Richard W. Graber, President and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationRichard W. Graber, President and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Richard W. Graber, President and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, will deliver the keynote speech at Concordia University Wisconsin’s spring Leadership Series breakfast on Wednesday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Graber, 60, who served as US Ambassador to the Czech Republic in the George W. Bush administration from 2006-2009, will speak on “Country and Community: Worth our Effort.”  Hosted by Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D., president of Concordia University Wisconsin, the semi-annual series recognizes and encourages ethical leadership principles and provides networking opportunities for community and business leaders to come together in a dynamic, Christian higher education environment.

Graber spent 20 years as a partner in the Wisconsin law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, eventually becoming the firm’s CEO.  Elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin in 1999, he was re-elected in 2001, 2003 and 2005, and was one of the longest serving state chairmen in the country.  President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation since 2016, the former co-chair of the United Way campaign in Milwaukee received his BA from Duke University in 1978 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1981.

His presentation will take place in the Siebert Dining Hall on the campus of Concordia University, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon.  Individual tickets cost $25, with corporate sponsorships including a table of eight and company name in the program available for $200.  Supporting sponsorships of $1,000 are also available, which include two tables of eight and a company logo prominently displayed.

To make reservations or for more information on sponsorships, contact Michelle Buss at 262.243.4337, or email here.  Registration deadline is May 8.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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