AUG. 21st - 25th, 2023

Forward Fest 2022

Madison Region Economic Development & Diversity Summit

Advancing workplace and economic diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Hosted by Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) & Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)
  • In-Person: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center: One John Nolan Drive
  • Free
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Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


This annual Summit builds on our previous joint events in a collective commitment to advancing talent, opportunity and growth for all the region’s citizens. A topic of continued relevance and importance, the convergence of diversity and economic development is a critical component of efforts to mold this region into a model for economic inclusion. We know that diversity spurs economic growth, while homogeneity slows it down. As workforce demographics continue to shift, we recognize that the businesses and communities that embody, embrace, and encourage diversity in all its forms will experience the most gains. It is incumbent upon all of us living and working in the Madison Region to understand the integral relationship between economic growth and diversity, and to act upon the opportunities before us. The day-long Summit will engage, educate, and empower attendees around issues related to economic, workforce, and community development. Held at the Monona Terrace, the event will feature keynote speakers, break-out sessions, and ample networking opportunities. Participants will represent the entire eight-county Madison Region, with an anticipated audience of 600+ business executives, community leaders, economic development professionals, educators, elected officials, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders.

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Registration for this event is closed.