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Project LEAD

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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.

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: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 • 4:00-7:00 pm • Nonprofit board resource/recruitment fair

Volunteer: TBD

2023 Spring Class

Courtney Curry, CESA 1
Erin DeJarlais, Inception Health
Tyler Donahue, PNC Bank NA
Lauren Gizzi, Alliant Energy
Kristen Hagen, United Way
Jaquilynn Huff, Familia Dental
Belinda Hull, Herzing University
Gus Justin, A.O. Smith Corporate Technology Center
Sarah Katsandonis, Aurora Health Care

Sarah Kiefer, United Way
Cassidy Korpela, United Way
Krista Lindwall, Bader Rutter
Satira Lord, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Elaina Lund, REV Group
Cyrena Martin Mahogany, CARES Foundation Inc
Molly Matteson, McKinsey & Company
Cassandra Morales, VIA Community Development Corporation
Kindra Mullenberg, Advocate Aurora

Laura Poupitch, Marquette University
Veronica Powell, Empowering Wealth Financial Coaching
Brooke Ranta, HEAR Wisconsin
Makaila Silva, United Community Center
Christopher Talton, Goodwill Industries
Lisa Vincent, Wisconsin Center District
Michael Williams, North Shore Bank
Paul Wuteska, Rockwell Automation


For more information, contact Diamond Herring-Rodgers via email.