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

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo; 6.17.21

This Community Book read was a chance for engaging conversation with the voice of Native American people. Each panelist shared her unique journey and related her experiences to what Joy presents in her poetry.

Native American women are part of the conversation.

Native American women are here and experience life in our present day.

Native American women are relevant.

We discussed how Native American women are contributing to society and heard from an elected official and a professional from corporate America.

Watch the recording:

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.

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

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

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

 Panelists and Facilitators 

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

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 Sojourner 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 

Panelists and Facilitators
Paul Anderson
Nicki Barnes
Corry Jo Biddle
Amanda Braun
Ethel Davenport, MSN-HCSM, RN
Linda Gorens-Levey
Christine Grota
Margaret Henningsen
Bernell Hooker
Mary Pat Jacoby
Sangita Kasturi
Honorable Joan Kessler
LaTasha Langdon
Kim Marotta
AlKatrine Patterson
Carmen Pitre
Dr. Mary Spencer, RN, MSN
Sheila Washburn
Emily Wright