MILWAUKEE – May 2, 2016 – Associated Bank — in collaboration with Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Metro Milwaukee Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and National Association for African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) — recently hosted the third annual Bank Your Future program. The educational event focused on helping more than 250 Milwaukee-area youth (14-19 years old) develop interviewing, financial literacy, and college readiness skills.   

Held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, over 75 professionals from more than 50 organizations volunteered. During the event, students were paired with working professionals for one-on-one mock interviews and resume reviews. Students also attended financial education breakout sessions conducted by Make A Difference Wisconsin.     


“Associated Bank is committed to the communities we serve, and this event offers a great opportunity to support our future leaders by sharing the importance of financial literacy, education and career planning,” said John Utz, Milwaukee market president and head of corporate banking at Associated Bank. “The biggest highlight for me was seeing the students excited about learning and preparing for their future.”  


The event kicked-off with keynote speaker Michelle Nettles, Chief Human Resources Officer, MillerCoors. She shared important qualities for success including resiliency, agility, continuous learning, and excellence. At the conclusion of the event, John Utz introduced Donald Driver, the former Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver and Super Bowl champion. Driver shared his motivational success story and encouraged students to achieve their dreams. The students were very excited when Driver raffled Dell laptops, Microsoft Surface 3 laptops and Apple iPads provided by Associated Bank.