Cream City Foundation: Brings back Business Equality Luncheon to the Pfister Hotel after two-year hiatus

MILWAUKEE – Cream City Foundation (CCF) is excited to bring back its largest yearly event, the Business Equality Luncheon (BEL), to the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Friday, October 7th. The event, the first in-person version since 2019, will feature the Mayor of Milwaukee, Cavalier Johnson and Elle Halo as its keynote speakers.

“I am excited to announce the return of the Business Equality Luncheon – our biggest event of the year- after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” CCF President & CEO DJ Quam said. “We look forward to connecting with our Business and Community Partners at the beautiful Pfister Hotel, and are especially humbled that Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and local community leader Elle Halo will join us and share their hopes and vision for the future of the LGBTQ+ community in the Milwaukee area.”

Halo is a Black woman of trans experience and a dedicated LGBTQ Health Equity Advocate and Educator. She is currently the Planned Parenthood of WI Inclusion Health Program Specialist and is a writer, model and singer. She is The First Transgender woman Community Co-Chair of SAPG Statewide Action Planning Group for HIV And Aids of Wisconsin. She was an inaugural member of The Black AIDS Institute Ambassadorship of Biomedical Prevention. She is also a 2nd term member of The Board of Directors at Diverse and Resilient and a member of the mutual aid fundraising team Love On Black Women LLC.

“I’m excited to be a keynote for this year’s BEL as it returns post pandemic and as the social justice landscape has changed what it means to work and to be inclusive to workers forever,” Halo said. “Our labor our time our health and wellness are all connected. I am happy to be a speaker this year honoring historic[al] work for the QTPOC community of Wisconsin and to continue to take seats at new tables and open doors for womxn like myself.”

CCF would like to recognize and thank the Silver Sponsors of the 2022 BEL. Those sponsors include Husch Blackwell, Crivello Carlson, S.C., von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Gay Sports Network. -more-

Sponsorship and ticket opportunities for this year’s Business Equality Luncheon are now available on Cream City Foundation’s website ( You may also call 414-225-0244 for more information.

About The Business Equality Luncheon

Cream City Foundation’s Business Equality Luncheon is Southeastern Wisconsin’s premier corporate event focusing on the state of LGBTQ+0 communities in the business sector. The event celebrates and promotes equality, inclusivity and fairness for all workers in the greater Milwaukee area.