Institute for Women’s Leadership Announces Keynote Speaker for Kickoff Event

The Institute for Women’s Leadership announces keynote speaker Therese Pandl for the kickoff event on March 5, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pandl recently retired as CEO/President of HSHS East Wisconsin Health System. Pandl’s keynote will highlight the morning’s kickoff event, which coincides with International Women’s Day. She will elaborate on this year’s theme “Choose to Challenge.”

Pandl says “women should pay it forward to other women—coach, mentor, promote or throw a life-line to other women when needed.”

Chancellor Michael Alexander will discuss how he sees the Institute fitting into the University’s mission. Institute co-founders Joy Ruzek and Sheryl Van Gruensven, both UW-Green Bay leaders and administrators, will also share their vision of empowering women in Northeast Wisconsin. See full agenda.

Recognizing the region’s growing need for a pipeline of women leaders and the distinct challenges faced by professional women in the workplace, the Institute will strive to eliminate barriers that narrow opportunities at all stages in their professional careers, from rising women of promise to woman executives. To learn more about the Institute for Women’s Leadership, please contact Executive Director Teri Zuege-Halvorsen at

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