Like so many other organizations planning to hold events, New North, Inc. had to reimagine and reschedule its annual New North Summit, which is typically held in person each December.

The 2021 summit, which is one of the largest economic development gatherings in the region, will be held over four days, with three days of virtual programming and one in-person gathering on June 10 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

“We know our annual summit is an event that our stakeholders look forward to for enriched networking and regional updates,” says Barb LaMue, president and CEO of New North, Inc. “While we are thankful for the progress that is being made to beat COVID-19, holding a large gathering on the previous date of March 11 is not possible. We instead have reshaped the event into a series of virtual events, culminating with the in-person event people have come to know.”

The dates and times for the three virtual events are:

8:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday, March 11: Virtual Pre-Game

9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 14: Business and Community Growth Training Camp

9 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 12: Education and Talent Attraction Training Camp

The in-person portion of the summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 10 at Lambeau Field, which will offer an indoor/outdoor venue. The event will include keynote speaker and Emmy Award-winning director Tim Moore, who will share a message on the power of social impact, an update from the Green Bay Packers, a recap from winners of the regional entrepreneurial pitch contest, highlights of business growth and updates on initiatives from across the region.

The event will still cover the “Playbook for Recovery — The Rules of the Game Have Changed” theme with regional business leaders describing their year’s activities relating to “offense,” “defense” and “special teams.” Kim Bassett, president and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, will provide the “offense” presentation, which describes a company that is expanding. Dr. Imran A. Andrabi, president and CEO of ThedaCare, will give his perspective on “defense,” representing an industry that has risen to the challenges of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Michelle Schuler of TechSpark Wisconsin — Microsoft and Joe Kirgues of gener8tor will provide the “special teams” presentation. The two will discuss the gener8tor Upskilling initiative, an accelerator program launched in conjunction with New North, American Family Insurance and Thrivent last July to teach people digital skills and to connect them with in-demand jobs within the region.

Individuals who register for the New North Summit, along with those who have registered previously, will be registered automatically for all four events. The option to decline an event date that does not fit within one’s schedule will be available.

A virtual networking solution also will be offered during the summit’s first three days to help people connect much as they would at an in-person event. 

If you go

Registration for the New North Summit is open. Early registration is available at the discounted rate of $75 until March 5. The entry fee will increase to $90 on March 6 and to $100 at the door on the day of the in-person event. Student tickets are priced at $15. Program updates will be shared with attendees and updated on the event website — — as the agenda for each event is finalized.