About Us

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

The 11th annual Women Leaders Conference is on March 6, 2020, in Milwaukee. Participants range from women just starting their careers to those with more experience. All are encouraged to share their stories and ideas.

Hosted once again 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.

“UW-Milwaukee’s Women Leaders Conference inspires, engages and energizes you throughout the day. This conference offers insights about current leadership trends, turning ideas into action, as well as fostering dialogue about personal growth and overcoming challenging issues we all face in the workforce.”  – Brenda Mooney, Executive Business Coordinator, ABB, Robotics and Motion Division, and the 2018 conference honorary chair

Advisory Council

Kristin Banks

Account Executive, CDI

Wendy K. Baumann

President/CVO, WWBIC

Amanda Braun

Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Therese Dybul

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant - Human Resources, Northwestern Mutual

Sally L. Falci

Financial Advisor, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Stacey Force

VP Global Marketing, ManpowerGroup

Melissa Goecks

Validation and Reliability Laboratory Supervisor, HellermannTyton North America

Sarah E. Hughes CPA/PFS®, CFP®

Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Wendy Johnson

Global Marketing Manager, Handheld Ultrasound/Vscan Portfolio, GE Healthcare

Phyllis M. King

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

Kristen Kochan

Vice President, Marketing Services, Direct Supply

Meg Kurlinski

Attorney, Godfrey and Kahn

Brenda L. Mooney

Executive Business Coordinator, ABB, Inc.

Crystal Morgan

Director, Community Diversity Engagement, Aurora Health Care

Leana Nakielski

Strategic Partnership Director, Aurora Health Care

Carol Newell

Organizational Development Consultant, Briggs & Stratton

Laurie Petersen

Shareholder and Board Member, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.

Sally Piefer

Robin Pisarek

Senior IT Manager, Komatsu

Inge Plautz

Senior Vice President and Executive BDO, Old National Bank

Sharon Reed

Director, Business Development, Ernst & Young LLP

Emily Roberts

Digital Marketing Manager, Case IH

Thomas Rugg

Vice President and Group President, Briggs & Stratton

Jennifer Sawyer

Financial Anaylist, John Deere

Heather Szymanski

Distribution Policy/CRC Consultant, Northwestern Mutual

Antoinette Thomas

Northwestern Mutual

Catherine Wanzer

Community Relations and Inclusion Manager, Quad Graphics

Peggy Williams Smith

Vice President, Food and Beverage, Marcus Hotels and Resorts