Professional Dimensions elects most racially diverse board in organization’s history

One-third of board positions held by women of color

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Professional Dimensions, a Milwaukee-based network of professional women, announced this week that it has elected its most racially diverse board of directors in the organization’s 40-year history.

Margaret Henningsen recently spoke at a Professional Dimensions event.

Women of color now hold one-third of Professional Dimensions’ board positions, following the election of board members at the group’s annual meeting this week.

Professional Dimensions, which was founded in 1978, is a membership organization of 350 women leaders in the Greater Milwaukee area.

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“Diversity has always been one of our core tenets. We believe it is our duty to use our power, as a leading women’s organization, to further advance our community by shining a light on women of color and ensuring our leadership is representative, “ said president Emily Phillips.

The incoming board members also span three generations, 12 industries and various career levels, ranging from young professionals to seasoned executives, the organization said.


The 2018-19 board of directors include:

  • President: Emily Phillips, Baird
  • Immediate Past President: Karen Vernal, Vernal Management Consultants, LLC
  • President-Elect: Judith Mouton, Johnson Controls
  • Secretary: Christine Baranoucky, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Treasurer: Natasha King, Next Door Foundation
  • Jennifer Allen, MGIC
  • Danielle Bly, We Energies
  • Brenda Campbell, SecureFutures
  • Tricia Geraghty, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Erica Gumieny, Aurora Health Care
  • Michelle Hinton, Uncom Milwaukee
  • Karen Hunt, P.A.V.E.
  • Shaneé Jenkins, YMCA Metro Milwaukee
  • Renee Kirnberger, Pathfinders
  • Melinda Krueger, Salesforce
  • Rebeca Lopez, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Laura Lutter Cole, VISIT Milwaukee
  • Andréa Michel, Hoffman York
  • Katie Podmokly, Baird
  • Julie Raye, Bartolotta Restaurants
  • Joyce Rubenstein, Capstone National Partners
  • Janet Slater, Greenleaf Partners
  • Kate Venne, Brady Corp
  • Jennifer Walther, Mawicke & Goisman

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