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In Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, too many people are left out of our public conversations. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is changing this with Project LEAD—Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity.

This in-depth seven-week training program prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+, and young professionals). 

  • Learn the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards
  • Understand what is expected of individual board members
  • Broaden your professional networks
  • Influence decisions impacting our community

Participants will have an opportunity to be connected to agencies with a mission that corresponds to the participant’s personal interests. The program’s goal is to introduce each participant to a nonprofit board within six months of program completion.

2024 spring Dates

Orientation: Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.- Board Basics & Diversity on a Board
Orientation will be held at Johnson Controls Corporate Headquarters, 5757 N. Green Bay Ave. Glendale 53209 

Session 1: Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Governance

Session 2: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Resource Development

Session 3: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Advocacy on a Board

Session 4: Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Finance

Session 5: Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 4:30-6:30 p.m. - Finding the Right Fit

Graduation: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 4:30-6:00 p.m. - Celebration & Ceremony

Get on Board: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 

All sessions (minus Orientation on May 1) will be held in the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 200 W. Pleasant Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53212.


​Project LEAD application is now closed.

Be Part of the Get On Board Event!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. 
Johnson Control Volunteer Center at United Way – 200 W Pleasant St 


Are you a local non-profit agency looking for new Board Members?

Join us at United Way to meet the most recent graduating class of Project LEAD. 

Complete this form to see event details and to express your interest in reserving a table for the Get on Board event today! 


Testimonials From Alumni

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“I am so thankful I attended the Project LEAD course. It taught me a wealth of information about non-profits and the boards that oversee them, especially in our Milwaukee community. Project LEAD was also an amazing opportunity to expand my network to other likeminded professionals who care about the community.”

- Patrick Chaves, Wisconsin Center District

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"As a currently active board member and leader in the Labor Movement, Project LEAD provided me with a greater perspective, ownership of my roles and tools that I did not know were needed in my passion to make a difference. This opportunity opened so many doors for me and all others that will benefit from my work within the Labor Movement and the community."

- Decorah Gordon, We Energies / IBEW LU 2150

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"Project LEAD was an incredibly rewarding and empowering experience. With the education provided by the top community leaders, I gained a sense of preparedness for meaningful and competent service on nonprofit boards. Additionally, I’m grateful for the new professional connections and bonds I formed." 

- Joanna Fraczek, Assistant City Attorney, City of Milwaukee

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"Project LEAD was an amazing experience! The presenters and panelists offered extremely relevant advice on selecting an organization whose mission syncs with your passions. They also emphasized the importance of understanding all aspects of the commitment you are making prior to joining a non-profit board. Project LEAD prepared me to be a more effective board member."

- Roslyn Kinchen, Rockwell Automation

2023 Fall Class

Shana Anderson, Wisconsin Community Services
Angela Beadle, CBRE  
Stephanie Budnik, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC)
Elizabeth Charewicz, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Patrick Chaves, Wisconsin Center District
Amanda Clark, Dominican Center
Frances Delzer, CORE El Centro
Treanna Evans, Molson Coors
Joanna Fraczek, City of Milwaukee, CAO
Phylece Gilbert, Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee

Christian Golden, Student at Marquette University
Michael Gonzalez, Cudahy Health Department
Decorah Gordan, We Energies / IBEW LU 2150 
April Heding, Milwaukee Public Schools 
Erica Hornburg, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Stephen Jansen, St. Charles Youth and Family Services
Roslyn Kinchen, Rockwell Automation
Monique Liston, UBUNTU Research and Evaluation
Taylore McBride, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee | Widening Equity LLC

Donna McKonly, Entrepreneur, CESA#1, and Springhealth
Jim McLaughlin, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Katy Murphy, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Madison Olig, Literacy Services 
William Robbins, International Justice Mission
Britney Roberson, Froedtert Health
Sarah Stepanski, Community Leader 
Jamal Watkins, City of Milwaukee

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsor

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