Krista Brookman, Chair
Krista Brookman is Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern Mutual after serving nearly a decade as Vice President, Learning and Advisory Services at Catalyst, the leading non-profit organization focused on accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. In her role at NM, Krista leads the Women’s Initiative efforts across the enterprise to maximize growth, foster a culture of belonging, and positively impact D&I outcomes for the attraction, retention, and advancement of women.
She has 25 years of experience, including her previous role at Deloitte where she successfully launched the creation of the Women in Manufacturing initiative while in marketing and business leadership roles serving the manufacturing industry.
Krista has presented on a variety of D&I topics and was invited to and spoke at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has been quoted in Fast Company.
Krista is active in several professional community organizations including TEMPO, Professional Dimensions and Milwaukee Women inc. She is the in-coming chair of the Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Board at Marquette University. She co-founded the TEMPO Women’s Affinity Alliance (ERG community collective), has served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, and served as President of the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education.
Krista was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the Business Journal of Milwaukee and was nominated as a “Changemaker” by the White House United State of Women. Krista received an MBA and BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Named a 2021 Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Tammy serves as founder and CEO of Athena Communications, a brand management and government affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, equity and inclusion practices, and media engagement, with client partners engaged in transformational and systems change work.
Most recently and concurrently, Tammy was the first appointed chief diversity officer with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the largest regional theater in Wisconsin. As an accelerant for equity and inclusion, she works directly with executive leadership, board of trustees, staff and community to develop, implement and measure ED&I goals for the theater and serve as an internal coach on inclusiveness and diversity issues.
Tammy is an award-winning public relations and diversity professional. In 2021 she was a part of the inaugural class of most Notable Alumni, a recognition for distinguished alumni recognized by the Biz Times and was most recently the recipient of the inaugural Governor's Tourism Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. The award recognizes demonstrated leadership in raising awareness, or facilitating change, to build a more inclusive and welcoming environment for visitors to Wisconsin.
Prior to launching Athena in 2009, Tammy held senior level positions in city government and community-based organizations and served as staff assistant with the Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council. Tammy is an active member of the greater Milwaukee community, with board leadership as a trustee on the boards of Alverno College Board and Milwaukee Rep and member of the Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund Board. She enjoys membership in TEMPO Milwaukee, Professional Dimensions, MRA CDO Roundtable, and Public Relations Society of America – Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter.
A proud graduate of Alverno College, Tammy enjoys reading, national politics, and being a wife and mother and proudly serves as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Aliah Berman is the Chief Diversity Officer of TBWA\North America. She’s responsible for leading the vision, strategy and execution of TBWA’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the collective, working in partnership with the company’s North American offices and parent company Omnicom.
Throughout her career, Aliah has demonstrated a passion for and successful track record of driving growth and positive change in her teams and organizations. She has a strong commitment to leveraging diversity as an advantage, to addressing specific challenges facing underrepresented groups, and to ensuring equity in opportunity for all individuals.
Previously, Aliah served as Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for TBWA’s sister company, global experiential agency GMR Marketing, where she continues to serve as Chief Diversity Officer. In her role at GMR, Aliah has identified programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering diversity with GMR and created learning environments that built a culturally competent community. She’s also spearheaded change and culture management initiatives that aligned the organization’s DEI strategy with business goals to enhance work outputs.
Prior to GMR Marketing, Berman served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition at Advocate Aurora Health. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and on the Advisory Board for NEWaukee. Additionally, she is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, a professional organization for women that aims to further the impact of women leaders in the community.
Barbara Boxer is one of the General Partners of BELLE Capital USA Fund and serves as LeBe Inc.’s chief executive officer. Ms. Boxer has more than 20 years of experience in advising and investing in early-stage companies. Barbara has served as vice chairman of the Investment Committee for BELLE Capital, LP. She is also the Founder and Managing Member of Women Angels, LLC, an investment group with more than 100 women investors in Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; and Washington D.C.
BELLE Capital USA Fund is an early-stage investment fund, which focuses its investments on women-owned or managed technology businesses around the US. BELLE Capital USA was formed in late 2012 and has made ten investments in women-owned tech companies.
Before retiring from her law practice to focus on angel investing, Ms. Boxer was General Counsel to PDM Bridge. Prior to joining PDM Bridge, she was a Partner at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, s.c., and chair of the firm's Government Relations Department. Earlier in her career, Barbara founded a successful medical mail order business, with three divisions, each of which she sold. Ms. Boxer earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Information Technology as well as a Master in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. Ms. Boxer is a member of the Association of Women Lawyers and the American Bar Association. She serves on the Board of the University of Miami Business School's Launch Pad, ABA Construction Lawyers and the Women's Common Wealth Institute. Barbara is also on the boards of a number of start-ups including Joylux, Inc.; Mopion, Inc.; and ProSolutions, LLC. Among Ms. Boxer's investments are Oculus, Southgate Partner, Slil Biomedical, Ivory Retail, Marquette Capital Partners, and TelaDoc.
Barbara has become a national speaker on Angel Tax Credits. She spoke at South by Southwest and published an article on why Federal Angel Tax Credits will be good for the U.S. economy. Both papers are available upon request.
Patty Cadorin retired in 2021 as Vice President and Senior Advisor of BMO Harris Bank. Previously, she was Chief of Staff to the CEO; and prior to the acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation by BMO Financial Group, Patty was Senior Vice President and Corporate Communications Director for Marshall & Ilsley Corporation.
Patty has served as Wisconsin Women’s Council Chair since 2019, leading the Council under two Governor’s. She is a founding partner of the Women’s Council’s Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business (2007), Governor’s appointee to the Women’s Council Board since 2012, and served as the Governor’s Designee from 2018-19.
Patty serves on the board of directors of the United Community Center; Building Brave; the Milwaukee Urban League; and is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She is the former chair of the board of directors of Aurora Family Service and the Donors Forum of Wisconsin. Patty is a former member of the board of directors of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, and Zink the Zebra Foundation. She co-chaired the 2015 United Performing Arts Fund community campaign and helped lead a record-breaking $12 million fund-raising campaign. Patty also co-chaired the Aurora Healthcare Gala in 2016, the Boys and Girls Club Transformations Fashion Show in 2008, co-chaired the Sharp Literacy Novel Event in 2008, and was a member of the NFL Alumni/Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament committee for 19 years.
Patty was the recipient of the Business Journal Women of Influence award in 2003, the St. Francis Children’s Center Children’s Service Award in 2007, the TEMPO Mentor Award in 2008, the Lynde Uihlein Award from the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee in 2011, and the Friend of the Hispanic Community Award from the United Community Center in 2011. In 2016, she was awarded the Ally Award from the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and the Civic Leader Award from the Fellowship Open. Patty was recognized with the UPAF Notable Women Award in 2017.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Patty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, Spanish and secondary education.
Jennifer Dirks joined TEMPO in 2014 as the organization's first President & CEO. In her role, Dirks is responsible for the development, implementation and execution of TEMPO's strategic direction. She works closely with the board chair, executive committee and board of directors to ensure this direction stays true to the organization's mission and vision of furthering the impact of women leaders in the Milwaukee business community. Dirks also oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, corporate partnerships and serves as a community advocate on behalf of TEMPO. Dirks is a communications and public relations executive with more than 20 years of corporate and agency experience with business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. Dirks also spent more than a decade as a television news reporter and producer in various newsrooms across the Midwest. She currently serves on the Board of PEARLS for Teen Girls, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Medical College of Wisconsin Physicians Board. She is an adjunct instructor for Marquette University and an active member of Professional Dimensions and Milwaukee Women inc. Dirks was named a 'Woman of Influence' and a 'Power Broker' by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Born in St. Charles, Illinois, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Illinois State University.
Jennifer Carroll Finger is a KKR Talent Industry Consultant for KKR & Co., Inc., and a member of Chief. Her experience spans executive search and leadership assessment for a diverse portfolio of growth organizations, ranging in size, scale and ownership. The breadth of leadership work includes CEO, divisional president, chief digital marketing officer and customer experience officer engagements, as well as a host of customer-driven roles in digital, media, consumer insights, innovation, martech, data analytics, marketing/market research, business intelligence, product development, strategy, brand planning and advertising.
Previously, Finger was a partner at DHR International located at the Chicago global headquarters for two years. Before working at DHR Internations, she spent 15 years with Korn Ferry with concentration on the global consumer/retail and marketing services industries, while also leading the Global Financial Services Chief Marketing Officer Practice. Earlier in her career, she managed multiple leadership-assessment-related engagements with the Olsten Corp., working in Milwaukee and later New York, primarily serving the global telecommunications industry. She also worked for a New York-based startup creative and digital design recruiting firm, Computer Graphic Resources.
Finger received her BA at Marquette University and took part in the Fulbright Commission Exchange Program in London.
Jasmine M. Johnson brings 20+ years of leadership, service, and advocacy to any space she enters. She started her corporate career as an intern at Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) of which is also the company she landed her first job post Undergrad, and most recently returned as the Vice President of Sales. As part of the Senior Leadership Team at Milwaukee’s iHeartMedia Markets Group she is charged to lead the sales team to achieve and exceed customer’s goals and expectations across multiple platforms and assets. Jasmine has led and served at some of the largest Global Brands such as Pfizer, Walgreen’s, and ManpowerGroup.
She was most recently named as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awardees, was selected as a participant of the 2020 Young American Leaders Program through Harvard Business School, and was recognized as one of the 2015 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Philanthropic Five. In 2018, Jasmine received the inaugural City of Milwaukee’s Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award, an award honoring social justice and civic accomplishment in the City of Milwaukee of which she was soon then appointed by the City of Milwaukee to the Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Service Award Selection Committee. Jasmine serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Milwaukee Film, the Executive Leadership Team for GoRed for the American Heart Association – Greater Milwaukee of where she’ll be the first person of color across the State to lead a local campaign in 2021, is an inaugural Board member of the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and holds a Mayoral appointment as a Board member of the Historic King Drive BID #8. Jasmine is a member of Milwaukee Women, Inc. (MWi), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Jasmine has a passion for making a difference through advocacy both at work and in her community. She holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. Jasmine resides in the historic Harambee Neighborhood in Milwaukee area and recognizes the significance of working hard, performing strong, and giving back. She juggles it well with grace, style, and class all while being motivated by her son, Jeremiah, a Sophomore at Marquette University High School.
Margaret (“Margo”) Loebl is an experienced global executive and board director. She currently serves in advisory roles for Marquette University, Wellesley College and the National Association of Corporate Directors, and PJM Interconnection while providing education at schools and business groups covering key topics in corporate finance, governance and other “hot topics” for Corporate Boards.
In her 35+ year career, Loebl has worked in complex multi-nationals in a variety of cultures across the automotive, agribusiness, footwear/apparel, technical services and chemical industries. She has been a financial officer in large public companies, including General Motors, Nike and Archer Daniels Midland. She spent a total of six years as a public company Chief Financial Officer for TechTeam Global, Quaker Chemical and AgroFresh Solutions. She lived and worked 10 years outside the U.S. and has a working knowledge of German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Loebl also served on the Board of Directors of Hickory Point Bank and Trust. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Wellesley College. She also served as an Executive in Residence at the University of Illinois.
Mark Naidicz is an HR executive who has led global HR functions at AbbVie, Abbott, and S.C. Johnson. Diverse experiences in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, nutritional, hospital, and consumer packaged goods industries in complex business environments. Highly recognized leadership in building high performance cultures, leadership depth and capability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to help organizations succeed. Unique and highly successful experiences in M&A leadership, integrations, transformations, and company spin-offs. Highlights from Naidicz’s career so far include his work at S.C. Johnson, Abbott, and AbbVie in executive-level global HR roles; providing HR leadership on 20 acquisitions, integrations, and company spin-offs; leading AbbVie to more than 40 “Great Places to Work,” “Top Employer,” and “Best of…” lists; as well as being a Marquette University alumnus and serving as the College of Business Administration’s HR Executive in Residence.
President, Thomas J. Rolfs Foundation
Senior Marketing Manager, Spartan
Mary Alice Tierney
Mary Alice has worked in a variety of businesses as a strategic leader on the executive teams of privately held, publicly traded and not-for-profit organizations.
Mary Alice was a Vice President of Wisconsin’s largest health care provider, where she led the marketing, branding, media relations, public relations, Web and internal communications.
Mary Alice was a Vice President of a diversified media and printing company, where she served on the small team of senior executives that transformed the corporation from nearly seventy years of employee ownership into a publicly traded company. She developed the Investor Relations program for the successful IPO and coached leadership on change management.
Mary Alice was an Emmy Award winning television producer and an on-air program host, who has made hundreds of public speaking appearances.
She served as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of a nation-wide broadcast group, where she developed the internal and external brands and provided leadership development and strategic communications for the rapidly growing company.
As Human Resources Director and Community Affairs Manager of the ABC- affiliated television station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she developed programs and initiatives that were adopted throughout the country. In this role, she published articles in trade publications, as a nationally recognized expert in the field.
Dedicated to community service and involvement, Mary Alice has provided pro bono leadership development and communications coaching and consulting while serving on the Boards of Directors of dozens of high profile nonprofit organizations.
Jamie Yu is Senior Staff Counsel for Fiserv providing legal support for Fiserv’s Credit Union Solutions business unit, overseeing contract negotiations, and arranging legal approval in the Marketing department. Previously, Yu was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Robert W. Baird & Co. She joined Baird's legal department as an intern in 2013 and joined the Baird legal team full time in 2015. Yu's primary areas of responsibility include advising Baird’s fixed income capital markets and investment banking business and providing general legal counsel to a variety of areas throughout the firm, including data privacy. Prior to joining Baird, she worked for three years in Taiwan as a legal assistant and translator.
Yu received a law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2015, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, an Academic Success Program leader, an admissions ambassador, and a Student Bar Association student mentor. She received her BA in political science and international studies from Case Western Reserve University in 2009.
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Executive Vice President, Town Bank
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Ann Buckingham is a bilingual global business executive with 25-plus years of experience in both branded vertical and licensed businesses. She possesses deep expertise in consumer products, licensing, sales, product development, sourcing, marketing and merchandising. Skilled at building strong relationships with top business executives, clients and employees, she has hands-on experience with startups, growth, turnaround and restructuring businesses. She is a dedicated team leader driven to performance at the highest standard.
Buckingham currently is SVP of global brand merchandising and product design at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Her responsibilities include licensing, brand management, category management and product development. Prior to her return to the Walt Disney Co., she worked at 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Heyman developing and building their brands and consumer products divisions.
Buckingham holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University. She lives in Westlake Village, California, with her husband, who also is a Marquette graduate, their two children, and dog Snickers.
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Jean McKiernan is a managing director at Dovetail Consulting Group. She has almost two decades of global industry experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. McKiernan is an expert in risk consulting and compliance operations who builds trust and rapport with her clients.
Throughout her consulting experience, McKiernan has advised major companies on global compliance programs and operational frameworks, assisting chief compliance officers (CCOs) in mitigating and managing regulatory and compliance risk. Her program-build experience includes: mergers and acquisitions, patient assistance foundations/patient support programs, IRO services, CIA preparedness services, governance design, training, written standards and specific to medical device, asset tracking. Jean’s experience spans five continents, giving her an understanding of global compliance that is broad and deep.
Prior to joining Dovetail, McKiernan consulted in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Risk Consulting Practice of PwC. She began her career at Abbott Laboratories' Hospital Products Division, Hospira (DBA Pfizer) and a health care portfolio company of WaterStreet Healthcare Partners private equity.
McKiernan holds an MBA from the Loyola University Maryland and a BA from Marquette University.
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Chief Financial Officer, Guy & O’Neill
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As Rockwell Automation’s first Business Leader of Inclusion, Steve Stall is a business transformation change agent promoting workforce diversity and inclusive business environments. He has more than 30 years of corporate experience in executive operations, finance and large-scale project management. During this time, he underwent a transformative experience that inspired him, as a white male, to change his corporate role to champion diversity and inclusion.
A recognized inclusion leader, Stall has twice participated in the Dynamic Women in Business Conference at Harvard Business School. He is also the first male board member of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin. Currently, Stall consults with businesses to create inclusive workplaces that effect positive change and enhance employee engagement.
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Katie Weber is the CEO of her household. Making the mindful decision to stay home and raise a family has proven to be fulfilling for Katie. During her time at home, she served as Executive Director of Nova Cycle Sport Foundation, too. She was responsible for innovative thinking surrounding the female athlete within a male dominated sport: competitive cycling. She attained her vision of creating an internationally recognized, professional women’s cycling team. Overseeing fundraising, strategizing on athletic competitive tactics, and advocating for the equal recognition of female athletes were driving factors for her.
Additionally, Katie donates her time and talent to Sojourner Family Peace Center. She appreciates the opportunity to support people whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.
In 1989, Katie received a BA in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, followed by a BS in Physical Therapy from UW-Madison.
Katie is thrilled to join IWL’s Advisory Board, representing women who choose to place their careers on hold to raise a family and as a facilitator for those women considering returning to the workforce or academia.
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Founder and acting President and CEO, ISCorp
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