Shaping the future of Wisconsin.

Forward 48 is the region’s premier leadership development program. We built a robust and diverse civic leadership succession strategy through experiential learning, professional development, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Forge your future

Learn from the regions best executives

Peter Feigin

President at Milwaukee Bucks

Sumathi Thiyagarajan

Senior Vice President at Milwaukee Bucks

Michelle Nettles

Chief People and Culture Officer at Manpower Group

Vincent Lyles

Executive Director at Milwaukee Succeeds

Tim Sullivan

Dean of the Business School at Carroll University

Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran

Dean at St. Norbert College

Jack Salzwedel

Board Chair at American Family Insurance

Dr. Timothy J. Fair

Vice President for Inclusion & Diversity at Burlington Stores, Inc

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Forward 48 member benefits

Tailored Leadership Development: Maximize Your Potential

Embark on a transformative journey crafted for your strengths and aspirations. Forward 48 offers personalized development, equipping you with tools to elevate skills and make a lasting impact. Unleash your leadership potential for future success.

Diverse Network, Lasting Bonds: Expand Your Connections

Connect with leaders across industries, backgrounds, and experiences. Forward 48 is about forging connections, broadening perspectives, and building relationships that extend beyond the program. These bonds are invaluable throughout your career.

Exclusive Access to Leaders: Learn from the Best

Experience one-on-one interactions with influential Wisconsin leaders at Forward 48. Benefit from exclusive access, gaining insights, mentorship, and guidance. Seize this opportunity to learn from those who navigated challenges and emerged successful.

Impactful Community Initiatives: Drive Meaningful Change

Join a movement for positive community change with Forward 48. Contribute to impactful initiatives addressing real-world challenges. Drive change where it matters, making a tangible difference in the communities we serve for a vibrant Wisconsin future.

Lifelong Learning and Growth: Invest in Your Success

Forward 48 commits to your lifelong learning. Beyond the program, access resources and a supportive community for ongoing success. Invest in yourself and your future with Forward 48—a commitment to continuous improvement and leadership excellence.

Forward 48 member benefits

Access to Six Foundational Leaders

Gain insights and guidance from six influential leaders in our community.

Exclusive Alumni Experiences

Enjoy a year of exclusive experiences valued at $1,000, designed to expand your network and skills.

Elevated Thought Leadership

Be recognized as a thought leader shaping the future of our region.

Curated Network of 400 Alumni:

Join a carefully curated network of 400 alumni across Wisconsin, united by a vision of civic leadership.

Complimentary Access to Rotary Milwaukee

Become part of an exclusive group with all-access privileges to Rotary Milwaukee, connecting with the city’s top leaders.

Marquette University Scholarship Credits

Gain four scholarship credits toward an MBA or Master’s of Public Service from Marquette University, enhancing your educational journey.

Our Six Week Program

Unprecedented Access. Authentic Connections. Unforgettable Experience. 

With both established and emerging leaders selected, we meet weekly for six weeks. Each weekly session is designed around one faculty member, starting with one hour facilitated and led by them. Afterward, emerging leaders break into small groups for the second hour to discuss the content of the day, making applications and sharing what they learned. For the third and final hour of the session, Home Teams gather together. Each week, one individual takes a turn sharing a difficult personal or professional issue with the group. Their team members ask questions and weigh in to help them move forward or reach resolution. The vulnerability of Home Teams form strong bonds that last well beyond the six weeks—many choose to stay in touch outside of the program.

The First Six Weeks Timeline:

You are required to take into account transportation time from your area to ensure you are on-time for all in-person sessions. We will coordinate carpool transportation to and from in-person locations as needed. Sessions take place on the following Thursdays:

Session 1: In-person: October 10th, Program – 1 PM – 6 PM, Location TBD (add travel time)

Session 2: October 17th, Virtual 3 PM – 6 PM

Session 3: October 24th, Virtual 3 PM – 6 PM

Session 4: October 31st, Virtual 3 PM – 6 PM

Session 5: November 7th, Virtual 3 PM – 6 PM

Session 6: In-person: November 14th, Program – 1 PM – 6 PM, Location TBD (add travel time) 

The Alumni Experience: After the First Six Week Experience

  • Events: Quarterly alumni events so that you can meet other people who have experienced the program. Come with good questions and a desire to connect with people in real ways. 
  • Community: We will invite you to join a Glue Up  where you’ll have access to each other. In this online community you can learn about what other F48 alumni are doing, schedule hangouts, ask for advice, share resources, and more.
  • Content: F48 will create and curate content that supports the relationships and growth that you value.


Discover Your Ideal Payment Tier. Seize this transformative leadership journey tailored to your strengths.

  • Super Early Bird Access ($2500): Apply by January 30 for a $500 discount. Payment due two weeks after acceptance. 
  • Early Bird ($2800): Apply by February 20 for a $200 discount. Payment due two weeks after acceptance. 
  • Full Price Flexibility ($3000): Apply by March 15 for full benefits. For this option, we offer payment flexibility for your ongoing success. 

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Discover the Perfect Payment Tier for You

Apply Today: Unlock Your Journey with Forward 48


Apply by January 30 for a $500 discount. Payment due two weeks after acceptance.




Early Bird

Apply by February 20 for a $200 discount. Payment due two weeks after acceptance.




Full price

Apply by March 15 for full benefits. For this option, we offer payment flexibility for your ongoing success.




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