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 2019 Project LEAD Timeline

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

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Financial Management
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: Project Homeless Connect - Milwaukee
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Learnings in Action
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Networking, Ceremony, & Reception

Timeline handout

Applications for Project LEAD's fall 2019 session are now closed.

Please check back in December to apply for the spring 2020 session.


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

Fall 2019 Project LEAD Class

Joan Aguado, Medical College of Wisconsin

Pamela Albright, Wells Fargo

Lisa Drews Anderson, UMB Fund Services

Shane Arnold, Johnson Controls

Dave Berka, United Way

Sara Bowen, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

Rachel Byers, Rexnord Industries

Kate Easton, Penfield Children's Center

Keishla Gonzales, PNC BANK

Amy Hall, CNH Industrial

Astar Herndon, United Way

Lori Kiraly, Northwestern Mutual

Esankie Mirissage, Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Christopher Nelson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Laura Nicolaisen, Community Leader/Volunteer

Gisela Ortega, City of Milwaukee - Department of City Development

Josue Rodriguez, US Bank

Elaine Schweitzer, Juvare

Timothy Scott, City of Milwaukee Housing Authority

Anne Sims, WFA Staffing

May Vang, Advocate Aurora Health

Kara Waggoner, Froedtert Health

Meghan Welch, Cramer-Krasselt

Alexa Wild, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Thank you to our 2019 sponsor:

Project LEAD Graduation

Wed, November 13, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Johnson Controls Volunteer Center
200 W. Pleasant St., Milwaukee, WI 53212

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© 2019 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.