23 emerging leaders from the New North region taking part in Forward 48 cohort

Posted October 25, 2022

23 emerging leaders from the New North region taking part in Forward 48 cohort

First leadership-development cohort in region includes 14 women, 11 BIPOC rising young professionals

NEW NORTH, October 25, 2022 – Twenty-three emerging leaders from the New North have been named to the inaugural cohort of the Forward 48 program within the region. The group already is actively engaging with high-profile leaders from across Wisconsin.

In an effort to grow the next generation of leaders, New North Inc. has partnered with Forward 48, an established leadership development program, as it expands into the region. The experience-based program connects the state’s emerging young talent with high-profile leaders.

“This program is designed to help keep the best young minds in the New North region,” says Barb LaMue, president and CEO of New North Inc. “It elevates our top talent from organizations of all sizes through experiential learning and meaningful mentorship, which expands their professional networks. Its focus on BIPOC, women and veteran emerging leaders sets our region up to have a diverse pool of leaders who will impact our communities in future decades.”

Of the current 23-person New North cohort of Forward 48, 14 identify as women and 11 as BIPOC.

Fall 2022 Forward 48 participants from the New North region:

Marlo Ambas, Manila Resto and Algoma Club
George Bastien, ISG
Eva Cruz Martinez, Casa ALBA
Melanie Megan Dickman-Renard, Dickman Media Group/ The Business News
Shawn Dockry, State Farm
Jose Elijah, 4imprint
Alexander Graziano, From the Concrete Talent Management
Maggie Handler, Pierce Manufacturing
Carmen Hernandez, Schneider
Nou Huse, World Relief-Fox Valley
Charlene Johnson, Associated Bank
Laura Jones, African Heritage Inc.
Chloe Kinderman, TitletownTech
Barbara Koldos, New North Inc.
Mai Krenzke, Oshkosh Corporation
Peter Lee, Us 2 Behavioral Health Care
Victoria McNeal, St. Norbert College
Drew Mueske, Hype Visual
Sarah Olejniczak, St. Norbert College
Tyrone Powell, Unext
Cynthia Sternard, Associated Bank
Jenna Thiel, Oshkosh Corporation
Billy Weber, Thrivent

Forward 48 is an established leadership development program whose vision is to build Wisconsin’s talent succession plan by educating top talent across communities and industries through experiential learning; connecting and deepening trusted relationships statewide through shared experiences and exclusive networking opportunities; and empowering participants to shape the city they call home.

The faculty lineup for the current cohort includes Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers; John Schlifske, CEO of Northwestern Mutual; Erickajoy Daniels, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Advocate Aurora; Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks; and Cecelia Gore, executive director of the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation.

Feigin kicked off the Fall 2022 cohort on Oct. 13. Sessions are being held every Thursday through Nov. 17.

Companies within the New North region are invited to partner with Forward 48 for their professional development needs. Inquiries about participation in future cohorts can be directed to LaMue at [email protected].

More information on Forward 48 is available at


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New North, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit, regional economic development corporation fostering collaboration among private and public sector leaders throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, known as the New North region. The New North brand unites the region both internally and externally around talent development, brand promotion and business development, signifying the collective economic power behind the 18 counties. The counties include Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Waupaca, Brown, Shawano, Oconto, Marinette, Door, Kewaunee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Florence, Menominee and Waushara.

Media Contact: Jeff Blumb, 920.328.5454 or [email protected]


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