Mary Burke

Building Brave Founder & CEO

Mary believes in working towards a world in which people’s ability to reach their potential and dreams are not held back… continued.

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Janine Stephens

Building Brave COO

Janine’s niche for making an impact has flourished through years of nonprofit work and as an active member of the largest… continued.

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Irene Burski

Community Manager

A Maryland-native-turned-Midwesterner, Irene is a UW-Madison Journalism School graduate with a love for all things… continued.

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Masayo Engel

Group Service Manager

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Masayo is a Group Service… continued.

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Jennifer Winner

External Relations

Following a long and winding career through the world of corporate travel management, folk museum ownership (and being a… 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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Michelle Hanke

Building Brave Scientific Advisory Board

As a Certified Professional Life Coach with Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting, Michelle dedicates herself  to helping… continued.

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Heather Racine

Freelance Copywriter

Heather’s been around the copy block and has put words to paper for a bunch of retail companies. Heard of Kohl’s,… 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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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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Ellen Brothers

Board of Directors

President, American Girl &  EVP, Mattel, Retired. Builder of brands and mentor of women, Ellen has spent almost 20… 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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Toni Sikes

Board of Directors

Co-founder and CEO – CODAworx. Toni has spent most of her career connecting artists to their best markets, and in the… 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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