United Way News: March 2018

Greg Marcus, 2016-17 United Way board chair, passes the gavel to Cory Nettles, United Way’s board chair for 2018-19 at United Way’s Annual Meeting on February 28.

People Profile: United Way Board Chair Cory Nettles

Cory Nettles, founder and managing director at Generation Growth Capital, Inc., was recently named chairman of the board for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and will serve a two-year term. Cory, who has been involved with United Way for his entire professional life, took a moment to share his passion with us:

Why do you love United Way?
The scope and scale of what United Way does is greater than any one organization can accomplish on its own. When you look at the challenges that exist in our community, we have to find an organization that can perform at scale and approach change in a sustained way. We have one of the best United Ways in the country. We can do it, together.

You are the first person of color to be chairman of the board for this United Way. What does that mean to you?
I am aware the extent to which the community is watching Amy and me as the first people of color to lead this organization. I can’t overstate the benefit to little boys and girls in this community who see people like them in leadership positions, nor the benefit to those working hard for this community to see others like them who have broken through that glass ceiling.

At the end of the day, however, Amy and I should be held accountable for the impact we make. As great as it is to have diversity, if we don’t serve this community better, it doesn’t matter that we are diverse.

What is your vision for your term as board chair?
United Way is already in a position of strength and stability, and we are up to the challenges that exist in this community. It is up to me, and up to all of us, to work a little harder, push a little more, to roll up our sleeves and get better results. I am proud of the organization United Way is today, and I’m committed to leaving it a better organization than the one I inherited.

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Upcoming Events & Opportunities

United Now Volunteer Response Team
United Way and our partner agencies occasionally have an urgent need for volunteers. Please consider joining our United Now Volunteer Response Team to be notified via text message and email of urgent volunteer needs. Learn more and join the team!

Virtual Volunteering: Notes of Encouragement for Young Readers
February & March
Help us celebrate one year of Virtual Volunteering by sending words of encouragement to young readers. It only takes a minute! Write your note.

Vision Screenings: Longfellow School
Tuesday, March 20, 8:00am-10:45am
Help students succeed in school by assisting with free vision screenings for all students.
Learn more and register.

Spring Emerging Leaders Panel: Innovation & Automation
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30am-9:00am
Join Emerging Leaders and a number of industry experts at GE Healthcare’s Wauwatosa campus for a panel discussion on innovation and automation in the workforce. Register here.

IT United Technology Career Fair
Wednesday, April 11, 4:30pm-8:00pm
Help teens learn about careers in IT via interactive discussions and technology demonstrations.
Learn more and register.

Homework Diners
Next Session: Wednesday, April 11, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Volunteers are needed to help with this new event series, which invites families and students into local Milwaukee Community Schools to eat dinner and do homework together. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Women United Mentoring
Wednesday, April 18, 10:40am-12:00pm
Teach high school sophomore girls how to succeed in a job interview.
Learn more and register.

Ready, Set, Work! Lincoln Avenue Job Seminar
Friday, April 20, 8:00am-12:00pm (volunteers needed 10:00am-12:00pm)
United Way, in partnership with Lincoln Avenue Elementary, a Milwaukee Community School, is hosting a free, morning job seminar for both men and women looking to succeed. Volunteers are needed to help with resume writing and interview coaching. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Spring Gala
Saturday, April 21, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Join LINC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee once again at the Spring Gala, a unique fundraising event geared toward Milwaukee’s young professionals. LINC will be packing school supplies that will be donated to the youth at the Clubs! Learn more and register.

Save the Date! All Boats Rise: Milwaukee’s Largest YP Happy Hour
Friday, April 27, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Join more than 20 Milwaukee young professional organizations hosting simultaneous happy hour events on Jefferson street to celebrate Young Professionals Week! More information to come.

My Very Own Library
Wednesday, May 16 (Milwaukee); Wednesday, May 23 (Waukesha)
Volunteers are needed to help children at local Milwaukee and Waukesha public schools pick out books to build their very own home libraries! Sign up to volunteer in Milwaukee or Waukesha.

Save the Date! Women United Bruncheon
Thursday, May 31, 11:00am-1:00pm
Don’t miss this popular annual event celebrating women making a difference in our community. More information to come.

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