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I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I went to Wisconsin Lutheran High School and then Marquette University.
My number one reason to stay in Milwaukee would be my big Italian family. Number two would be opportunities like Echelon, The Commons and Launch Milwaukee that I have to been lucky to be a part of to help grow the community and put our city on the map. Finally, nothing beats summertime in Milwaukee.
Outdoor spot would be the lakefront. Bar spot would be J&B’s Blue Ribbon
Festa Italiana. I love tapping into my heritage to enjoy a pizza, Italian sausage or cannoli!
Networking is great but often lacks action or any real results. Volunteering is great but usually provides little opportunity to be a part of the how, where or when the work is completed. I was drawn to Echelon because it provided an opportunity to mix volunteer work and networking with like-minded individuals to create change. The fact that we can use our collective talent, experience and connections to help those in need is truly special.
I was really impressed with the Feed the Kids program. The turnout and enthusiasm was amazing. We finished so fast that everyone seemed hungry for more work. That’s when I knew I was working with great people and the right organization.
Poverty. Homelessness. Racial divide. One of my bosses once told me that half the battle is just showing up. I think our generation needs to just show up more to really help make a difference.