InitiativeOne shares new initiative

InitiativeOne, a downtown Green Bay business partner shared news at its one-year anniversary. InitiativeOne founder and CEO, Fred Johnson and vice president of Sports Leadership (and former member of the Green Bay Packers), Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila revealed “Postgame Strategy,” a new leadership transformation service designed and delivered exclusively for professional athletes who are entering the next phase of life. During the Beta Group process, InitiativeOne joined forces with strategic partner UW-Green Bay in order to gather research for the Postgame Strategy and maximize the opportunity to create a new narrative for retired professional athletes. The Postgame Strategy process is approved by UWGB for 16.8 Continuing Education Credits through UWGB’s Outreach and Adult Access. On-going research will help InitiativeOne assess, evaluate and improve the process. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2900267.

UW-Green Bay partners downtown with InitiativeOne

For the benefit of daily Log subscribers who don’t also receive the periodic Log Extra, we repeat Friday’s news about a partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership consulting services of InitiativeOne. The partnership was launched at a signing ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St. Read more

Media coverage of Friday’s event

Fox 11 News said UW-Green Bay’s deal with InitiativeOne will offer opportunities for students and faculty to connect with the business community. Fred Johnson, InitiativeOne founder and CEO, explained, “For instance, if we go into a large corporate setting that needs some specific expertise, we are going to tap into that faculty and we’re going to be able to provide real life solutions from them that otherwise we would not have had.” He also talked about internship opportunities. The Fox 11 story noted that the InitiativeOne deal allows UW-Green Bay to reestablish a physical presence in downtown Green Bay.
Fox 11 News coverage

WFRV-TV 5 talked to marketing student Jackson Krauter for a student perspective on the UWGB-InitiativeOne partnership. “I think it’s a great thing,” offered Krauter. “It gives us the opportunity to get out there in the business world and possible start a career here in Green Bay right out of college.” InitiativeOne has already hired two paid interns from UW-Green Bay and firm hopes to add at least 10 more over the next year.
WFRV-TV 5 coverage

Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage by lead business reporter Jeff Bollier emphasized the potential for UWGB to be part of further, ongoing downtown revitalization efforts. Under the new agreement, UW-Green Bay will have access to class and office space downtown.
Green Bay Press-Gazette coverage

UW-Green Bay, Cofrin School to extend reach with InitiativeOne partnership

A new public-private partnership aimed at encouraging businesses to leverage the expertise and energy of UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students with the leadership transformation services of InitiativeOne was launched at a ceremony Friday (April 24) at the newly developed InitiativeOne headquarters at 110 S. Adams St., Green Bay

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The partnership — which has the additional benefit of giving the University a downtown presence — was formalized through a memorandum of understanding signed by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and InitiativeOne founder and CEO Fred Johnson.

The intent is for InitiativeOne’s team of professionals to work in conjunction with UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business faculty to explore and develop a series of projects and programs that will positively influence the greater Green Bay business community. The partnership could expand to include other academic units, as well.

Both organizations will seek synergistic opportunities to match UW-Green Bay faculty and the InitiativeOne staff with the specialized needs of companies and non-profits on the firm’s extensive national client list. Additionally, InitiativeOne will help place UW-Green Bay student interns on appropriate projects and provide office or meeting space to facilitate University office hours and interaction with clients.

Miller and Johnson addressed specifics and answered questions about the partnership at Friday’s gathering. Joining them to share brief remarks was local business leader Jim Wochinske, president of Pomp’s Tire Service, Inc. Wochinske is an alumnus and advocate for UW-Green Bay who has long been supportive of local economic development efforts.

Others in attendance included Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Downtown Green Bay Executive Director Jeff Mirkes, UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, and business and civic leaders who serve as members of the University’s Council of Trustees and various local business associations.

Signaling a growing presence in the area, InitiativeOne invested $2.5 million in the purchase and renovation of 10,500 square feet of space in the historic Adams Street Garage development. The building, originally a car dealership, was later remodeled into a restaurant and entertainment complex and, eventually, office and professional services space. InitiativeOne plans a public open house later this spring.

Last fall, InitiativeOne announced it was moving its headquarters to Green Bay from Scottsdale, Ariz., where it retains offices. The company’s roster of clients includes prominent names such as US Steel, McDonnell Douglas, Chase Bank, Honeywell Aerospace, the Seattle Seahawks, and Scottsdale Healthcare, as well as a long list of small, mid-size and family businesses.

Friday’s announcement comes within months after Chancellor Miller’s pledge, at his installation as UW-Green Bay chancellor in November, that the University was committed to “extending our physical presence in some way to a vibrant and growing downtown Green Bay.”

Downtown Green Bay to host announcement of UWGB, InitiativeOne deal

Look for news Friday (April 24) about a new collaboration involving UW-Green Bay and the consulting and leadership development firm InitiativeOne, aimed at further leveraging the value of faculty, staff and student expertise and energy to benefit the larger community. A late-morning news conference is being coordinated by Downtown Green Bay, Inc., a non-profit organization working to revitalize downtown Green Bay. We’ll have details Friday afternoon on this public-private partnership.