Congratulations to the inspirational Lubar School of Business inductees who were recognized at the 2019 ceremony of Beta Gamma Sigma, which celebrates excellence in academic achievement among business master’s students, juniors, and seniors. The evening ceremony was held May 10 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
The keynote address was delivered by Richard Graber, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a Milwaukee-based private foundation that supports private enterprise, individual liberties, and civic institutions.
In his remarks, Graber harkened back to the days of the American Revolution, saying that “democracy is not neat. But that’s the genius of our Constitution – the systems they imagined have held up over the years.” He cited free markets and institutions such as schools as “things that bind us as a community.”
At the national level, Graber noted the “record economy” Americans now enjoy, citing recent years’ tax reform legislation as having possibly contributed to this economic boon.
On a similarly upbeat note, Graber mentioned how the Milwaukee market is also thriving. “We have attracted the Democratic National Convention, and now other large conventions are considering Milwaukee as a destination,” he said.
When returning from his years spent abroad as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic, Graber said that he couldn’t believe how many residents were relocating downtown. In addition to the downtown revitalization, Graber pointed out the recent successes of the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers in making Milwaukee a great place to live.
Finally, he offered a few words of advice for the inductees. “At some point in the next few years, when you enter your careers, you are going to be very busy. I urge you to find time to give back to your country and your community. And every now and then, take stock of what we enjoy in this country. Have faith in our institutions that have stood the test of time.”
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business schools accredited by AACSB International. Membership is the highest recognition students at these schools can achieve.
The Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 inductees into Beta Gamma Sigma: