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Leadership

collaborative leadership

Community-minded.

We've invited a wide range of leaders from the University and the community to join forces and help us breakdown barriers and other challenges that might stand in the way of women advancing to positions of leadership.

Bridget and Lora taking a selfieChancellor alexander talking with event attendeesRobyn Davis networking at eventSheryl Van Gruensven speaking at event

How the Institute Began

In 2019, O’Connor and then UW-Green Bay Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven, were both independently envisioning the development of more women’s leadership resources in Northeast Wisconsin. O’Connor Connective launched its social enterprise, The Connective: A Place for Women in Business, to advance women leaders as a part of the company’s strategic communication and consulting services. At the same time, Van Gruensven and her UW-Green Bay colleagues began work on an Institute that would provide leadership development for women in line with the mission of the University. The two efforts came together in 2021 in what is now the Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Steering Committee

Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia Bailey

Campus Executive Officer Marinette

Janet Bonkowski

Janet Bonkowski

Executive Director, Marketing & University Communication & Institute for Women's Leadership

Kathleen Burns-Finn

Kathleen Burns-Finn

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Janet Hathaway

Janet Hathaway

Special Initiatives Ambassador & Associate of the Chancellor

Jess Lambrecht

Jess Lambrecht

Executive Officer, Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement

Kassie Linzmeier

Kassie Linzmeier

Manager of Events & Annual Giving

Melissa Nash

Melissa Nash

Director of HR & Affirmative Action Officer

Bridget OConnor

Bridget O'Connor

Lead Community Partner & Principal & Owner, O'Connor Connective

Joy Ruzek

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Chief Business Officer & Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Lora Warner

Faculty & Residence Advisor & Associate Professor, Public Administration

Lora Warner

Tony Werner

Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Foundation President

 

 

Advisory Board

Melissa Borowitz

Melissa Borowicz

CEO & Owner, The Utech Group

Vallari Chandna

Vallari Chandna

Associate Professor & Chair, Business & Marketing, UW‑Green Bay

Robyn Davis

Robyn Davis

President & CEO, Brown County United Way

Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Dean, College of Health, Education & Social Welfare, UW‑Green Bay

Gretchen Gilbertson

Gretchen Gilbertson

CEO, Seura

Robyn Gruner

Robyn Gruner

External Affairs, AT&T

Sharon Hulce

Sharon Hulce

President & CEO, Employment Resource Group, Inc.

Lorrie Jacobetti

Lorrie Jacobetti

Senior Vice President & CFO, Prevea Health

Kristin Jacobs

Kristin Jacobs

Executive Director, CASA of Brown County

Lisa Jossart

Lisa Jossart

Vice President, Community Investment and Partner Distribution, CONNECT/American Family Insurance

Barb LaMue

Barb LaMue

President & CEO, NEW North, Inc.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell

Principal & Owner, Mitchell Management Consulting

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson

Associate Dean, Science, Engineering & Technology, UW‑Green Bay

Rachel Skenandore

Rachel Skenandore

Former Northeast Region Director for Governor's Walker's Administration

Sheri Treu

Sheri Treu

Director, Organizational Development, Menasha Corporation

Lora Warner

Lora Warner

Associate Professor, Public Administration, UW‑Green Bay

Thank You

We thank former steering committee and advisory board members for their contributions to the Institute.

Joy Ruzek
Teri Zuege-Halvorsen