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Meet the Presenters

We are honored to have these distinguished speakers at Badger Bioneers 2015!


adrienne maree brown

Adrienne is a writer. She attended Voices of Our Nation in 2014 as part of the inaugural Speculative Fiction Workshop. She was a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and 2013 Knights Arts Challenge winner, writing and generating science fiction in and about Detroit.

Adrienne is the co-editor of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha. She has helped to cultivate work and thinking about Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy, gathering a loose knit network of people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with Octavia E Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.

In terms of writing, Adrienne blogs regularly on this adriennemareebrown.net, and is a contributing editor for YES! magazine.

Adrienne is in her second year of Somatics Teacher Training to deepen her healing, doula and facilitation work. In the past few years she has been a co-facilitator for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, facilitator for Detroit Future, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. She is a part of the faculty for the Center for Whole Communities. She also partnered with Engage to facilitate a year-long Community of Practice on Networks and Decentralizing Leadership, 2011-2012.

Adrienne was the executive director of The Ruckus Society from 2006-2010, and sat on their board through 2012. She was also a National Co-Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum.

She facilitates the development of organizations throughout the movement (most recently Chorus Foundation, Correctional Association of NY, Young Women United, Positive Women’s Network, Black Mesa Water Coalition, INCITE!, the Young Women’s Empowerment Project in Chicago, New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, ColorofChange.org and Detroit Summer).

Though she no longer serves on boards, Adrienne is proud to have spent time on social justice organization boards including Allied Media Projects, Third Wave Foundation, and Common Fire, as well as many others.

A co-founder of the League of Pissed Off/Young Voters and graduate of the Somatics and Social Justice Cohort, Somatics and Trauma year-long, Rockwood’s Art of Leadership year-long training, and Robert Gass’s Art of Change year-long training, Adrienne is obsessed with learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building and transformation.


Gregg Potter

Gregg Potter is a writer, activist, public speaker, and the founder of Project Kinect. Potter, a Wisconsin native, recently returned to Madison after spending more than a decade on the west coast and abroad. His life has been focused on offering his tools and gifts to others. In 2014, Potter received his Masters in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas. The experience catapulted him into a new reality of tangible ways he can create meaningful change. From tornado relief in Alabama, to working with corporations to become more effective in their communities, to fighting for human rights of the marginalized in South Africa, Potter strives to be an affective tool for other people doing social good. Project Kinect was created because of an unfulfilled need that Potter frequently encountered from individuals and organizations. These groups continuously have great ideas but needed tools, insight, and resources to accomplish them. This solution process begins by accepting all definitions of positive social change, is applied with collaboration, and is completed when an endeavor is executed and fully owned by the creator. That is the equation for the success Gregg Potter and Project Kinect have had. His hope is that we can all accept each other, work together, and take responsibility for ourselves to create real sustainable change that benefits everyone. 


Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out, which advances strategies that develop authentic, inclusive, and collaborative leadership; engage community members as partners in solving community problems; and help diverse leaders and groups achieve greater impact together. Paul is also Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, a partnership of FSG and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions.

Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011). The book is based on lessons learned from 21 years leading Public Allies, an innovative leadership development program that helped more than 5,000 diverse young adults across the country turn their passions to make a difference into careers as leaders working for community and social change.

Paul is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute; a board member of Independent Sector, The United Way of Greater Milwaukee, The Corps Network, and the NYU Leadership Initiative. He is the former co-chair of Voices for National Service, which led advocacy for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign’s Civic Engagement Policy Group, was a member of The Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Obama to The White House Council for Community Solutions.

An honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Paul received their Graduate of the Last Decade Alumni award. He was the first Innovation Fellow at The Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact at Georgetown University in 2014. He has also been recognized by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, by the Nonprofit Times three separate years as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America, and by Fast Company Magazine with their Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his partner and five children.