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 16 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 20.8% in 2019.
In 2019, 15 of the top 50 Wisconsin public companies had three or more women directors on their boards, an increase of 25% from 2018. While this is encouraging, there is still much work to do.
MWi strives to achieve our mission through:
Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance
Each November the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) and MWi solicit individuals to nominate a person or organization for the Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance. Learn more about the current and past winners.
Women’s Leadership Collaborative (WLC)
On National Equal Pay Day, April 2, 2019 Milwaukee Women inc, TEMPO Milwaukee, and Professional Dimensions, announced the formation of the Women’s Leadership Collaborative. As a unified voice to advocate for issues related to equity for all professional women, the collaborative has identified pay equity as a top priority.
Board of Directors
SVP, Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and Treasurer, A.O. Smith Corporation
Vice President Sales & Marketing,
Badger Meter, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Finance, Global Banking & Wealth Management
Immediate Past Chair
Chair, Fund Development
Chief Financial Officer, GMR Marketing
Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc.
Chair, Corporate Outreach
Market President & Publisher,
Milwaukee Business Journal
Chair, Research Committee
President & CEO, VISIT Milwaukee
Chair, Governance & Membership
CEO and Founder, Silver Rock Consulting
Chair, Communications & Marketing
Board member and EVP, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup, retired
Vice President & Treasurer, MGIC
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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