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.

Spring 2019 Project LEAD Class

Tonnetta Carter, Student

Dezirae Grant, Fearless Indeed Inc

Stanthia Grier, US Bank

Ashley Haas, Village of Greendale

Josiah Helbig, Rockwell Automation

Charles Howard, Retired

Rashonda Jones, The Parenting Network

Jas Kaur, Ellsworth Adhesives

Morgan Melka, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kasra Mirmesdagh, Bostik

Joe Montemurro, MillerCoors

Laura Morales, Northwestern Mutual

Alysha Peters, Henkel US Operations

Joseph Poehlmann, Quarles & Brady LLP

Joanna Rivas, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Francisca Rodriguez, PNC Bank

Shariah Salahaladyn, Milwaukee Public Schools

Vanessa Sancha, PNC Bank

Jessica Sanchez, North Shore Bank

Marla Sayaovang, Northwestern Mutual

Lauren Sieben, Self-Employed

Kathleen Sims-Borner, Northwestern Mutual

Joshua Smith, A. O. Smith

Whitnee Smith, Quarles & Brady LLP

Frances Sutter, GMR Marketing

Cheri Taylor, Unitarian Universalist Association

Kalimah Tayyibba, MMAC

Rick Worzala, Baird

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