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 Burke Foundation, Madison Board of Education, Morgridge Institute of Research, Ascendium Corporation and Boys & Girls Club of America. She co-founded the AVID/TOPS college preparation program which supports over 1,500 students as they aspire to earn a college degree. In 2014, she became the first woman to win the nomination for Governor of Wisconsin from a major party. She has held leadership positions in private, public and nonprofit sectors as Vice President of Finance for Intrepid Corporation, Director of European Operations for Trek Bicycle, and Wisconsin’s Secretary of Commerce. Mary earned her BS in Business Administration at Georgetown University and her MBA from Harvard University.