Honoring Celebrated Milwaukeean Reggie Jackson in a Keynote Dialogue with Mike Gousha
Start your day on Thursday November 21st with a celebration in support of an important cause! Join community, civic and business leaders who are passionate about bringing diverse people together to discuss issues of vital importance at the second annual Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Breakfast supporting the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.
Event will feature keynote dialogue with Mike Gousha and will honor Reggie Jackson for our 2019 Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Honoree. Sharon McMurray will be featured as our adult facilitator of the year along with youth facilitators Arianna Beauchamp and Myles Petty.
2019 Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Breakfast
Thursday, November 21st
7:00am - 9:00am
Wisconsin Club's City Club Ballroom
900 W Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53233
2019 Frank P. Zeidler Legacy Honoree
Reggie Jackson is an award-winning and nationally recognized author, speaker and journalist based in Milwaukee, WI. He is an educator with Nurturing Diversity Partners, a program of Jackson-Kaplan Consulting LLC, founded by Mr. Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Concordia University, where has taught courses on Contemporary Social Problems.
Mr. Jackson consults with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Public Television, the Milwaukee Independent, HuffPost and more. In 2019 he was featured on the CNN program United Shades of America, for which he lead host W. Kamau Bell on a tour of segregation in Milwaukee.
Mr. Jackson believes that the most powerful tool in any movement is conversation. Intentional conversation brings people together to talk about things they don’t normally talk about. It gives people an opportunity to listen. Through conversation we discover we have more in common than we have differences, through conversation there is the opportunity to learn about why someone thinks or feels the way they do. There is always so much more to the story.
Host of Keynote Dialogue
Mike Gousha serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School. An award-winning journalist, Gousha explores important public policy issues through his work at the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. He is the host of the Law School's "On the Issues" conversation series, and has been the sole moderator of numerous political debates held at the Law School, including the final debate of Wisconsin's historic 2012 recall election for Governor. In addition to his work at Marquette, Gousha recently completed an 11 year stint as a contributing anchor and political analyst at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, where he hosted the statewide political program, "UpFront with Mike Gousha."
Gousha has earned numerous national and local honors during his journalism career. In 2011, the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Gousha with its Silver Circle Emmy for his contributions to broadcast journalism. He is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame, and has received the Associated Press' prestigious Carol Brewer award for outstanding, long-term contributions to broadcast journalism in Wisconsin.
Adult Facilitator of the Year
Sharon McMurray was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, the youngest of five children of a Baptist Pastor and a Social Worker. Sharon attended Milwaukee Public Schools and followed in her mother’s footsteps, getting a degree in Social Work from Mount Mary College.
Ms. McMurray has over 3 decades of experience in management and as a business-owner. She is well-known in the Milwaukee community as a leader, mentor to young women, volunteer and activist, taking on the plight of the poor, disabled and the disenfranchised to heart.
Ms. McMurray currently serves as the President & CEO of a nonprofit that helps those who were incarcerated to make a positive transition into community and family life, Table of the Saints, Inc. In this role she also serves as the director of clinical services in substance abuse and mental health at Table of the Saints Family House. www.tableofthesaints.org
About 5 years ago Ms. McMurray decided to become a Zeidler Center Facilitator as a way to grow personally and expand her repertoire of expertise in interpersonal communication and listening. Since that time she has been an essential part of the Zeidler Center’s Facilitation leadership team, supporting both the staff and participants with her dependability, breadth of expertise, clarity of communication and facilitation skills.
Her keys to facilitation success are arriving to events early to give herself time to bring her mind together into a clarity of purpose in her role as a Zeidler Center Facilitator. She strongly believes in the importance of a Facilitator in public discussion and sustainable change, in creating a safe place through alertness, self-control, redirection and staying in the present moment. Over the years Ms. McMurray has been an incredibly important leader and example to Facilitators on developing a professional mindset and being sure to always look the part!
Ms. McMurray is a survivor. On November 10, 2010 she was diagnosed with lupus and told she had only four years to live, but because of her faith background, she told the doctor ,“Let’s watch and see!” Counting her blessings everyday, she focuses on serving others and in loving relationships with her daughter Shellisa, her grandson Jameson and granddaughter Savannah. Sharon McMurray is on fire to continue the fight!
Youth Facilitator of the Year
Arianna Beauchamp (age 18) is the daughter of Ayanna Clayton and Dramon Beauchamp. Arianna has 5 brothers and one beautiful 7 month old child named A'drian Beauchamp. Arianna is currently a senior at NOVA High School. As a youth facilitator, Arianna enjoys being the listening ear to the youth and community who might not have a outlet in this crazy world.
Arianna enjoys being a parent even though there are many barriers. She has a passion for music. She enjoys making beats and recording with her friends. She one day hopes to pursue her dream as a recording artist and a music producer. Arianna has performed several times for jazz in the park and in her free time, she enjoys going with her son to the COA Youth & Family Center, a place that gives her an outlet to be free.
Youth Facilitator of the Year
Myles Petty is the son of Barry Petty (Starkville, MS) and Keshonda Willis and brother of X’Avier, Lovely, Dakota and Jaxon. Myles is a 15 year old sophomore at Marquette University High School. As a facilitator, Myles enjoys being engaged in the community and seeing the world through the “lens” of those who have attended the listening session. He strives to make everyone feel comfortable sharing and encourages conversations.
Myles is passionate about the arts. He enjoys drawing, is a member of the MUHS Chorus and had performed in several musicals. He is also a part of the MUHS debate and robotics teams. Myles loves mastering new ideas and concepts. In addition to being engaged in activities at school and with the Zeidler Center, Myles is a member of The Kairos International Christian Church, where he is a part of the youth group, Infusion.