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Celebrate 2024: Why Women. Why Now.
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We Have a Lot to 

Thanks to everyone who attended Celebrate 2024.

We hosted an evening of connection, learning and inspiration for women in Northeast Wisconsin on May 16. Over 300 women and allies came together to celebrate with us. Keep the excitement going and join us at any of our monthly events to learn, connect and celebrate each other. We'd love to see you at an upcoming Caffeinated Conversation or Stories from Experience.

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A Call For 
Inclusive Leadership

"The truth is, you don't have to convince women that it's a good idea to advance women, you have to convince men."

Jeffery Tobias Halter

Keynote Speaker, Gender Strategist, Author, Consultant & President of YWomen

Jeffery's keynote was a call to action for transformational change towards more inclusive leadership. Arm yourself with the tools you need to go back to your workplace to have a meaningful conversation about advancing women and other underrepresented groups.

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Women CEOs Shouldn't 
Be Unicorns

Less than 10% of CEOs of banks and credit unions are women.

Laurie Butz, President & CEO, Capital Credit Union, introduced our keynote of the evening Jeffery Halter Tobias and shared an experience of being called a unicorn. When it comes to women in leadership, Capital Credit Union walks the talk. Laurie proudly affirmed that 75% of the credit union's leadership is women.

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New Executive in Residence Announced

Karen Lancelle speaking on stage at Celebrate 2024.

New executive 
in Residence

"We want the Institute to be the place for women's development in our communities."

Karen Lancelle

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Schreiber Foods

Karen Lancelle was announced as the new Executive in Residence for the Institute, replacing outgoing executive Bridget O'Connor, O'Connor Connective.

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Embrace Authentic
Leadership Paths

A panel of local women leaders took the stage to discuss allyship and community building.

Each of the panelists followed a different path to leadership, but their advice to their "younger selves," the women they mentor and the audience resounded with their common experience. Search for an environment that values you and your authentic self. Leave if necessary. You shouldn't have to prove yourself. Acknowledge that companies are always transforming. We can all play a role in growing the pipeline for more women leaders. Panelists included:

  • Alida Al-Saadi '99, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry
  • Maria M. Lara, President & Co-Founder, LPA of NEW
  • Polly Olson, Chief of Police, City of Appleton
  • Mang Xiong, Executive Director, WICMAA
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Art & Music 
Inspire Each Other

Together they can inspire and move a community.

Being in The Weidner, it's only fitting that we looked to the arts for energy and inspiration. The Art-Hop Collective were hard at work all evening creating a mural that depicted what allyship can look like. The Art-Hop Collective is a collaboration between artists Andrew Linskens '07, Gregory Frederic and DjRgs (DJ Richard Grieco Suave).

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Live Across the State

Partners from across Wisconsin live streamed the event.

Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, UW-Parkside, Professional Women's Connection and Sheboygan County Chamber

Thank You Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous sponsors who support our mission to advance women and create a strong, equitable workforce.

Speaker Sponsor

Capital Credit Union has been in the Green Bay community since 1927 and has always operated with a people helping people philosophy. We work every day to improve the lives of our members, employees and the communities in which we live and grow. Helping individuals improve financially is just one of the ways we do this, along with supporting organizations like UW-Green Bay, to inspire generations to do better each day.

Capital Credit Union Doing the Right Thing
Networking Sponsors
Prevea Health
United Way Brown County Area
Inspiration Sponsors
  • Aurora BayCare Medical Center
  • Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Hiebing
  • Menasha Corporation
  • Nsight
  • Schneider
  • The Utech Group
  • Wisconsin Women’s Council
In-Kind Sponsors
  • Cofrin School of Business
  • O'Connor Connective

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Our mission is to advance women both personally and professionally at all stages of their career by educating, inspiring and providing networking opportunities to create a strong and equitable workforce.

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