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.

2013-2014 Board of Directors

  • Chair: Phyllis King | Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Vice Chair / Chair-Elect: Amelia Macareno | Vice President, First Bank Financial Centre
  • Treasurer: Amelia Macareno | Vice President, First Bank Financial Centre
  • Immediate Past Chair: Lynn Sprangers | Vice President for Communications & Community Engagement, Mount Mary College
  • Secretary: Mary Dowell | Director of Global Community Relations, Johnson Controls
  • At Large: Carol Skornicka, Retired Airline Executive
  • At Large: Gail Hanson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Chair, Research Committee: Sandy Wysocki | Audience Development Director, The Business Journal
  • Chair, Board Resources: Lindsay Hammerer | Managing Director, 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: Anne Ballentine | VP, Communications & Public Relations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Chair, Programs: Jessie Lochmann Allen | Partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Emeritus: Gail Lione, Retired, MU Law Professor, General Council Harley
  • Emeritus: Joan Prince | Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Innovation, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Emeritus: Mary Ellen Stanek | Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

2013-2014 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| President, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

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

  • Marsha Block | President, MBA - My Business Advisor

  • Krista Brookman | Senior Director, Catalyst

  • Sharon Canter | Chair Emeritus, Milwaukee Women inc.

  • Mary Dowell | Director of 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 Hansen | CFO, Aurora Health Care 

  • Kimberly Kane | Vice President, Media Spirits

  • 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 s.c.
  • Jessie Lochmann| Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Yvonne Lumsden-Dill | Executive Director - Women's Leadership Institute, Cardinal Stritch
  • Amelia E. Macareno | Vice President, First Bank Financial Centre
  • Kristine F. Martinsek | President, Martinsek & Associates

  • Jennifer Mattes | Director, Global Public Affairs, Johnson Controls, Inc.

  • Mary McCormick | Executive Director, Rotary Club of Milwaukee

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

  • Christine McLaughlin | Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

  • Maria Monreal-Cameron | President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

  • Elizabeth Orelup | Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

  • Margaret Paddock| Market Leader, Milwaukee, The Private Client Reserve, US Bank

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

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

  • Debbie Seeger | VP Operations, Co-Founder, Patina Solutions

  • Thelma Sias| Vice President, Co-Founder, Patina Solutions

  • Carol Skornica | Retired - Midwest Airlines

  • 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.

  • Margy Stratton | Founder/Executive Producer, Milwaukee Reads

  • Julia Taylor | President, Greater Milwaukee Committee

  • Jackie Valent | CEO, Fast Foodie

  • Eileen Walter| Director, Global Community Relations, Rockwell Automation

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

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

  • 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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