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2019 Diversity in Business Awards

Abston creating a true melting pot

Ian Abston - Hoan Group

Ian Abston often meets older business leaders and Millennial employees and hears concerns about who will lead Wisconsin into the future. The older leaders ask who the next generation of leaders will be, and the younger ones question when it will be their turn.

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DeVougas’ diversity initiatives transform lives


Out of a complaint came the opportunity to turn around a Milwaukee neighborhood and its residents’ lives. Under the direction of Gabriel DeVougas, Section 3 coordinator for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, HACM has exceeded its goals for a four-year voluntary-compliance program providing jobs to residents.

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Diversity becomes a Best practice

Michael Best & Friedrich

Diversity is a core value at Michael Best & Friedrich, a full-service law firm that employs more than 250 lawyers and other professionals. It established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to take on a role in recruitment, retention and policy at all of its 13 offices. The committee carries out plans to create and maintain opportunities for minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ and disabled attorneys.

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Diversity runs in Greenfire’s blood


In just six years, Greenfire Management Services has grown from a team of 12 employees to 40 and has managed more than $400 million worth of projects. It is the sixth largest Milwaukee-area, minority-owned business and a top-25 fastest growing tribal business in the country.

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