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.
Social Good morning is a talk series hosted by our very own Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Social Innovation, Mark Fairbanks. LEC invites one local social innovator per month to have a short interview with Mark and then an open-format discussion, fielding questions from the audience about their strategies and passions. Topics of conversation range from poverty to sustainability to inclusivity and beyond. Join us for this fantastic opportunity to hear from and chat with a Milwaukee community professional and forge meaningful connections with a multidisciplinary audience of faculty, community members, and students alike. Have a free cup of coffee on us and learn about what it takes to become a social innovator in Milwaukee.
Mark Fairbanks is our incredibly insightful and well-spoken Social Innovation Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Islands of Brilliance. Islands of Brilliance utilizes project-based learning which allows neurodiverse students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults.
Previous Social Good Morning Speakers:
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.
Mfoniso Ekong is the Director of Social Impact for gener8tor (Milwaukee office). Mfoniso has worked as a clinical researcher for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and took part in AmeriCoprs VISTA.
Portia Cobb is a Principal Investigator of the Voices of Gun Violence archive, an Associate Professor at UWM Peck School of the Arts (Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres), and is a Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Teaching Fellow. Portia’s creative portfolio focuses on a fusion of poetic documentary, field recordings, and digital photography.