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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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Coffee & Conversation: Samantha Mitchell

March 3, 2020

Recently, Katie Kuhn sat down with Samantha Mitchell, engagement manager of diversity and inclusion initiatives at United Way. Samantha spoke about how the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative, championed by the Diversity Leadership Society, adapted to the changes of the past year and found new and innovative ways to connect local individuals with meaningful employment opportunities. Samantha also celebrated the success of the 2020 Men's Job Seminar, which went virtual and had greater participation than ever before. Click the image above to hear the full conversation. 

Learn more about the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative and United Way's Diversity Leadership Society. 

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Coffee & Conversation: Shannon Reed

March 3, 2020

Recently, United Way's Katie Kuhn sat down with Shannon Reed, director of innovative startegies for boys and men of color, to talk about this exciting initiative. Shannon reflected on a year of adaptation and growth in 2020 and looked forward, sharing what the community can expect from this initiative in 2021. 

Learn more about the Boys & Men of Color initiative at United Way by clicking here. 

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Podcast: Black History is Milwaukee History


Image: Two people joining hands. At United Way, we are proud of our strong partnerships with local nonprofits.

February 15, 2020

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Black History is Milwaukee history, it’s Wisconsin history, it’s United Way history. This month and all year long, we celebrate and reflect on the significant achievements of African American individuals and organizations in our local community. At United Way we are fortunate to partner with local nonprofits with a rich history of serving Milwaukee’s communities of color. These organizations and the incredible individuals who lead them honor their rich legacies every day by continuing to fight for what’s right: a just, equitable, and thriving community for everyone in it. These are their stories.

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Podcast: Dignity at Work

January 26, 2020

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Diversity. Equity...and inclusion. These words seem to be on the minds of leaders in every company, regardless of the industry. While organizations are attempting to create a better workplace culture for their employees, a term often lost in the weeds is dignity. Dignity is the right to be valued, treated with respect, and ultimately allowing a person to maintain a sense of pride and self-worth through various interactions. Dignity is a concept that exists within the intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Podcast: The Faces of Change

December 22, 2020

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During this time of reflection, a lot of us are looking back on a year more challenging than any of us could have imagined.

Annually, United Way provides funding to hundreds of local programs that run the gamut from early childhood education to disabilities services to employment support to food security. In a normal year their work is astounding, and this year, when both need and uncertainty were higher than ever, our local nonprofit partners showed us all what it means to serve our community.

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Podcast: Reimagine Our World

Octboer 7, 2020

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Change. It’s the one word we all got to know a little bit better in 2020.

COVID19 has impacted all of our lives, but many members of our community were already struggling before the pandemic hit. Issues like housing instability, living paycheck to paycheck, and navigating serious health concerns were only amplified by COVID19. And the need keeps growing.

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Podcast: Good Health

December 9, 2019

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A few years ago, we shared a story about a man named John. John worked full time until his mother became ill, when he quit his job to care for her full time. Unfortunately, his employer also provided his health care coverage, and John was left without a lot of options for how to manage his diabetes.

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Podcast: #DVAM

October 21, 2019

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Sensitivity warning: This podcast contains references to instances of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and violence.  Please take whatever precautions necessary to protect yourself emotionally and psychologically. 

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Podcast: Ending Family Homelessness

August 29, 2019

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United Way and our community partners have set a goal: end family homelessness by 2025.

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Podcast: Fatherhood


Hopkins Lloyd Community School parent Bobby McKnight with daughter Nivea and grandson Isaac.

June 19, 2019

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Happy Father's Day! In this episode, we celebrate the love, hard work, and quality time that local dads give to their children and explore the ways that being a dad has changed, and all the ways it never will.

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Podcast: The Power of a Job

April 23, 2019

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How do you measure the power of a job? For many, it’s gauged in dollars and cents, money needed to pay for everyday expenses: housing, food, education, and insurance. For others, the power of a job goes much further than money; it’s about value and worth, about confidence, empowerment, and living with a purpose.

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Podcast: The Next Generation

February 26, 2019

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Jobs in the technology field are growing, but as these jobs continue to grow, the workforce skilled enough to take these jobs are decreasing. The same can be said for trade jobs.

So how do we build a workforce that is ready to take on these positions? What can we do today to support our next generation?

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Podcast: The Power of Elevating the Voices of Women in Our Community


(From left) Jasmine Johnson, Mary Lou Young, Gail Lione, Jayne Hladio, and Cristy Garcia-Thomas

November 27, 2018

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

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On Wednesday, November 7, United Way’s Emerging Leaders and Women United joined forces to present a fall leadership panel featuring notable change-makers in our local community. Panelists discussed the growing power and influence women play as advocates and leaders in the workplace, community, and beyond. Moderator Gail Lione, Dentons, spoke with Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Advocate Aurora Health Care; Jayne Hladio, US Bank; Jasmine Johnson, ManpowerGroup; and Mary Lou Young, United Way on this topic.

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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.

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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.

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! 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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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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