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CREWS 2022 Convening

What to Expect

We are so excited and thankful you can join us for the 4th Annual CREWS Convening in Milwaukee on September 12-13, 2022. Considering this is our first in-person convening since 2019, we want to make the best use of your time. With that in mind, the objectives of this convening are to:

  • Connect water leaders and build power in solidarity across sectors.
  • Promote grantee sharing of resources and learning.
  • Strengthen the capacity of grantees to use climate science and equity in their work.
  • Celebrate progress and strategize about the work ahead.

There’s more below, including our agenda, hotel info, speaker bios, and a resources section that includes a full Welcome Packet, Participant Directory, and more.

Social Media

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #KresgeCREWS and tag @kresgenviro @kresgefdn and @YeouJih.


If you have any questions or need support during the event, please contact Kate O’Brien at kate @


The CREWS 2022 Convening and hotel accommodations are:

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W. Kilbourn Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Wisconsin Convention Center
400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Schedule & Agenda

Sept. 11-13, 2022

A full printable agenda is below in the Resources section.

Day 1, Sunday Sept. 11

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

CREWS Registration and Open Space for Arrival

8AM to 5PM

Regency Ballroom – 5th Floor.
CREWS registration, open work space, and wifi


COVID-19 Info & Testing

8AM to 7PM

Kilbourn – 5th Floor

Healing Room

8AM to 9PM

Miller – 4th Floor
Quiet space

CREWS Informal Buffet Dinner & Socializing

5PM to 9PM

CREWS informal buffet dinner (served from 5-8pm)
CREWS Registration & Check-in (masks, tests)
Short Film Screening – Swollen
Introductory ‘interactivities’

Location: in case of inclement weather: Empire Ballroom, Ground Floor

Day 2, Monday, Sept. 12

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

COVID-19 Info & Testing

7AM to 4PM

Kilbourn – 5th Floor

Healing Room

7AM to 9PM

Miller – 4th Floor

CREWS Registration & Check-In

7:30PM to 4PM

Regency Ballroom, 5th Floor, Foyer

Breakfast Buffet (To-Go and Outdoor Options)

7:30AM to 8:45AM

Regency Ballroom – 5th Floor or
Six & Green Outdoors, Ground Floor

CREWS Morning Program (Agenda, Breakouts)

9AM to 12:30pM

Welcome, Indigenous Acknowledgments, Arc of the Day

9:40AM: Morning Block 1:
Stories of Self with Benny Starr & Leticia Carpenter (USWA)

11AM: BREAK & Informal Networking

11:20AM: Morning Block 2:
Making Meaning of Our Stories of Self

Regency Ballroom – 5th Floor

Lunch Buffet (To-Go and Outdoor Option)

12:30pM to 1:15pM

Regency Ballroom – 5th Floor or
Six & Green Outdoors, Ground Floor

CREWS Afternoon Program (Agenda, Breakouts)

1:15PM to 5:30pM

1:15PM: Afternoon Block 1:
Stories of Us – Panel Discussions / Q&A

3 PM: Afternoon Block 2:
Stories of Now – Brainstorming & Discussion

4PM: Afternoon Block 3:
Next Steps & Closing Activity

All activities in Regency Ballroom – 5th Floor

CREWS Happy Hour & TA Vendor Fair

5:30pM TO 6:30PM

Six & Green Outdoors – Ground Floor

CREWS Off-Site Dinner


Board buses to depart for offsite dinner at Bottle House 42 – Pickup on 6th St.
CREWS Dinner starts at 7PM
Keynotes: Mami Hara (USWA) & Karen Dettmeyer (EPA)

Day 3, Tuesday, Sept. 13

CREWS at U.S. Water Alliance’s One Water Summit at Wisconsin Convention Center

COVID-19 Info & Testing

7AM to 5:30PM

Wisconsin Center: 101D and Discovery World

Networking Breakfast Buffet

7:15 AM to 8:15AM

Wisconsin Center – Ballroom Foyer BCD

One Water Delegations: Welcome

8:15AM to 8:30AM

Wisconsin: Ballroom CD

CREWS One Water Delegation-Hosted Peer Dialogue

8:30AM to 9:45AM

Wisconsin Center – 101s, 102s, or 103s

One Water Delegation-Hosted Peer Dialogues

10:15AM to 11:30AM

Wisconsin Center – 101s, 102s, or 103s

Boxed Lunch Pick-Up/Board Buses

11:30aM – 11:50pM

Wisconsin Center, Ballroom Foyer BCD
For CREWS site visit: exit to the nearest door to N. Vel R. Phillips Ave to board buses

CREWS Site Visits w/ Milwaukee Water Commons

noon to 3 PM

Or the One Water Summit Site Tours

CREWS Convening Adjourns

3:15 PM

Buses return to Wisconsin Center

US Water Prize Ceremony and Celebratory Reception

5 PM

Discovery World (for One Water Summit Participants)

Hear from CREWS Keynote Speakers

Click on photos to open bios and meet our speakers. All full CREWS participant directory is located in the Resources section.

Area Attractions

In the Historic Third Ward, you'll find locally owned restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries, and boutiques all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Public Market. Located just south of downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Art Museum Discover Milwaukee’s premier attraction for art and culture at Milwaukee Art Museum located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Between the nearly 25,000 works of art, dramatic Calatrava architecture and scenic gardens, there is always something new to discover. Website:
Milwaukee Public Museum The Milwaukee Public Museum offers adventure for visitors with diverse interests. You can explore the Ice Age to look for a Saber-Toothed cat among the glaciers, see King Tut on his chariot in the Crossroads of Civilization exhibit, or interact with live butterflies as they flutter in our butterfly garden. Go on a photo safari in Africa, snap a selfie with Granny on the Streets of Old Milwaukee, and even find the hidden button to make our rattlesnake rattle! Stop by the Dome Theater where you can get closer to the action than ever before when you see a planetarium show, giant screen or 3D film featuring new Digistar 6 technology and better-than-HD quality images.
Bradford Beach Bradford Beach is a public beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The beach which was constructed in the 1920s is part of Lake Park; a mile-long park on a bluff above Lake Michigan. Lake Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April, 22, 1993. Website:
Click here for Dining & other area information -

Related Resources

CREWS Initiative Landing Page

The updated map includes all 2021 and 2022 active partners

Convening Agenda

This Google doc agenda will be the most up-to-date agenda

Learning to Lead with Equity

Jalonne L. White-Newsome and Julie A. Slay

CREWS Participant Directory

Organizational bios