TASWI Speaker Series with Steve Scaffidi


TASWI Speaker Series


Steve Scaffidi

“Six Minutes in August”

Thursday, March 2 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


We are pleased to announce TASWI Speaker Series with Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek Mayor. The title of the talk is “Six Minutes in August”. We are thankful to Niagara Foundation for being a co-organizer.

Short Abstract

Six Minutes in August tells the story of the brutal murder of six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, and the aftermath of that day’s events on the community of Oak Creek, its newly-elected mayor, and the families of the Sikh Temple. The shooting, carried out by a hate-filled white supremacist, stands as one of the worst acts of violence carried out in a place of worship in U.S. history. The book begins on the morning of August 5, from the first frantic 911 phone calls from inside the Temple, to the incredible stories of the victims’ family members who played an important role in the community’s recovery. It details the reactions of national leaders to the shooting, the treatment of Sikh Americans, and follows Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi as he helped to heal his community. From the suburbs of Milwaukee to the White House in Washington D.C. Six Minutes in August is the story of that journey and Oak Creek’s inspiring response to hate and violence.

There will be a book signing after the talk as well.

6:00-6:30 PM ( Refreshment & Networking)

6:30-7:30 PM ( Talk, Q/A and Book Signing)

This is a complimentary upon RSVP. We have limited seatings please RSVP using form below.

About the Speaker

Stephen Scaffidi has worked extensively in public relations, media research and local government, having served as a part-time elected official for 7 years. He is currently serving in his second term as Mayor of Oak Creek.

He worked for more than 25 years as a project manager for the Nielsen Company, one of the largest media research firms in the world, specializing in audience research for the major U.S. television networks.

As an Account Executive with Leonard & Finco Public Relations, he is responsible for the creation and editing of client communications and public relations efforts for clients as diverse as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Green Bay Packers. He also owns his own small business marketing company, Marketpoint Media.

4 months after his election in 2012, a gunman killed six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, propelling Oak Creek into the national spotlight. He has worked since that time to communicate the values of diversity and tolerance toward others, and has met with the President, Vice President, and the First Lady on a number of initiatives related to a community’s response to incidents of hate and violence. His book on the shooting, Six Minutes in August, detailing his community’s incredible response to that tragedy, was just released in September 2015.

Scaffidi is also the founder of Oak Creek Cares, a donor-advised fund associated with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, whose sole mission is to raise funds to promote programs which increase the safety and security of the community.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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