MILWAUKEE – Forward 48 is announcing that its statewide cohort for fall 2022 will include 96 participants from across Milwaukee, Madison, and the New North region, which includes Green Bay and communities throughout northeast Wisconsin.


Forward 48 is Wisconsin’s premier leadership development program connecting top emerging talent with high-profile leaders in an authentic environment. This exclusive program is limited to 96 spots for the highest achievers under the age of 40 in the state to learn from transformational leaders. Each session of Forward 48 is designed to give participants an engaging, hands-on learning experience that will equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to define the state’s future.


Forward 48 has assembled an impressive faculty line-up for fall including:
– John Schlifske, CEO, Northwestern Mutual
– Erickajoy Daniels, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Advocate Aurora

– Mark Murphy, president, Green Bay Packers

– Cecelia Gore, executive director, Milwaukee Brewers Foundation

– Peter Feigin, president, Milwaukee Bucks


“If you’re an emerging professional between the ages of 25 and 39 who is looking to take your career and community engagement to the next level, this program is for you,” said Maggie Dauss, executive director, GMC’s Innovation and Talent initiative.

“We believe sharing space with people of diverse backgrounds enables impactful change. Out of meaningful connections, transformational change is possible,” said Maurice Thomas, managing director, Forward 48.


“Forward 48 is excited to partner with the New North to connect top minds from across the state,” said Ian Abston, founder Forward 48 & the Hoan Group.


Applications are now open. The first session is Thursday, October 13, 2022 featuring Peter Feigin, president, Milwaukee Bucks. Sessions occur each Thursday thereafter through November 17.



Forward 48 is the region’s premier leadership development program. A collaboration founded by the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) and the Hoan Group, Forward 48 offers rising leaders the chance to learn from the business and civic leaders who changed Milwaukee, Madison, and the New North region for the better. We build a robust and diverse civic leadership succession strategy through experiential learning, professional development, and exclusive networking opportunities.


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