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FUEL's Milwaukee Black Professionals Boat Cruise
Milwaukee Boat Line's Primary Dock
101 W Michigan Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Category: Socializing + Networking

A networking event designed exclusively for our region’s Black talent, the Milwaukee Black Professionals Yacht Cruise will bring together 120+ movers and shakers who’ve made the decision to call MKE home.


Standard Registration Price for member and non-member is $25
Use Promo Code MULYP for $5 Off - this promotion is in honor of the Milwaukee Urban League YP's 20th Anniversary

Join us for this special networking opportunity and you can expect:

  • To enjoy a glorious 2-hours coasting Lake Michigan aboard the Vista King – a luxury, double-decker expedition yacht and Milwaukee’s largest tour vessel
  • To increase your professional and personal connections – relationships that are critical to cultivating careers and living well-rounded lives in MKE
  • To mix and mingle with a diverse group of black professionals (executives, mid-career and young pros) who are using their talent to fuel the Milwaukee Region
  • Drink specials on the yacht + a post event mixer


5:30-6:00pm Check-In and Board the Yacht for the Cruise
6:00-8:00pm We’re cruising!
8:00pm-Until After-Cruise Wind-Down at XO Cocktail Parlor (326 E. Mason St., Milwaukee, WI 53202) 

These professionals have well-respected, stand-out careers and some distinct insights on career development, community involvement and making your mark in Milwaukee. They've agreed to help everyone make connections - be sure to say hello when you see them on board.

  • Angela Adams, VP of Community Relations, Goodwill Industries of SEWI
  • Tammy Belton-Davis, Founder + Principal, Athena Communications
  • Nicole Brookshire, Executive Director, Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs
  • Bill Beckett, CEO, CHRYSPAC
  • Donte McFadden, Ph.D, Senior Associate Director, Marquette University
  • David Pate Jr., Ph.D, Chair & Associate Professor, Social Work at UW-Milwaukee
  • Solomon Tesfai, Director Revenue Management, MillerCoors
  • Shannon Sims, Primetime Anchor/ Reporter, E.W. Scripps Company (WTMJ 4)
  • Lena Cole, Founder, R&B Live + Above Average Entertainment

  • Shannon Reed, Director, Innovative Strategies for Boys + Men of Color, United Way
  • Vincent Lyles, VP, Community Relations, Advocate Aurora Health
  • Ulice Payne, Jr., President/Managing Member, Addison-Clifton, LLC
  • Marjorie Rucker, JD, Executive Director, The Business Council
  • Lafayette L. Crump, VP, Diversity, Vendor Accountability + Growth, DNC MKE 2020 Host Committee
  • Freda Russell, Ph.D., VP, Cultural and Org. Development, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
  • Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation

Standard Registration Price for member and non-member is $25
Use Promo Code MULYP for $5 Off - this promotion is in honor of the Milwaukee Urban League YP's 20th Anniversary

Due to downtown construction, the Michigan Street Bridge is currently closed, and will on event day. For ease of parking, Milwaukee Boat Line has arranged for discounted parking ($5) at 2 nearby lots:

(1) The Avenue, 615 N Plankinton Avenue - structure provides a ticket as you enter, bring that ticket with you to the boat to receive a validation sticker, provide ticket with sticker as you leave the structure for the discounted $5.00 rate.

(2) Gimbel's Parking Structure, 555 N Plankinton Avenue - after parking, find the nearest automated pay station and enter coupon code "AHOY19" when prompted to receive the discounted $5.00 rate. Remember to place the receipt on your dashboard before leaving the structure.

Additional location and parking details, as well as directions can be found here: https://www.mkeboat.com/location/

Contact: Sofina Ziu | [email protected] | 414.287.4144