2018 Mary Ellen Stanek Award


February 12, 2018

For more information:

Jackie Mortenson, Milwaukee Women inc

at Jackie@milwaukeewomeninc.com or at 262-389-7627


Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance Announced

2018 winner is John Daniels, chairman emeritus of Quarles & Brady


Milwaukee… The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc, awarded the fifth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to John Daniels on February 12 at the GMC Annual Meeting. Daniels is chairman emeritus of Quarles & Brady. The Mary Ellen Stanek Award is given to an individual or entity demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity in their corporate structure resulting in increased gender diversity in leadership and on corporate boards in the Milwaukee Region. Past winners include Mary Ellen Stanek with Baird, Jeff Joerres of Manpower Group, Gale Klappa, WEC Energy Group and Susan Schmitt of Rockwell Automation.

In his nomination application, Daniels was described as unwavering in his commitment to diversity and inclusion. “John’s leadership drives excellence and success in all of his many endeavors. He recognizes that true success in any enterprise is realized through inclusion and diversity in all its many forms.” Another nominator said, “John leads by example; diversity and inclusion is all about recognizing talent, accepting differences, providing opportunities, and following through to make sure that efforts are fully effective. John understands these principles, and he lives them.”

John Daniels’ leadership is well known, locally and nationally. For his legal accomplishments, he has been called one of “the 50 most influential diverse attorneys in America” by the National Bar Association and one of “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know” by Lawdragon. He has been honored not only for his legal leadership but for his entrepreneurialism, his spirit of excellence in the pursuit of racial justice, and his devotion to education. Daniels has served on numerous boards, provided volunteer civic leadership and received awards that are a testament to the breadth of his leadership locally, regionally and nationally.

Nominees for the Mary Ellen Stanek Award are reviewed on an annual basis by MWi and the GMC Future Workforce Committee, and the award is announced and granted to the recipient at a GMC membership meeting.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee comprises 200 passionate CEOs who work together to make

Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play. Currently led by President Julia Taylor and Chair Rich Meeusen, the GMC creates new ideas and implements solutions in innovation and talent, economic prosperity and vibrancy of place. For more information, please visit gmconline.org.

Milwaukee Women inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving balanced representation of women on boards of directors to maximize the performance of Wisconsin businesses. The group carries out annual research and produces an annual report on the gender diversity of the boards and C-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest public and private companies. MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates. For more information, please visit milwaukeewomeninc.o