About Us

A group of professional women determined to change the face and quality of leadership in the Wisconsin business community, Milwaukee Women inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces a biennial report on the gender diversity of the boards and c-suites of Wisconsinís 50 largest companies.  With the goal of increasing the number of women directors on Wisconsin boards to 25% by the year 2014, MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates.

2014-2015 Board of Directors

  • Chair: Phyllis King | Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Vice Chair / Chair-Elect: Jessie Lochmann Allen | Partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Treasurer: Amelia Macareno| President, AmCm Group Consulting Services
  • Immediate Past Chair: Lynn Sprangers | Vice President for Communications & Community Engagement, Mount Mary College
  • Secretary: Mary Dowell | Vice President, Global Community Relations, Johnson Controls
  • At Large: Gail Hanson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Chair, Research Committee: Sandy Wysocki | Audience Development Director, Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Chair, Board Resources: Lindsay Hammerer | Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Chair, Governance & Nominating: Kristin Bergstrom | Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
  • Chair, Fund Development: Mary McCormick | Executive Director, Rotary Club of Milwaukee
  • Chair, Communications: Julie Granger | Vice President, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
  • Chair, Programs: Krista Brookman | Vice President, Catalyst
  • Emeritus: Gail Lione | Retired, President, The Harley Davidson Foundation
  • Emeritus: Joan Prince | Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Innovation, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Emeritus: Carol Skornicka, Retired Airline Executive
  • Emeritus: Mary Ellen Stanek | Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

2014-2015 Steering Committee

  • Patricia Ackerman | VP Investor Relations, A.O. Smith
  • Griselda Aldrete | Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
  • Anne Ballentine | Vice President Communications & Public Relations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Jilaine Bauer | Principal, Bauer Consulting

  • Wendy K. Baumann | President/CVO, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation

  • Laurie Benson | CEO, LSB Unlimited

  • Kristin Bergstrom |Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

  • Marsha Block | President, MBA - My Business Advisor

  • Patti Bringe I Community Leader

  • Krista Brookman | Vice President, Catalyst

  • Sharon Canter |  Milwaukee Women inc

  • Tracey Carson | Vice President Integrated Marketing, Zizzo Group

  • Lori Craig | Senior Vice President, PNC Wealth Management

  • Jodi Czernejewski I CEO, Advanced Institute of Rehabilitation & President, Advanced Institute of Senior Care

  • Mary Dowell | Vice President, Global Community Relations, Johnson Controls, Inc.

  • Christine Fenske-Eben | Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

  • Julie Granger | Vice President - Communications, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

  • Lindsay Hammerer | Partner, KPMG LLP Milwaukee

  • Gail Hanson | CFO, Aurora Health Care 

  • Lorrie Heinemann I Vice President, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc.

  • Anne Jurenec I Administrator, Select Specialty Hospital - Milwaukee, St. Luke's

  • Phyllis King | Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Tracey Klein | Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c
  • Christine Lidbury | Executive Director, Wisconsin Women's Council, State of Wisconsin
  • Gail Lione | Retired President, The Harley-Davidson Foundation
  • Christine Liu McLaughlin| Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn
  • Jessie Lochmann Allen | Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Amelia E. Macareno | President, AmCm Group Consulting Services
  • Susan Martin I Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Wisconsin Energy Corp
  • Mary McCormick | Executive Director, Rotary Club of Milwaukee

  • Maureen A. McGinnity | Partner, Foley  & Lardner LLP

  • Phyllis Mensh Brostoff | CEO, Stowell Associates

  • Linda Newberry-Ferguson I CEO, Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Elizabeth Orelup | Partner, Quarles & Brady LLC

  • Joan Prince | Vice Chancellor for Partnerships & Innovation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Sharon Reed | Director - Business Development, Ernst & Young, LLP Milwaukee

  • Debbie Seeger | Executive Vice President, Co-Founder, Patina Solutions

  • Meghan Shannon | Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

  • Thelma Sias| Vice President of Local Affairs, We Energies

  • Janet Slater | Senior Vice President, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

  • Rose Spano Iannelli | Founder and Managing Partner, Spano Pratt Executive Search

  • Lynn Sprangers | Vice President for Communications & Community Engagement, Mount Mary College

  • Mary Ellen Stanek | Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

  • Lori Stortz I Chief Audit Executive, University of Wisconsin System

  • Margy Stratton | Founder/Executive Producer, Milwaukee Reads

  • Julia Taylor | President, Greater Milwaukee Committee

  • Patty Whaley | Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rexnord Corporation

  • Peggy Williams-Smith | Corporate Vice President Food & Beverage, Marcus Hotels & Resorts

  • Sandy Wysocki | Director of Circulation/Marketing, Milwaukee Business Journal

  • Mary Lou Young| President and Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Greater Milwaukee

MWinc strives to accomplish its mission through:

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Research: benchmarking where we are and where we need to go
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Education:
educating companies, the media and the community about the importance of women on boards and in leadership
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Resources: providing resources for both companies looking to place women on their boards and for women interested in serving

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