“You don’t know what you don’t know.” The day started off with a subject that fell right in line with the theme, unconscious bias. Our group impressed me with their willingness to be open and honest about some of their unconscious biases. It is not always easy to admit something that you do not want to think in the first place! It truly felt like a safe space where everyone could share if they wanted to. Now I know. “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Next, Ken Taylor sure proved this in his statistics of a Tale of Two Cities. At first glance I thought maybe City A was Madison and City B was a different city in the state of Wisconsin or possibly 2 different school district zones. Come to find out City A was Dane County’s white population and City B was nonwhite. These numbers were concerning. City B was worse than the state’s statistics as a whole. Clearly the discrepancy in Dane County is even worse than I thought. Now I know.

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Jen from the Madison Metropolitan School District really intrigued me with her presentation of Personalized Pathways. As someone who really struggled figuring out which path to take in college and my career I wish this was an option for me in high school. So many times you only think of the typical job in a certain category. Healthcare is a great example. I viewed healthcare jobs as a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, etc. I know I did not want to be any of those things so I ruled out the healthcare field fairly quickly. Yet, the healthcare field has recruiters, accountants, information technology specialists, public relations and so on. Personalized Pathways seems to overcome that stigma and help students really get experience with what they are interested in. Now I know.

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” The Urban League is not something I was familiar with at all. I have heard of the organization but never knew what they did. Dr. Anthony provided a nice overview of what the Urban League does and is about. Now I know.

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Last, but not least was Marshall from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Many people think of the Chamber of Commerce as just a networking opportunity for businesses. I know I did. Marshall explained their different partnerships with the school district and other organizations. I was pleasantly surprised they were so involved with the school. What better way to get students actively involved in their career planning than to have a Chamber as a partner where hundreds of businesses are accessible to them? Now I know.

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” I love how everything is connected at LGM - organizations and people all with common goals. Every speaker we have had so far has been relevant to one another. Before LGM I never knew how many organizations were working together behind the scenes. Large issues will not change overnight. Yet, with awareness and many groups of people working together, change can be possible. Now I know.