10 Year Anniversary

2018 marks a very special time for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service as we celebrate its 10th anniversary. Join WIPPS for an evening of celebration commemorating 10 years of civic engagement and community service. The event will include a social hour, dinner, an awards program and two VIP guest speakers – the Honorable Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin; and Donna Shalala, former Health and Human Services secretary under President Clinton.

Watch for an announcement coming soon on a world-renown musical artist who will be performing at our anniversary event.

Tommy Thompson

Donna Shalala

Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin from 1987-2001, is the longest serving governor in the state’s history. He focused on revitalizing the state’s economy and gained national attention for his efforts with welfare reform and expanding access to health care for low-income people and education reforms. He served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush.

Donna Shalala, former Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bill Clinton, served as chancellor of UW-Madison from 1988-1993, the first woman to lead a Big Ten Conference school and only the second woman in the country to head a major research university. She is also the former president of the Clinton Foundation as well as former long-time president of the University of Miami.

Here’s just a sampling of the many ways WIPPS has made an impact in communities across the state:

  • Engaged 2,500 state citizens in public dialogues on issues ranging from immigration reform, health care and race relations to national debt and crime and punishment
  • Co-organized and co-sponsored 10 political debates reaching over 500,000 Wisconsin residents
  • Opened the David R. Obey Civic Resource Center in 2014, which has helped over 150 college students receive job-ready skills through internships and college leadership programs

Moving forward, WIPPS will strive to achieve its mission of promoting a positive, civil dialogue in our public discourse, developing future leaders, educating and engaging citizens and addressing key community needs.

At a time when the number of people voting continues to decline, faith in our public servants continues to suffer, and unbiased information of important issues is increasingly difficult to obtain, WIPPS’ role as unbiased arbiter is clear and essential.