Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and former president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee event Wednesday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX and its significant contributions to advancing equity for women. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the event. The event drew several hundred Milwaukee-area business executives to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. The event also featured several area Title IX athletes who used their experiences in sports to propel them in career and community. The honorees included Melissa Moore Baldauff of Milwaukee County, Nicki Barnes of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., Kareeda Chones-Aguam of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jacyln Gruber of the Johnson Financial Group, Janine Emmer of Associated Bank and Kathryn Muldoon of Quarles & Brady LLP.

“This is a celebration of the value of Title IX and how it has created opportunities for women,” said Lisa Attonito, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. “This law goes beyond inclusive sports for women and girls by ensuring access to higher education, career education that includes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), by providing protection from and support following sexual assault/violence on college campuses, by affecting the learning environment, standardized tests and much more.”

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