Reach a Better State

Conversations can spark ideas that generate real change.

2 days of lively discussions and engaging conversations with leaders — more than 60 in all — from the realms of politics, the economy, education, journalism and culture.


Thought-provoking sessions exploring some of the most pressing issues facing Wisconsin.


Our speakers represent an amazing combination of knowledge and expertise.


Two days of engaging conversation on the UW-Madison campus in the Discovery Building, Gordon Center and Union South.

Featured Speakers

The full schedule of events and speakers is coming soon, but here’s a sample of the notable people who will be at the festival.

  • Barry Alvarez

    UW Athletic Department

  • Tammy Baldwin

    US Senate

  • Martin Baron

    Washington Post

  • Deb Carey

    New Glarus Brewing Co.

  • Kevin Conroy

    Exact Sciences

  • Michael Ford

    Brandnu Design Group

  • Charles Franklin

    Marquette University

  • Howard Fuller

    Marquette University

  • Cecelia Klingele


  • Amy Klobuchar

    US Senate

  • Gloria Ladson-Billings


  • David Maraniss

    Washington Post

  • Everett Mitchell

    Dane Co Circuit Court

  • Tory Miller


  • John Nygren

    Wisconsin Assembly

  • Mark Pocan

    US House of Representatives

  • Jim Steineke

    Wisconsin Assembly

  • Lena Taylor

    Wisconsin Senate

  • Tommy Thompson

    Former Wisconsin Governor

  • JoCasta Zamarripa

    Wisconsin Assembly


Staged across the Discovery Building, Union South and Gordon Center on the UW-Madison campus.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discovery Building

330 N Orchard St, Madison, WI 53715

Union South

1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715

Gordon Center

770 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53706

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