Tim HanleyKris RopellaKate TreveyLeading Innovation at Marquette University (part of Startup Milwaukee Week)


Presented by Timothy Hanley, Bus Ad ’78, Interim Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration at Marquette University; Dr. Kristina Ropella, Eng '85, Opus Dean, Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University; and Kate Trevey, Bus Ad '04, Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Marquette University. Moderated by Kyle Hagge, Producer, Innovators on Tap podcast.

What does it take to lead innovation in an ever-changing economy and a more isolated world? And how can you teach the new skills and mindsets required to thrive in a global eco-system? Explore these questions with Marquette University's Tim Hanley, Kris Ropella, and Kate Trevey, who will share information on Marquette's Innovation Alley, the vision for collaboration between Marquette, companies, and the community, and what's necessary to develop our future leaders that will bring change and impact to the world.

More about this session

This webinar is part of Startup Milwaukee Week, which connects high-growth entrepreneurs with the resources they need (investors, support programs, service providers, etc.) to launch and scale high-growth tech companies in the Milwaukee region. The fifth annual event will take place virtually, November 11 - 18, 2020, and is supported by Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Skills Pipeline. To view the full calendar of events, visit

Tim Hanley, Bus Ad ’78, is the acting Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business Administration and that same year began his career at Arthur Andersen, serving as an audit partner for many of the largest manufacturers in Wisconsin.

Recently, Tim retired as a senior partner with Deloitte LLP. Tim is a seasoned global executive, with extensive experience consulting with manufacturers regarding digital transformation, organizational strategy development and execution, acquisitions and market development. Under his leadership, Deloitte’s Global Consumer and Industrial Products practice grew to be the largest at Deloitte, with over $14 billion in revenues.

Tim has also served at Marquette as a longtime member of the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council, as a member of the university’s President’s Advisory Council, and on the Campaign Executive Committee. In October of 2019, Tim became the college’s first ever executive-in-residence. Tim was recognized in 2012 as the College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella, Eng '85, is Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University. She joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Marquette in 1990 and served as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2005 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean. Ropella assumed the permanent role of Opus Dean in 2015. In these leadership roles, Ropella provides vision and leads strategic planning and implementation, creation of academic programs, engagement with industry, government and other academic institutions, fundraising, and community outreach.

She is also founder and faculty director of Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead), a three-year curricular leadership development program for undergraduate students from across the disciplines at Marquette. Learn more about Dr. Ropella. 

Kate Trevey, Bus Ad '04, is Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development at Marquette University. Kate leads university-wide efforts to develop the leadership capacity of future innovators and change agents. She directs and teaches courses in the Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead) Program, guest lectures in several team-based engineering courses, and collaborates with a variety of other campus-wide leadership development initiatives. In addition, Kate facilitates corporate innovation and leadership development workshops for technical and engineering teams. She was named a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Prior to joining the Opus College of Engineering, Kate was responsible for campus-wide leadership development programming and worked as a corporate financial analyst for the Kohler Company.



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