Nearly 300 people spent June 9 reflecting on team building, talent acquisition, change management, and other timely topics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Rethinking Leadership conference. Participants buzzed from room to room at Monona Terrace Convention Center to hear a wide range of perspectives from prominent speakers. The conference delved into leadership issues not often included in traditional seminars, encouraging discussion with longer-than-usual breaks between the 15 sessions.

Both aspiring and established leaders networked over lunch, in the bustling lobby, and by the big windows overlooking Lake Monona. They jotted down insights from speakers such as Oscar Mireles, director of the Omega School; Beth Bovis, a partner at the global management consultancy A.T. Kearney; and Nelson Soler, founder of the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute. They engaged in thought-provoking activities and evaluated their individual approaches. Most importantly, they gathered new ideas to try out in their own workplaces in both the public and private sectors.

See below for a glimpse of the 2017 Rethinking Leadership conference; all photos are by Althea Dotzour. For more information, contact director Laura V. Page at laura.page@wisc.edu, 608-890-3627; and see here to explore other leadership and management programs from UW-Madison Continuing Studies. The Rethinking Leadership conference was presented with support from Baker Tilly and Wisconsin Public Radio.