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

All sessions will be hosted in the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center, 200 W. Pleasant Street.

  • Orientation • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Introductions & Photo Session
  • Session 1 • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Session 2 • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Session 3 • Wednesday, May 6, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Governance & Transparency
  • Session 4 • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Financial Management
  • Session 5 • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • A Board’s Role in Resource Development
  • Session 6 • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Making the Connection
  • Session 7 • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Learnings in Action
  • Graduation • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Ceremony, Celebration, & Networking
  • Get on Board • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 • 5:30-7:30pm • Nonprofit board resource/recruitment fair
  • Volunteer • Thurs. or Fri., June 18 or 19, 2020 • Time TBD • Day of Action

Timeline handout

Project LEAD's spring 2020 session application is now open.

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All applications and supporting materials must be submitted before 5:00pm CST on Monday, February 24, 2020. $150 participation fee is due at orientation.


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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