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Notable LGBTQ Executives

BizTimes Milwaukee is proud to present our second edition of Notable LGBTQ+ Executives in southeastern Wisconsin. This list spotlights accomplished professionals in the region and showcases the diversity of talent in the area. The leadership shown by the executives profiled here sets an example to shape a better future for our region.

METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list features only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by our editorial team. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in southeast Wisconsin. They must be currently serving in a senior level role at their firm, must hold a leadership position in their industry outside of their own organization, have made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality at their own workplace or beyond, and act as a role model or mentor.

Notable LGBTQ Executives: John Soderberg

John Soderberg led MyPath’s most recent efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion during the past 18 months, said organization president and CEO Terry...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Katie Dempsey-Fischer

Katie Dempsey-Fischer, vice president of ticket operations for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum, has 11 years of experience in the sports and entertainment...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Joshua Figurski

A member of the Michael Best & Friedrich senior leadership team, Joshua Figurski leads operations for the firm’s intellectual property practice nationwide. His role...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Tony Snell Rodriguez

In his role as visitor experience manager at VISIT Milwaukee, Tony Snell Rodriguez has played a crucial part in the organization’s success, said president...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Chad Bauman

As executive director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Chad Bauman co-led the state’s largest performing arts company through the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Reopening in April...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Al Liu

A veteran of more than 21 years in the industry, Al Liu has served as the vice president of coffee at Colectivo Coffee Roasters...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Lael Atkins

As the vice president of supply chain at Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Lael Atkins has a hand in everything from sales support and warehouse oversight...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Nate Koch

Nate Koch’s work as a leader in diversity and inclusion began in 2016, with the launch of Kohl’s PRIDE Business Resource Group. Since then, he has...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Samuel Hall, Jr.

In early 2022, managing partner Sam Hall Jr. created a client-focused strategic communications and public affairs consultancy at Milwaukee-based Crivello Carlson S.C., in an...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Dr. Alan Nyitray

Alan Nyitray, associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, transitioned from a role as director of HIV prevention services at an Arizona nonprofit...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Gerry Howze

After Gerry Howze, executive director of PEARLS for Teen Girls Inc., recently spoke to members of TEMPO’s Emerging Women Leaders initiative, one of the...

Notable LGBTQ Executives: Michael Gifford

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Gifford has continued to work in the fight against HIV and AIDS and as an advocate for health equity...

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