Think of us as mentors in your pocket…

Featuring proven female industry stand-outs who facilitate our Mentor Circles, with experience and expertise spanning Fortune 500 executives, start-up founders, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, nationally-acclaimed coaches and speakers, world-class athletes, artists, educators, thought-leaders, game-changers, and go-getters.

Abiola Keller

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Marquette

Abiola Keller is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University. She teaches undergraduate and… continued.

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Alex Lindenmeyer

Co-Owner, Short Stack Eatery

Alex is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Short Stack Eatery: an all-breakfast restaurant in Downtown Madison. Alex is also the… continued.

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Alisa Robertson

SVP & Chief Advancement Officer, WFAA

In her current role at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, Alisa oversees the development, marketing, alumni… continued.

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Ana Hooker

SVP Operations, Exact Sciences

Ana Hooker is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Exact Sciences overseeing the Clinical Laboratories Operations,… continued.

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Angie Rieger

SVP Planning & Head of International, Lands' End, Inc.

With more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry, Angie Rieger brings a wealth of knowledge of planning and… continued.

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Anza D’Antonio

Senior Group Commercial Counsel

At Johnson Controls, Anza D’Antonio manages a team of contract professionals and ensures that commercial agreements… continued.

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Becky Splitt

FMR CEO, Board Member, Tech StartUp Advisor

Becky has over 25 years leading and growing technology businesses. Currently Board Director of StudyBlue where she served as… continued.

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Candy Embray

VP Sales & Service Operations, American Family Insurance

Candy Embray is the Vice President of Sales and Service Operations at American Family Insurance. Candy has spent her entire… continued.

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Carol Skornicka

Vice President Secretary & General Counsel

Carol Skornicka, an attorney, spent nearly 30 years in senior leadership roles prior to her retirement. She was a Partner at… continued.

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Carole Nicksin

Editor and Publisher, Milwaukee Magazine

Carole Nicksin joined Milwaukee Magazine in 2016 as editor-in-chief, taking on the additional role of publisher in 2018.… continued.

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Cecelia Gore

Executive Director, Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation

Cecelia Gore is the Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers… continued.

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Cindi Short

Co-Owner, Chief Experience Officer, Lexico

A serial entrepreneur, passionate about helping people think differently. With a background in design, a passion for… continued.

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Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld

Co-Owner, Quince and Apple Treat

I am a member of three different family businesses! My husband and I own an artisan food manufacturing company called Quince… continued.

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Deanna Tillisch

President & CEO, United Performing Arts Fund

Deanna L. Tillisch is President & CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), the largest arts funds in the country.… continued.

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Deb Cooksey

Associate General Counsel, Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Deborah A. Cooksey is the Associate General Counsel for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. She has practiced law in the… continued.

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Denise Knoblich

Vice President of Marketing, Roth Living

Denise Knoblich is the Vice President of Marketing at Roth Living. The business specializes in luxury appliance distribution… continued.

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DeVona Wright Cottrell

Director & Associate General Counsel, Baird

DeVona Wright Cottrell joined Baird in 2007 and is a Director and Associate General Counsel. DeVona partners with Baird’s… continued.

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Gail Ambrosius

Owner/Chocolatier, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier

Gail Ambrosius realized her dream of becoming a chocolatier in 2004, after the nudge of a lay-off notice from the State of… continued.

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Hilary Stohs-Krause

Lt. Software Developer, Ten Forward Consulting

Hilary Stohs-Krause is a full-stack software developer at Ten Forward Consulting in Madison, WI. She came to tech by way of… continued.

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Jan Eddy

FMR President, CEO & Chairman, Wingra Technologies

Jan Eddy founded and served as President, CEO and Chairman of Wingra Technologies, a developer and distributor of email… continued.

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Jen Cheatham

Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District

Dr. Jennifer Cheatham is the superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Jennifer’s focus is on… continued.

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Karen Lincoln Michel

Publisher and Editor, Madison Magazine

Karen Lincoln Michel is publisher and editor of Madison Magazine and president of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative… continued.

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Kari Schneider

Director of Sales, Zendesk

Kari Schneider first joined Zendesk to build the Sales Development team in Madison, WI in 2015. She has since helped… continued.

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Kathy Cramer

Professor of Political Science

Kathy Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a Professor of Political… continued.

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Kathy Park

Chief Executive Officer, NCCD

As CEO of NCCD, Kathy Park provides strategic vision to the organization while overseeing programmatic and organizational… continued.

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Kelly Ehlers

Founder/President, Ideas That Evoke

After years in the traditional ad industry, Kelly Ehlers pioneered the social ad scene as founder of Ideas That Evoke—an… continued.

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Kelly Fitzsimmons

Co-Founder, Custom Reality Services

E. Keller Fitzsimmons is a serial tech entrepreneur, artist, and mother of two. She is the co-founder of Custom Reality… continued.

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Kira Lafond

Market President/Publisher, Milwaukee Business Journal

Kira Lafond, became Market President and Publisher of Milwaukee Business Journal in July. She oversees a team of talented… continued.

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Laurie Benson

Executive Director, Nurses on Boards Coalition

Laurie currently serves as the Executive Director, Nurses on Boards Coalition, whose mission is to improve health in… continued.

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Lori Richards

President and Partner, Mueller Communications

Lori Richards is the President of Mueller Communications, Wisconsin’s largest independent public relations agency. Lori… continued.

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Mary Burke

Founder & CEO, Building Brave

Mary founded Building Brave in 2016 to inspire and empower women to unlock their potential. She serves on the boards of the… continued.

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Melissa Auchard Scholz

Owner, Scholz Nonprofit Law

Melissa Auchard Scholz is the principal attorney for Scholz Nonprofit Law, a Madison-based firm focused on serving the tax… continued.

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Nicole Kalscheur

Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing, UW Health

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nicole has over 10 years of experience working in health care. She… continued.

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Patty Cadorin

Vice President and Senior Advisor, BMO Harris Bank

Patty Cadorin is Vice President and Senior Advisor of BMO Harris Bank. Previously, she was Chief of Staff to the CEO. Prior… continued.

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Robin Douthitt

Emeritus Dean & Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1st generation college. Appalachian born. Ivy League PhD in economics. Created the women faculty mentoring at the UW… continued.

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Ru Nataraj

Owner & Senior Event Planner, Spirit & Style Events LLC Owner, Groove Madison

Ru Nataraj is the owner of an event planning agency that serves the midwest and beyond. One of her main goals as a small… continued.

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Winnie Karanja

Executive Director, Maydm

Winnie is the Founder and Executive Director of Maydm, an organization focused on equipping girls and students of color with… continued.

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Alumnae Mentors

Beth Bovis

Partner, Global Leader A.T. Kearney Strategic Services

Beth Bovis is a partner and the global leader for the Leadership, Change and Organization practice. She is also the Partner… continued.

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Carolyn Munoz

Chief Operating Officer, Cybercrime Support Network

Carolyn Munoz joined Cybercrime Support Network to implement the vision of connecting victims to resources, increasing crime… continued.

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Deborah Keller

Principle, Black Frame Advisors, LLC

Deborah has over 30 years of experience in drug development and is the former CEO of Covance, the world’s most… continued.

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Eileen Harrington

Professor & Consultant

Eileen Harrington, an attorney, served for nearly 30 years in senior leaderhip and policy-making roles at the U.S. Federal… continued.

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Karen Timberlake

Principal, Michael Best Strategies

Karen works with clients across industries to identify and advance strategies that lead to positive business and community… continued.

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Liz Maida

Founder and CEO, Uplevel Security

Liz Maida is the Founder and CEO of Uplevel Security. She was formerly a Senior Director at Akamai Technologies and served… continued.

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Mary Beth Berkes

Principal, the Shorewood Group

Mary Beth Berkes is an investor in healthcare companies. She is Principle at Shorewood Group LLC. She is Co-Founding Partner… continued.

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Dr. Mary Leonard

Professor & Chair, Stanford University Department of Pediatrics

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, is the Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford… continued.

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Megan Hakes

Co-Founder and General Manager, Reputation Partners

Megan Hakes partners with public and private companies, organizations and non-profits to drive greater recognition for and… continued.

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Piper Kent-Marshall

Ret. Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo

Piper is a senior counsel (Ret.) and business advisor with extensive in-house and law firm experience in several… continued.

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Shontra Powell

VP Sales Strategy & Operations, Hertz

Shontra Powell has crafted leadership and general management skills throughout her 26- year career in business. Shontra has… continued.

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Tami Kozikowski

Chief Operating Officer, The Waters Senior Living

Tami is currently the COO for The Waters, a developer/owner operator of high-end senior housing. Throughout her 30+ year… continued.

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Tiffanie McClain

Compliance People Leader, Northwestern Mutual

Tiffanie McClain grew her career from the ground up moving from an entry-level mail clerk to a people leader taking many… continued.

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Amy Bridge

Director of Strategic Development, MIG

Amy Bridge has worked within the Design and Planning industry for the past 35 years, working her way up from project… continued.

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