News & Updates from Make A Difference - Wisconsin

November 2015 - In This Issue:
Josť shares his recipe for career success

(From left) Daisy, Jamie Dinan, Josť, Patrick McDonough, and Breeonna
Josť, 19, is working toward starting his own restaurant where the food is seasoned with the love he's felt from making meals together with his family. To pay for culinary courses, the Southside Milwaukee teen uses a recipe for budgeting and saving he learned through Make A Difference - Wisconsin.
"Programs like Make A Difference give opportunities that so many kids here need," Josť said.

Josť, a Carmen High School graduate and current MATC student, earned one-on-one money skills plus a scholarship through the Make A Difference Money Coach program. Josť and his Money Coach peers Breeonna (who would like to explore nursing) and Daisy (who sees herself as a pharmacist) shared career goals and asked for advice to a group of VIPs ahead of the annual Make A Difference Appreciation Reception Oct. 29 at MillerCoors. Talking with the Money Coach teens were Milwaukee Bucks co-owner and York Capital Founder and CEO Jamie Dinan, and Bucks CFO Patrick McDonough, as well as Make A Difference President and CEO Brenda Campbell, and Board member Joe Schlidt (Godfrey & Kahn).

Dinan encouraged each of the students to measure money alongside their goals toward happiness. Later, Dinan shared his first money lessons in a keynote at the reception. "I had a wonderful upbringing, though money was tight. My mother ... was my Make a Difference - Wisconsin. She's the one who took me to the bank to open my first savings account." He later added, "Programming of mentoring basic financial literacy skills to your community's teenagers and young adults is absolutely critical to their future stability and success."   
Read more: Dinan's insight on thriftiness and one "money smart" Bucks player.  
Associated Bank, Tabatha De Leon honored as Difference Makers

President & CEO Brenda Campbell (left) with Sara Walker, Senior Vice President and John Utz, Executive Vice President from Associated Bank
From left: Board Chair Nicole Best, volunteer awardee Tabatha De Leon, her husband Justin De Leon and Brenda Campbell

Make A Difference - Wisconsin honored two leaders in teen financial education - volunteer Tabatha De Leon and supporting organization Associated Bank - with our annual Lloyd Levin Difference Maker awards on Oct. 29 at the Appreciation Reception held at MillerCoors. The event also served as a "thank you" for the hundreds of classroom volunteers who give their time and financial expertise to teenagers. Learn more ...
Meet our newest Board Directors

Mike Conmey
Northwestern Mutual
Elmer Moore, Jr.
Scale Up Milwaukee

Christine Smyth
SJA Financial Advisory

Sara Walker
Associated Bank

We are excited to welcome four new Board Directors to the Make A Difference family.  Click here to learn more about Mike, Elmer, Christine and Sara.
Introducing the new "look" of Make A Difference - Wisconsin 

President and CEO Brenda Campbell: "After close to a decade in financial education in Wisconsin, you learn to evolve and refresh your mission. This year, we've got a few big elements of that ongoing evolution to share with you. Part of that evolution is live today." See for yourself ... 

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