Former U.S. Sen. and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is among three high-profile keynote speakers to participate when two local organizations hold a first-ever joint summit in Madison.

Advancing Talent, Opportunity and Prosperity: The Madison Region’s Economic Development, Diversity and Leadership Summit combines the Madison Region Economic Partnership’s annual State of the Madison Region Summit and the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Workplace Diversity and Leadership Summit.

The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 at Monona Terrace.

Its goal is to bring the public and private sectors together on economic development, diversity and leadership related issues.

The two other keynote speakers to be featured are:

• Joel Kotkin, a respected author and an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends.

• Maria Campbell, who held a 28-year tenure as corporate director of diversity for SC Johnson, and is now a consultant providing executive leadership development, training and lecturing on diversity and inclusion as a key driver for business growth and empowerment.

MadREP President Paul Jadin said headline speakers were sought to increase attendance and provoke thought.

Kotkin can “address the whole issue of economic development and the fact that the communities that are succeeding are also succeeding at coming to grips with diversity and leveraging diversity to benefit their economy,” Jadin said.

The summit also will feature:

• A report on the local Urban League’s agenda given by interim President and CEO Noble Wray.

• The annual State of the Madison Region report by Jadin.

• Morning and afternoon breakout sessions focusing on the four planks of MadREP’s Advance Now plan: economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation, human capital and leadership and diversity.

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