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Thought Leadership

Third Annual Cream City Construction Conference and Small Business Accelerator

May 8, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CT


The Grain Exchange
225 E. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Join Husch Blackwell and its industry partners for an afternoon in support of expanding opportunities for Milwaukee’s historically disadvantaged contractors. This event will include informative panel discussions, followed by a networking session to meet and develop relationships between these small businesses and some of the larger construction companies, lenders, and developers.

Co-hosted by Husch Blackwell’s Communities for Change initiative and Construction Academy, the Cream City Conference was created in the wake of the 2020 attention to equity, inclusion, and justice. This third iteration will review areas of opportunity and need in Milwaukee’s construction community, along with efforts in some circles to challenge disadvantaged classifications.


  • Legal guardrails to ensure minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) comport with new legal challenges
  • 2024 projects and opportunities

Roberto Gutierrez, Southeast Region Director, WisDOT
Joshua Levy, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Ray Manista, Executive Vice President, Northwestern Mutual
David Snieg, Counsel, M.A. Mortenson Company
Peggy Williams-Smith, President and CEO, VISIT Milwaukee 

2:30 p.m. | Registration
3:00 p.m. | Program begins
5:00 p.m. | Networking (drinks and appetizers will be served)

Who Should Attend
Executives and professionals from established and developing firms that go to market as contractors and subcontractors; engineers and architects; construction lenders and borrowers; real estate developers and investors.

Questions? Contact Tom Bragg at 414.978.5336.


Joshua B. Levy