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BizTimes Milwaukee is proud to present the inaugural showcase of Notable Alumni, spotlighting accomplished professionals in the region and the higher education institutions that attract and develop that talent. The leaders profiled on the following pages were nominated by their peers and showcase the diversity of talent in our market. The leadership shown by the individuals profiled here is setting 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 Alumni: Alexis Outlaw

Bachelor’s degree: Alverno College Master’s degree: Cardinal Stritch University Alexis Outlaw, assistant director of admissions for high school recruitment at Alverno College, oversees a team of...

Notable Alumni: Billie Jean Smith

Bachelor’s Degree: Marquette University Law Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison Billie Jean Smith, intellectual property attorney at Milwaukee-based law firm Boyle Fredrickson, is active in both the...

Notable Alumni: Javier Alvarez

Bachelor’s Degree: Marquette University Javier Alvarez, president of the Milwaukee-based Cairn Collective, has a passion for cultural transformation, and long-term partnerships have made him a...

Notable Alumni: Michael Emem

Associate Degree: Milwaukee Area Technical College Bachelor’s Degree: UW-Milwaukee Michael Emem is the founder of Emem Group, a Milwaukee-based real estate firm specializing in residential design...

Notable Alumni: Mort Sayyed

Bachelor’s Degree: UW-Milwaukee As the leader and founder of Milwaukee-based Minlopro Partners, Mort Sayyed has helped shape the organization’s tone and culture, according to colleagues. “Mort’s...

Notable Alumni: Max Stephenson

Bachelor’s Degree: Marquette University Law Degree: Marquette University As an attorney in the family law department at Milwaukee law firm Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP,...

Notable Alumni: Sara Mulloy

Bachelor’s Degree: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Master’s Degree: Sotheby’s Institute of Art Since joining the small team that opened the Hindman Auctions office in...

Notable Alumni: Kyle Konieczka

Bachelor’s Degree: UW-Milwaukee Master’s Degree: Marquette University Kyle Konieczka, senior director of sales and planning for Briggs & Stratton, has made a significant impact at three...

Notable Alumni: Rebekah Kowalski

Bachelor’s Degree: UW-Parkside Rebekah Kowalski, a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, began working for Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup in 2003 and today is vice president...

Notable Alumni: Dave Megna

Associate Degree: Milwaukee Area Technical College Bachelor’s Degree: Upper Iowa University Dave Megna, vice president of Wisconsin Field Operations for Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group, is responsible...

Notable Alumni: Frank LaVora

Bachelor’s Degree: Carthage College Master’s Degree: University of Texas at Dallas Dr. Frank LaVora started his career as a doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery in...

Notable Alumni: Amy Oeding

Bachelor’s Degree: UW-Whitewater Colleagues say people who meet Amy Oeding, director of alumni relations at UW-Whitewater, immediately feel a sense of connection and camaraderie. “Her approachable,...

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