United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Diversity Leadership Society

Be a part of the Partnership MKE 2021-22 cohort!

We are accepting applications for the 2021-22 Partnership MKE cohort! This nine-month* program will equip cross-sector leaders to become change agents within their social networks and workplaces for a better, stronger, more inclusive Milwaukee. Learn more and apply here – deadline September 1.

Want to connect with recent graduates? Join our MKE Graduation Celebration and Alumni Mixer on Monday, August 9; registration here. Thank you to our sponsor, Milwaukee Jewish Federation!

*The sessions will be virtual, with some opportunities to connect in person.

Emerging Leaders

Celebrate our Emerging Leaders Philanthropic Five (P5) Award winners

United Way and Emerging Leaders are very excited to share details of our 2021 Philanthropic 5 and Philanthropic Youth award winners here! Register today to attend the awards celebration on August 5, either in-person or virtually. Thank you to our media sponsor, the Milwaukee Business Journal, and our event sponsor, BMO Harris Bank.

Retire United

Help our youth prepare for school success!

The Backpack Coalition has been a Retire United signature volunteer event since 2016. Members sort school supplies and fill backpacks distributed to students across Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. Last year, because of your generous contributions, we provided more than 5,000 essential school supply kits to local students. Please consider making a financial contribution to the program to ensure every student is prepared for the new school year and has what they need to succeed. Learn more and make a gift here.

Technology United

Techquity is helping our community succeed

Techquity is a collective impact initiative of United Way with a clear goal: bridge the digital divide by fostering digital equity and inclusion throughout our community. Supported by Technology United, Techquity connects organizations and individuals with the internet, devices, and skills they need in the digital world. We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of the Techquity Advisory Council, a diverse group of local professionals guiding Techquity's work:
  • Blake Adams, Direct Supply
  • Shane Arnold, GE Healthcare
  • David Berka, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
  • Joanne Blaesing, CIBM Bank
  • Tammie Brings, Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Jane Durment, The Marcus Corporation - Retiree
  • Dzenita Sejfovic-Gross, Froedtert Health
  • Lynn Fyhrlund, Milwaukee County
  • Jeff Hanson, Digital Bridge
  • Tarik Moody, 88Nine RadioMilwaukee
  • Tim Schaefer, National Guardian, UW-Milwaukee, & Lake Hill Advisors LLC
  • Jeremy Simon, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Want to partner with us on this essential initiative? By investing your next gift in our new Techquity Digital Devices & Skills Grant, you will be helping job seekers, students, and others in our community to succeed. To learn more, contact David Berka at dberka@unitedwaygmwc.org.


Meet Emily Kneiser

Welcome to Emily Kneiser, our newest LINC committee member, who took a few moments to share her volunteer story:
Hi, I am Emily, and I hope to make a lasting positive impact on Milwaukee's community. I am originally from Oconomowoc, WI, and in 2020 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Integrated Master of Accountancy degree. I recently started my career with Deloitte in their Audit and Assurance Practice in Milwaukee.

When I moved to Milwaukee last fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to get involved with volunteering and meet young professionals who share goals similar to mine. I joined United Way's LINC because it allows me to help a broad range of people and causes. Plus, I can connect with young professionals with diverse experiences.

I am looking forward to contributing to the LINC network as a committee member!
United Way LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is a national strategy that focuses on engaging young professionals in their 20s and 30s through specialized events. Get involved here.

Women United

Thank you to our Women's Leadership Council Co-chairs

Our Women United program is the largest in the world. This network of powerful women create change for women’s empowerment and financial stability. Members contribute $1,200 or more or partner in a joint gift of $2,400 or more. Since its founding in 2002, Women United members have raised over $200 million to support United Way-funded programming.

We are incredibly grateful for the guidance and wisdom of our Women's Leadership Council Co-chairs:
  • Nafessa Burdine, Co-chair, ManpowerGroup
  • Jenny Nikolai, Co-Chair, Froedtert Health
  • Jessica Zeratsky, Co-Chair, Husch Blackwell
  • Christine Liu McLaughlin, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., our Women United Global Leadership Council Representative
For more information about joining Women United, click here.

Campaign kickoff: Wednesday, August 25

Join us as we launch our 2021 Community Campaign! Hear messages from our campaign co-chairs, learn details about the year's key focuses and initiatives, and discover what you can do to help us reach our 2021 campaign goal. This year, we are pleased to offer two ways to attend the event, in-person at the War Memorial Center (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202) or virtually.

Please register here by Monday, August 16. Questions? Contact Marissa Watson at 414.263.8190 or mwatson@unitedwaygmwc.org.

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