Innovation Talks are one-hour intimate conversations with a local entrepreneur or community innovator. Students are invited to meet with like minded people to be inspired, ask questions, and network.

Bringing Milwaukee Innovators to UWM

Every month, the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center invites a local entrepreneur or community innovator for an intimate chat with UWM students, faculty, and staff. By offering these talks, LEC hopes to build a larger and more diverse network of students involved in entrepreneurship, including one that spans across disciplines and majors.

Join us for Diverse Ideas, a talk series featuring entrepreneurs and social innovators from Cameroon to Milwaukee. LEC invites social advocates from around the world to discuss the ways they choose to help their community. Speakers share their stories and give advice in an open-forum conversation with attendees. Learn with us how to improve our community and work together to problem-solve.

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is a proud member of the UWM Multicultural Network. Diverse Ideas is presented in partnership with the UWM Multicultural Network and the following organizations:



Previous Diverse Ideas Speakers:

Issa Nyphaga is an artist, human rights advocate, and Water Rights Resident (2017) at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Issa joined us to discuss his experience being a social entrepreneur, as well as his current projects. Currently he is working to bring solar powered radio stations to Cameroon to provide public education, and to fight prejudice, taboos, domestic violence and other social ills related to lack of information.



Laura Manthe, Oneida Nation tribal member and Oneida White Corn Growers Group Advocate, talked about integrated food systems and how to use capitalistic systems while recognizing the needs of all within a community – with some Native Truth. Laura led an insightful discussion around sustainability, food systems, cultural values, and her success in planting native corn gardens.



Victoriya Ibiwoye is the Founder and Director of OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, and a Youth Representative to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee. Additionally, Victoria has spoken at the United Nations, was named a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2019, and was the recipient of the Princess Diana Legacy Award for her contribution to education and youth development. Victoria discussed addressing inequality in education, calling on governments to enforce the right to education in national laws, and the need for quality and inclusive education for all. 


Sean Phelan and Jesús González are Co-Founders and Developers of the Zócalo Food Park in Walker’s Point. The co-founders joined us to discuss creating a home for food entrepreneurs, cultivating partnerships with them, and creating an ecosystem that harvests community.




Anita Mogaka, recent Diverse Ideas speaker, is Founder of the B.E.E. Narrative, a digital media company that is changing the narrative in Milwaukee by creating and highlighting positive stories of its Black community. Anita discussed entrepreneurship with an emphasis on social activism, and she focused on being the change through storytelling and empathy. This event was co-sponsored by the UWM Black Student Cultural Center and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center.



Previous Speakers