Aurora, Rockwell’s Schmitt recognized by Milwaukee Women Inc., GMC

Recipients of Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance named

The Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women Inc. awarded the fifth annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to Susan Schmitt of Rockwell Automation and to Aurora Healthcare earlier this week.


The award, named for Robert W. Baird & Co. chief investment officer Mary Ellen Stanek, was created in 2013 to recognize individuals or organizations demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity in their corporate structure resulting in increased gender diversity in leadership and on corporate boards in the Milwaukee region.

Schmitt, Rockwell senior vice president of human resources, was recognized for efforts that increased gender diversity among executives and directors at the company by 65 percent. Her nominator noted she created an internal structure for diversity and inclusion “that places the ownership and accountability in the business and engages senior leaders not only as sponsors, but as participants and change agents in this work.”

Aurora was recognized for efforts to address health care disparities in diverse communities and investing in the creation of a diverse talent pipeline. The organization is also increasing its cultural competency training, diversity in leadership and governance and collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data.

Previous recipients of the award have included Stanek, Jeff Jorres of Manpower Group, Gale Klappa of WEC Energy Group and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Sign up for BizTimes Daily Alerts

Stay up-to-date on the people, companies and issues that impact business in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin

Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

No posts to display