- Category: Notable Alumni
- Number of years working in your current industry: 35
- Undergrad degree/university: Merchandise Management/Mount Mary University
Mount Mary University – 1984
Cynthia LaConte, a 1984 graduate of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, is the chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Dohmen Company Foundation.
in 2009, when she became CEO of the Dohmen Company, a health care supply chain firm, LaConte increased the company’s size and founded the Dohmen Company Foundation. In 2019, Dohmen transitioned from a for-profit S-Corp to a not-for-profit philanthropic enterprise, prioritizing social health over shareholder wealth.
“(LaConte) believes affecting change in Milwaukee happens when all voices are represented in leadership, and when resources build upon wellness,” said Christine Pharr, president of Mount Mary University.
The 2020 launch of Dohmen’s Food for Health program is one example. Using medically tailored meals as a way to prevent and reverse chronic disease, Dohmen partnered with Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative to supply 14 free meals per week to 100 CGHC members throughout Milwaukee.
The Dohmen Company Foundation has worked to build healthier communities in a variety of ways, most recently funding a Milwaukee satellite for Chicago-based tech training 501(c)(3) i.c. stars and also securing a $7.5 million line of credit to ensure Milwaukee could meet host-city requirements for the Democratic National Convention.