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Women Leaders Conference

Join the Women Leaders Online Community

We may not be getting together in person in 2021, but that doesn’t mean our networking is on hold!

The Women Leaders Conference team is pleased to announce our newly established partnership with Building Brave, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women through access to mentors, guidance and inspiration. Mary Burke, founder of Building Brave and respected Women Leaders Conference speaker, joined forces with our team to create UWM’s Women Leaders Online Community launching on January 21, 2021.

UWM’s Women Leaders Online Community:

  • Builds and supports the professional development of women leaders.
  • Seeks multiple, respectful perspectives on relevant issues.
  • Utilizes mentors and subject matter experts who are leaders in their disciplines.
  • Encourages dialogue and questions from and between all community members at every stage of leadership development.

Join by registering with Building Brave. You will then be invited to connect when the Women Leaders Online Community launches on January 21. Access to this valuable community is free if you are a past Women Leaders Conference participant or an employee of one of our 2020 sponsors.

Why now? The first 250 to join will be entered in a drawing to win a book by a past Women Leaders Conference presenter.


Mentors for our first quarter include:

Wendy Baumann, President and CVO, WWBIC

Angela Eslinger, Vice President Operations, Direct Supply

Stacey Force, Vice President Global Product Marketing, ManpowerGroup

Phyllis King, Vice Provost, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Leana Nakielski, Strategic Partnership Director, American Family Insurance

Inge Plautz, Senior Vice President and Executive BDO, Old National Bank

Linda Sue Schwarz, Chief Engineer, Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Terry Tuttle, President, HellermannTyton North America

Sarah Urban, Vice President Information Technology, Charter Manufacturing

Laila Valters, Vice President Distribution Performance, Northwestern Mutual


“Prioritize progress over perfection.”

– Beth Ridley, The Brimful Life, 2020 Conference Presenter


Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors


  • ABB
  • American Family Insurance
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Eaton
  • Hellermann Tyton
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Lindner & Marsack
  • Manpower Group
  • Marcus
  • National Business Furniture Logo
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Quad Graphics
  • Old National Bank
  • Old Republic
  • Sargento
  • Southwest Airlines
  • WE Energies


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