Leadership Now Wisconsin Chapter Events

The State of Democracy: Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Wednesday May 19th at 6 pm CT

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Description:

Voters are supposed to choose candidates. But when lawmakers draw district lines through a practice called gerrymandering, politicians are effectively picking their voters. Gerrymandering enables politicians to make their elections less competitive and drown out the voice of the other party. Gerrymandering has created the conditions for Congressional districts to skew to the extremes. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow partisan gerrymandering is “tragically wrong,” in the words of dissenting Justice Elena Kagan. Even Chief Justice Roberts agreed that extreme partisan gerrymandering was “incompatible with democratic principles,” but chose to leave it to the states and Congress to address that challenge.

Fixing gerrymandering can’t heal all our divides but polls show how deep Americans’ desire is for reform. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support ending gerrymandering. With the Supreme Court unwilling to lead on gerrymandering, who can drive change? State legislatures, state courts, ballot initiatives, and Congress all have the power to end gerrymandering.

Join us to hear from the experts in Wisconsin and how the business community can make a difference.

Speakers:

Anoop Prakash, President of the Ambulance Division at REV Group

Moon Duchin Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University and head of the MGGG Redistricting Lab, a leading group in the national efforts to better understand census, redistricting, and electoral systems.

Kenneth Mayer Professor of Political Science, and Principal Investigator of the UW 2020 Multidisciplinary Approach to Redistricting Knowledge Project, which brings together political science, geography and computer sciences faculty and grad students at UW Madison to study redistricting.

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BIOS:

Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University and was one of the faculty who founded the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Society Program. She runs the MGGG Redistricting Lab as one of the research groups at Tisch College of Civic Life. Duchin's areas of mathematical interest are in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. Her applied research program is in data science for civil rights, and the MGGG Redistricting Lab has become a leading group in the national efforts to better understand census, redistricting, and electoral systems.

The Lab has built the Districtr public mapping tool that will be used around the country in the redistricting cycle in 2021 by legislatures, redistricting commissions, and parallel public processes. A second major project is the GerryChain software packages that harness the mathematics of Markov chains to build thousands or millions of alternative districting plans, helping people explore the range of possibility in redistricting. Other major research and software development areas for the Lab include differential privacy in the Census, ranked choice voting, and the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Professor Duchin holds a PhD in Mathematics (University of Chicago, 2005), MS in Mathematics (University of Chicago, 1999) and BA in Mathematics and Women's Studies (Harvard University, 1998).


Kenneth Mayer is a Professor of American Politics at University of Wisconsin. His teaching and research interests are in American government and institutions, campaign finance, and election administration. His current research focuses on and evaluating the effectiveness of recent state-level campaign finance reforms, and election administration.

Professor Mayer is the author of With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (Princeton University Press, 2001), The Political Economy of Defense Contracting (Yale University Press, 1991), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (Westview Press, 1999, with David T. Canon), and Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policymaking, 10th ed. (Roman and Littlefield, 2018, with George C. Edwards, III and Stephen J, Wayne).

He is active as an expert witness in campaign finance, redistricting, and voter ID litigation. Recent cases include Gill v. Whitford (Western District of Wisconsin, partisan gerrymandering, 2016); One Wisconsin Institute v. Nichol (Western District of Wisconsin, voting rights, 2016).

Professor Mayer holds PhD in Political Science (Yale University, 1988), MA in Political Science (Yale University, 1987) and BA in Political Science (University of California-San Diego, 1982). 


Anoop Prakash is the President of the Ambulance Division, at the REV Group Inc, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to this role, Anoop was an executive with Harley-Davidson for 10 years, earlier served in the Bush Administration at both the US Small Business Administration and US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a former US Marine Corps officer. He currently serves on the Board of the Hunger Task Force in Wisconsin and is the Leadership Now Project Wisconsin Chapter Chair. 

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State of our Democracy: The Future of Voting in Wisconsin

April 14, 2021 @ 6 PM CT / 7 PM ET

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Free and fair access to voting, which is fundamental to a healthy functioning democracy, is under threat in Wisconsin. Since 2010, voting has gotten progressively more difficult. The state currently ranks 25th in ease of voting, and a slate of new bills introduced by the state legislature threatens to further inhibit access to voting by making it more difficult to cast absentee ballots, register electronically, or cure ballots with minor errors. 

As one of the most trusted institutions in society, how can business help champion democracy and voting rights in Wisconsin? And why are strong voting rights, and a healthy democracy, good for business? 

Please join David Canon, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and editor of the Election Law Journal, Claire Woodall-Vogg, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Elections Commission, and Anoop Prakash Milwaukee-based business leader and Chair of Leadership Now in Wisconsin for a discussion on the state of voting rights in Wisconsin, and the role of business moving forward. 

WHEN: April 14th @6PM CT / 7PM ET

WHERE: Zoom link to be provided after registering.

About Leadership Now

Incubated in 2017 by a group of Harvard Business School alumni, Leadership Now activates the resources, networks, and skills of our members. We power reforms to our system through sophisticated analytics; engage in thought leadership; mobilize new investments in a portfolio of reform organizations like OpenSecrets and recognize political leaders who change the game and share our principles. Leadership Now is encouraging the business community to stand up and take action for the continuity of the 2020 Election and highlighting the role that business can play in solving the critical issues facing our nation as we transition to a new administration. We are also committed to moving from words to action to advance racial equity. Today, Leadership Now has members in six cities and continues to grow. 

BIOS:

David Canon is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently editor of the Election Law Journal and is affiliated with the Elections Research Center. His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. He is author of Race, Redistricting, and Representation (University of Chicago Press, 1999, winner of the Richard Fenno award for the best book on legislative politics), The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with Ken Mayer; 2nd ed. forthcoming with Columbia University Press), Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press, 1990), American Politics Today (with William Bianco,WW Norton, 6th ed., 2019), several edited books, and various articles and book chapters. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1987. 

Claire Woodall-Vogg is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Elections Commission. Claire gained national attention for successfully overseeing election operations during the 2020 election, which saw record voter turnout despite COVID. Prior to becoming the executive director of the elections commission, she was the Business Systems Administrator for the City of Milwaukee, and the City Clerk for Cedarburg, WI. 

Anoop Prakash is the President of the Ambulance Division, at the REV Group Inc, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to this role, Anoop was an executive with Harley-Davidson for 10 years, earlier served in the Bush Administration at both the US Small Business Administration and US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a former US Marine Corps officer. He currently serves on the Board of the Hunger Task Force in Wisconsin and is the Leadership Now Project Wisconsin Chapter Chair. 


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State of our Democracy: The Role of Business in Wisconsin (FEB 10, 2021)Click here to register.

Global and domestic indicators reveal an American democracy in decline. A Pew Research Center poll shows that trust in government has declined from over 70% in the 1960s to just 20% today. The only institution that the public trusts? According to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer, it’s business. How can business leaders champion democracy? And how is a strong democracy good for business? What are the risks if we stay the course with business-as-usual? 

Please join William Ury, co-author of Getting to Yes and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO of The Leadership Now Project, a national organization of business and thought leaders, Anoop Prakash Milwaukee-based business leader and Chair of Leadership Now in Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Law Professor Robert Yablon, in a discussion of how the contentious 2020 election and transition highlighted the risks, and created opportunities for reform, in Wisconsin and across the United States.