latest effort. The gBETA social impact director teamed with the Institute in late…

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“They honestly gave me the tools to be a better person.”

Posted September 12, 2019

“They honestly gave me the tools to be a better person.” That’s how Kevin Christmas describes the impact of the Philadelphia-based non-profit New Leash on Life USA which is a…

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Looking for anti-recidivism ideas and companies in Milwaukee

Posted September 3, 2019

We are teaming up with gener8tor in Milwaukee to launch a month-long program to eventually bring to market new business ideas on how to prevent recidivism. Last week, nearly 100…

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How one startup is closing the wage gap and inspiring confidence, one woman at a time

Posted August 29, 2019

Tess Peppers felt a sense of urgency when she decided to make a career shift that would have her entering a completely different industry. She had no bearings– no idea…

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Inspiration in the Big Apple

Posted June 4, 2019

I've always said my favorite part of storytelling is that I get to meet extraordinary people who often describe themselves and their actions as ordinary. Earlier this spring, a few…

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