Featured Speaker

Ms. Rebecca Kleefisch

Rebecca Kleefisch is Wisconsin's 44th lieutenant governor. Since January 2011, she has been Wisconsin's Jobs Ambassador, a champion for worker training, and a leader for creative solutions to our state's toughest challenges.

A former small business owner, Rebecca developed the annual Governor's Small Business Summit. She works frequently with economic developers and business owners to recruit new businesses and grow current employers. She also chairs the Manufacturing Committee for the Aerospace States Association. And as Wisconsin creates more jobs, she's working hard to expand the talent pipeline that fills them.

Rebecca wants our state's success to embrace all our citizens, especially those who must overcome barriers to prosperity. So she chairs the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment, works on the issues of homelessness and offender reentry, and advocates for returning veterans and people with disabilities looking to join the workforce.

Through her travels and activities, Rebecca's earned a reputation as an effective policy leader who doesn't shy from a challenge or a fight. She has been recognized with a "Courage in Leadership Award" by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a "Woman of Exceptional Courage" award from the Clare Booth Luce Institute. In May 2014, the Washington Post cited her as one of 40 rising stars in American politics.

Rebecca is a colon cancer survivor, a recovering news reporter, a member of the NRA, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet, and lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch.