Professional Dimensions is the leading women’s professional association in the Milwaukee area whose mission is to unite women leaders in the relentless pursuit of better. We create opportunities for our members to network, collaborate, learn and lead, inspiring women to reach for more in all aspects of their lives. Our organization is intentionally inclusive across career experiences and personal identities, maximizing our ability to innovate and elevate those around us. Professional Dimensions challenges leaders to blaze trails in their companies and communities. Our driving ambition is to expand what is possible for women and the world they influence.
To unite women leaders in the pursuit of better
To expand what is possible for women and the world they influence
Professional Dimensions ignites every dimensions of a woman leader by cultivating:
PD remains the most diverse space where women can:
"follow the rings"
The four rings were originally created to represent our four tenets: Leadership, Networking, Diversity and Community. In 2019, we adopted a set of values that would guide our execution of the tenets, and our rings have evolved to reflect those first four (aforementioned) values. The final value, continuous learning, is represented by the continuity and interlacing of the rings themselves. Through learning continuously and collectively we will continue to evolve in our leadership and execution of our mission.
We want our members and community to embrace the motto "follow the rings", #followtherings. Its meaning is two-fold:
(1) A message to our members - follow the rings means follow the values. Collaborative, systems work is difficult. When you're stuck, unsure, or losing focus, this serves as a reminder that we have principles and values to serve as our north star. This applies to our leadership and service with Professional Dimensions, and every space we exist.
(2) A message to community - follow the rings means follow PD women. PD women are different. We're bold, courageous individuals who think about systems and community in innovative and inclusive ways. We want to be learners and we want to leverage our collective power and privileges to build a better region and nation. We are accountable and loving - and we aspire to lead by example. Following the rings (our values) and following PD women (our leaders) is how to cultivate positive change. And while you're here, go ahead and follow us on social media @pdwomen... #followtherings. We want this hashtag to live alongside photos and stories that capture our achievements - so when you see a PD woman leading on social sites, we encourage you to add this hashtag to the comments!
The name Professional Dimensions is representative of our belief about the beautiful complexity of the woman archetype we aspire too, and the way we choose to show up in our work together - as professionals, always. At its inception, the group was intentionally inclusive of a variety of women, and saw value in the depth and myriad of identities that made each member unique. Our dimensions, an amalgamation of everything we’ve lived, experienced, created, survived, etc. make us who we are as individuals, and who we are as threads in the larger tapestry that is Professional Dimensions. And, we’d posit that it is the understanding and maximizing of these dimensions that gives us power. Our dimensions are the identities we carry and PD believes that all of these identities deserve to be acknowledged and nourished. We believe that the better we understand our dimensions, the better we can leverage them in our collective pursuit of better.
We selected and maintained “Professional” in our name for two important reasons:
(1) To cement our belief in how we should treat each other. We want a culture of professionalism where we are addressing every member with dignity, respect and love.
(2) We are putting a stake in the ground about our belief that a professional woman is multi-dimensional. And, that while the word professional has been used to hold women back, the definition of professional/ professionalism needs to be expanded.