Milwaukee area trailblazers to be acknowledged for their professional achievements and community contributions.
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 14- Professional Dimensions, a professional women’s organization serving the Greater Milwaukee area since 1978, has announced the selection of its 2018 Sacagawea Award winners as well as the 2018 Sacagawea artist, whose work will honor the award recipients.
The 2018 Sacagawea Award recipients are Dr. Eve Hall, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League and Paula Penebaker, President and CEO of YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin. Both are trailblazing women chosen for their career accomplishments, commitment to community and support of the advancement of women.
Dr. Eve Hall, a native of Milwaukee, previously served as President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee. She has also served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has held leadership roles in public affairs, Milwaukee Public Schools and Governor Tommy Thompson’s office.
Hall is the co-founder of the African American Women’s Project Fund, which was created and designed to provide funding to organizations supporting the well-being of women and girls. Additional affiliations include Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and TEMPO Milwaukee. Passionate about education, Hall earned a B.S. degree in educational psychology from Florida A&M University, a M.S. in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Penebaker began her tenure at the YWCA as the Chief Human Resources and Facilities Officer in 1999. Previously, Penebaker worked at First Wisconsin Bank, and also spent 13 years at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member, and past board director, of Professional Dimensions and was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s signature race and racism programming. Penebaker serves on the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and is a member of the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and Milwaukee Chapter of The Links Incorporated. She also serves on the board of directors of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and is a Trustee for the Public Policy Forum and the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. Penebaker earned a B.S. degree from Edgecliff College, which has since merged with Xavier University. She has received awards from the Milwaukee Business Journal, Community Brainstorming Conference, North Central Service Club, the Medical College of Wisconsin, BizTimes and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
To honor these exceptional women, Kristin Thielking, the 2018 selected Sacagawea Award artist, will create three unique pieces of art: one piece will be crafted for each winner, and one that will reside in the permanent Sacagawea collection at Alverno College. Thielking is a Professor of Sculpture and Glass at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has also taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Penland School of Crafts. After growing up in Long Island, NY, Thielking went on to receive a BA in Fine Art and Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thielking works in a wide range of materials, from paper to glass, bronze and steel. She has a special interest in working with language as a material and creating work that inspires dialogue, and the state of the environment.
About the Sacagawea Awards
Professional Dimensions’ Sacagawea award was created in 1982 to recognize two trailblazing women who exhibit the spirit of Sacagawea. The award is named for the Native American woman who helped guide Lewis and Clark on their legendary 1804-1806 search for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. This prestigious honor acknowledges exceptional leadership by “Women Who Inspire,” and embraced opportunities to hone their skills and strive toward excellence by conquering daily challenges through career achievements. The Sacagawea Awards Dinner will be Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. For tickets to the event please contact Professional Dimensions at (414) 374-3570 or www.professionaldimensions.org
About Professional Dimensions
Professional Dimensions (PD) is a network of diverse Milwaukee area professional women that connects, engages and inspires its members to reach their career and personal goals. Driven by its four tenets of leadership, community, diversity and networking, PD creates opportunities for women to develop their respective work disciplines and networks, expand their personal reach for the good of the community and create an inclusive space for members to flourish. Since its formation in 1978, Professional Dimensions has grown to more than 350 members throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
Mark Kass, Milwaukee Business Journal, Published October 2, 2017
Four high-powered women came together Sept. 28 to talk about their prominent roles in putting together the deal and building the new $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to see photos from the popular event.
The event was put on by Milwaukee Women inc, Tempo Milwaukee and Professional Dimensions. The panel consisted of Danielle Bergner, managing partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Alicia Dupies, vice president of corporate social responsibility at the Milwaukee Bucks; Angie Helfert, project manager at Mortenson Construction; and Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health.
Melinda Davenport, morning anchor at WISN-TV (Channel 12), was the moderator for the panel.
The event featured a discussion about how each of the women developed innovative partnerships to earn support for the new arena and what the new Bucks campus being developed in downtown Milwaukee means for women professionals in southeastern Wisconsin.
Bergner said she is hopeful the success of the project will lead to future major developments in Milwaukee.
"I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish on this project," said Bergner, who worked on the many leases and other legal documents necessary for the project to move forward. "I hope people appreciate what it took to get this done. It showed that if government and others work together, we can do a lot in this community."
Jacobson said she was very proud of the innovation that was included in the team's $30 million, state-of-the-art practice facility, which recently opened near the new arena site. Froedtert agreed to sponsor the new facility, along with building an adjoining medical clinic.
The locker room door even includes a retina scan for players to enter.
"There is nothing like this in the NBA," she said. "The whole point is to ensure maximum athletic performance of the players."
Bergner said the hope is that the new arena will prompt development projects in city of Milwaukee neighborhoods near downtown.
"The real test is what we see in the Bronzeville in five years," she said.
Milwaukee-area executives in attendance included Phyllis King of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tami Garrison of MillerCoors, Sandy Wysocki of United Performing Arts Fund, Angela Adams from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Kelly Skindzelewski of GE Healthcare and Laura Gough of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
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Susan Chira , New York Times Published July 21,, 2017
A year ago, dressed in suffragette white and addressing a cheering, weeping convention, Hillary Clinton stood for possibility. Now she is a reminder of the limits women continue to confront — in politics and beyond.
More than 40 years after women began pouring into the workplace, only a handful have made it all the way to the top of corporate America. The percentage of chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who are women just passed 6 percent, creeping up (and occasionally dropping back) at a glacial pace.
Why don’t more women get that No. 1 job?
Consider the experiences of the people who know best: Women who were in the running to become No. 1, but didn’t quite make it. The women who had to stop at No. 2.
What their stories show is that in business, as in politics, women who aspire to power evoke far more resistance, both overt and subtle, than they expected would be the case by now.
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Paul Gores , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 4:06 p.m. CT June 18, 2017
As local business leaders who have become friends, Kim Sponem and Marsha Lindsay talk about their experiences. One day at lunch, the two Madison women realized they kept hearing the same refrain from male peers.
“For so many years, we’ve heard well-intentioned folks say, ‘Well, I’d like to have more women on my board, but I just can’t find any,’” said Lindsay, who is founder and chair of the marketing firm Lindsay, Stone & Briggs.
That excuse, say Sponem and Lindsay, can – and should – go away. But it likely will take some innovation by existing members of corporate boards for the under-representation of women to fade at a faster pace, said the two chief executives.
“There’s this misunderstanding that’s lingered from 20 or 30 years ago that it was difficult to find qualified women,” said Lindsay, who joined with Sponem in researching the issue and conducting interviews with leaders in a variety of industries in the hope of offering ideas to help.
That most corporate boards lack gender diversity isn’t in question. Females account for about 16% of board members nationally, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. That’s up from 8% in 1997, but still a very slow evolution, Lindsay and Sponem say.
The GAO concluded that if females joined boards as often as men beginning in 2015, it would take more than four decades for women to reach parity with men.
“That is laughable,” Lindsay said.
Added Sponem, who is CEO of Summit Credit Union, Wisconsin’s second-biggest credit union: “Yeah, we can’t wait that long.”
More-recent data from the executive compensation research firm Equilar showed that as of March this year, 15.9% of Russell 3000 board seats were occupied by women. That was up from 15.1% in all of 2016.
While women accounted for nearly one-quarter of new directorships in the quarter, the Equilar data showed about 22.5% of boards in the Russell 3000 – an index including the 3,000 largest companies traded in the U.S. – had no women at all.
The situation in Wisconsin is roughly the same as nationally. In a report last fall, the advocacy group Milwaukee Women inc found that women constituted 16.9% of the members of the state’s top public company boards. That was an increase from 15.8% in 2015 and 12.3% a decade earlier.
Milwaukee Women inc also reported that the percentage of females on the boards of 47 of Wisconsin’s 50 largest private companies was 15.7% last year. That was unchanged from 2015. Forty-five percent of private companies in Wisconsin had no women in the boardroom.
Wendy Burke, Maureen McGinnity, Teri Sullivan and Jan Wade
Huge crowd packs Wisconsin Center to honor 2017 Women of Influence winners
Mark Kass , Milwaukee Business Journal Published 9:00 a.m. CT June 17, 2017
About 850 Milwaukee-area business executives and community leaders were at the Wisconsin Center Friday to honor the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2017 Women of Influence winners. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of who was there and the hoopla surrounding the popular event.
The crowd was the largest for a Milwaukee Business Journal event this year. There was so much energy and excitement in the room as 28 women were honored for the impact they have had on making southeastern Wisconsin a better place to live and work. Click here for article and slideshow.