Rutley to lead women’s business advocacy group
Carla Rutley, former executive director of Waukesha County Action Network, a nonprofit organization of civic and business leaders who spur action on public policy issues, has been named the executive director of Milwaukee Women inc. (MWi).
MWi is a women’s leadership development organization founded in 2002 by Sharon Canter, Betty Quadracci and Mary Ellen Stanek.
The organization leads a statewide effort to strategically accelerate the advancement of women in executive professional and leadership positions, focusing on increasing the presence of women on corporate boards.
Rutley, who also is president of the Rutley Marketing Alliance Group, continues to be involved in women’s leadership initiatives, serving as an adjunct professor for several local colleges. She is the president of Tempo Waukesha, an executive women’s association, and also serves on the Tempo International Board.
Rutley’s first objective in her new role is to work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business to compile the MWi biennial research tracking report that follows growth of board and executive management gender diversity in the 50 largest Wisconsin-based public companies. The results of this report will be unveiled at the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s October meeting.
Richards to serve on Wisconsin Center District board
Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) has been selected to serve as the Wisconsin State Assembly’s appointee to the Wisconsin Center District board.
The board oversees the operation of the Midwest Airlines Center, the U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre. "I look forward to working with the board overseeing Milwaukee’s principal convention and meeting venues. When we attract more conventions and visitors to the Midwest Airlines Center, U.S. Cellular Arena and Milwaukee, we create jobs, grow our economy and revitalize downtown. Our region needs to invest in these assets and the board needs to insure we maximize the return on that investment."
Milwaukee’s Allen nominated to be White House farmer
Will Allen, Milwaukee’s urban farmer, has been nominated to become the first official White House farmer.
Proposals have been made to transform part of the White House lawn into an organic farm to raise fruits and vegetables for White House meals as well as food pantries in Washington, D.C.
Allen, who oversees Milwaukee’s Growing Power project at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, has been nominated for the White House job. The top three candidates, as chosen by the public, will be submitted for review to the Obama administration, which will then select the White House farmer.
Boelter + Lincoln (B+L), a Milwaukee-based advertising and public relations agency, has launched a social media campaign via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to promote Allen for the job, and he is among the top vote-getters in the nation so far.