High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón

Podcast guests talk about their challenges with systemic barriers that perpetuate stigma, devalue social programs, and ultimately prevent community-based organizations and the people we serve from thriving. 

The ringside audience will …

  • Learn about the most difficult, and often times, subtle challenges that prevent people who appear to “hold the power” to remove barriers for vulnerable populations, employees and whole communities.
  • Grow in an understanding of what it will take to tackle these challenges as a sector and a community in order to create open pathways for people to realize their God-given gifts and begin to serve others.





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We are grateful for your partnership and your strong commitment to the communities where we serve.

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Episode List


Tough questions about the challenges facing social services are asked and answered by the most influential thought leaders of our time. Episodes don’t just dwell on the barriers, but they offer ideas and hope around the opportunities and innovations already underway and in the works. Watch on YouTube or listen wherever you find podcasts each month as Héctor “gets in the ring” with people representing all facets of social services including CEO’s, philanthropists, policy makers and more.





Meet Our Guests

Each episode offers real advocacy ideas and opportunities for listeners to connect on, move forward and share with the people and systems around them.



Ep. 10: Champion Leaders Address Justice, Innovation, and Mentorship

High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón Marian Baldini Marian Baldini is the CEO and President of KenCrest, a human services and early learning provider throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware; that serves o...
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Knocking Out the Real Social Issues in Wisconsin with Governor Evers

Episode 9 of In the Ring with Héctor Colón with guest Governor Tony Evers airs Wednesday October 19, at 12 noon.  High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón. Podcast guests talk about their challenges with systemic b...
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Ep. 8: Mike Victorson & Chris Kenyon - Not All Employees Are Treated Equal

Chris Kenyon is a partner and the managing director of senior living & social services practice atM3 Insurance. She serves as a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader for M3’s senior living and social services practice and ...
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Episode 7: Jose Olivieri - Living the Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience Over Self

José A. Olivieri is LSS' current President of our Operating Board of Directors.  He is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Milwaukee office. He is Chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Gov...
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Ep. 6 - Frank Cumberbatch - Humanity Up Close At The Heart of Philanthropy

Frank’s responsibilities include leading the Foundation’s exploration of a neighborhood, place-based strategy to complement the Foundation’s existing grantmaking, with an emphasis on the Harambee neighborhood. Frank brings more tha...
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Ep. 5 - David Duea - Mental Health Crisis Demands Intervention. Bold Asks

LSS President and CEO, Héctor Colón, sits down with David Duea, President and CEO of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, to discuss how bold, aggressive advocacy and unashamed appeals for funding is vital for success. David describes h...
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Accelerating Public Trust Through Sector Alignment, Investment.

Tracy Wareing-Evans, President and CEO, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) Tracy Wareing Evans is the President and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), a bi-partisan national membership organizatio...
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If not us, who? Human services shift social challenges

Too much emphasis for funding in the social sector has focused on providing services after problems have occurred. A lack of innovation and prevention dollars create larger gaps among certain demographics and fail to correct long-term probl...
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Causing Disruptions: Upping the Social Services Game Across the Sector

After 9 years, Susan Dreyfus stepped down in 2021 as CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities after leading the organization forward through a historic and strategic merger with the Council on Accreditation. She is now workin...
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Demystifying Social Services: Pathways Beyond Healthcare That Lead to Sustainable Well-Being for All

Kathy joined the WAFCA staff in January 2007 bringing a diverse public policy and member services background. In 2019, she was selected to serve as Executive Director to guide the continued growth of the Association and increase member c...
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About the Host

Héctor Colón is the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Under Colón’s visionary and innovative leadership, LSS has adapted new models and business strategies to increase relevancy and operational efficiency. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has experienced a $17.6 Million dollar turnaround. He recently was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by BizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS. He is the host of LSS’ first podcast, “In the Ring with Héctor Colón”, released on March 16, 2022.

As Executive Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Colón led several countywide initiatives, including efforts to reform the juvenile justice system, end chronic homelessness, transform mental health care, and end a 30-year waitlist for disability services.

Héctor will say that his own personal and professional turnaround began in boxing. As a member and champion of the national USA Boxing team, he won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials. At the height of his boxing career, Colón stepped away from a lucrative boxing career to serve God. Today, he is the USA Boxing Board Vice President where he and the organization focus on inspiring athletes to discover their own path towards personal and professional greatness. He also serves on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors for M3 Insurance, as well as Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ; NCBS), the holding company for Nicolet National Bank.

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