At October’s Leadership Kenosha Session, my team presented Chapter 1 of our class book The Truth About Leadership.  My main takeaway was leadership begins with you- the individual. After meeting our new nonprofit project teams we are working with, we attended the Chamber’s Annual Meeting at the beautiful Club at Strawberry Creek.

During lunch the Milwaukee Bucks Chief Marketing Officer Dustin Godsey presented on how the Bucks are not just a world championship basketball team, but a community leader in developing a more prosperous and equitable southeast Wisconsin. Seeing the role of a sports organization in city planning and economic development further confirmed the opportunity for corporations to work with young leaders such as myself interested in Wisconsin focused smart cities and regional planning projects such as the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood (KIN).

After lunch, President of MKB Leadership Training Marvin Bembry taught us about equity and inclusion. One poignant takeaway was that inclusion is not just platitudes, but individuals living and leading an inclusive life, meaning individuals’ lives have to be inclusive- how we treat others in our workplace, our personal lives, our behavior and actions, not solely words nor symbolic gestures.

Lastly, our teams conducted the City-scoping activity. My team visited Tenutas where President Bush visited, the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood old Chrysler Engine Plant site, as well as a house where President Carter once stayed.

The day was jam packed with memories and takeaways that will enable us to continue learning and working to serve the greater Kenosha community.

—David Capelli

Leadership Kenosha — October 2021