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 six-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.

Project LEAD is presented by the Leadership Society. Leadership Society members serve as participant advisors and instructors for the program. An advisor will be matched with each program participant to be a resource and support to the participant during and after the program.

Spring 2017 Project LEAD Class

Nakisha Adams
We Energies

Jennifer Bartz
Deloitte LLP

Sara Bruesewitz
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation

Alyssa Dawson
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Shelby Eckenrod
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLC

Alissa Fiorentino
Executive Director Inc.

Sarah Frank

Danita Graham

Alison Hanrahan
Beer Capitol Distributing

Catherine Horzewski
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Daryl Hudson

Hannah Johnson-Breimeier
United Performing Arts Fund

Monique Jones
WEC Energy Group

Colleen Jornlin
Landmark Credit Union

Mary LeRoy
iCare (Independent Care Health Plan)

Hope Manuel
Curative Care

La'Cresia Mason
Molina Health Care

Alicia McClendon
Landmark Credit Union

Owen McCormick
Deloitte LLP

Christopher Milliken
Quad/Graphics, Inc.

Elizabeth Mueller
PEARLS for Teen Girls

Michel Ndour
Time Warner Cable

Ximena Restrepo
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Stacy Scheffer
Charter Automotive

Emma Scudder
Nordic Consulting Partners

Erika Smith
Froedtert Health

Charmyse Tillman
Johnson Controls

DeSario Turner
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Allicia Washington-White
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Inc.

Larry Whitley
Northwestern Mutual

Spring 2017 Project LEAD Timeline

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

  • Friday, January 13, 2017: Applications Due
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Introductions & Photo Session
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Board Basics & Board Structure
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Advocacy & Learning from Experience
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Governance & Transparency
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Financial Management
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017: A Board's Role in Resource Development
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Making the Connection
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Learning in Action
  • TBD, Graduation
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017: National Day of Action, presented by the Emerging Leaders

Timeline handout


For more information, contact Joel Peterson at 414.263.8163 or via email.



Applications for the Fall 2017 Project LEAD class will open in June 2017.

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