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Leaps, leaders, legacies to highlight 2024 New North Summit

Butler - Grandberry - Snapp - VandeHei
Butler – Grandberry – Snapp – VandeHei


NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN – The 2024 New North Summit — “Leaps, Leaders, Legacies” — will be held on Thursday, June 6, at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay.

During the event, four “thought leaders” will offer perspectives at both the national and regional level.

Keynote speakers are former Green Bay Packers safety and originator of the “Lambeau Leap” LeRoy Butler, Lachrisa Grandberry of Northern Sky Theater, Mary Snapp of Microsoft and Jim VandeHei of Axios.

Attendees also will hear from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes and New North President and CEO Barb LaMue.

“We are excited to showcase the perspectives of this year’s great leaders,” said LaMue, “along with a vibrant agenda. The New North Summit is a celebration and thank-you to the businesses and community organizations throughout our 18-county region, and also provides a great networking opportunity.”

The initial keynote address – focused on AI and the NEW News Lab – will be provided by Mary Snapp, vice president of strategic initiatives for Microsoft, an international company dedicated to advancing human and organizational achievement.

She brings more than 35 years of experience and perspective at Microsoft to her role.

Snapp previously directed Microsoft’s Global Philanthropies, investing the company’s technology, financial support, employee talent and voice to partner with nonprofits and communities to create lasting positive impact.

She joined Microsoft in 1988 as its fourth attorney — its first female attorney.

Lachrisa Grandberry, an actress and writer based in Chicago, will focus on her leadership journey.

Grandberry is the director of NOVA programming for Northern Sky Theater, a professional theater company in Door County, Wisconsin, that creates, develops and produces musicals; NOVA stands for Nurturing Original Voices and Artists.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Safety LeRoy Butler — originator of the “Lambeau Leap” — will focus on his leadership journey and overcoming obstacles.

Butler was born with foot issues in which doctors had to break bones in both of his feet at age eight months to correct the problem.

He was raised in a Jacksonville, Fla., housing project and spent much of his early childhood in a wheelchair and wearing leg braces.

He went on to earn a football scholarship to Florida State and won consensus All-America honors with the Seminoles.

Chosen in the second round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Butler enjoyed a 12-year career with the team.

One will be a meeting of members of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA), led by Executive Director Ann Franz.

The afternoon keynote speaker is Jim VandeHei, co-founder and CEO of Axios, a media company focused on breaking news and insights across business, politics and technology.

His keynote will focus on his entrepreneurship journey. The event will conclude with a networking reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Austin Skalecki, a singer-songwriter born and raised in northeast Wisconsin.

Event agenda updates and registration is available at www.newnorthsummit.com.

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