Ours to Sustain: Lessons in Corporate Responsibility
Learn how serving the dreams of customers, employees and the communities where you do business can be part of both a social and a business strategy. Gain advice on how to integrate programs into a culture. Hear from three dynamic women leading complementary corporate responsibility strategies at American Family, including the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, the newly formed public benefit corporation; American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact; and a diversity and inclusion initiative that includes the setup of the company’s Milwaukee-based corporate office and strategic talent pipeline partnerships.
American Family Insurance recognizes that social and environmental challenges are complex and require transformation at all levels of business and government. Through corporate responsibility initiatives, American Family Insurance serves as a catalyst for conversation and innovation in these areas, transcending traditional norms and sparking ideas with the mission of protecting dreams.
Nyra Jordan has been with American Family Insurance for over 20 years serving in various leadership roles throughout the organization. Nyra is a social impact investment director at the American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact where she is advancing the creation of economic opportunities for historically overlooked communities including those impacted by incarceration. Nyra holds an undergraduate degree in mass communication from UW-Madison and has a master’s in criminal justice administration from Valdosta State University. She also has a master’s in social innovation and sustainability leadership from Edgewood College. Nyra’s goal is to utilize venture capital investment as a vehicle to drive social change while leveraging the thought leadership of innovative community partners.
Maggie Pascaly is the community investment manager of the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. Maggie worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors before settling in with American Family to balance corporate objectives with community interest. With the Dreams Foundation, Maggie and her team serve as the interface between nonprofit organizations, employees and corporate leadership. Currently, Maggie’s team primarily focuses on employee and agent engagement in local communities through giving and volunteer programs, as well as community grant giving across American Family’s 19 state footprint. Outside of work, Maggie is actively involved with various nonprofit organizations and young professional groups.
Leana Nakielski is a strategic partnerships director with American Family Insurance. She and her team lead on the development and management of external diversity and inclusion partnerships with community, academic and business organizations that support deep, diverse talent pipelines for American Family Insurance. These partnerships strengthen the company’s inclusive culture and contribute to building a local, competitive workforce of the future. Based in Milwaukee, WI, Leana is also responsible for leading the collaborative set-up of American Family Insurance’s Downtown Milwaukee corporate office, ensuring authentic and intentional connectivity with the Greater Milwaukee community and across AmFam’s broader, external partnerships.
Previously, Leana held several leadership roles with many nonprofits over the past 15 years, including the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Highland Community School and Growing Power. Academically, Leana received her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and applied economics and an Executive MBA in leadership from UW-Madison. Leana values continued learning and has a certificate from the Global Social Enterprise Initiative and New Strategies at Georgetown University, and has participated in the YWCA’s Unlearning Racism course, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Partnership Milwaukee program and the DIA Masterclass in Pedagogic Mediation and DIA with La Vaca Independiente in Mexico.
She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, TEMPO, Professional Dimensions, the HOAN Group and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. She continues her involvement in the nonprofit sector as board president of Highland Community School, board member of the Urban Ecology Center, a founding member of the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, co-founder of the Milwaukee Blockchain Meetup and a juror for the annual LISC-Milwaukee MANDI awards among many other volunteer activities. Leana has been recognized and featured for her community service in Milwaukee Magazine as a “Visionary Leader” in the 2017 issue of Faces of Milwaukee, as a “Rising Leader” by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee in 2018, as one of Madison 365 “Si Se Puede 2019 Wisconsin’s 34 Most Powerful Latinos,” and featured in BizTimes “The Interview” in 2019.
She has co-authored over two dozen articles in Nature’s Pathways magazine and is a contributing author to “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.” Throughout her career and in her personal and professional life, Leana has committed to building alliances with other dynamic and phenomenal women and agents of social change to work towards a more equitable existence and improved quality of life for traditionally marginalized peoples. Leana and her family live in Milwaukee and enjoy exploring the city’s distinct neighborhoods, parks, cultural amenities and abundance of farm-to-table restaurants.