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 report on the gender diversity of the boards of Wisconsinís 50 largest public and private companies. MWi is committed to work with business leaders in the Greater Milwaukee area to increase diversity, grow a stronger economy and a more attractive environment in which to do business.


Vision Statement: ďAchieve balanced representation of women on boards of directors to maximize the performance of Wisconsin businesses."


2015-2016 Board of Directors

  • Chair: Phyllis King | Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Vice Chair / Chair-Elect: Sandy Wysocki | Audience Development Director, Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Treasurer: Amelia Macareno| Private Banker Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Secretary: Mary Dowell | Principal Consultant, MJ Dowell & Associates, LLC
  • Immediate Past Chair: Lynn Sprangers | Community Leader
  • At Large: Mary Ellen Bowers | Owner, Business Matters, LLC
  • At Large: Gail Hanson | Chief Financial Officer, Aurora Health Care
  • Chair, Research Committee: Janet Slater | Founder & CEO, JG Consulting
  • Chair, Board Resources: Lindsay Hammerer | Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Chair, Governance & Nominating: Kim Stoll | Vice President Marketing, Badger Meter
  • Chair, Fund Development: Lori Craig | Senior Vice President, PNC Wealth Management
  • Chair, Communications: Julie Granger | Senior Vice President, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
  • Chair, Programs: Pat Ackerman | Vice President Investor Relations & Treasurer, A.O. Smith
  • Emeritus: Gail Lione | Corporate Director, Sargento Foods, Badger Meter, F. Dohmen Co.
  • 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.

2015-2016 Steering Committee
  • Patricia Ackerman | Vice President Investor Relations and Treasurer, A.O. Smith
  • Griselda Aldrete | Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
  • Anne Ballentine | Vice President Communications & Public Relations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Ellen Bartel | President, Divine Savior Holy Angels
  • Jilaine Bauer | Deputy Director, Compliance, Thomson Reuters
  • 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
  • Barb Bolens | Vice President & Treasurer, Joy Global Inc.
  • Mary Ellen Bowers | Owner, Business Matters, LLC
  • Patti Bringe | Community Leader
  • Krista Brookman | Vice President, Catalyst
  • Sharon Canter |  Milwaukee Women inc
  • Tracey Carson | Senior Vice President, Client Services, MSK Advertising
  • Lori Craig | Senior Vice President, PNC Wealth Management
  • Sandra Cunningham | Director, VCPI
  • Jodi Czernejewski | COO, IN Charge Medical Prof.
  • Sarah Damsgaard | Vice President, J.P. Morgan
  • Jackie Darr | Partner/COO, Racon Capital Partners, LLC
  • Jacquin Davidson | Executive Director, Biz Starts
  • Jennifer Dirks | CEO, TEMPO Milwaukee
  • Audrey Ditter | Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasurer, S.C. Johnson & Sons Inc.
  • Mary Dowell | Principal Consultant, MJ Dowell & Associates, LLC
  • Kristin Dufek | Principal, Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc.
  • Christine Fenske-Eben | Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • Cecelia Gore | Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation
  • Linda Gorens-Levey | Partner, General Capital Group
  • Julie Granger | Vice President - Communications, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
  • Lindsay Hammerer | Partner, KPMG LLP Milwaukee
  • Gail Hanson | CFO, Aurora Health Care 
  • Lorrie Heinemann | Vice President, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc.
  • Jayne Hladio | President Wisconsin, Region Manager Community Banking, U.S. Bank
  • Maureen Hurd | President, Core Business Solutions, LLC & Beal Associates, LLC
  • Anne Jurenec I Administrator, Select Specialty Hospital - Milwaukee, St. Luke's
  • Phyllis King | Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tracey Klein | Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c
  • Margaret Kurlinski | Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Christine Lidbury | Executive Director, Wisconsin Women's Council, State of Wisconsin
  • Inge Lindeque Plautz | Director Business Development, RSM US LLP
  • Gail Lione | Corporate Board Director, Sargento Foods, Badger Meter, F. Dohmen Co.
  • Christine Liu McLaughlin| Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn
  • Jessie Lochmann Allen | Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Amelia E. Macareno | Private Banker Relationship Manager, the Private Client Group of U.S. Bank
  • Susan Martin I Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WEC Energy Group
  • Kathleen Massey | Chief of Research & Development, The Tellier Foundation
  • 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, WEC Energy Group
  • Janet Slater | Founder & CEO, JG Consulting
    Rose Spano Iannelli | Founder and Managing Partner, Spano Pratt Executive Search
  • Lynn Sprangers | Community Leader
  • Mary Ellen Stanek | Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
  • Kimberly Stoll | Vice President Marketing, Badger Meter
  • Lori Stortz I Chief Audit Executive, University of Wisconsin System
  • Margy Stratton | Founder/Executive Producer, Milwaukee Reads
  • Julia Taylor | President, Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • Marilyn Vollrath | President & CEO, Vollrath Associates, Inc.
  • Sara Walker | Senior Vice President & Investment Officer, Associated Bank
  • Patty Whaley | Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rexnord Corporation
  • Peggy Williams-Smith | Senior Vice President of SafeHouse Restaurants, Marcus Hotels & Resorts
  • Sandy Wysocki | Director of Circulation/Marketing, Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Mary Lou Young| President and COO, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties


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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