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Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance Announced

Press Release: Milwaukee Women Inc. and Greater Milwaukee Committee

Jackie Mortenson: or at 262-389-7627
Phill Trewyn: 414-390-5500 or 414-719-2650

2017 winners are Susan J. Schmitt, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Rockwell Automation, and Aurora Healthcare, receive GMC Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance.








The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), awarded the fifth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance on Monday, February 13 at the GMC annual meeting. In a departure from prior years, two awardees were recognized: an individual and an organization. Susan J. Schmitt, SVP of Human Resources at Rockwell Corporation, and Aurora Healthcare each received the eponymous distinction.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity in their corporate structure resulting in increased gender diversity in leadership and on corporate boards in the Milwaukee Region. Past winners include Mary Ellen Stanek with Baird, Jeff Joerres of Manpower Group, and Gale Klappa, CEO of WEC Energy Group, and Northwestern Mutual Life.

Susan Schmitt’s nominator noted that her “vision helped create an internal structure for Diversity & Inclusion that places the ownership and accountability in the business and engages senior leaders not only as sponsors, but as participants and change agents in this work.” Schmitt’s initiative helped increase the gender diversity of women executives and directors by more than 65%.

Aurora Healthcare, the largest private employer in Wisconsin, has worked to address the significant healthcare disparities in diverse communities, invested in creating a pipeline of diverse talent, and was one of the first systems in the region to join the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge as a bold step to eliminate health care disparities. This group is focused on increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data, increasing cultural competency training and increasing diversity in leadership and governance.

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

Milwaukee Women inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving balanced representation of women on boards of directors to maximize the performance of Wisconsin businesses. 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


For more information, please contact Jackie Mortenson: or at 262-389-7627.

Milwaukee civic leaders show openness to addressing racial issues: GMC consultant

Published February 13, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

Despite metro Milwaukee’s reputation as one of the nation’s most segregated communities, local civic leaders exhibit a refreshing willingness to address the issue head-on, says a consultant advising the Greater Milwaukee Committee.


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Dr. Pinderhughes Outlines Path to Heal City at Safe MKE Symposium

Published on January 16, 2017
From Milwaukee Independent

A half-day symposium was held on January 12 as the next step in a collaborative effort by a broad-based collection of leaders from community, business, faith, government, and health sectors to formulate an action plan for the reduction of viоlеncе and its traumatic affect on individuals, community, and the economic health of Milwaukee.

Safe MKE was organized by several groups including the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Viоlеncе Prevention, and the Prevention Institute. The gathering was a continuation from the November 2016 meeting, when Milwaukee launched an ambitious six-month process to develop a blueprint for viоlеncе prevention with 150 community partners.

“This really started for us last spring, when we had a Greater Milwaukee Committee meeting that was looking at the issue of viоlеncе within our city,” said Julia Taylor, President, Greater Milwaukee Committee. “We talked about what was creating the viоlеncе within our city and other urban areas, and what we could do about it. As a result of that discussion, people wanted to dive deeper into our community. So that is what this symposium is about.”

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Symposium Focuses On Reducing Violence And Crime In Milwaukee

Published on January 12, 2017
From CBS58, WDJT Milwaukee

In an effort to reduce violence and crime in the city of Milwaukee, several organizations attended a half day symposium Thursday morning.

It was called “Safe MKE,” and organized by several groups including the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the Prevention Institute.

More than 100 people attended and discussed ways on how to begin reducing the number of crimes and violent rates in the city.

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Grant program in works to help startup businesses on Milwaukee main streets

Published January 10, 2017
From Milwaukee Business Journal

Empty storefronts on Milwaukee’s neighborhood main streets could be refilled with local, startup businesses under a grant program local organizations are crafting.

Dubbed “Brew City Match,” the program would offer public and private financing for businesses to open up shop on streets including North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, West Burleigh Street in Sherman Park and the Clarke Square area. It is one component of a broader push to bring more opportunity to neighborhoods around booming downtown Milwaukee.

“We want it in 2017,” said Donsia Strong Hill, executive director of LISC Milwaukee.

Greater Milwaukee Committee and LISC Milwaukee are crafting plans to start Brew City Match as a pilot program. It is based off the Motor City Match program in Detroit, which has distributed nearly $3 million in two years to more than 60 businesses and 570 entrepreneurs. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 10 visited Detroit to participate in the latest awards through that grant program.


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