To achieve balanced representation of women on boards of directors to  maximize the performance of Wisconsin businesses.


Milwaukee Women inc is an organization of professional women determined to change the face and quality of leadership in the Wisconsin business community by increasing the number of women corporate directors.

Over the past 15 years, our annual research has shown a steady, but slow, upward trend in women on Wisconsin boards and a decline in companies with no female board members.

For example, the percentage of women on the boards of the top 50 Wisconsin public companies has increased from 9.3% in 2003 to 18.9% in 2018.





In 2018, 12 of the top 50 Wisconsin public companies had three or more women directors on their boards, an increase of 33% from 2017. While this is encouraging, there is still much work to do.

MWi strives to achieve our mission through:









Board of Directors

Lindsay Hammerer


Patricia Ackerman

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer, A.O. Smith Corp.

Gail L. Hanson

Chief Financial Officer,
Advocate Aurora Health, retired

Mary Dowell

Principal Consultant,
MJ Dowell & Associates, LLC

Sandy Wysocki

Immediate Past Chair
VP, Business Development,
Mueller QAAS

Lori Craig

Chair, Fund Development
Senior Vice President,
PNC Wealth Management

Kristin Dufek

Chair, Programs
Vice President,
Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc.

Kira Lafond

Chair, Corporate Outreach
Market President & Publisher,
Milwaukee Business Journal

Janet Slater

Chair, Research Committee
Founder & CEO,
Greenleaf Partners

Kim Stoll

Chair, Governance & Membership
Vice President Sales & Marketing,
Badger Meter, Inc.

Marilyn Vollrath

Chair, Communications & Marketing
Senior Consultant,
Reputation Partners

Ellen Bartel

President, Divine Savior
Holy Angels High School,

Susan Martin

Executive Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, WEC Energy Group, retired


In 2002, a group of Milwaukee women leaders got together to discuss how to promote research and education concerning the value of diversity in corporate governance and management, and eliminating barriers to full inclusion of women in leadership positions. The group published its first research report in 2003. In 2010, Milwaukee Women inc (the “inc” stands for inclusive) was incorporated and was granted a 501(c)(3) exemption from the IRS. Since then, MWi has evolved to include more than 85 steering committee members and over 30 sponsoring organizations that support our goals, both financially and through their active participation.

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