MADISON – WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – launched its second annual Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship program for 31 business leaders from across Wisconsin on Tuesday. The program, presented by CLA (CliftonLarsenAllen LLP), is designed to educate and develop emerging business leaders, features guest speakers, peer-to-peer learning and working groups over the span of three retreats.

“WMC Foundation is passionate about strengthening the next generation of leadership. This fellowship gives rising executives an opportunity to learn from seasoned business leaders, hear about shaping public policy and connect with peers from across business sectors,” said Executive Director of WMC Foundation, Wade Goodsell. “These rising stars will undoubtedly shape Wisconsin’s future, and we’re thrilled to be part of their growth.”

The 2023 Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship cohort gathered in Madison for the first retreat of the program earlier this week. The retreats will feature past program alumni and accomplished professionals, including:

• Samantha Metcalf, National Practice Leader – Clifton Larsen Allen

• Jackson Smith, General Manager – Greenheck

• Jen Fietz, Partner/Director of Account Planning – Imaginasium

• Steve Loehr, VP of Operations Support – Kwik Trip

• Mike Victorson, CEO – M3

• Holly Cloutier, Director of Corporate Planning – Waupaca Foundry

• Wade Goodsell, COO – WMC

The 2023 participants include emerging leaders from a variety of backgrounds, company sizes and industries:

Patrick Bottini, Jack Links Protein Snacks
Josh Carey, John Deere
Paige Conforti, Inland Packaging
Paul Connor, M3
Fernado Duenas, Eaton
Daniel Ehr, BakerTilly
Abbey Grahovac, Imaginasium
Kelly Ingli, OEM Fabricators
Travis Lemke, Gorden Flesch
Rebecca Lopez, Godfrey Kahn
Bryson Machonga, First Business Bank
Nanak Malhotra, CD Smith
Geoff Marcks, Grande Cheese
Josh Marron, Park Bank
Mitchell Maurina, Aon
Andrew McCready, WPS Health Solutions

Chad Mehlberg, LaForce
Nicole Metzler, Dairyland
Scott Meverden, First Supply
Molly Niklasch, Waukesha County Business Alliance
Dave Norgen, Belmark
Todd Pagel, Waupaca Foundry
Coleman Peiffer, Alliant Energy
Gina Popp, Society Insurance
Spenser Rathsack, Plexus
Ty Robinson, Brakebush
Jed Roher, Delta Dental
Ali Van Dalen, Kwik Trip
Rick Viviani, First Supply
Brian Wanek, CLA
Ian Weide, SEEK Careers and Staffing

Two more retreats, one in Delafield in March and one in Green Bay in April, will round out the 2023 program. For more information on Wisconsin Leads: Executive Fellowship, visit

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