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Wisconsin Lutheran College Presents: 
2013-2014 Christian Leadership
Speaker Series

Inspiring stories, innovative ideas, and important career and life choices made ... all because they didn't leave their faith at the entrance of the office door!

Throughout the next year, hear two dynamic Christian professionals speak about their path to success and how they use their faith as a moral compass to navigate the varied twists and turns in their respective careers.

  • John Cary, Executive Director of the MACC Fund
    October 9, 2013
  • Kelly Brown, Co-Managing Partner at The American Deposit Management Company
    February 5, 2014

The cost is $20 per event (discounts available for WLC faculty, staff, and students). All proceeds from the 2013-2014 Christian Leadership Speaker Series benefits scholarship support at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Each event will be held in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Center for Arts and Performance, located at 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. A breakfast buffet and time to network with other Christian professionals will start at 7 a.m. The program, including the keynote speaker, will begin at 7:45 a.m. The event will wrap up around 9 a.m. following another networking opportunity.

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Kelly Brown
Co-Managing Partner at The American Deposit Management Company

February 5, 2014

2014 Kelly Brown photo

Raised in a mentally and physically abusive home in Detroit, Michigan, in the 1980s, Kelly Brown will share how personal despair and abandonment led her to lose her faith in God, only to find that losing her faith was part of the journey of her life which has led to her healing and restoration. An award-winning servant leader and entrepreneur, Brown lives each day to ensure others have a positive message of hope and encouragement to know that obstacles can be overcome with the right state-of-mind and faith in God. Be part of this conversation and learn how a relationship with God has helped her rise above the pain and hardship of her past to enjoy her daily life.

Brown is a co-managing partner at the American Deposit Management Company in Milwaukee. In her role, Brown works with both public and private finance managers in their cash management strategies while managing relationships at over 350 banks throughout the United States.

Prior to starting The American Deposit Management Company, Brown was co-founder of First Wisconsin Bank & Trust Company, Brookfield, WI. In her role, Brown led the efforts of building the fastest growing bank in Wisconsin's history, which sold for a premium in 2008.

As Senior Vice-President, Brown was directly involved in the vision, strategic planning, oversight and investment for Treasury Management and Marketing. She cultivated strategic, creative partnerships and alliances with the public and private sector, and was responsible for programmatic vision that guided the bank to drive deposits and customer relationships. In addition, she was responsible for negotiations, and all client and public relations for the bank.

Brown has more than 20 years of experience in senior management and leadership positions in local, regional, and national banks. In her banking career, Brown has worked in several divisions including commercial lending, private banking, retail banking, and treasury management. Along with her executive leadership skills, Brown has a sought after expertise in the management of sales and sales teams in the financial services industry.

Brown graduated Cum Laude with her B.S. in management and M.S. in organizational behavior/leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She is an adjunct professor at Carroll University in the professional and graduate studies division and Waukesha County Technical College in the management and marketing division. In addition to her classroom instruction, Brown has performed numerous speaking engagements discussing organizational behavior, conflict management, and managing change to groups such as the Independent Physicians Association, Minnesota Treasury Management Association, and the Midwest Business Expo. She is on several local boards and has been active in organizations such as Junior Achievement, Stillwater's, United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and TEMPO Envision. She was recently named as a trustee for Cardinal Stritch University. Brown was strategic to bringing female leadership events to Milwaukee and has been an outspoken advocate in the advancement of women in business.

Brown is a native of Michigan and has lived in southeast Wisconsin for more than 15 years. She is a concert violinist and has a passion for economics and government. She enjoys spending time with her family on Okauchee Lake, Wisconsin, and enjoys many outdoor activities such as running, fishing, boating, and golf.

John Cary
Executive Director of the MACC Fund

October 9, 2013

2013 John Cary photo

John Cary has held the position of Executive Director of the MACC Fund since 1982. During his tenure, yearly income has grown from $250,000 to $3,800,000. Prior to coming to the MACC Fund, Cary was the Special Events Manager for Harnischfeger Corporation.

A graduate of Marquette University as a broadcasting major, Cary has continued his involvement with his alma mater. He has served on the Alumni Board and is involved with Marquette High School as well.

A highlight of his involvement with Marquette University came in 1991 when Cary received the Alumnus of the Year Award by the University's College of Speech. In 2004, he received the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award from Marquette High School. In 2006, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette University's Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. In 2007, John was inducted as a Friend of Basketball in the Wisconsin Basketball Coach's Hall of Fame.

Cary's community activities include serving on the Board of the Weyenburg Library Foundation in Mequon, Wisconsin, as well as a past member of the Board of St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee. Cary also was Chairman of the $7 million Annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Chapter from 1996-1999.

He and his wife of 34 years, Mary, have six children and two grandchildren. Countless other youngsters over the years, at both the Midwest Children's Cancer Center in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center in Madison, have been grateful for the fatherly guidance and compassion Cary demonstrates each day as the MACC Fund's Executive Director.