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Fuel Milwaukee, Social X reversing professional BIPOC 'brain drain'

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In a follow-up to episode one, Tarik Moody, Reggie Jackson and Kim Shine take a look at "brain drain" through the professional and economic lens, asking the question: How is Milwaukee doing at retaining its Black and Brown talent?

Reggie and Tarik discuss how Atlanta has built its diverse professional community, then Kim goes deep with two local leaders working to replicate that success in Milwaukee. Corry Joe Biddle, executive director of Fuel Milwaukee, and Ranell Washington, vice president at Social X, share their collaborative wins and outlooks for the city's future.

By Every Measure season two is supported by The Argosy Foundation.

If you'd like to continue the conversation, we encourage you to join our By Every Measurediscussion group on Radio Milwaukee's Facebook page. Each week, we open a dialogue on the episode's topic with daily conversation prompts and a virtual meet-up to discuss responses and navigate the community conversations collectively.

Here's what we're covering this season:

  • Episode 1Black Brain Drain, Part 1, with nationally touring musicians SistaStrings, and musician and poet Emmitt James.
  • Episode 2 — Black Brain Drain, Part 2, with Corry Joe Biddle, executive director of Fuel Milwaukee; and Ranell Washington, vice president of Social X MKE. 
  • Episode 3 — Black Birth Outcomes (March 7) with certified nurse midwife LuVerda Martin of Aurora Health Care and Geraud Blanks of Milwaukee Film.
  • Episode 4 — Housing (March 14) with Kevin Newell of Royal Capital.
  • Episode 5 — Critical Race Theory (March 21) with Anne Bonds of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
  • Episode 6 — Generational Wealth (March 28) with Greg Wesley of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Ken Robertson of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 
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