NEWaukeean: Morgan Smith
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work for Kohler Company as a Digital Recruitment Analyst. Every day is different for a day in the life of my role, which is why I love it. One day I could be traveling to a women’s engineering conference to talk about why Kohler is such an awesome company to work for, and live tweeting the event, and the next day I could be designing LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram ads to tell a story and reach a very specific audience.
Aside from the actual work I do, I get to work with all kinds of people around the world, and search for unique stories. What I have seen at Kohler is amazing. Our associates are doing incredible things inside and outside of work and we get to share that. Connecting with people is so awesome and we really focus on telling real stories and creating genuine interactions. It can be really moving to learn about how our associates are volunteering in hurricane ravished areas, providing clean drinking water in underdeveloped nations and continuing to think about the world, our global footprint, smart home innovation when creating our products. How do you not feel inspired from that!
How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I grew up in Wisconsin suburbs and have lived in or around Milwaukee most of my life, but there are many things that keep me here.
What do you love most about MKE?
Milwaukee is a great place for young professionals with so many awesome new changes to the city. I really think Milwaukee has been building in prominence for years and everyday I hear about something new coming to the city or being incorporated and it makes me excited for my city. The food, seasons, beautiful hidden nature treasures, and cheap living also is not the worst.
What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
Getting around the city has been made much easier with options in the last few years to include Bublr bikes, a new streetcar and Uber, Lyft, etc. but I would like to see even more and to see it extended outside of the city to areas like Bay View, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay.
Where do you see MKE in 5 years?
Booming. I think we are really reaching a new era in Milwaukee and in five years I think we will be there. I think we will have the infrastructure, jobs, entertainment and excitement to be considered among a new top place to live for young professionals. I hope that as we continue to grow and advance, that we bring the entire community with us and make sure to come together as a diverse city to help the areas that need it and really come together to be better in all areas.
What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
The Noble. The charm makes you feel like you found a hole in the wall gem, but you get these huge plates of amazing food, stiff drinks and don’t skip dessert here. The grandma’s butter cake is the best dessert in the city.
What is your favorite MKE tradition?
I think fall in Milwaukee is next to none with the leaves changing colors and all the spooky attractions, but honestly the summer festivals cannot be beat. I love that every neighborhood celebrates a day or weekend in the summer and streets close, local vendors are out, great local artists perform, and you can walk around with a cold beer.
What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
My ideal weekend would probably involve a lot of good food and nature. Start with Colectivo coffee on Humboldt where you can see the coffee made…and maybe a giant cinnamon roll, followed by hiking at Lion’s Den or walking along the riverfront. I’d maybe add Bradford beach depending on the weather, a movie at the oriental, a trip to the public market for C.Adams baked goods and a hot panini, or maybe a bike ride through Bay View. I would probably also include a nice dinner and some live music, or even a fun sports bar with the Packer’s game on.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
I just moved to Whitefish Bay. I used to live near Brady. I moved up here for a bit of a change of pace. My neighborhood is beautiful and with all the young families and kids everyone has everyone’s back. My neighbor grabs my packages for me when I am out of town, I love the old homes walking on Lake Drive or the bike trails by Estabrook, and I’m close to Bayshore Mall which is good and bad.
What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
I think Atwater Beach is such a gem. Every time I go, it’s like I am at a beach on the ocean somewhere because the water is so blue and looking out from the top is breathtaking. You can sit on the grassy top and read a book or go down to the beach to swim or catch a tan.