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.

Spring 2020 Project LEAD Timeline

Orientation: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Introductions & Photo Session

Session 1: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Board Basics & Board Structure

Session 2: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Advocacy & Learning from Experience

Session 3: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm A Board’s Role in Resource Development

Session 4: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Governance & Transparency

Session 5: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Financial Management

Session 6: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Making the Connection

Session 7: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Learnings in Action

Graduation: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Virtual celebration & Ceremony

Get on Board: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 • 5:30-7:30 pm Nonprofit board resource/recruitment fair


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

Summer 2020 Project LEAD Class

Aimee Alexoff, Children's Wisconsin

Amy Bauer, Capri Senior Communities

Patrice Biddle, Assata High School

David Bowles, Creative Marketing Resources, Inc.

Leanna Carey, Derco, A Lockheed Martin Company

LaKesha Carrington, Johnson Controls

Tabatha DeLeon, TCF Bank

Natasha Dotson, City of Milwaukee - Fatherhood Initiative

De'Shawn Ewing, The Parenting Network

Cara Fitzgerald, Community Volunteer

Iuscely Flores Villarreal, Wisconsin Voices

Felice Green, Community Volunteer

Natasha Griffin, Penfield Children's Center

Kathi Hayen, Community Volunteer

Lee Her, St. Camillus

Amerin Idell, HNTB

Angie Izard, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sean Keenan, CIBC Bank USA

Kat Klawes, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Cole Leadholm, Kohl's Corporation

Grace LoCoco, ManpowerGroup

Karen McMahon, Northwestern Mutual

Kate Negri, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School

Adam O'Malley, Baird

April Pekel, Northwestern Mutual

Natalie Phillippe, Milwaukee Public Schools

Christopher Pierce, ManpowerGroup

Carey Provan, Godfrey & Khan, S.C.

Kauser Razvi, Medical College of Wisconsin

Karla Renteria, Johnson Controls

Megan Roche, Community Volunteer

Stephanie Scaccianoce, National Fluid Power Association

Kris Shellum-Allenson, ManpowerGroup

Tamara Sinclair, DWD - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Ashley Smith, Godfrey & Khan, S.C.

Zach St. Martin, We Energies

Emily Stockero, Rexnord

Lori Torner, Northwestern Mutual

Kristiyan Trukov, Baird

Pang Vang, Pang Vang LLC

Laura Villeda, Wisconsin Voices

Laura Warichak, Sojourner Family Peace Center

Ellicia Wilder, Wisconsin Community Services

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