Shaping the future of Wisconsin. 48 people at a time.

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.

The Forward 48 Experience

Unprecedented Access

Forward 48 attracts passionate and purpose-driven professionals that believe in change. We dive deep into social and civic challenges, spark meaningful dialogue, and develop the relationships needed to drive actual change in our communities.

Authentic Connections

Being a part of the Forward 48 network gets you in front of today’s most impactful civic leaders and surrounded by the next generation of change-makers from across the region.

Unforgettable Experience

In just 6 weeks, you’ll get a “behind the scenes” look into how cities grow, communities change, and people get big things done. After that, you’re in the network – joining us for exclusive alumni events with an ever-growing group of incredible people.

Utilizing the best practices for engaging virtual learning, Forward 48 provides

Live Instruction

Direct virtual engagement with the city’s top business and community leaders

Curated Networking

Private events, networking opportunities, and unlocked Forward 48 content exclusively for alumni

Skill development

Advanced skill development and toolkits to spur economic growth and civic impact

Forward 48 faculty

Announcing

Spring 2022 Faculty

Executive Director At Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation

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  • Session Structure

  • Each of the six three-hour lessons are delivered virtually as follows:

    • Hour 1 = Live, moderated candid instruction by guest instructors
    • Hours 2-3 = Facilitated small group discussions and exercises that allow participants to further dig in to each week’s themes and concepts
  • Instructors

  • We have exclusively curated and invited a select group of the best leaders from across the state to share their roles in laying the foundation for much of Wisconsin’s growth. 

  • Application Process

  • Admission to Forward 48 is by application. There are two ways to start the selection process:

    1) You can apply to be a member of our next cohort via this form

    2) A leader in your organization or professional network can nominate you with this form.

    Example letter to your employer here.

  • Program Dates

  • Sessions are held every Thursday for six weeks.

    Our Fall 2022 cohort begins on Thursday, October 13th.

    Sessions:

    • October 13th • 1-6pm • In-Person in Milwaukee

    • October 20th • 3-6pm • Virtual

    • October 27th • 3-6pm • Virtual

    • November 3rd • 3-6pm • Virtual

    • November 10th • 1-6pm • In-Person in Green Bay

    • November 17th • 3-6pm • Virtual

  • Tuition

  • We are currently offering the entire six-week program for $3,000, which includes all program materials. Also including lifetime access to alumni network and events.

  • Benefits

  • -Four Marquette University scholarship credits that may be applied to the Master in Business Administration (MBA) or Master’s in Public Service programs ($5,000 Value).

    – Complimentary 6 month membership to Rotary ($800 Value)

    – Exclusive networking opportunities, and special alumni content designed to continue fostering the growth of Wisconsin’s next generation of leaders ($1,500 Value)

Each of the six three-hour lessons are delivered virtually as follows:

  • Hour 1 = Live, moderated candid instruction by guest instructors
  • Hours 2-3 = Facilitated small group discussions and exercises that allow participants to further dig in to each week’s themes and concepts

We have exclusively curated and invited a select group of the best leaders from across the state to share their roles in laying the foundation for much of Wisconsin’s growth. 

Admission to Forward 48 is by application. There are two ways to start the selection process:

1) You can apply to be a member of our next cohort via this form

2) A leader in your organization or professional network can nominate you with this form.

Example letter to your employer here.

Sessions are held every Thursday for six weeks.

Our Fall 2022 cohort begins on Thursday, October 13th.

Sessions:

  • October 13th • 1-6pm • In-Person in Milwaukee

  • October 20th • 3-6pm • Virtual

  • October 27th • 3-6pm • Virtual

  • November 3rd • 3-6pm • Virtual

  • November 10th • 1-6pm • In-Person in Green Bay

  • November 17th • 3-6pm • Virtual

We are currently offering the entire six-week program for $3,000, which includes all program materials. Also including lifetime access to alumni network and events.

-Four Marquette University scholarship credits that may be applied to the Master in Business Administration (MBA) or Master’s in Public Service programs ($5,000 Value).

– Complimentary 6 month membership to Rotary ($800 Value)

– Exclusive networking opportunities, and special alumni content designed to continue fostering the growth of Wisconsin’s next generation of leaders ($1,500 Value)

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Demographically diverse

190 rising leaders have graduated from the forward 48 program

Racial Identity

Gender Identity

From Various Industries & Disciplines

67% Private Sector

15% Non-profit sector

14% Public Sector

Reaching a robust civic engagement network

0 %
of alumni serve on

nonprofit boards

0 %
of alumni volunteer

with local nonprofits

Reaching over 100 organizations

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