Educational Session: Promoting Innovation in Your Organization

June 13 – June 17, 2016
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

A panel discussion with Steve Cohan, Jeff Haupt, and Susie Younkle, moderated by Suzanne Dove, assistant dean for academic innovations at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. The panelists will share how their experiences at the Wisconsin Union influenced the work they do today, talk about how we all can promote innovation within our own organizations, and engage participants in a discussion about the role of innovation in higher education. 


Steve CohanSteve Cohan
Steve Cohan was head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison alpine ski racing team from 1989–2001 and is a long-time Hoofer Sailing Club member. He is a veteran entrepreneur previously focused in the professional audio-visual industry, including audio and video contracting, recording, public address, theater, media manufacturing, and sophisticated system design. Cohan was the cofounder and CEO of Intelix LLC until selling the company in 2011. He is the founder of Icon Digital Corporation, manufacturer and distributor of professional audio products for consumers of stage, studio, and broadcast equipment worldwide. 


Suzanne DoveSuzanne Dove
Suzanne Dove leads the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s educational initiatives through her work with school leadership including deans, chair, departments, directors, programs, faculty, and staff.




Susie YounkleSusie Younkle
Susie Younkle is program director for MERLIN Mentors. In this role, she coordinates the organization’s 100+ volunteer mentors and dozens of active mentor teams that assist entrepreneurs. Younkle enjoys helping start and grow businesses, with a particular focus on the financial aspects of startups. In addition to her involvement with MERLIN, she currently manages accounting for a few Madison-area businesses including online music business Murfie, Inc. and event management company Forward Events. She was previously controller for Laminar Technologies, the Chicago-based maker of the patented TurboTap device for pouring draft beer. Younkle also serves in board and leadership roles with several nonprofit organizations such as the Madison Public Library Foundation, the Junior League of Madison, and the Memorial Union Building Association where she is finance committee chair. As a student, Younkle served in leadership roles at the Wisconsin Union including Hoofer Council president and Wisconsin Union president. She is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business with degrees in finance and marketing.

Updated May 29, 2016