Thursday, June 29
Pilot House, Discovery World
Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7:00-9:00
With appreciation for the generosity of our
Celebrate the Promise is sold out.
Our new signature event, Celebrate the Promise, commemorates
100 Years of Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin. By historical
record, the first Girl Scout troop formed in the state of Wisconsin
occurred on the playground of Clarke Street School in Milwaukee in May 1917.
Celebrate the Promise will honor four inspiring women leaders
who are engaged in strengthening and building our communities through
their philanthropic and corporate leadership, and who serve as role
models for girls. Each exemplifies Girl Scout leadership as a G.I.R.L.
(Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™.
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DeVona Wright Cottrell, Director and Associate General
Counsel, Robert W. Baird & Company, and First Vice Chair, GSWISE
Board of Directors
Kerrie Hoffman, Community Volunteer and Member, GSWISE
Board of Directors
Kate Schlesinger, Director of Corporate Learning, University
of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, Center for Professional and
Rick Schlesinger, Chief Operating Officer, Milwaukee
Keynote Speaker: Connie Lindsey, past
National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA and Executive Vice
President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global
Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust in Chicago
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potential to discover their values, skills, and the world around them;
connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to
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Meet our Girl Scout Leadership Award G.I.R.L. (Go-getter,
Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) Honorees:
Go-getter: Anne Zizzo
Anne Zizzo is Founder & CEO of Zizzo Group – An
Engagement Agency. One of the biggest firms in Milwaukee, premier
clients include the Milwaukee Brewers, NBC NY, “Dancing with the Stars
Celebrity” Peta Murgatroyd, Mercury Marine, Tribune Media,
ManpowerGroup, MIAD, and Northwestern Mutual.
She is also
heavily involved in the community, serving on the boards of Marquette
University, Froedert Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
Milwaukee, and Green Bay Packer Haha Clinton Dix’s “Hero
To Anne, being a go-getter means, "seeing no boundaries, no
walls. Look at the world as an endless opportunity."
Innovator: Shontra Powell
Shontra has crafted leadership and general management
skills throughout her 26-year career in business. She has made her
mark at world-class companies, including GE and JCI, and
complements her corporate resume with experience as an entrepreneur,
co-creating and leading a strategic growth consulting business –
MingoPowell LLC. Shontra further diversified her offering in
governance leadership serving as the Chief Operating Officer for ASQ,
the global quality association, at a pivotal point in the
association’s 70-year history. Shontra brought leadership vision and
delivered a more sustainable operational foundation.
Shontra explains, "An innovator blazes the trail and sees past
the situation as it is, looks at possibilities, and is driven to
create, fix, build, and problem-solve."
Risk-taker: Griselda Aldrete
Griselda Aldrete is the President & CEO of Hispanic
Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) and prior to that, she
served as the Executive Director at the Cream City Foundation.
Griselda served as the Director of Corporate Events at UMOS, a former
criminal justice instructor at Bryant and Stratton College and
Concordia University, and an investigative reporter and photographer
for ¡Aquí! Milwaukee magazine. She serves on the board of directors
for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Public
Schools Foundation, Pivot Milwaukee, and Building Brave.
Griselda says, "Being a risk-taker means having a vision and
being relentless about it in a positive way. Girls need to take
chances and be willing to fail and learn from those failures to help
build their character."
Leader: Joan Shafer
Joan Shafer was named
executive vice president – human resources and organizational
effectiveness for WEC Energy Group in June 2015, and compliance
officer in April 2016. Shafer has responsibility for human resources
and organizational effectiveness, administrative services, ethics and
compliance and business continuity. She previously served for three
years as senior vice president – customer services for We Energies,
the principal utility subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp. Joan is a
trustee for Mount Mary University and a member of the Alverno College
School of Business advisory board. She is secretary and member of the
board of directors of Seton Catholic Schools, and vice chair and
member of the board of directors of PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education).
Joan's advice to girls is, "the first rule is to show up and
try it, put yourself in that environment, and dismiss the phrase 'I
can’t do that'."