This week, I joined emeritus faculty member at the UW-Madison campus, Professor Rock Mackie, to write an opinion piece on the important role our universities can play in encouraging innovation in Wisconsin.
Rock is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded five startup companies in Wisconsin.
I love Rock's enthusiasm about Wisconsin and innovation. He and I believe the secret to success lies in the Wisconsin Idea.
Here's a sample of our column.
... today Wisconsin is struggling to keep our young people from leaving for better jobs elsewhere. We believe it’s time to channel the Wisconsin Idea and once again apply the brilliance of our universities to invigorate new industries.
We come to this view as a State Senator who is also a proud alumna and as an emeritus faculty member who is also a serial entrepreneur. In our view, the Wisconsin Idea is as much about helping businesses grow, supporting entrepreneurs and creating jobs as it is about inspiring government or bolstering our family farms. It is about working together, strategizing openly and creating solutions with voices from both academia and industry. As our state continues to transition toward a 21st century economy, we believe our universities are again poised to play a transformational and supporting role in driving innovation and economic success in communities across Wisconsin.