Recognizing that convening the community is an important part of our work, the Women’s Fund organizes unique events throughout the year. Each is designed to provide information, connect people, create conversations and inspire action.

Many events are held in March in honor of National Women’s History Month. Our Community Talk Backs assembled diverse groups of people and facilitated intergenerational conversation about relevant topics to advancing equity for women.

We utilized a variety of venues to help set the tone for each panel discussion. We had experts in each subject willing share their insights, perspectives and opinions. These became the backdrop for an engaging conversation among attendees that proved communication is the first step in collaboration. We are grateful for all the support, attendance, and investments.

WF Community Talk Backs 2021

Featured Event  

Community Talk Back – The Alverno Report

March 25, 2021 • A Virtual Event

Join us for an engaging and interactive presentation and panel conversation on the importance and value of women serving in elected office. Building on the findings of our Grant Partner, Alverno College, this is designed to engage the community in conversation about the importance of women serving in office, why women choose to engage this pathway, and explore recommendations for increasing the number of women running for office in Wisconsin.

WF Community Talk Backs 2020

Women’s Networking Night, Reception and Performance: “Eclipsed”...CANCELLED as of 3.13.20

March 24, 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Milwaukee Repertory Theater

A Chilling Portrait of War and Sisterhood – Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play. In Partnership with MAC Women, WCREW, and W Girls.

Conversation Over Coffee, "Eclipsed"...CANCELLED as of 3.13.20

March 27, 2020 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Milwaukee Repertory Theater

A Day for Pay Equity...Women’s Leadership Collaboration is monitoring the event.

April 2, 2020 @ 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Coakley Brothers Sponsor: Park Bank Foundation Facilitator: Andrea Hoeschen

Rapid Presentations: Nine Women, 20 Slides/20 Seconds Blitz...CANCELLED as of 3.13.20

April 21, 2020 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Mortenson Construction (Honey Creek Corporate Park) Women In Design cancelled the event as of 3.13.20.

Community Book Read: What I Told My Daughter...CANCELLED as of 3.13.20

April 28, 2020 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Michael Best Friedrich LLP

In honor of National Women’s History Month, annually, the Women’s Fund coordinates a Community Book Read that culminates with a Community Talk Back focused on the book. Join us—individually, with your book club, a group of friends, your spouse/partner, colleagues, neighborhood association, religious group, or whoever!

The book, What I Told My Daughter, Lessons from Leaders on Raising the New Generation of Empowered Women, is edited by Nina Tassler with Cynthia Littleton. It is a collection of essays to reflect the best advice and counsel, either by example or in character-building, teachable moments.

WF Community Talk Backs 2019

March 6, 2019
Women’s Entrepreneurship Week
Common Threads and Resources in the NFP Sector
Sponsored by Joan Bruce, WCW Club President
Held at Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
March 13, 2019
“The Chinese Lady” Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Sponsored by Legacy Private Trust Company and
Tri City National Bank
March 15, 2019
Conversation over Coffee, “The Chinese Lady”
Held at WF Sunny Table, Women’s Fund Office

March 27, 2019
Community Book Read: Broad Band
Sponsored by Arts@Large
Held at Mount Mary University

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Rapid Fire Presentations by Women
Sponsored by Women Rocking the World
Held at Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

Monday, June 10, 2019
Celebrating the 100 th Anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment
One Woman, One Vote
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Milwaukee
and Dr. Karen J. Maroda
Held at NŌ Studios


Barbara Drake
Chris Grota
Kathy Henrich
Kathy Ligman
Lynnette McNeely, JD

Shauntay Nelson
Debbie Patel
Kat Ramirez
Rosemary Smith
Jacelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece


Community Talk Backs 2018

January 30, 2018

Sexual Harassment and Power
Collaborators: Professional Dimensions, TEMPO Milwaukee,
Women’s Philanthropy Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Sponsored by Adient

Held at 833 East

March 14, 2018

“One House Over” Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Sponsored by Johnson Financial

June 6, 2018

Women. Voting. Democracy.
Collaborator: League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County

Sponsored and hosted by Quarles & Brady LLP


Panelists and Facilitators 

Noelle Chesley, Ph.D.

Kathy Dolan, Ph.D.

Sara J. Geenen

Debi Miller, D., APR Fellow PRSA

Mary Kae Nelson

Nancy Peterson

Joanne Williams

WF Community Talk Backs 2017

January 24, 2017 March on Washington, An Experience to Share Partner: PEARLS for Teen Girls Held at Quarles & Brady
February 28, 2017 Hidden Figures of MKE Partner: St. Joan Antida High School Hosted by MSOE University
March 21, 2017 “Grounded” Milwaukee Repertory Theater Sponsored by Johnson Financial
April 28, 2017 In Honor of Denim Day: Emily’s Report, A Sexual Assault Survivor on Her Healing Journey Partner: Sojourner Held at Family Peace Center
May 18, 2017 When Everything Changed, The Amazing History of American Women from 1960 – Present Held at Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
June 23, 2017 Title IX, the 45th Anniversary Held at Marquette University
Paul Anderson Nicki Barnes Corry Jo Biddle Amanda Braun Ethel Davenport, MSN-HCSM, RN Linda Gorens-Levey Christine Grota

Panelists and Facilitators

Margaret Henningsen Bernell Hooker Mary Pat Jacoby Sangita Kasturi Honorable Joan Kessler LaTasha Langdon

Kim Marotta AlKatrine Patterson Iyasele Carmen Pitre Setirah Dr. Mary Spencer, RN, MSN Sheila Washburn Emily Wright