NEWaukeean: Hayley Short
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work at Diversatek Healthcare as a Sales Operations Analyst. The company culture is amazing, and I look forward to coming to work every day to see my colleagues. With the company being smaller, I enjoy the ability to make positive changes.
How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I have lived in Milwaukee for nearly two years. Initially, a position at an international company brought me to the Milwaukee area. I decided I wanted to stay in the Milwaukee area due to its growing potential and then began working at Diversatek Healthcare.
What do you love most about MKE?
I love that Milwaukee keeps me on my toes! Just when I think I run out of new places to go to or new things to try, another small business pops up in the city.
What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the nation. It would be very impactful to see Milwaukee implement programs or institutions to reduce physical and social segregation.
What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
Where do you see MKE in 5 years?
I see MKE as the next Portland or Seattle. Milwaukee is a hidden gem in the US, and it has a lot of potential with its growing size. As a frequent traveler myself, I hope that MKE will be a top choice for tourists in the next 5 years! I would adore having café terraces filled with locals and tourists, similar to that of NYC, the US West, Europe, Australia, etc.
If you could create one thing in MKE, what would it be?
My own yoga studio with a café and small boutique.
What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
That’s so difficult to choose! I’m a sucker for pizza, French, and Asian food. My top places would be Transfer Pizzeria in Walker’s Point, Tenuta’s in Bayview, North Shore Boulangerie in Shorewood, and Bamboo restaurant on National.
What is your biggest hope for this city?
I want to be a part of closing the racial-wealth gap. I hope to create opportunities for growth and development in lower income and impoverished areas of MKE. There is so much opportunity to spread awareness of these local (and nationwide) challenges.
What is your favorite MKE tradition?
I love Mitten Fest in February – just another excuse for a festival (in the winter). Also, the cheese curds are a Milwaukee must have!
What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
It depends which season it is! Overall, my favorite weekends involve going to a local venue for a reasonably priced concert, checking out a local yoga studio, drinking and eating all the food at street festivals, going for a run along Lake Michigan, and biking with a few stops along the way at multiple beer gardens.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
I live on the Lower East Side of MKE. It is my ideal location, because I can walk to all of the surrounding neighborhoods and events.
What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
To be honest, I sometimes forget that I live on Lake Michigan. I’ll crave an escape to nature from the buzz of the city and feel like I need to drive out of the city to go on a trip. Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve become so used to living next to one of the largest lakes in the US that I sometimes take it for granted. Lake Michigan is a gem for me.
Increased awareness of politics, human rights, and environmental concerns.