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Keynote Speaker: Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

44th Lieutenant Governor for the State of Wisconsin

"Facing Forward – with Faith and Family"

2013 KleefischSaturday, March 9, 2013

The great state of Wisconsin, her family, and her Christian faith are three gifts that Rebecca Kleefisch treasures - and her enthusiasm for each will be evident through the personal and professional anecdotes and experiences that she will share.

In her current position Rebecca, a former small-business owner and news reporter, serves as Wisconsin's "Jobs Ambassador" and spearheads the Governor’s Small Business Summit. She also holds listening and input sessions all over the state. She chaired the Governor’s Subcabinet on Workforce Investment that developed the "Wisconsin Working" plan, designed to connect the unemployed to jobs, encourage the hiring of veterans, and address Wisconsin's graying manufacturing workforce. Rebecca serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and is co-chair of the Minority Unemployment Task Force.

The Lieutenant Governor is also known for her work on veterans' issues; she advocated for the declaration of 2012 as "The Year of the Veteran." The public/private partnership initiative honors, celebrates, and offers opportunities to Wisconsin's heroes.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch.

Articulate, energetic, and forward-thinking, Rebecca is sure to deliver a heartfelt, inspirational message for women who care deeply about their faith, families, and freedoms.