About Us

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Women Leaders Conference provides education, business connections, inspiration and skill building for women from all walks of life.

Participants range from women just starting their careers to those with years of experience. All are encouraged to share their stories and ideas.

Hosted by the UWM School of Continuing Education – a leading provider of professional development in southeastern Wisconsin – this conference offers internationally renowned speakers, expert-led breakout sessions, as well as valuable opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally.

Past Conferences

View some of our past conference speakers, topics, sponsors and photos.

UWM Team

Anne O’Meara, Conference Director
Angela Kelber, Continuing Education Associate Director
Liza Longhini, Development Director
Luke Olson, Registration Services Supervisor
Megan Shea, Events Manager
Ron Wiza, Associate Marketing Director

Honorary Chair

Phyllis M. King

Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Advisory Council

Wendy K. Baumann

President/CVO, WWBIC

Heather Bennett

Digital Marketer, Brand Strategist, Team Leader

Corry Joe Biddle

Corry Joe Biddle

VP of Community Affairs + Executive Director, FUEL Milwaukee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)

Kathy Blumenfeld

Secretary, Department of Administration for the State of Wisconsin

Shelley Boehm

Director of the Performance Infrastructure Sales Enablement Team , Johnson Controls

Denise Domian

Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson Financial Group

Sally L. Falci

Vice President, The Falci Group

Crystal Flenorl

Director, Community Diversity Engagement, Advocate Aurora Health

Stacey Force

VP Global Marketing, ManpowerGroup

Melissa Goecks

Project Manager, Rockwell Automation

Shannon Kraus

Senior Director of Operations, Direct Supply

Meg Kurlinski

Attorney, Godfrey and Kahn

Carol Newell

Change Management Consultant, FarWell Project Advisors

Laurie A. Petersen JD

Attorney/Shareholder, Lindner & Marsack

Sally Piefer

Shareholder, Lindner & Marsack

Inge Plautz

Senior Vice President and Executive BDO, Old National Bank

Emily Roberts

Digital and Experiential Manager, CNH Industrial

Thomas Rugg

President & SVP, Standby Power & Energy Solutions, Briggs & Stratton

Amy Terry

Assistant Director - Field Experience Center of Excellence, Northwestern Mutual

Antoinette Thomas

Assistant Director – Organizational Change Management, Northwestern Mutual

Sarah Urban

Vice President IT, Charter Manufacturing

Chelsey Vissat

Senior Sourcing Manager, Milwaukee Tool

Catherine Wanzer

Corporate Communications Manager, Johnson Controls

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