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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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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