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Mary Burke

Mary Burke founded Building Brave to inspire and empower women. She grew
up wanting to be a business person just like her dad, Dick Burke, founder of Trek
Bicycles. After a successful career in the private sector, her life took an unlikely
turn in 2014 when she launched a campaign to become governor of Wisconsin.
While she lost, she made history becoming the first woman to win the
nomination for governor of Wisconsin from a major party. Even more
importantly, she discovered her own inner strength and confidence. She is a
social entrepreneur, advocate for women and motivational speaker. She has held
leadership positions in private, public and nonprofit sectors as vice president of
finance for Intrepid Corporation, director of European operations for Trek
Bicycle, and Wisconsin’s secretary of commerce. Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration at Georgetown University and her MBA from Harvard University.


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