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Northwestern Mutual to receive fourth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award

Award honoring diversity in corporate governance given by Greater Milwaukee Committee & Milwaukee Women inc.

MILWAUKEE, February 3, 2016 – The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), will bestow the fourth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to Northwestern Mutual at the GMC annual meeting on Monday, February 8th, from noon-1:30 p.m. at the University Club of Milwaukee.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in our region. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek, and subsequent winners include ManpowerGroup’s retired Chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corporation Chairman and CEO Gale Klappa.

“Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to diversity is evidenced by their outcomes and their efforts,” said GMC president Julia Taylor. “Northwestern Mutual’s Tower and Commons project is involving Milwaukee residents for more than 40% of the hours worked on the project. The building project also supports supplier diversity, encouraging emerging minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses to help provide the products and services the enterprise needs. This is a huge priority for the GMC as well, and we appreciate working in tandem with Northwestern Mutual on supplier diversity efforts.”

Northwestern Mutual focuses on diversity at all levels. The company works to attract diverse talent through its Howard University Partnership, and supports mentoring opportunities for students at Washington High School of Information Technology. It has earned recognition as a leading employer, making the list of “Top 100 Employers for the Class of 2012” by Diversity Employers magazine.

“Northwestern Mutual’s Diversity and Inclusion corporate committee includes senior executives and key leaders,” said Milwaukee Women inc Chair Phyllis King. “This clearly shows their strong commitment to fostering diversity in the workplace and in corporate governance.”

Nominees for the Mary Ellen Stanek Award are reviewed on an annual basis by MWi and the GMC Future Workforce Committee, and the award is announced and granted to the recipient at a GMC membership meeting.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee comprises 200 passionate CEOs who work together to make Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play. Currently led by President Julia Taylor and Chair Ted Kellner, the GMC creates new ideas and implements solutions in innovation and talent, economic prosperity and vibrancy of place. For more information, please visit gmconline.org.

Milwaukee Women inc is a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces an annual report on the gender diversity of the boards and C-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest public and private companies. MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates. For more information, please visit milwaukeewomeninc.org.

Wisconsin Energy Corp. Chairman & CEO Gale Klappa to receive third annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award

Award honoring diversity in corporate governance given by Greater Milwaukee Committee & Milwaukee Women inc.

John Daniels, Phyllis King, Gale Klappa & Mary Ellen Stanek

MILWAUKEE, February 2, 2015 – The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc. (MWi), will bestow the third annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa at the GMC annual meeting on Monday, February 9th, from noon-1:30 p.m. at the University Club of Milwaukee.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in our region. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek, and the second to ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres.

Gale Klappa, chairman and CEO of Wisconsin Energy, is a champion for diversity in the workplace. In fall 2014, he joined Jeff Joerres to lead the new GMC and MWi Board Diversity Initiative, housed in the GMC’s Future Workforce Committee, which has three goals:

  1. Support Milwaukee Women inc’s goal of moving from 15.5% to 25% women on the Wisconsin Top 50 (WI50) public companies’ boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.
  2. Bring the number of ethnic minority directors in the WI50 from 8% in 2014 to 13% in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5% by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.
  3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals.

Klappa and Joerres will meet peer-to-peer with area CEOs to share and learn best practices for increasing diversity on boards.

Wisconsin Energy is respected for its commitment to diversity, as demonstrated by its board, senior management and supplier network. It leads the way in Wisconsin with respect to women serving as directors, and ranks second in terms of highest percentage of women directors on its board among Wisconsin’s 50 largest public companies. As of year-end 2014, Wisconsin Energy achieved the sixth consecutive year in which its leadership team was more diverse than the workplace demographics of its service area, even as the service area is developing a more diverse workplace.

“Gale’s strong commitment to diversity in the workplace and corporate governance is evident in a rare corporate board that is comprised of 45% women and people of color,” said GMC president Julia Taylor. “Wisconsin Energy also encourages its female employees in senior management to be engaged elsewhere in the community; many sit on prominent area nonprofit and corporate boards.”

Klappa is also chairman, president and chief executive of Wisconsin Energy’s principal utility, We Energies. He is a member of the board of directors of Badger Meter Inc. and Joy Global Inc., and serves as a director of the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute. He co-chairs the Milwaukee 7 economic development initiative and also serves on the board of trustees of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the UWM School of Business Advisory Council, the United Performing Arts Fund board of directors, and the MMAC board. He has received several honors and awards, including an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2012 CEO of the Year and Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin’s 2013 Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year.

“Gale knows the importance of having women and minorities in leadership positions. Creating a culture of inclusion is proven to influence better decision making, better represent the company’s customer/client base, and ultimately contribute to business success,” said Phyllis King, Milwaukee Women inc chair and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate vice chancellor. “Wisconsin Energy, under Gale’s leadership, has been recognized around the state, country and even the world for its leadership and supplier diversity practices, and serves as an important source of best practices for many of our region’s companies.”

Nominees for the Mary Ellen Stanek Award are reviewed on an annual basis by MWi and the GMC Future Workforce Committee, and the award is announced and granted to the recipient at a GMC membership meeting.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee comprises 200 passionate CEOs who work together to make Milwaukee the best place to live, learn, work and play. Currently led by president Julia Taylor and chair John Daniels, the GMC creates new ideas and implements solutions in education, economic development and effective government. For more information, please visit gmconline.org.

Milwaukee Women inc is a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces a biennial report on the gender diversity of the boards and C-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest companies. MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates. For more information, please visit milwaukeewomeninc.org.

Greater Milwaukee Committee joins drive for board diversity

From BizTimes
Published October 14, 2014

Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed, according to a Board Diversity report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc.

In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting it will lead a new initiative on a CEO-to-CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization’s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa.

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Push on to increase diversity on Milwaukee-area corporate boards

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published October 14, 2014

Chief executives of Milwaukee-area companies will be talking with fellow CEOs about the importance of increasing the diversity of their corporate boards as part of an initiative announced Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

The new effort was revealed along with a report by the GMC and Milwaukee Women inc that shows some progress in adding racial, ethnic and gender diversity to the boards of Wisconsin’s 50 largest public companies.

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Getting it right: Milwaukee-area companies with board diversity

From The Milwaukee Business Journal
Published October 13, 2014

A first-of-its kind study on Wisconsin public company boards’ racial and ethnic diversity out Monday showed 8 percent of seats are held by non-white members; nationally, that number is closer to 13 percent.

Led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women inc, the survey also listed those companies above average in both gender and racial/ethnic diversity represented on the board.

Of Wisconsin’s top 50 public companies, 11 companies’ combined diversity — both gender and racial/ethnic minority — totaled 25 percent or more of board members. Outside Milwaukee those companies are Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp. and Green Bay’s Associated Banc-Corp.

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