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.

Fall 2018 Project LEAD Timeline

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

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Financial Management
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018: Learnings in Action
  • TBD, Graduation

Timeline handout

Fall 2018 Project LEAD Class


Danita Bush
PEARLS for Teen Girls

Dynasty Ceasar

Barbara Cerda
United Community Center

Sumaiyah Clark
City of Milwaukee Health Department

Lena DeLaet
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

Joanna Fraczek
City of Milwaukee, City Attorney’s Office

Meghan Froehlich
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Ashley Holland
Rockwell Automation

Lisa Jones
Rid Racism Milwaukee

Marissa Kalkman
Wellness Council of Wisconsin

Antonella Mantovano
GE Healthcare

Lisette Martinez
Johnson Controls

Eliana Schell-Campos
Carroll University, Student

Brianna Schwanke
M3 Insurance

Megan Seppmann
Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Erin Siemandel

Angela Sprau
Johnson Controls

Melissa Streeter
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc.

Lindsay Swanson
Baker Tilly

Cinthia Tellez-Silva
Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI)

Antoinette Thomas
Northwestern Mutual

Carlissa Tucker
Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin



The application for the Fall 2018 session is now closed. Please check back in January to apply for the Spring 2019 session.


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

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