Kathleen Gallagher

How Did You Do That? Host

Kathleen Gallagher is the host of How Did You Do That? 

She's a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who is Executive Director of 5 Lakes Institute, a non-profit focused on building and connecting the Great Lakes Region’s high-tech entrepreneurial economy and culture. She is also a columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Previously, during more than two decades as a reporter at the Journal Sentinel, Kathleen covered banking, technology and entrepreneurship and wrote a weekly Investment Trends column. In 2011, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s top honor, for co-authoring a series of articles about how doctors and scientists in Milwaukee for the first time in history sequenced all the genes of a patient for diagnosis. Kathleen and co-author Mark Johnson wrote a book based on that series called One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine.

Prior to joining the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kathleen worked in communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and was a Writing Instructor at the American Institute of Banking. Kathleen has an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Courtesy of Rock Mackie

Rock Mackie is a medical physicist who invented a safer type of therapeutic radiation, called tomotherapy, that delivers less radiation with just as much effectiveness. It has saved many lives.  

Courtesy of Glen Tullman

Glen Tullman has an undergraduate degree in economics and psychology, spent a year in Oxford, England studying social anthropology, lived for a year with the Amish, and is a highly successful software entrepreneur. He's founded, grown or invested in more than 20 businesses.

"Studying how cultures change is now about studying how we use different digital tools and electronic tools, and hopefully use them for good means as opposed to bad means," Tullman explains.

Courtesy of Lori Cross

Lori Cross dropped out of her all-girls’ high school in Michigan because there wasn’t enough physics and math to keep her challenged. Technical college was a little better, but Cross found her place at Northwestern University, where she got a degree in chemical engineering and became the first woman to play ice hockey on a men’s NCAA team.

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John Splude began his career in public accounting, auditing some of the biggest companies in the area. But he stayed involved with his firm’s smaller clients along with the Fortune 50 companies. And he became more and more interested in the operations side of the businesses.