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Living Local tells the stories that connect us in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington & Ozaukee Counties through interviews and personal testimony. Hosted by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County staff and donors, we cover topics ranging from fatherhood to homelessness, volunteering to school readiness…and everything in between. Our communities’ toughest issues affect all of us because we are all connected. Have a listen. Join us. Live United.

 

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Podcast: Navigating Senior Living and Care


Pam Foti (L) and Jenny Wagner of Vesta Senior Network

October 11, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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There are certain subjects in life that we all need to deal with at one time or another, but are hard to think about and plan for. What to do when a spouse or a loved one needs extra help as they age is one of those topics. What makes this an even less fun conversation is the sheer mind-boggling complexity of the senior care landscape. Acronyms like RCAC, CBRF, ADL, SNF cause confusion, how to pay for senior care causes anxiety, and uncertainty about what a loved one wants and needs and when they will want and need it can result in choice paralysis.

Pam Foti and Jenny Wagner understand these emotions, and are here to help. Both are elder care consultants and owners of Vesta Senior Network, a consultant organization that works with older adults and their loved ones to help them understand the many choices and opportunities that exist for them once it’s time for them to leave their own home.

Retire United and the Retiree Advisory Council recently hosted Pam and Jenny for a discussion on navigating senior living and care. For those who were not able to be in the room, we recorded the talk and Q&A.

Retire United members are retirees (or soon-to-be-retirees) who recognize the important role volunteerism and philanthropy play in strengthening our community. Learn more.

 

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Podcast: Meet the P5! August Ball


August 8, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with P5 winner August Ball, founder of Cream City Conservation. August is passionate about giving diverse youth opportunities to explore their interests in environmental fields as well as encouraging diversity in local workplaces, so she combined these interests into her dream job.

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Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Dan Sweeney


August 7, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with P5 winner Dan Sweeney. Dan works in community development at Wells Fargo – a job he loves and one that allows him to partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to strengthen the communities in which Wells Fargo operates. Dan is also a board member of LISC and Historic Milwaukee. We had fun chatting about why he gives his time to these causes, his love for the water, and who he would most like to invite out on his boat.

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Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Kris Havlik


August 7, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with Kris Havlik, one of our 2018 Philanthropic Five award winners. An estate planning attorney with Foley & Lardner, Kris was part of the effort to bring Wills for Heros to Wisconsin. Wills for Heroes is a national program started after September 11, 2001, to provide free estate planning to first responders. Kris is a proud mom of two and enjoys leading her daughters Girl Scout Troop and coaching her local middle school forensics team. 

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Ranell Washington


August 6, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

In this episode, we hear from 2018 P5 winner Ranell Washington of Town Bank. In addition to his day job in finance, Ranell is co-founder of Social X, a young professional organization committed to drawing diverse talent to Milwaukee and encouraging them to call this city home. Ranell also volunteers with Secure Futures, mentoring high school students to take charge of their finances.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Kelsey Brenn


August 6, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

In this episode, we hear from 2018 P5 winner Kelsey Brenn of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. Kelsey is the school’s CFO by day, and fills the rest of her time with community-focused activities…and a lot of exercise. We talk about her passion for developing young girls as leaders, her dedication to making the city a better place, and the unbelievable number of cupcakes she bakes for her colleagues every month.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meeting the Need for Addiction Services in Waukesha County


Dr. Julie Schuller, president and CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Center's, at a recent bike giveaway event.

June 14, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Having a Grand Time at the Clubhouse!


Grand Avenue Club members and staff always have fun working alongside one another.

May 31, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Dan Lococo & Zach Lifton


Zach Lifton (L) and Dan Lococo

April 25, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Leadership Panel on Innovation & Automation in the Workforce


(from left) Panelists Rebekah Kowalski, Bill Caraher, Mary Burgoon, and Moderator John Dunn.

April 5, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Chatting with United Way President Amy Lindner

February 15, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: La Causa’s Crisis Nursery Gives Parents a Safe Option for Urgent Childcare


The kids at La Causa's Crisis Nursery & Respite Center had fun with food and crafts on Thanksgiving

February 2, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Celebrating with Service on MLK Day

January 18, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): My American Dream


Cesar Torres with his wife and daughter

December 22, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Cultivating Safety and Support for the LGBTQ Community, Diverse & Resilient’s Gerry Coon

December 7, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Podcast: Chefs and Volunteers Fill the Freezer for Local Families


The Fill the Freezer participating chefs.

November 22, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Last Saturday, 11/18, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Team celebrated the inaugural Fill the Freezer event, bringing together area chefs and volunteers at the MATC downtown campus teaching kitchens to create nearly 300 freezer meals for families in need in our community.

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Podcast: Chatting with Project Runway/ReUNITED Designers



From left: designers Alex Snyder, Mah-Jing Wong, Jenni Riccetti, and LaTasha Henderson

November 17, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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If you are a fan of the television show Project Runway, you won’t want to miss this episode of Living Local!

On October 11, 2017, all designers from season 15 of Project Runway, plus a few guests, came together in Milwaukee for a one-of-a-kind fashion show experience. Project ReUNITED was the brainchild of contestant and Milwaukee local Linda Marcus, who invited her close-knit group of co-competitors to come together to benefit United Way’s Community Fund.

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Podcast: Support for Fathers Leads to Healthy Birth Outcomes



Earnest Goggins (left) and Keith Parris

October 31, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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While many healthy and successful people grow up with only mom in the house, research shows that having dad involved throughout pregnancy and the first year of life contributes to greater health and better outcomes for baby. That is why the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative (LIHF) has enlisted local fatherhood experts in their goal of making sure every baby makes it to their first birthday.  

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Podcast: Collaborating to Solve Hunger with Feeding America’s Patty Habeck



Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin President Patty Habeck

October 20, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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At United Way, we believe that collaboration is key to solving our community’s most pressing issues. In order to fight (and win) against a sweeping challenge like hunger, we know we cannot do it alone.

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Podcast: Sheila Cochran Shares her Passion for ALICE


Sheila Cochran addresses the crowd at United Way's 2017 Community Campaign Kickoff

October 12, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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One of the best parts about interviewing community leaders and partners for this podcast is hearing their origin story; how they got to where they are today, and what influences they experienced as a child that led them to their current values and beliefs.

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Podcast: Employment After Incarceration - Dionysus Thomas


Dionysus Thomas

October 5, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Today’s podcast is hosted by Krystina Kohler, Financial Stability Portfolio Manager at United Way.

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Podcast: Make it Work! Chatting with the Project ReUNITED Event Design Team


Designers from Project Runway's 15th season who will be featured at the Project ReUNITED event.

September 28, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Fashion is powerful. While it may seem like a small detail, the right outfit or piece can increase confidence, boost professional success, and be that bit of motivation we all need to get out into the world and, as the kids say, #SLAY.

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Podcast: Marquette University Opens its Doors for Project Homeless Connect


Guests at 2016 Project Homeless Connect.

September 26, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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To many outsiders, Milwaukee has two faces: one of privilege, and one of need.

As of the last count, nearly 1,400 people in Milwaukee are homeless and 1 in 3 live in poverty.

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Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Silver Spring Neighborhood Center’s Tom Ellis


Tom Ellis (second from right) and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center team.

September 21, 2017

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Today on the podcast we continue our partnership with Ex Fabula, a local organization committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling, to bring some of their most compelling stories to you….and to learn a little more about the tellers behind these stories.

Be sure to listen to our interview with Ex Fabula alum Rissie Lundberg, who shared her story about being one of three generations of teachers.

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Podcast: Chad Wilson on Mass Incarceration and Fatherhood


Chad Wilson

September 14, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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The 53206 zip code in Milwaukee is the most incarcerated zip code in the US, with 62% of adult males having spent time in prison.

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Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Rissie Lundberg on Three Generations of Teachers


Rissie Lundberg with colleagues Mr. Timothy (left) and Miss Elizabeth.

August 30, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Collaboration is what United Way is all about. Starting this month, we are proud to partner with Ex Fabula, a local organization committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling, to bring some of their most compelling stories to you….and to learn a little more about the tellers behind these stories.

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Podcast: Breastfeeding for Healthy Babies and Healthy Communities

August 22, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Research has shown that, while breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mom and baby, many women – particularly women of color – do not decide to breastfeed.

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Podcast: National Diversity Leaders Share Message of Dignity & Respect


Candi Castleberry Singleton (L) and Darlene Slaughter

August 8, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Diversity is a popular word these days. For most, when we hear the word diversity we tend to think of racial diversity. However, our guests today want us to expand our understanding of the word diversity as inclusive of all ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, backgrounds and, yes, races.

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Podcast: Brookfield East High School Tackles Racism with Conversation


The Conversations Count team: Toni Gray (second from left), Nalani (second from front left), Riley (second from front right), and Kellie Tutkowski (second from right)

August 1, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Did you feel like you “fit in” in high school?

This is a complicated question, and the answer can change depending on the day. Most teenagers experience at least a moment of self-doubt, of feeling different, of feeling that no one could possibly understand.

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Podcast: Celebrating Healthy Birth Outcomes with Tonda Thompson

July 28, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Today, we mark a couple of milestones for the Living Local podcast: Our one-year anniversary and our youngest (and cutest) guest to date! To celebrate one year of Living Local, we invited Tonda Thompson to join us again. Tonda was our very first interview in August of 2016, when she shared her journey from losing a child to working on the issue of infant mortality here at United Way. At the time, Tonda was finishing her tenure as a Public Ally with the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) Collaborative, funded by WPP, and was preparing to move on to another job. Today, Tonda is back at United Way, once again working with Lifecourse to reduce racial disparities in and prevent infant mortality in the city of Milwaukee.

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Interested in Sponsoring Living Local?

We are looking for sponsors to help underwrite the cost of production.

As a sponsor, your company will be recognized at the end of each episode, as well as in all accompanying blog content. Your logo will appear on our Sponsorships webpage and your company will be listed in our annual Business Journal Recognition Insert. Additional recognition opportunities may be available. 

Contact Katie Kuhn at 414.263.8132 or via email.

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