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Women’s Leadership Institute Events Archive

Recent Events

College Campus Careers with the Girl Scouts
November 14, 2014
Mount Mary University's Women's Leadership Institute hosted about 80 Girl Scouts on campus where the girls worked with our faculty in break out sessions working on projects toward earning a badge. The event culminated with a pizza party and leadership exercise. 

Voices of Leadership Studio Series, Gretchen Mead, Founder and Executive Director, Victory Garden Initiative 
October 29, 2014
Gretchen Mead spoke about her passion for home grown food, its health implications and how the Victory Garden Initiative brings healthy garden food to all neighborhoods around southeast Wisconsin. 

Voices of Leadership Studio Series, Pat Pearman, Executive Director of Oncology & Disease Solutions, GE Healthcare
September 23, 2014
Pat Pearman spoke with our students in a moderated discussion about being authentic in every role of your life, having meaning and passion for what you do, and how she overcame many obstacles in her life to find new direction for her career path. 

Annual Transforum Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser
September 12, 2014
Lt. General Claudia Kennedy (RET.) spoke about women taking on more non-traditional leadership roles, being honest with yourself, and pursuing your passions. In addition, Mount Mary University student Evone Harris told her story about reaching her potential, and the real need for student scholarships. With 300 in attendance, including 30 students, this scholarship fundraiser was a great success!

Summer Leadership Institute
June 10-13, 2014
This year, 21 students from seven different colleges and universities around the state were in attendance. Students participated in interactive leadership and skill building workshops throughout the 3 1/2 days, including personal visioning, learning the creative competencies, diversity, confidence, reflection, networking and more. At the graduation ceremony, all students received certificates for completing the program.

Voices of Leadership Studio Series, Kathryn Jackson, Founder and CEO, Protect Your Pumps
April 29, 2014                                                                                                                                    
Kathryn Jackson spoke with our students and faculty in a moderated discussion about how persistence, self-awareness, and knowing where your passion lies turned into a successful business venture.

Women's Leadership Challenge
March 26, 2014
Thank you to our sponsors, alumnae, friends and partners who accepted the 24 hour online challenge and invested in the future of women leadership. Your gift will support innovative programming and educational tools designed to empower the next generation of women leaders through our Women's Leadership Institute. You have made a difference in our students!

Voices of Leadership Studio Series, Veronika Scott, Founder and CEO, The Empowerment Plan March 25, 2014                                                                                                                                 Veronika Scott spoke with our students and faculty in a moderated discussion about how her college design project became a thriving non-profit company that is making huge strides in the fight against homelessness in her hometown of Detroit.

Voices of Leadership Stage Series, "Fashioning Change" with Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder, FEED Projects and Carly Fiorina, Global Ambassador for Opportunity International 
March 5, 2014
Carly Fiorina spoke about women empowerment and how "everything is better when a woman is involved." Lauren Bush Lauren talked about social innovation and entrepreneurship and her mission to feed the hungry around the world.

Voices of Leadership Studio Series, Peggy Eskenasi, Senior Executive VP, Kohl's
February 27, 2014
Peggy Eskenasi spoke with our students in a moderated discussion about her career path and personal experiences in retail, marketing, branding, product development and design.

SYNERGY: Women, Creativity and Peacebuilding
November 21-22, 2013
Cynthia Cohen, PhD, director of the program in peacebuilding and the arts at Brandeis University, and Jennifer Freeman, MA, director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women Peacemakers Program at the University of San Diego, explored the contributions that creative arts and scholarship can make to the work of professionals in restorative justice, conflict intervention and trauma healing.

Creative Careers
November 16, 2013
Area students in grades 6-12 explored their future creative career and leadership opportunities through hands-on projects involving art, writing, science and math. This engaging program was presented in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast.

Fall Transforum
October 11, 2013
Mona Sutphen, former Milwaukee native, former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Obama administration and adviser to the president on domestic policy and international issues
Sponsors:  Brewers Community Foundation, The Marcus Corporation, Major League Baseball, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Art of the Creative Leader, “Dancing with Complexity”
October 9, 2013
Through this workshop, participants were exposed to the concept of leader flexibility through an artistic, expressive learning experience. Participants explored their potential to work with change, connect with others, while learning how to better navigate complexity in the workplace. This workshop is co-taught by artists from Danceworks, Joelle Worm and Dani Kuepper and June Kriviskey, Vernal Management Consultants.

Voices of Leadership, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship"
June 7, 2013
Nina Vaca, Founder and CEO, Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.
Cheryl Perkins, Founder and CEO, Innovationedge
Sponsors: Brady Corporation, Kohl’s Corporation, Robert W. Baird, Ixonia Bank, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, BizStarts Milwaukee

Partnership with Flying Car Week (Greater Milwaukee Committee and MiKE)
June 2013

Summer Leadership Institute
In June 2013, 20 women from different colleges and universities came together for the Summer Leadership Institute. The spent three days participating in a variety of workshops on topics ranging from negotiating and public speaking to diversity and personal branding to build their skills and develop a personal vision statement to guide them along their paths to becoming great leaders.
Sponsors:Brady Corporation, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, The School Sisters of Notre Dame and Train 2 Gain.

Voices of Leadership, "Innovation and Impact"
March 20, 2013
Jessica Jackley, co-founder of
Sponsors:Brady Corporation, Ixonia Bank, Robert W. Baird, Park Bank, Froedtert, Michael Best & Friedrich, FSI Food Service and Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast