June 9, 2022 at Lambeau Field Atrium

7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 a.m. Summit Begins

Networking Break

Reveal of More YOU in  NEW Mosaic, sponsored by Boldt and Community First Credit Union

12:30 p.m. Luncheon & Networking

1:30  – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (both run concurrently)

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Networking Reception – Entertainment provided by Nick Gonnering, a local singer, songwriter, and performer. 

Be a part of the More YOU in NEW Digital Mosaic!

Join others by uploading a photo of you, your team, or family showing what you love about living and/or working in the New North, and watch as the pictures multiply—combining to form a digital mosaic. The mosaic represents the many people, cultures and talents that come together to power our New North Region.


The original artwork by Gregory Frederic was unveiled at the New North Summit on June 9. Additional photos may be added to the mosaic until the end of August. The final digital mosaic will be available for online use.


2022 New North Summit Speakers


Jill Enos, Managing Director, TitletownTech

Jill Enos is an experienced investor and operator in early-stage ventures.  Prior to TitletownTech, Jill worked with Fortune 50 innovation leaders at StageThree to create, build, and spin out new ventures and capabilities. She co-founded and led the New Venture Foundry, an early-stage investment group providing seed capital and mentorship to regional startups.  Jill also founded the Fox Connection, a collaboration of regional public and private universities to advance entrepreneurial opportunities and support for area college students.

Prior to returning to the Midwest from Washington DC, Jill was part of the leadership team at a venture-backed enterprise software services company that was acquired by AT&T.  Earlier in her career she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Jill has a BA in political science from the Honors College at Michigan State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran, Professor & Founder of African Heritage, Inc.

Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran is an expert, founder, professor, educator, consultant, and engagement strategist who, for the past three decades, has championed several community-engaged initiatives centered on changing structural, individual, systematic, and institutional narratives around racism, inequity, diversity, and inclusion.


A co-founder of African Heritage, Inc., Dr. Delano-Oriaran is a Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, and professor of teacher education at St. Norbert College. She is also the principal speaker and Consultant for Engage To Impact, LLC – a company that provides its clients with practical, tangible tools and best practices to authentically connect and engage with multicultural and diverse groups.


Dr. Delano-Oriaran has more than 30 years of experience in engaging students from marginalized communities to pursue higher education opportunities. She continues to apply her teaching and scholarship focus, especially in the areas of positioning people of color for academic and professional success and engaging predominantly white communities and school districts in critical conversations on issues of race and social injustice.


Dr. Delano-Oriaran is the recipient of numerous awards on diversity issues and community change, including the 2021 Insight’s Women of Influence in the New North Region Difference Maker – Community Award.


Steve Jones, Award-winning coach and leadership expert

Steve Jones is a leadership coach, consultant, and best-selling author who has helped transform influential leaders and successful cultures. Culture either happens by design or default.  Steve challenges individuals to intentionally create and grow a “winning” culture by developing leaders within an organization.


Steve Jones recently stepped down after eleven seasons as head football coach for Kimberly High School to pursue leadership training.  During this time, the Papermakers have compiled a 129-9 record including a Wisconsin state record of 70 wins in a row.  In his eleven years, Kimberly has won nine conference championships and five consecutive state championships along with one state runner-up finish.  Steve has been named the Conference Coach of the Year seven times.  He was also named the 2016 and 2017 Associated Press Coach of the Year and has won the WFCA/Packers Coach of the Year three years in a row.  Steve was the national runner-up for the Don Shula NFL Coach-of-the-Year.  Steve has received numerous awards for his leadership and positive influence.


Steve has worked with numerous leading organizations like Verizon, Xerox, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Kimberly-Clark, Bergstrom Automotive, and Stryker Medical.  Steve has been teaching three different leadership courses at Kimberly High School for the past thirteen years.

Start Up Founder Panel

Abi Barnes

Abi is an attorney, author, and lifelong food allergy sufferer.


She was named to Business Insider’s 2019 Top 100 Coolest People in Food & Drink. Her work has been published in several well-known periodicals and journals, including Forbes and The Atlantic, and her research has been featured in The Economist. Abi authored two guidebooks on corporate social responsibility, published by Patagonia & Yale.  


She holds advanced degrees from Vermont Law School and Yale University, and is the co-inventor on one issued patent.


Abi is committed to making the world a safer place for the food allergy community, and using business as a force for good.

Peter Romenesko

An entrepreneur with over a decade of experience, Peter Romenesko serves as Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Demiplane. Peter, a gamer at heart, is helping expand the ways in which fans of tabletop roleplaying games can play, share, explore, and create stories through cooperative gameplay.


Prior to co-founding Demiplane, Peter served as Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence at Titletown Tech, a venture capital partnership between Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers. In addition, Romenesko has held leadership roles in Corporate Innovation, Product Development, and Global Business Development.

Alex Tyink

Fork Farms is a mission-focused, agriculture technology company based in Green Bay, WI. Fork Farms believes that anyone can be a farmer and develops innovative indoor hydroponic vertical farming technology to transform the way people grow and connect with fresh food. Its mission is to unleash the power of fresh food production for happier, healthier people.


The company’s flagship product, the Flex Farm, requires 98% less land and 98% less water than traditional agriculture and 40% less energy than other indoor farm systems. It can produce 394 pounds of fresh food annually in 9 square feet. Fork Farms has been involved in over a thousand Flex Farm installations across the US and internationally with partnering schools, nonprofit organizations, families, corporate cafeterias, and more.


Alex Tyink is the founder and CEO of Fork Farms and inventor of its technologies. Previously he held positions with Feeding America and Goodwill Indistries leading innovation programs. He is a classically trained opera singer and lives in Appleton, WI with his wife and son.

Breakout Sessions

Ann Franz

Executive Director of Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance

Ann Franz is the executive director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance. She has led the organization, since its inception in 2006. The over 300 members, mostly manufacturers employ 52 percent of the entire manufacturing workforce in the region. The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has been recognized nationally and internationally as a best practice in public/private partnerships. Mrs. Franz has presented at conferences throughout the on how
to develop and grow industry sector partnerships. She also spoke at an international conference in Italy on sector Alliances. The Alliance has received both state and international awards including from the Department of Public Instruction, ACTE’s Business & Education Partnership award and Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Talent Management award.


Ms. Franz earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University.


She is on the Wisconsin’s Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Partners in Education Board, Wisconsin Technology Education Association Advisory Board, and served as the Vice Chair of the National Shipbuilding Research Program’s Workforce Development Panel.

Shaleen Devgun

EVP; Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Schneider

Shaleen is executive vice president, chief innovation and technology officer at Schneider, a premier provider of multimodal transportation services. Shaleen leads the company’s innovation portfolio, technology, logistics engineering and revenue management initiatives as a member of the executive team.


Shaleen leads Packerland Ventures, Schneider’s corporate venturing arm established to bring industry-changing freight tech capabilities to the mainstream. Shaleen focuses on emerging technology and thesis-driven investing, with targets that include autonomous vehicles, transportation platforms, IoT applications, cognitive decision science, and sustainability. Shaleen also serves as an advisor to the logistics portfolio of 8VC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund.


Prior to joining Schneider, Shaleen spent over a decade as an industry consultant specializing in corporate venturing, formulation and execution of business and technology strategy.


Devgun holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from the University of Pune and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dave Hahn

Foodservice and Dixie Livingware Leader at Georgia-Pacific & 1915 Studios Collaborator

1915 Studios is a free accelerator for early-stage technology startups following the model of gener8tor’s gBETA program. The program provides participants with intensive and individualized coaching and access to a national network of mentors, potential customers, corporate partners, and investors. 


This 12-week program is designed to help startups prototype and build their products, gain early customer traction on their product ideas and establish metrics that make them competitive applicants for full-time accelerators or seed investment.  The companies also have access to and support from Georgia-Pacific’s Neenah Technical Center (NTC), a research and development facility of more than 250 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff who, together, offer centuries of papermaking, product development, and testing expertise. 

Eliza Cussen & Elizabeth Paulson, Divorcist

Blueprint Seed Accelerator Participants

Divorcist is the gift registry for the newly single. Launched in March 2022, it is the first service of its kind to cater specifically to the privacy and security needs of people in relationship transition. Through providing a supportive community and joyful retail experience, Divorcist hopes to make divorce and breakups a dignified stage of life.

Emilee Rysticken

The High Lift

This is Emilee’s newest business.  Emilee has taken a vacant autobody shop/car wash in Two Rivers and remodeled it into a community gathering space and coffee shop with a drive thru, indoor and outdoor seating, and a fenced area for pets.

Jesse Foster

Brat Wave LLC

Patent pending contoured cooking sheet for cooking the cures of a bratwurst

LOCATION: Lambeau Field

1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI 54304


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