Diversity and Inclusion for such a time as this… a conversation with Renita Robinson


by Devon Christianson, Envision board member

“Have the tough conversations; stretch toward what seems out of reach.” That’s the advice of
Prevea Health’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Renita Robinson. You might
remember this visionary change agent as the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Greater
Green Bay. She’s moved into healthcare leadership at this critical “COVID moment,” helping
Prevea learn what it can from tough times and shape the best possible future for itself and the
community.

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A Growing Energy In Northeast Wisconsin: Latinx/Hispanic Youth On The Horizon

by Dr. Gratzia Villarroel, Associate Professor of Political Science St. Norbert College and Envision board member

*In this article we use the gender-neutral Latinx next to the term Hispanic to acknowledge the growing use of this term by younger, US-born, bilingual, or predominantly English-speaking Hispanics, who are also likely to be more progressive and college-educated. Latinx has received criticisms from all sides of the political spectrum and is still only used by a small percentage of the Hispanic population. The more common names are either Hispanic which typically includes Spaniards as it is based on the use of the Spanish language and Latino which typically refers to people from Latin America.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2019 at Paul Demuth’s suggestions, I had the opportunity to participate in Garry Golden’s Foresight Analysis Workshop sponsored by the Bay Area Community Council (today Envision Greater Green Bay). The workshop was instrumental in redefining how I viewed the experience of the Latinx/Hispanic population in Northeast Wisconsin. While I already knew that the population was growing and that education was important, after completing the workshop, I realized just how important educational attainment is not just for Latinx/Hispanics but for Northeast Wisconsin and the nation.

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Diverse Leadership Teams Perform Better

by Nanette Nelson, Envision board member

September 1, 2021

General Motors Co. is currently headed by a woman CEO and, as of March 2021, a majority of its board of directors is female. This year GM said it aims to convert nearly its entire vehicle lineup to electric by 2035.

Inclusive corporate cultures have a competitive edge, according to recent studies (see links below)—better products, sales growth and share performance.  Innovation, enabling success in today’s fast-changing, disruption-filled competitive world, is the key characteristic of these inclusive companies. Companies with above-average gender diversity on their boards and top management are more likely to have these inclusive cultures.  Women bring work styles that include enhanced communication skills, more empathy, less ego and more measured risk-taking.

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Census 2020 by the Numbers

by Dr. Jamie Lynch, Associate Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Strategic Research Institute St. Norbert College and Envision board member

The 2020 census brings new data to old stories of diversity and growth in Brown County. It’s still early, and more information will continue to become available, but here are four data points likely to shape the future of greater Green Bay.

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Horizons Newsletter by Envision

Click July 2021 Horizons to read the Envision newsletter. Discover how Craig Dickman (Managing Director, TitleTownTech) and Laura Hieb (Chief Nursing Officer, Bellin Health) adovcate for foresight in two of the Green Bay area’s leading organizations. Envision Board members Phil Hauck (Economic Transformation) and Judy Nagels (Pathway to Success) also share insights from their Signals Teams.

Foreign Direct Investment–A Signal to Watch

By Judy Nagel, Envision Board Member

What are the key signals of social mobility? Labor, education, technology, healthcare and social protections – and FDI: foreign direct investment. A key indicator of positive social mobility is the investment by foreign countries in American businesses, and this particular indicator has taken a startling downward shift. Until 2020, the US led in FDI with China a distant second. All that has changed now, and FDI is definitely a signal we need to watch.

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New Software Saves the Contractor Time and the Customer Money

By Phil Hauck, Envision Board Member
(watching signals of Artificial Intelligence)

Remember when construction projects started with a draftsman wielding a pencil and a straightedge? Today a homeowner can buy software that helps her size and orient rooms to get the best view from her new house. And the contractor now has scanning devices and software that drive exact layouts – to the quarter inch – that integrate plumbing, electric, mechanical, and other design features.

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Blockchain Continues its Ascendancy

By Phil Hauck, Envision Board of Directors
(following signals of Artificial Intelligence)

Blockchain, originally created to support Bitcoin, now has a life of its own. It is an internet-based software application that: documents a sequence of inputs (blocks) that can’t be changed (so they remain transparent); is private to the specific users; and is virtually impervious to hacking (therefore secure). On average, blockchain stocks have doubled in value during the past year. Blockchain is now used for payment processing in our banking system, for smart contracts, crowdfunding, health information and other transactions requiring security. It has even been used to allow secure voting by remote military personnel, and a few counties have tried it with success for other voting applications.  Blockchain can be hacked, but only with great difficulty.

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Viewing Healthcare through a New Lens

By Laura Hieb RN, BSN, MBA, NE-BC, Bellin Health

As a Registered Nurse (RN) for 32 years, I’ve expected to see the healthcare industry change. As a Senior Vice President for Bellin Health, and Chief Nursing Officer, I’ve understood the need for our organization to continually evolve and improve. And three years ago, I finally understood how I, as an organizational leader, could use specific tools and understanding to help drive my healthcare system toward a preferred future. This is a brief recap of my efforts to apply my training in Foresight Analysis (provided by Garry Golden via Envision, then called BACC) and the modest but important results we’ve already been able to achieve at Bellin Health.

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