Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:15 PM to 6:00 PM

3:15 PM to 6:00 PM for those attending the event in person.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM for those attending the event virtually.


Bridgewood Conference Center
1000 Cameron Way
Neenah, WI 54956

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Live-stream via Zoom

Zoom information will be sent in a separate message after succesful online registration of event.

Event Timeline:

2:45 - 3:10 PM
In-person Event Registration

3:15 - 4:30 PM
Business Meeting, Introductions & Keynote Speaker

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Social / Networking

Registration &
Cancellation Policies:
Register & send cancellations by 11/11 to:

This event is eligible for 1 CPE credit. Virtual participants must attend from 3:30 – 4:30 PM, and answer polling questions to receive credit.


Michelle Weiss
Financial Executives International

Keynote Topic
The State of the Wisconsin Economy

Manufacturing is Wisconsin’s economic super sector accounting for nearly 20 percent of state GDP. Manufacturers helped buoy the state’s economy during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the sector is now suffering through severe workforce shortages and supply chain disruptions. Manufacturers are also facing rising costs from inflation, federal energy policies and potential tax increases. In his presentation, Bauer will discuss the current state of not just manufacturing, but the broader Wisconsin economy. He will also discuss federal and state policies that would incentivize the re-shoring of manufacturing jobs to the U.S. in order to secure America’s economic and national security.

Learning Objectives

  • What lessons should policymakers take from COVID-19?
  • How profound is Wisconsin's workforce shortage and what can be done to retain, attract and reintegrate workers now and into the future?
  • What are the federal and state policies that impede economic growth versus ones that stimulate it?

Keynote Speaker

Kurt Bauer
President & CEO | Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)

Kurt R. Bauer became the fifth head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in 2011. Founded in 1911, WMC is the combined Wisconsin State Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Safety Council. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy, and is referred to as “the state’s most powerful business and manufacturing group” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

In 2020, WMC was recognized as the State Chamber of the Year for its advocacy, information delivery and general support of Wisconsin businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prior to joining WMC, Bauer spent 18 years working for financial industry trade groups, including serving as CEO for both the Wisconsin and Arizona Bankers Associations.

Bauer is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations and serves on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Association of State Chambers. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee.

Bauer is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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November 18, 2021 Chapter Meeting: Instructional Method: Group-live & virtual Experience Level: Basic Prerequisites / Advance Preparation: None; Field of Study: Economics; Recommended CPE Credits: 1 Credit.
For FEI CPE credits, one credit hour equals 50 minutes according to NASBA guidelines. Some state boards may differ on how many minutes constitute a credit hour. Contact your state board for more information. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact Michelle Weiss, Chapter Administrator: