UW-Green Bay alumna Banuelos is new Chamber marketing manager

UW-Green Bay alumna Lorissa Banuelos ’18 (Business Administration) has been named marketing manager and community DEI liaison at the Green Bay Chamber.

Bañuelos serves as the dedicated marketing manager for the Chamber’s

Lorissa R. Bañuelos

economic development arm, including the entrepreneurial-focused marketing of the Startup Hub, Urban Hub and other efforts; business retention and attraction work; and Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan initiatives. She also holds a part-time role as the Chamber’s newly-created community DEI liaison, championing and implementing DEI strategy and initiatives in collaboration with the current task force manager.

Institute for Wisconsin Leadership

UW-Green Bay Launches Institute for Women’s Leadership to Build In-Demand Pipeline of Leaders in Northeast Wisconsin

Virtual Kickoff Event in Celebration of International Women’s Day is March 5

Green Bay, Wis.— Recognizing the region’s growing need for a pipeline of women leaders and the distinct challenges faced by professional women in the workplace, UW-Green Bay is establishing the Institute for Women’s Leadership www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership. The Institute will serve as a comprehensive leadership resource for women in Northeast Wisconsin and will strive to eliminate barriers that narrow opportunities at all stages in their professional careers, from rising women of promise to woman executives.

  • The facts about the women’s leadership gap are well documented and speak for themselves:
  • Women make up half of the world’s talent pool. In the US, 50.2% of the college-educated labor force is made up of women.
  • They have long eclipsed men in earning college degrees, yet women still only hold 25% of leadership roles.[i]
  • Since 2015 there have been only modest signs of progress in the representation of women in the corporate pipeline[ii]: Women represent only 28 percent of the those in senior vice president positions in the workplace and only 21% of those occupying roles in the C Suite.
  • One in five board members are women at Wisconsin’s top 50 public companies[iii].

“One of the most powerful actions we can take as a University is to create a culture of ‘conscious inclusion,’ ensuring the region has a pipeline of women leaders,” UW-Green Bay Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy Sheryl Van Gruensven said. “Beyond policies and hiring practices, the Institute will give rise to an environment that embraces diverse perspectives with the conscious intent of including everyone, particularly women.”

Joy Ruzek, assistant vice chancellor of the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement and co-founder of the Institute with Van Gruensven, added, “Women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions, showing there clearly is a broken rung on the career ladder for women. Our goal is to build an ongoing culture where everyone brings their whole self to work each day and feels valued, heard and able to make an impact while progressing in their careers. By giving access to more representative voices, our society and economy will only get stronger.”

The Institute will put forward wide-ranging programs, events, and research, benefiting women with access to experts and supportive networks. Leadership certificate programs, a monthly speaker’s series featuring notable women throughout the area sharing their stories to leadership, monthly networking events, a women’s mentorship program, an annual leadership

retreat, workshops and discussion groups will be offered to support women’s professional development needs. Equally important, the Institute will work to increase communities’ knowledge and awareness of issues related to women in leadership and advance new knowledge about women and leadership in the State of Wisconsin through benchmarking data on women in business and research about women and leadership.

Work on this important workplace topic has been steadily taking shape in Northeast Wisconsin over the last few years, including the work of Bridget O’Connor, Principal and Owner of O’Connor Connective, and incubator of “The Connective: A Community for Women in Business.” The Institute will incorporate O’Connor’s work into its offerings in an ongoing and expanded effort to grow and develop women leaders across industries and career stages.

“It’s a great day for women in Wisconsin!” says O’Connor. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to align our efforts with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a forward-facing University, boldly sustaining and creating a community on the rise. Now we can reach even more women with more resources to advance in their careers. It’s that simple and that profound. The Institute takes the ideas of ‘The Connective’ to a whole new level, and we can’t wait to see what unfolds.”

“Now more than ever our communities need fearless leaders,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.

“Our mission with the Institute is to empower women and to fulfill the evolving leadership needs of Wisconsin companies and organizations.”

The Institute will host a kickoff event on Friday, March 5, 2021 in celebration of International Women’s Day with a formal announcement and a virtual keynote speaker, addressing the campaign theme “Choose to Challenge.” The kickoff will start at 9 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. Details will be shared on the website www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership.

To learn more about the Institute for Women’s Leadership, please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Executive Director, at zueget@uwgb.edu or visit the website www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership

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 seeks to fulfill critical needs in the region and contribute to a robust, more broadly engaged and representative professional workforce and leadership. For more information visit the website www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership

 About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


[i] 2020 World Economic Forum, March 3, 2020

[ii] Women in the Workplace 2020 Study, McKinnsey Research

[iii] Milwaukee Women, Inc.

[iiii] Women in the Workplace 2020 Study, McKinnsey Research


Pitch contest helps former refugee sharpen idea for Hmong-inspired fashion line

A love for the Hmong culture led to a business idea and people’s choice award for Ka Vang, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Vang, who entered the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest, created a business model for Ntxhais Hmoob, a modern Hmong-inspired fashion line for everyday wear. The 2008 Green Bay West High School graduate and current Appleton resident was born in a refugee camp in Thailand.

“It was a difficult situation; just like many other Hmong families suffered,” Vang said. “My family moved to the United States in 1994 and we initially migrated to California before moving to Wisconsin several years later.”

Source: Pitch contest helps former refugee sharpen idea for Hmong-inspired fashion line

Prof. Amulya Gurtu had a peer-reviewed article published

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Amulya Gurtu (Supply Chain Management) had a peer-reviewed article published. The paper titled “Supply Chain Risk Management: Literature Review” is published in RISKS, Volume 9, Issue 1; doi:10.3390/risks9010016. This study aims to analyze the risk associate with global supply chains and how to mitigate them. This paper is co-authored with Prof. Jestin Johny (India).

Storyteller Dolly Potts will share her journey and advice (virtually) with her graduating peers

Note: Georgie “Dolly” Potts was selected from a number of nominations to be this semester’s Commencement Speaker. As COVID-19 postponed the University’s plans to celebrate with the Fall/ Winter 2020 graduates until Spring 2021, Potts’ speech was recorded and will be released on what was to be 2020 Fall/Winter Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 at news.uwgb.edu.


Georgie “Dolly” Potts is a firmly grounded person. That includes in this present moment of celebration at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as well as her past and her future.

As a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas and a graduate receiving a bachelor’s of arts in First Nations Studies, Pott’s achievements transcend academics. In her nomination, Mai J. Lo Lee noted, “Dolly is an exemplary UW-Green Bay student because of her love for learning, compassion to listen and her ability to connect life to learning.”

When asked about her “special” ability to connect life with learning, she says simply, “I’m good at telling a story.” Even more remarkable is not just her talent in telling, but retelling stories. “These stories come from my ancestors. We pass them down to our children, to our grandchildren.”

And her journey to today is a story few others could tell.

In just two years, after transferring from College of Menominee Nation, Pott’s stature among students, faculty and the First Nations community on campus has grown through her words of encouragement, empathetic listening and a unique life perspective influenced by Potawatomi traditions.

“We believe in the seven generations. I am in the middle. I learn and listen to my ancestors from the past three generations and I look to the future three generations,” Potts explains. “These stories come from my ancestors. We pass them down to our children, to our grandchildren.” She recognizes this is a concept that doesn’t always fit neatly in a Western worldview. But she adds, “If you talk of the seven generations to a native, they know exactly what you’re talking about.”

These “native” traditions she describes simply as “choosing the way of the earth.” And it’s not just all talk. Potts travels throughout the region to participate in teachings from tribal Elders (a title of respect that also applies to her), from her community and others. She uses these learning experiences, to directly impact the students and colleagues on campus and in the community through teaching, demonstrations and celebrations.

Every question she is asked comes not with just an answer, but also a story—including her name Dolly. “My oldest sister named me Dolly. When I was born, there were 10 years between us, so I was her dolly. Georgie’s after my father.” Addressing her as Koya (Grandma) Dolly is also acceptable—especially considering she has three sons, one daughter, 13 grandchildren and number 14 on the way.

Potts describes herself simply: “I’m a traditional native. I grew up with my ways.” Her “growing up” included life on a Kansas reservation and attendance at a Catholic boarding school in South Dakota. Her love of Wisconsin began in her teenage years, traveling to the Green Bay-area to take part in tribal pow wows. Potts remembers “We would all get together to sing and dance.” The purpose of dancing? “For joy.”

Beyond her naturally fun-loving nature, Potts’ achievements within the University and community have been impactful and transformative. First as an intern in the Education Center for First Nations Studies, where she worked with the local indigenous community. During that time, she arranged for several Elders and knowledge-keepers to present to campus on various topics. Her nomination as Commencement Speaker noted, “As an undergraduate student and tribal Elder, Dolly’s skills and abilities surpass those of many professionals already working in a higher education setting.”

Potts’ activism and community outreach has extended state-wide to Madison, where she shared her research on Act 31—a requirement that all public school districts provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s 11 federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities. In true “Koya Dolly” fashion, she met with Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford-Taylor and established a “grandma-to-grandma” connection.

But most of all Potts enjoys being herself. “I love who I am. I’m very proud of being native.” Essential to her identity is a tribal oral tradition she explains as “telling stories about our ancestors, or the world around you that helps explain human nature.”

The unique quality of “Koya Dolly’s” power to connect with others is that it comes from her giving nature. She shares that power freely in the form of her stories. Lisa Poupart, director of the First Nations undergraduate and doctoral programs, describes her as a role model for all students and community members. “She embodies the commitment to lifelong learning and service to others,” Poupart said. “We will all benefit from her wisdom and shared words at commencement.”

As for her Commencement Speech, she’s got a story to share and offers this hint: “It’s about a bear and about power. Because many of the students that are graduating will go into positions of power.”

And as for plans beyond graduation?

“I’ll use my education as a pillar to support the foundation of my people.” And for Potts, that foundation stands on a love of learning about the past, present and future.

Her story continues.

UW-Green Bay business students place in the top one percent globally

A team from UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Vallari Chandna’s (Marketing & Management) “Capstone in Business Strategy” Class, has made it to the Top 100 rank in the GloBus Simulation. The team of UW-Green Bay Business Administration students consisting of the C-Suite members Stephanie Goetz, Chase Grabowski, Cameron Prailes, Hannah Stroede, Anthony Zettlemoyer placed in a tie for 38th place out of 3,293 teams across 150 colleges and universities across the world during the week of Nov 2-8, 2020. The ranking places them in the top 1% worldwide.

In the Capstone course’s strategy simulation, student teams run a company that is racing for global market leadership in the wearable video cameras and camera-equipped copter drones industry. Each decision round, students make 20+ types of decisions from all business domains including design and performance, assembly operations, shipping and delivery, workforce compensation, pricing and marketing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, and the financing of company operations among others. Students from the Austin E. Cofrin’s Business School have placed in the top 100 of the GloBus Simulation multiple times in the past year.

Mauel creates Data Science learning for girls/young women

Lauren Mauel, lecturer in the Professional Program in Education, created a curriculum on Data Science for young girls which has been selected by Create & Learn for its Hour of Code Activities Directory. Mauel’s curriculum, titled Fashionista of Data Science, is aimed at girls ages 13-18 years old. The curriculum teaches basic principles of data science through activities involving SQL code, design, and algorithm creation. Inspiration for this course came from her passion to interest more girls in the world of data science, says Mauel. Create & Learn aims to deliver virtual, fun, and interactive courses for children in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science and current technologies. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay this fall, Mauel was a mathematics teacher at Green Bay Southwest High School. She currently teaches courses in the Education Program and Business Statistics this semester for the Cofrin School of Business. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at North Texas in Learning Technologies.

CAHSS, CSOB hosting Green Bay Area Public School students with virtual field trips

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty about the future in many ways, the Green Bay Area Public School District and its higher education partners are still encouraging students to make plans for post-secondary education and careers after high school. The District, in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and UW-Green Bay, is hosting a series of virtual field trips, in which students in grades 10-12 can learn more about the career paths they are interested in. The series of virtual field trips has been designed to support each student’s academic and career planning process (ACP). Students will have the opportunity to hear from people in various careers, virtually view the NWTC and UW-Green Bay learning spaces, ask questions and more. At UW-Green Bay, these are the invited events:

Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2:30, Cofrin School of Business Open House
Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Common Cause: Beyond Sustainability

Students should visit gbaps.org/ACP for more information and to register.


Alumnus talks about heat-related injuries during summer physical fitness

A number of organized sports and exercise programs with trained leaders were canceled because of COVID-19, so people of all ages are creating their own regimens. Add to the mix hot and dry weather, and you have a recipe for injury. Kevin Miller (Human Biology), an Athletic Training Program faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, is well informed on heat-related sports injuries. Some recommendations from Miller include consulting a healthcare professional, setting goals, and staying positive during this time. Source:  The Morning Sun