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Professional Dimensions Announces 2018 Sacagawea Award Winners

12/14/2017 11:40 AM | Anonymous member

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.


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759 North Milwaukee Street, Suite 404
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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