Milwaukee 7 Talent Partnership

Milwaukee 7 has developed key strategies to improve talent development. This effort is industry-led; demand-driven; data-powered and outcomes-based. It is both systemic and specific.

  1. Coordinate a rapid response when a company has immediate and critical hiring needs.
  2. Help companies leverage existing programs to improve their talent systems
  3. Improve the quality of the regional labor pool: The long-term talent needs of employers in the Milwaukee 7 region require a long-term approach focused on filling the pipeline with qualified workers. This strategy will require many tactics, working in concert, to achieve results.
  4. Advise companies on education and workforce partners that can meet their needs.
    Milwaukee 7 understands that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to recruiting and placing employees. We work with the entire spectrum of educational institutions and workforce agencies so we can recommend quality partners to help you find solutions for your company.


3825712Susan Koehn
Director, M7 Talent Partnership

Koehn focuses on aligning workforce with growth opportunities in high potential industry clusters. Before joining M7, She worked with the region’s WIRED Initiative and the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. She has more than 15 years experience in strategic and program planning, evaluation, grant writing, research, and professional writing. Koehn earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Stacey Duchrow
Business & Education Partnerships Manager

Duchrow most recently served as STEM and District Assessment Coordinator for Union Grove School District in Racine County. There, she launched Union Grove’s first Career Academies – three STEM pathways in Biomedical, IT, and Manufacturing/Engineering including dual credit and work-based learning experiences. Stacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and spent 5 years at Abbott Labs as a Senior Quality Technician before seeking licensure as a teacher and an eventual Master of Educational Leadership Degree from Carthage College. She taught Biology and Physics in Kenosha Unified School District and was selected in 2010 as 1st runner up – Kenosha County Teacher of the Year.

Melissa Palmen
Technical Coordinator

Palmen focuses on providing technical support for the Inspire system through monitoring its online portals. She works directly with both coaches and companies to support a talent pipeline for the next generation of students. Before joining Inspire, Palmen with Community Career Connection’s Lead to Succeed, where she managed youth programs designed to build leadership, citizenship, and career skills through high level service-learning projects. She is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from Arizona State University.