Institute for Women’s Leadership Gains Momentum

Green Bay, Wis.—The Institute for Women’s Leadership is gaining momentum with a slate of programming planned for May and established leadership. The Institute is represented by a steering committee of university change-makers and an advisory board of influential business owners and leaders from the community, all focused on creating a community of women and allies, who share knowledge and stand together to reduce barriers for women rising to positions of leadership at every stage in their career.

Every month the Institute will plan and host two monthly series, available to members for free and the general public for a small fee:

  • Women Rising: Stories from Experience—a one-hour lunchtime session to hear from a female leader in Wisconsin about her leadership journey, facilitated by lead community partner Bridget O’Connor, O’Connor Connective. May’s “story from experience” will take place on Tuesday, May 11, Noon to 1 p.m., featuring Christine Jensema, a 25 year Chief Human Resource Officer at Hospital Sisters Health System of Eastern Wisconsin, now retired and appreciating an encore consultancy career. More details available online:
  • Rising Together: Caffeinated Conversations—a one-hour morning session focused on networking and sharing knowledge around a timely topic. May’s topic will be “Vulnerability: The Call to Courage” and will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 8 to 9 a.m. More details available online:
  • Sharing Knowledge Workshops —The Institute business members share their expertise in scheduled lunchtime sessions around leadership, business and entrepreneurial topics. May’s workshop will take place on Thursday, May 27, 12-1 p.m. and will explore share the expertise of Melissa Borowitz, CEO and Owner, The Utech Group, a consulting company helping companies build a foundation for organizational success. More details available online:

In addition, the Institute is also hosting a day-long Women’s Leadership Virtual Retreat on Thursday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., designed around the theme, “Educate, Enlighten and Empower.” The retreat will be an inspiring day of conversation, advice and shared experiences open to the general public and members on a sliding fee scale. Speakers will include Robyn Davis, President and CEO of Brown County United Way along with executive coaches Chris Kann and Courtney Booth – a great networking opportunity with women leaders and dynamic executive coaches.

To learn more about the Institute for Women’s Leadership, please contact Executive Director Teri Zuege-Halvorsen at or visit the website

About the Institute for Women’s Leadership Institute
The Institute for Women’s Leadership was established in 2021. Located at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Institute provides participants the opportunity to expand transformational leadership skills, building a leadership a pipeline for Northeast Wisconsin. The Institute both embraces the Wisconsin Idea and serves the core and select missions of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in its commitment to inclusion, civic engagement, educational opportunity at all levels, and community-based partnerships. The Institute of Women’s Leadership exists as part of the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement. The Institute seeks to fulfill critical needs throughout Wisconsin and contribute to a robust, more broadly engaged and representative professional workforce and leadership. For more information visit the website  

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit



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