Betsy Myers spoke about her leadership style about "leading with love," as well as her experiences with two White House administrations. Doris Christopher was a true entreprenuer and small business owner, growing her business to a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Lori Vance, MMU alumna and former adjunct professor, spoke about her experience and impact as an art therapist. Working with children, adults, families and adolescents, Lori has made a positive impact in over 1,000 lives in our community.
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, October 29, 2014
Gretchen founded Victory Garden Initiative in 2008. Throughout her career as a social worker she witnessed firsthand the negative impact that the current industrialized food system has on vulnerable populations. She observed that the poorest were the most susceptible to diet-related illnesses, especially where cheap processed foods are plentiful but fresh vegetables are all but inaccessible.
Gretchen's outlook was shaped by her upbringing in rural Illinois, where her family harvested the bounty of nearby forests in addition to cultivating a family garden. Her approach to urban agriculture is informed by the principles of permaculture, a theory of ecological design that aims to work with nature instead of against it. Gretchen's aspiration is to reintegrate our food ecology and our human ecology together in one system. She points out, "Our current agriculture system happens away from where people live; our goal is to reintegrate those systems."
Gretchen received her BA from Clark College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Miwaukee's Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She has been awarded the 2012 GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award from UW-Milwaukee.
Pat Pearman Executive Director of Oncology & Disease Solutions, GE Healthcare
Voices of Leadership, Studio Series, September 23, 2014
Patricia Pearman is responsible for the operational and strategic management and execution of GE’s healthy imagination disparity programs. She serves as the interface for internal stakeholders and external partners, customers, government officials and other key constituencies.
Pat, who is a 24-year GE veteran, transferred to GE Healthcare in Waukesha, WI in 2001 assuming the role of Benefits & Disability Program Manager. In November of 2002, Pat’s role was expanded to include Global Diversity & Employer of Choice Programs. Additionally she is a member of GE Healthcare Community Relations & Charitable Giving Board and involved in a number of community and civic organizations. Pat’s humanitarian work involves support of the Developing Health Globally Projects in the U.S., Africa, and Honduras & Cambodia.
In 2004 she launched GE Healthcare’s Disparity program focused on closing the gap in the quality and access of care for underserved populations across the U.S. The program framework includes the building of partnerships with government, non-for profits and minority healthcare organizations; innovative research collaborations and the design of culturally sensitive education & awareness community outreach programs.
In 2006 she received the NAACP Martin Luther King Drum Major award in recognition of her work in minority and poor communities; and in 2007 the GLBT Ally of the Year Awards for her championing of Inclusiveness across GE.
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.
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.
'Annual Transforum Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser September 12, 2014 Claudia Kennedy, Retired Lt. General, United States Army Lt. General Claudia Kennedy (RET.) was the keynote for the September 2014 Fall Transforum held in downtown Milwaukee. She spoke of her experience as the first woman to receive the rank of three-star general in the United States Army. View the presentation.
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!
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 Founder and CEO of FEED Products
Fashioning Change Voices of Leadership, Stage Series, March 5, 2014
Lauren is a fashion model and designer, activist, social innovator, and entrepreneur. She founded FEED Projects in 2007 with a mission of creating good products that feed the world. To date, her organization has provided more than 60 million meals globally. Lauren was the recipient of the 2013 World of Children Advocacy Award, named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010, and one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009.
Fashioning Changealso featured Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
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.
Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Fashioning Change Stage Series, March 5, 2014
Carly was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, and current CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises. Carly’s passion for corporate citizenship was the genesis for joining Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization meeting nonprofits’ needs through corporate product donations. She also is the founder of the One Woman Initiative and serves as a Global Ambassador for Opportunity International.
Carly spoke remotely to the audience at Fashioning Change in March, 2014. Her passion for encouraging women to continue to reach higher was evident. Listen below.
Fashioning Changealso featured Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED Products.
Mona Sutphen Former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Obama Administration
Transforum, Fall 2013
Mona Sutphen, Milwaukee native and former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Obama Administration and adviser to the president on domestic policy and international issues, was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Transforum.
Ms. Sutphen shared the story of her varied and intriguing career while urging attendees to “find what they’re good at” and use it to make a difference.
Andreé Simon President, Women for Women International
Transforum, Fall 2012
During the 2012 Transforum, Andrée Simon, president and COO of Women for Women International, an organization committed to helping women survivors of war transform their world, shared stories of small actions by ordinary individuals that have had a positive ripple effect and impacted women's lives across the globe.
Susan Retik, Co-Founder, Beyond the 11th In 2011, Susan Retik shared information on her efforts to support widows in Afghanistan through grants and skill development provided by Beyond the 11th, which she founded after losing her husband in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. To view more on the presentation, click here.
Marie Wilson, Founder, The White House Project Marie Wilson, founder of The White House Project, shared information from The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women's Leadership, which looked at 10 different sectors and provided concrete solutions from experts in each for improving women's leadership. To view more on the presentation, click here.