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:
Embracing Authenticity with April Hansen

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

REGISTRATION: 7:30-8 a.m.
Continental breakfast available along with showcase of student projects.
KEYNOTE: 8-9:15 a.m.
Panel discussion and Q&A to follow.

$45 | Ticket


Meet April Hansen

april hansenThe Women's Leadership Institute is excited to announce that April Hansen, TEDx speaker and one of the nation’s leading experts on workforce activation and hypergrowth leadership, will be the keynote speaker for the November 8, 2023 Voices of Leadership event! April's keynote, Embracing Authenticity: A Catalyst for Personal and Professional Success, will take place in Mount Mary University's Alumnae Dining Room. Join us for April's empowering keynote where participants will identify:

  • How to build authentic bridges between self and others to connect with empathy.
  • How to remain committed to a life-long curiosity as a mechanism to hardwire authenticity.

More About Our Speaker


Forging her way from a small farm town in Wisconsin to becoming one of the nation’s foremost experts on peak performance and hypergrowth leadership, April has carved a path of action-oriented success fueled by curiosity and unapologetic courage. April’s entrepreneurial zest has shaped her career journey from being a frustrated nurse to a high-powered business executive. April’s accomplishments demonstrate that personal success and professional satisfaction are attainable for all.

Meet Our Panelists


Corry Joe Biddle, '04
Corry Joe serves as the Vice President of Community Affairs for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. She is also the Executive Director of FUEL Milwaukee, the MMAC’s talent attraction and retention organization serving young professionals. In 2022, Corry Joe was awarded the Milwaukee Magazine Unity Award, and was honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence.


Yvonne Lumsden-Dill
With years of experience in law, corporate social responsibility, issues management, and strategic communications, Yvonne has been passionate about helping organizations and individuals achieve excellence and effectiveness in their workplaces and communities. Yvonne’s consistent mission encouraged and inspired leaders to serve with integrity, vision, and compassion. Yvonne is now happily retired.


Rachel Roller
Rachel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dohmen Company Foundation (DCF). Rachel leads efforts to optimize the Foundation's vision of life without diet-related disease. Her nearly three decades of leadership experience has focused on improving the health and wellbeing of communities. Rachel has also served as a public servant in several leadership capacities.


Ann Tesmer, '94 and '01
Ann is Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Ann has a strong belief in authentic leadership as a catalyst to create trust, accomplish better results and foster self-discovery in those she leads. Ann received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from Mount Mary University and has a Master of Business Administration from UW-Milwaukee.


May yer Thao
May yer is the President and CEO of the Hmong American Partnership, the largest Hmong-led nonprofit in the nation and is President and CEO of the Hmong National Development, Inc. For over a decade, she has elevated the visibility of the Hmong, Southeast Asian, and immigrant/refugee communities in the Midwest. May yer received the SBA – WI Minority Business Champion Award, among other honors.


Vanessa Vasquez
Vanessa is a Mother, a First Gen Latina, and a proud daughter of immigrants. Vanessa is the Director of the Burke Scholarship Programs at Mount Mary University, overseeing both the Caroline & Grace Scholars Program. Vanessa was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the 2019, 40 Under 40 Award recipients and was named the 2018 Wisconsin Hispanic Woman of the Year, by UMOS.


Sponsorships opportunities for this empowering event are now available. To discover the benefits of sponsorship and how sponsors can connect with event participants, contact Amy LaMacchia, Director of Donor Relations, at (414) 930-3343 or at lamaccha@mtmary.edu.


Thank You to Our Sponsors



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