Business for a Better World: A Panel Discussion with Wisconsin B-Corp Leaders

Hear from a collective of corporations committed to shaking up shareholder primacy. The owner-founders of these three mission-driven corporations believe they can make a difference while also making a profit.

February 29 at 11:30-1:00

Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms at Carthage College

This event is free but registration is required.


About the Program

Kurt Brenkus, CEO and co-founder of Indigenous Pact, a healthcare consulting firm that creates health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. He is also a Health Innovations Fellow with the Aspen Institute.

Kimberly Kane, President and CEO of Kane Communications Group, a purpose-driven, branding, marketing and public relations firm.

Russ Klisch, President and co-founder of Lakefront Brewery in Riverwest, Milwaukee. Makers of the first certified gluten-free and organic beers in the US and committed to the highest levels of sustainability and community reinvestment.

These three leaders have committed their companies to extraordinary levels of social and environmental performance, transparency, and responsible governance in order to achieve status as a Benefit Corporation and be certified by the nonprofit B-Lab. Join us in learning why and how this process has changed their businesses (and their communities) for the better.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Colleen Palmer, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media, an expert in public relations, mass communication, and crisis communication.

The event will take place on February 29, 2024 at Carthage College. Doors open at 11:30, program at noon. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

 Seating is limited!


Logos of B-Corp Wisconsin, Lakefront Brewery, Indigenous Pact, Kane Communications

About the Series

For nearly 30 years, the Business and Professional Coalition, a network of regional civic, business, and professional leaders have met regularly at Carthage to engage in substantive discussion around topics of regional and national import, and conversations that aim to further the region’s economic growth and prosperity. Through programming that includes prominent guest speakers and panel events, the BPC promotes learning, conversation, and relationship building to strengthen our local business community.

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The BPC is generously sponsored by Riley Construction, Partners in Design Architects, RTM Enginee...