Conversation Starters

The Menard Family Initiative, in 2020, began a video series called "Conversation Starters" which interviews practitioners and academics, both locally and around the country, to learn about new and exciting perspectives on our economy. Check out these topics and the featured interviewees (video coming for those topics without links):

  • Financial Independence, Scott Trench, Real Estate Investor and CEO, BiggerPockets
  • Telehealth, Chelsea Ale, Ph.D, & John Sowders, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Personal Finance, Dennis Vogel, President & CEO/Citizens State Bank
  • Adaptation of Healthcare on COVID-19, Dr. Paul Molling & Dr. Andrew Jagim, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  • Community Engagement, Lisa Klein, UW-L Community Engagement Coordinator 
  • Economic History, Dr. Mark Schug, author Economic Episodes in American History
  • Urban Economics & Land Use Policy, 
  • Innovation by Nonprofit Organizations to Strengthen Local Pandemic Response, Jamie Schloegel & Mary Kay Wolf, La Crosse Community Foundation and United Way
  • The STAR Program, Paul Pazen, Police Chief-Denver Police Department
  • Occupational Licensing
  • School Choice