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Save the Date - 2021 Virtual Winter Summit - Friday, February 19th!


Join Connect Marquette for a half-day digital Conference Friday, February 19, 2021!  The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up shortly after 12:30 p.m.  Featuring two panels, a keynote speaker, and a closing speaker, the morning will be sure to have something for everyone!  Each session from Health & Wellness to Outdoor Recreation, Personal Growth, and more will be presented in bite size sessions followed by Q&A.  We’re excited to be back in 2021 and hope to see you there!  Watch our social media, newsletters, and website for more information and to get your tickets soon!

If you are interested in sponsoring or helping plan the 2021 event, please contact us at info@connectmarquette.org!

Not sure what the Connect Marquette Professional Development Conference is? Check out the 2019 program below!

2019 Keynote Speaker: Bill Hawker

Formerly an executive with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, Bill is currently the Director of Business Development at Elevate97, a marketing firm located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The company is dedicated to showing off world-renowned retail brands, such as Carhartt, New Era, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Pandora jewelry, TaylorMade Golf and the Green Bay Packers. 

Bill joined Elevate97 after spending the last two years with the Detroit Lions as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. He oversaw all corporate sales and partnership activation/service for the Lions of the National Football League (NFL), which included new business planning/sales, retention/growth of existing corporate partners, and department revenue and strategy. During Hawker’s time with the Lions, the organization’s corporate partnerships team ranked in the top 10 of the NFL’s 32 teams for year-over-year revenue growth (YOY) – by percentage and in dollars. 

Prior to joining the Lions, Hawker served as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the NFL’s storied Green Bay Packers for 10 years.  His decade of working for the Packers resulted in substantial victories on the business side of the football operations. He guided the sales team as it secured three new gate-naming partnerships at Lambeau Field, the Packers’ iconic stadium, with Bellin Health, Shopko and American Family Insurance. 

Having also worked for seven years with the NFL’s Chicago Bears as their Corporate Sales Manager before he joined the Packers, a team approach to selling excites Hawker. He lives the “Anywhere. Anyhow” credo of Elevate97, which works for brands such as Carhartt, Pandora and, of course, the Packers. 

“At the end of the day, when you peel it back, it’s all about relationships to start with. It really boils down to the relationships that you develop and being able to deliver on what you said you’re going to deliver,” Hawker says.   

The NMU alumnus calls Howard, Wisconsin home.  He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.

Conference Program

Conference will be held at Northern Michigan University's Conference Center. View 2019's program here.

Conference Etiquette

Dress attire for the conference is business casual. Conference attendees will be provided a few sheets of paper and pens for taking notes in each session. Remember to bring plenty of business cards!

After Party  

Attendees and guests are welcome to attend a post-conference social at Barrel + Beam immediately following the conference.

Staying the Night?

Visit the Marquette County Convention & Visitors website for a list of lodging options near the conference site in Marquette or contact them directly at 1-800-544-4321 or (906) 228-7749.

Make It A Weekend

There’s always something to do in Marquette County! Conference attendees interested in extending their stay can visit Travel Marquette for a full listing of area activities and attractions.

Conference Information

For more information or to become involved in planning or sponsoring the annual conference, contact  info@connectmarquette.org.


Interested in sponsoring this event? Email us at info@connectmarquette.org!


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