Past Event / September 18, 2015

Forum on Global Leadership: What’s at Stake for Wisconsin?




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Event Info

Join us for a lunch discussion with Senator Ron Johnson, General James Conway (Ret.), and Bill Lane on the positive impact of U.S. international affairs programs in Wisconsin, moderated by KT McFarland.

When: September 18, 2015; Expo & Registration open at 11:00am; Lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm
Where: The Pfister, 424 E Wisconsin St, Milwaukee, WI


Senator Ron Johnson

U.S. Senate

Senator Johnson was elected to the Senate in 2010 and understands the importance of America’s global engagement. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is Chairman of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation Subcommittee. He also is Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and serves on the Budget Committee. Prior to the Senate, he was a businessman and the co-founder of PACUR, a plastics manufacturing firm based in Oshkosh. He resides in Oshkosh with his wife Jane. They have three children.

General James Conway

Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

General Conway served as the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from 2006-2010, leading over 250,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel throughout the United States and overseas. A 40-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Conway served in a number of leadership positions across his distinguished career, including commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the Iraq War. General Conway is a member of the Marine Corps University Foundation’s board of trustees. He is also a member of USGLC’s National Security Advisory Council.

Bill Lane

Director of Global Government Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc.

Bill Lane is Director of International Government Affairs at Caterpillar, Inc. He is a leading business advocate for free trade and global engagement in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lane is a member of the U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Capital Goods and a Board Member of Partners for Democratic Change. He serves as the Co-Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.


KT McFarland

National Security Analyst, FOX News

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is a Fox News National Security Analyst and host of’s “DefCon 3.” She served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations. She was an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House, and wrote Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger’s groundbreaking “Principles of War” speech in 1984. Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan administration.

Event Partners

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Center for International Health The Water Council Greater Green Bay Chamber Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Institute of World Affairs Rotary Club of Milwaukee Global Youth Leadership Institute Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce