Mary’s Story

The inspiration for Building Brave came from businesswoman and our founder, Mary Burke and her unlikely run for governor of Wisconsin against a strong incumbent. The race was tightly contested and notoriously nasty. In the end, Mary lost the race but discovered something important. She had underestimated her own abilities and potential. The campaign forced her out of the comfortable and into the terrifying. Through the experience, she overcame self-doubt, fear of failure and letting what others thought hold her back. She learned how to build her brave, and now she is supporting other women in doing the same.

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Kelly O’Loughlin

Chief Marketing Officer

Kelly is has always loved storytelling and design. Since graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communication… continued.

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Susannah Rockman-Lee

Chief Engagement and Growth Officer

A born and raised Floridian, Susannah is an experienced Talent Development Leader. Since graduating from University of… continued.

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Masayo Engel

Private Community Manager

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!), Masayo is the Private Community Manager who empowers… continued.

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Rachael Brunk

Engagement Specialist

A graduate from University of Michigan (Go Blue!) with a degree in Business Administration, Rachael built her project… continued.

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Mai Kou Vang

Engagement Specialist

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Community and Environmental Sociology, Mai Kou has always been curious… continued.

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Meghan Roberts Wollack

Digital Marketing Strategist

A graduate of Edgewood College with a degree in Marketing, Meghan has made a point to focus her career on work with… continued.

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Ann Imig

Writer

Award-winning humorist, performer, and speaker– channeled her theater major (BA, UW Madison), a masters in social work… continued.

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Ideas That Evoke

Social Agency

Ideas That Evoke’s team of brand storytellers create and manage all social media content for Building Brave, from in-house… continued.

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Mentormate

App Development

Mentormate is a software development company with seven global offices in Minneapolis, Bulgaria, and Sweden and is the team… continued.

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Dr. Janet Shibley Hyde

Chair - Building Brave Scientific Advisory Board

Janet graduated from Oberlin College before earning her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.  As a Professor of… continued.

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Dr. Morton Gernsbacher

Building Brave Scientific Advisory Board

As a professor, Morton conducts research on and teaches classes about human communication. Although a baby boomer, Morton… continued.

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Dr. Sona Dimidjian

Building Brave Scientific Advisory Board

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Dimidjian’s passion and… continued.

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Griselda Aldrete

Board of Directors

President & CEO – Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM). If we tried to name a tenth of what Griselda… continued.

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Linda Benfield

Board of Directors

Linda is the managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Foley & Larnder LLP and is an environmental lawyer with the… continued.

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Patty Cadorin

Board of Directors

Senior Advisor – BMO Harris Bank. As head of Communications and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Patty has worked at BMO… continued.

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Kristin Dewey

Board Treasurer

Director – The QTI Group. Kristin is excited to be a member of the Building Brave community – a community that… continued.

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Kelly Ehlers

Board of Directors

CEO & Founder – Ideas That Evoke. Kelly Ehlers grew up inspired by the family business: entrepreneurship. After… continued.

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Winnie Karanja

Board of Directors

Founder & CEO – Maydm. A charismatic creative inspired by the impact of tech on communities around the world,… continued.

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Jennie Kent

Board of Directors

As Executive Vice President of Administration & General Counsel, Quad/Graphics, Jennie oversees legal, human resources… continued.

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Melissa Auchard-Scholz

Board Secretary

Founder – Scholz Nonprofit Law. After 12 years at a large law firm (plus 3 daughters and crazy work-life… continued.

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Telisa Yancy

Board of Directors

Chief Marketing Officer – American Family Insurance. A decidedly Midwestern upbringing (undergrad from the University… continued.

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Alex Lindenmeyer

Board of Directors

Co-Owner/ Co-Founder – Short Stack Eatery.  Alex is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Short Stack Eatery: an… continued.

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Becky Splitt

Board of Directors

Executive Chairman – StudyBlue, Inc. Over 25 yrs leading and growing technology businesses. Currently Executive… continued.

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