Notable BIPOC Executives: Toni White

Class of 2023

  • Category: Notable BIPOC Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 25
  • Undergrad degree/university: BA Business Administration, Faulkner University
  • Graduate degree/university: MS Nonprofit Management and Leadership, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Toni White, chief operating officer at Milwaukee-based nonprofit WRTP | BIG STEP, has been an innovator in workforce development for more than 25 years, according to colleagues.

As the leader of a staff of more than 25, White oversees all administration and operations, including federal and state contract compliance, assessment and evaluation to ensure all people have access to equitable training and employment outcomes. 

“She focuses on offering direct professional development opportunities as well as strengthening cross-collaborative teams. Her fiscal guidance has resulted in almost double-digit asset growth as well as capturing hundreds of thousands of grant dollars through implementation of strong internal control processes paired with innovative solutions to programmatic challenges in workforce development,” said Lindsay Blumer, president and CEO of WRTP | BIG STEP.

“She frequently facilitates professional development trainings that focus on human-centered approaches to serving others and presents hands-on workshops on everything from diversity, equity and inclusion to performance accountability to transformational leadership,” said Blumer. 

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