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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, 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.

​Project LEAD's Spring 2023 session application is now open.


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All applications & supporting materials must be submitted before 5:00 pm CST on Monday, February 20, 2023.

$150 participation fee is due by Orientation.


2023 Spring Timeline

Orientation: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Introductions & Photo Session

Session 1: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Board Basics & Board Structure

Session 2: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Advocacy & Learning from Experience

Session 3: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • A Board’s Role in Resource Development

Session 4: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Governance & Transparency

Session 5: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Financial Management

Session 6: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Making the Connection

Session 7: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 • 4:30-6:30 pm • Learnings in Action

Graduation:Wednesday, June 14, 2023 • 5:30-7:00 pm • Celebration & Ceremony

Get on Board: TBD • Nonprofit board resource/recruitment fair

Volunteer: TBD

2022 Spring Class

Staci Benz, Children's Wisconsin
Amy Boerst, L3 - Harris Technologies
Carrie Bosanec, Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Catherine Bulgrin, HEAR Wisconsin
Mercedez Butts, Joyce's House of Milwaukee Inc.
Nishia Cotto, United Way
Brandy De Leo, O'Leary & Anick
Melissa DiCicco, Landmark Credit Union
Jennifer Dombrowski, Centro Legal
Megan Haeger, Vivent Health
Benjamin Hodge, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Amber Jacobsen, United Way 
Audrey Kanthack, United Way

Brenda Kirk, Better Stewards INC
Natalie LaCrosse, Clarios, LLC
Nick Ladell, Advocate Aurora Health
Hannah Lepper, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Shanyeill McCloud, Second Chance Staffing Service
Shayvon McCullum, Secure Bridges
Tanika Murphy, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Stephanie Neuenfeldt, EMC Insurance Companies
Ricky Newell, PwC
Patricia Nimmer, Froedtert Health
Sameria Overton, Northwestern Mutual
Ventae Parrow, EXPO, JLUSA, and AOUON

Lesa Petersen, Northwestern Mutual
Susanna Platt, Northwestern Mutual
Dom Portis, United Way
Jaime Pulsfus, Northwestern Mutual
Sami Reinke, Direct Supply
Taylor Reisdorf, United Way
Audrey Salick, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Kimberly Shine, CBS 58
Sherry Simmons, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Courtney Skinkis, Confluence Graphics, Inc.
Jasmin Treske, MKE Tech Hub Coalition
Marjorie Wang, Medical College of Wisconsin
Barbara Wheat, Froedtert Health


For more information, contact Samantha Mitchell at 414.263.8202 or via email.