Plankinton Arcade Building

On the Table MKE

Presented with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Event Details:

You’re invited to join NEWaukee’s community dinner in the Plankinton Arcade Building – our table will be set for all guests interested in discussion about improving the quality of life in our community.

NEWaukee is excited to announce that, for the third year, it will be a mega-table host for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table community conversations. On the Table will elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire action for the benefit of greater Milwaukee.

You are invited to join NEWaukee’s community dinner in the the Plankinton Arcade Building located directly across from the TJMaxx. Our table will be set for any and all guests interested in individual and collective discussion about improving the quality of life in our community. This is your chance to break bread with friends both new and old while building relationships and generating ideas that move our community forward.

Complimentary snacks, beer and wine will be available while they last.

Featured Table Hosts

Emerald Mills
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Emerald Mills is a business strategist, network coordinator and public health professional with almost two decades’ cumulative experience. She served as the School Health Coordinator of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and has previously worked with non – profit organizations, as well as with entities such as the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee Health Department.

Emerald is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a trainee of the National Coalition Building Institute and a holder of ToP Facilitator Certification. She has leveraged these educational qualifications to benefit her community members, such as by producing and presenting educative presentations and workshops on a range of health – related issues, advising health providers with respect to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of communicable diseases, and administering programs geared towards social change. Collectively, her works have been acknowledged locally and regionally for their innovation in the education and public health sectors.

Prior to the establishment of Diverse Dining Emerald created the WSCC Professional Development Program and co – founded or co – chaired the healthTIDE School Health Team/Equity Committee, CHW School Health Collaborative and MCCOPP, it is evident Emerald will continue to contribute to society through health care and educational public service for the foreseeable future.

Ashlie Benson
Development Manager, Bridge the City

Gabriel Yeager
Downtown Environment Specialist, Milwaukee Downtown BID #21

Erik Kennedy
Sr. Community Relations Coordinator, Advocate Aurora Health

Angela Lang
Executive Director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

Rick Banks
Political Director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

Keisha Robinson
Program Director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)

Peter Burgelis
Candidate for Milwaukee Alderperson 11th District

Julia Griffith
Tour & Membership Coordinator, Historic Milwaukee Inc.

Theme: Building Cross-Cultural Collaborations

There are many aspects of culture – shared language, norms, beliefs, traditions and customs. Regardless of the culture, successful interactions across cultures are built on trust, understanding, respect and the ability to communicate effectively.

Our objectives are that you meet new people, engage in meaningful conversation and that your ideas, actions and relationships extend far beyond the event.

Subtopics at tables will include:

  • Building trust
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Effective communication
  • Defying cultural norms
  • Healthy conflict


6:00-6:20pm – Appetizers and Networking Activity

6:20-6:30pm – Introductions by Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Emerald Mills of Diverse Dining and NEWaukee

6:30-7:30pm – Table Talks

7:30-8:00pm – Discussion Summary and Call to Action

Parking Information

2nd and Michigan Lot – Secure Parking USA

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Use Limit: Once per day

Public Transit Information

Don’t want to pay for ridesharing or parking downtown?  Take Milwaukee County Transit System!  They have a number of routes from all over the county that will bring you directly downtown. Check out these routes’ schedules here:

Rides are just $2 each with an M-Card or the RideMCTS app (includes 90-minutes of free transfers. Cash fare is $2.25 and no free transfer).  Visit for info on fares.  Plan your trip, buy a ticket and track your bus in Real-Time using the Ride MCTS app, which is free to download on Apple or Android devices.

On the Table MKE

06:00PM - 08:00PM

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sign Up: Free


161 W. Wisconsin Ave