Project LEAD

Project LEAD

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 LEADLeadership 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 is presented by the Diversity Leadership Society. Diversity Leadership Society members serve as participant advisors and instructors for the program. 

Spring 2018 Class


Yanire Acra
The Marcus Corporation

Sherwonder Black

Teena Burnett
Husch Blackwell, LLP

Serena Clardie
Riverwalk Psychotherapy Associates

Tamarra Coleman
Shalom Center

Nikia Davis
Lane Bryant; NexRep

Donna Dillon
Self Employed

Ryan Everson
Northwestern Mutual

Chad Figueroa
Grant Thornton, LLP

Meredith Frost

Jamie Grasso
United Leadership Solutions

Nadiyah Groves
Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Jennifer Hays
US Bank

Angela Hersil

Brian Howley
Cleary Gull, Inc.

Nafessa Jackson

Kimberly Kolesari
M3 Insurance

Charmaine Lang
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Devin Lazo
Milwaukee Public Schools

Mia Lott
Employment Resources, Inc.

Sarah Marbes
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Madison Marten

Kari Mattek
Northwestern Mutual

Anita Mogaka
Anita B. Mogaka Consulting

Ashley Monroe-Edwards
Next Door Foundation

Emily Moritz
Waukesha Community Arts Project

Valeria Navarro-Villegas
Justice Point; Mastantuono

Luke Nevermann
GE Healthcare

Carolyn Ouellet
Medical College of Wisconsin

Christy Pernitzke
SysLogic, Inc.

Stephanie Roades

Michelle St. Clair
Community Memorial Foundation

Bridget Tishler

Julie Valadez
Hispanic Collaborative Network

Wes Warne
Milwaukee Bucks, LLC

Luisana Waukau
Easterseals of Southeast Wisconsin

Cynthia Weeks
Milwaukee Public Schools

Aimee Wiedmeyer

Tiffany Wilhelm
La Causa

Dana Zwick
Greater Milwaukee Foundation; YMCA of Greater Waukesha County

Spring 2018 Project LEAD Timeline

All sessions will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, March 9, 2018: Applications due.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Financial Management
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018: Learnings in Action
  • TBD, Graduation

Timeline handout

The application for the Spring 2018 session is now closed. Please check back in June to apply to the Fall 2018 session.


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

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