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Professional Dimensions elects most racially diverse board of directors in group's history

06/28/2018 4:34 AM | Anonymous member

By Melanie Lawder  – Milwaukee Business Journal

Milwaukee women's leadership group Professional Dimensions on Wednesday elected its board of directors for the 2018-'19 year, ushering in the most racially diverse board in the organization’s history.

Overall, 33 percent of the group's board positions will be held by women of color, according to a news release. Founded in 1978, Professional Dimensions' membership comprises 350 women throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

“Diversity has always been one of our core tenets," said newly elected president Emily Phillips in a statement. "We believe it is our duty to use our power, as a leading women’s organization, to further advance our community by shining a light on women of color and ensuring our leadership is representative."

From the restaurant industry to health care and utilities, Professional Dimensions' directors also hail from 12 different industries. The following is the full list of Professional Dimensions' board of directors for the 2018-19 year:

President: Emily Phillips, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Immediate past president: Karen Vernal, Vernal Management Consultants, LLC

President-elect: Judith Mouton, Johnson Controls

Secretary: Christine Baranoucky, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Treasurer: Natasha King, Next Door Foundation

Karen Hunt, P.A.V.E.

Shaneé Jenkins, YMCA Metro Milwaukee

Renee Kirnberger, Pathfinders

Melinda Krueger, Salesforce

Rebeca Lopez, Godfrey & Kahn SC

Laura Lutter Cole, Visit Milwaukee

Andréa Michel, Hoffman York

Jennifer Allen, MGIC

Katie Podmokly, Baird

Danielle Bly, We Energies

Julie Raye, Bartolotta Restaurants

Brenda Campbell, SecureFutures

Joyce Rubenstein, Capstone National Partners

Tricia Geraghty, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Janet Slater, Greenleaf Partners

Kate Venne, Brady Corp.

Erica Gumieny, Advocate Aurora Health Care

Michelle Hinton, Uncom Milwaukee 

Jennifer Walther, Mawicke & Goisman 



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