The Power of Philanthropy with Joan Marie Johnson, PhD.

November 1, 2018 at The Garage, Harley Davidson Museum

We celebrate the Power of Philanthropy with a keynote address by Joan Marie Johnson, PhD., historian, author, and storyteller. Joan will help us understand how women, for decades, even generations, have influenced and created change to advance equity for women. From the suffrage movement for the 19th Amendment to integrating John Hopkins Medical School, Joan will entertain attendees with fascinating stories we need to know.

Event proceeds helped provide Grants, Programming, and HER Scholarships. Your commitment demonstrates your dedication to advancing equity for women and showcases your organization as a leader in the community. Thank you for your generosity.

Signature Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors

Herb Kohl Philanthropies

Innovation Sponsors

BMO Harris Bank
Foley & Lardner LLP
Kane Communications Group
Quarles & Brady LLP

Equity Sponsor

Alverno College
Johnson Financial Group

1920 Sponsors (In honor of the 19th Amendment)

April Calvert
Arts@Large and Sandra Cunningham
Aurora Health Care
Bridget and Patrick Coffey
Julie Ragland and Russell Grabczyk
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Sue Hickey
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
Annette Jacobson
Nancy Peterson and Jason Jentzsch
Mary Jo and Don Layden
Ogletree Deakins
New Resources Consulting
Dr. Ericka Sander

Event Donations

Linda and James Babcock
Nancy Carpenter
Missy and Bill Levit
Denise Thomas
Nikita Vilim

Support In Kind

The Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Law Journal

Table Captains

Barbara Drake, Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
Chris Grota, Northwestern Mutual
Katie Hermann, Master Lock Company
Sheila Long, MalamaDoe
Carrie Matteson, Woman’s Club of Wisconsin Foundation
Lindsay Ruch, Versant
Johannah Karstedt St. John, Professional Dimensions
Lisa Weisman, Concordia University Wisconsin

Event Committee

Donna Kleczka, Chair
Katie Hermann
Debi Miller
Lindsay Ruch
Molly Snyder
Marilka Velez
Maggie Wendelberger
Emily Wright


Women’s Fund Presents…Donna Orender and the 45th Anniversary of Title IX

October 25, 2017 at The Garage, Harley Davidson Museum


No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The year 2017 marked the 45th Anniversary of Title IX, a key piece of legislation that served as a stepping stone in the equity of women movement. Title IX ensures equity in sports and also provides access to higher education, opportunities for STEM curriculum/careers, services after sexual assault on college campuses, and more. For many women, their participation in sports was just the beginning. Especially at the collegiate level, where earning scholarships to participate in athletics created the opportunity to pursue higher education. These opportunities continue to be the building blocks of personal achievement, building career/business success. Personal health, confidence, leadership skills, teamwork, and trust, are just a few of the ROIs. The event featured keynote speaker Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and former president of the WNBA and recognized numerous Title IX Athletes named by event sponsors.

Bernell Hooker, Founder and CEO of Images of Us

Principal Owner Midwest Women’s Sports Group

Bernell Hooker is the Founder/CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports a nonprofit organization empowering girls to achieve their best through sports. With 15 years leading IOU Sports, she’s worked with over 1,500 girls and women teaching life lessons through sports, careers in sports and a host of programs and events. In 2014, Bernell acquired a Semi-Professional Women’s Basketball Team, the Milwaukee Aces to complete her mission. She believes Wisconsin lacks pro women’s sports and girls need to see firsthand women playing professional sports and the careers that derive from it.


Marquette athlete, Nicki Barnes, shares Title IX experience

“Being an athlete prepared me for the workforce”

Today, women are able to benefit from Title IX, signed into law, 45 years ago. Title IX is a law banning sex discrimination in publicly funded institutions, giving female students access to play sports, a privilege their male counterparts have always been able to take advantage of. Read More…


Title IX Athletes

  • Melissa Moore Baldauff, Milwaukee County
  • Nicki Barnes, Robert W. Baird
  • Bet-z Boenning, Walker’s Pint
  • Kareeda Chones-Aguam, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Janine A. Emmer, Associated Bank
  • Jacyln Gruber, Johnson Financial Group
  • Gabrielle Hood, Alverno College
  • Bernell Hooker, Midwest Women’s Sports Group
  • Rebecca Hulce, BMO Wealth Management
  • Natalie Maciolek, Kohler Company
  • Kathryn Markgraf, Markgraf Sports and Leadership Academy
  • Kathryn Muldoon, Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Kelsey Peterson, Mt. Mary University
  • Heather Tiltmann, Adient


Women’s Fund Presents…Kate Schatz and Rad Women

October 20, 2016 at the Italian Community Center

In 2016, there was a Rad Women Celebration, a celebration of the fact that American history was made by countless rad—and often radical—women. Leading our celebration was New York Times bestselling author Kate Schatz with a keynote on “Being Rad for Social Change.” Her book, “Rad American Women A to Z,” illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, documents America’s famous and unsung heroines. Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “apple,” A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist; B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helped shape the Civil Rights movement. The inspirational and uplifting conversation highlighted rebels, trailblazers, and visionaries who shaped our history and our future on a national and local level.


Rad Women MKE

  • Linda Benfield, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Corey Joe Biddle, FUEL Milwaukee/MMAC
  • Sandra Botcher, Northwestern Mutual
  • April Calvert, FIS
  • Katherine L. Charlton, Hawks Quindel, S.C.
  • Dr. Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Janel Hines, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Kara Kaiser, BMO Private Bank
  • Carmen Pitre, Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Molly Snyder, OnMilwaukee.com
  • Teri Sullivan, Arts@Large
  • Deborah Telman, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Amalia Todryk, Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Tammie Xiong, Hmong American Women’s Association


Women & Public Policy Event…Let’s Talk About It

September 30, 2015 at the Harley Davidson Museum Chrome

In 2015, the focus was on economic empowerment, education, and leadership equality for women and girls. This groundbreaking program featured a panel of men, leaders in our community, who help to make social change happen. Our Panelists and Honorary Hosts worked towards changing public opinion and policies that provide ways for women to attain economic empowerment and serve in leadership roles. Their inspirational stories and experiences reached deeper into the business community to foster a greater awareness of what needs to be done for equal treatment of all women. We are proud to highlight men empowering men to do the right thing!



  • David Gay, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Doug Harris, The Kaleidoscope Group
  • Stephen Johnson, BMO Private Bank
  • John Kissinger, Graef – USA
  • Kevin Long, Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Barry Mandel, Mandel Group
  • Mark Sabljak, Milwaukee Business Journal
  • Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Sangita Kasturi, Women’s Fund board member served as the panel moderator. Ms Kasturi is the principal and founder of Tan270 Consulting. She helps public and private organizations maximize their potential for inclusive leadership and gender equality.