Since 2013, Voices of Leadership has fostered conversations with women leaders who have broken ground in entrepreneurship, innovation, social change and leadership to inspire community partners and students. Leaders share their experiences, stories and best practices to help you see and pursue your own leadership potential. This annual event also enhances curriculum and the educational experiences for students through student projects that align with course learning objectives and also incorporate the themes from the keynote address. 

Voices of Leadership 2020

ONLINE EVENT Ι SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 Ι 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Voices of Leadership with Nilofer Merchant has been rescheduled as a virtual experience/live stream event. Join us as we celebrate the Women's Vote Centennial and learn how to discover your "Onlyness." Proceeds support annual programming provided by the Women's Leadership Institute.

Questions? Please contact Anne Kahl, Executive Director – Leadership Institute & Corporate Relations, at kahla@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3248.

Nilofer Merchant

Power is no longer bound by your status but by "onlyness." This term, coined by Nilofer Merchant, means that the spot in the world in which only you stand is a function of your distinct history, experiences, visions and hopes.

Be inspired by Merchant’s story of how she went from community college to launching more than 100 products, netting $18 billion in sales, working in executive positions for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk and being ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading thinkers. Reflect on the power of “onlyness” the leaders of the suffrage movement exhibited, and learn how to harness the “onlyness” in yourself and others to generate powerful ideas, lead passionate lives, and create scalable impact mighty enough to “dent the world”.

Sally HaldorsonFollowing the keynote, Sally Haldorson, GM & Chief Strategist for Porchlight Book Company, will moderate a Q&A session between Merchant and the audience. Haldorson and Merchant first met when Porchlight (formerly 800-CEO-READ) gathered a group of Milwaukee’s social innovators to an author dinner in 2017 that featured Nilofer Merchant. With over two decades writing, editing and reviewing books on business strategy and the evolution of business, Haldorson believes the concept of “onlyness” offers a fresh inspiration and prescription for success for bringing people in Milwaukee together for great change.

Campus Connections: Learn More About Our Student Projects

The Women's Leadership Institute's Voices of Leadership event is about more than bringing a leader to campus to learn from her experiences. It's also an opportunity for our faculty to utilize the themes of the keynote to enhance the curriculum and explore these different topics with students in a way that is relevant to their disciplines. Learn about the course collaborations for this year's Voices of Leadership event here:


3-Dimensional Design

Art Therapy




Interior Design

Media Studies

Thank You to Our Sponsors
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Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information please contact Anne Kahl, Executive Director – Leadership Institute & Corporate Relations, at kahla@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3248.