Women’s Leadership Breakfast

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Honoring Ginger Zimmerman as the recipient of the
2016 United Way Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award

Nakoma Golf Club
4145 Country Club Rd, Madison, WI 53711

Free valet parking available

More information about the Women’s Leadership Breakfast is available online here.
Please contact Lauren Rock at 608-246-4348 or womensleadershipcouncil@uwdc.org with questions.

The Women’s Leadership Breakfast & Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award is SOLD OUT!

We thank you for your interest to attend and support our Woman of the Year Philanthropy, Ginger Zimmerman.
You are invited to complete a registration for our event waiting list. When a seat is available you will be notified by United Way.

April 2016: Happy National Volunteer Month!

ReneeMoe black and white small fileVolunteers are the soul of United Way. Every decision made is formed by and discussed with volunteers. Does engaging the community with and through volunteers slow things down and add complexity? Sure. But we believe wholeheartedly that United Way exists by the community and for the community, and volunteer involvement is a critical and irreplaceable asset in making long-term change happen in Dane County. It is through diversity of experience and points of view that we can understand more fully the challenging issues we are working to address, and collectively identify how we can create change that sticks.

This month is National Volunteer Month across America, an excellent reason to reflect on the leadership and diversity volunteers embed in United Way’s work. On behalf of the Board and staff, I’d like to THANK all of our volunteers for their time, experience and leadership – whether working to end homelessness for families, running an employee campaign, digging into financial statements, or answering 2-1-1 calls for help. Staff promise to bring our A game, and it’s the volunteers who ensure the work and outcomes are A+. Check out our Volunteer Recognition booklet online! We are better because of you.

In 2015, 923 volunteers served on 57 United Way committees – their total contribution of time was 39,000 hours! In our community, 20,219 volunteers provided more than 437,000 additional hours of service to United Way partner non-profits. In total, that is a $10,981,320 value. That is a powerful testament to the willingness of our community to roll up its sleeves and collaboratively tackle our most challenging local human issues.

We honor and recognize the importance of volunteers at United Way and across the community. And, we are working to build out our community’s volunteer capacity through workplace volunteerism and the Business Volunteer Network, youth volunteerism and leadership, non-profit volunteer management capacity building, and – in development – a new online volunteerism platform that we hope to unveil later this year.

This month, we’ll be celebrating volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. On April 15, 16 and 17, more than 4,000 Dane County youth will participate in Global Youth Service Day. Then, on April 20, we will honor 74 volunteer nominees and 11 awardees who dedicate their volunteer time and passion toward creating a Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life.

To all of you who volunteer, thank you. To all of you who manage and support volunteers, thank you. To those of you who are looking to volunteer, check out VolunteerYourTime.org to find a volunteer project that is perfect for you.


Key Leader Panel – Dress for the Occasion: Leveraging Your Leadership Style

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: UW-Health at The American Center, 4602 Eastpark Blvd, Madison, WI

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking ramp and surface lot. Free valet service is also available at the clinic and main entrances.

Contact: Lauren Rock
(608) 246-4348

Key-logo-tag-4CDon’t think you are in a leadership role? Think again. No matter what your position, you are leading people under you, above you, and across from you – a unique position that uses your specific personality.

This Key Leader Panel will provide a framework for understanding and practicing leadership. Join us for lunch and to hear from five of our community’s key leaders who exemplify courage and the willingness to take action. Click here to register online by April 22.

Kimberly Bellefeuille
Director of Talent, Development and Resources for TASC

The work of TASC’s Talent, Development and Resource team is to provide workforce planning, just in time resource deployment, training support and change management for new initiatives and leadership development. In addition to program design and facilitation, Kimberly conducts one-on-one coaching sessions as well as custom workshops related to innovation, conflict resolution, leadership development, team communication, change management, and strategic thinking. People describe her training sessions as high energy, relevant and engaging. She’s been involved in this type of work in the Madison community for over 20 years. Kimberly is currently completing her Master’s of Organizational Development at Edgewood College. She is a certified administrator of Myers Briggs and a trained mediator. In addition, she has her SPHR.

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Program Manager of Outreach and Development, UW Health Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

In his role, Joe facilitates both business and philanthropic development initiatives for the Department. He represents the needs of all orthopedic subspecialties in this role and has worked for the UW Hospital and Clinics since 1991 when he initiated his career there as an athletic trainer before filling multiple management and administrative responsibilities across the department that began in 1997. Joe truly enjoys his opportunity to be an ambassador for the Department, but mostly appreciates the opportunity to help our clinicians and our scientists change the way that orthopedic care is delivered now and in the future. Joe is a native of Three Lakes in Northern WI, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BS) and the University of Oregon (MS). In addition, he also holds a Credential in Healthcare Management Studies from the ISP Healthcare Executive Study Program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Program Director and Full Time Instructor of the Hospitality Management Program, Madison College

Dr. LaVoy’s experiences in the business sector – working with TDS Telecom, Great Wolf Resorts and Hilton Family of Hotels – has afforded her the versatility to be an effective leader in the focused areas of adult learning concepts, customer service, leadership, strategic management, project management, communications, and organizational effectiveness. Living her passion in helping students to see possibilities and opportunities, Through her position at Madison College, Lynea has been instrumental in partnering with the Worksmart Network to create opportunities for disadvantaged students to gain access into the hospitality program through education and attainment of the Hospitality Certificate. Lynea serves on the Board for Literacy Network of Dane County as well as the Oregon Area Food Pantry. She additionally has held positions as an adjunct professor in Executive Communications and Doctoral Liaison at Edgewood College. Lynea is also the founder of LaLane Consulting, LLC and works with hospitality organizations in many areas of training.

Michael E VictorsonMichael E. Victorson
President and Chief Executive Officer, M3 Insurance

Mike graduated from Augustana College with a degree in communications and political science. In 1992 he joined M3 in client service. Mike advanced to account executive and then sales manager, after which he became Executive Vice President of the employee benefits division. Mike became the company’s President in 2003 and CEO in 2005. Mike’s community service has included serving on boards of several organizations. He currently serves on the boards of M3 Insurance, United Way of Dane County, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Meriter Foundation, Nakoma Golf Club, and Patient Care (a health care advocacy company).

Panelist not pictured:
Nichelle Nichols
Director, Family, Youth and Community Engagement, Madison Metropolitan School District

Thank you to UW-Health at The American Center for hosting and to Robert W. Baird & Co. for their sponsorship of this event!

Join us at the 2016 Community Volunteer Awards

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Please join us as we thank Dane County volunteers, nonprofit agencies and friends for their dedication to our community. We will celebrate all the great work of Dane County’s volunteers, recognize the Community Volunteer Award nominees and announce the recipients of this year’s awards.

Our community’s volunteers achieve what some have called impossible. They provide countless hours of support so that our community is safer and stronger each day. Volunteers serve many roles and each creates a long-lasting impact in Dane County. Although they do not ask for anything in return, we are honored to take this opportunity to say “Thank You.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
1 W Dayton St. Madison, WI, 53703

Lunch Menu
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and a Panna Cotta with strawberry Coulis

Please RSVP by April 8, 2016.

RSVP here

$12 per person

“Every Unit Counts”: United Way convenes partners, volunteers to create new homes

“Our goal is to get to 5% vacancy rate, which if we build 1,000 units a year for the next decade, we still won’t get there. So we’ve got a long way to go. It means that every unit counts.”

– Mayor Paul Soglin, City of Madison

The power of the community created new homes on Madison’s north side this weekend. Around 115 volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clean and paint apartments, so homeless families can move into stable housing.

“The city approached us to see if we could partner with our Housing First program and end homelessness for 27 families,” said Martha Cranley, United Way of Dane County Director of Community Impact: Basic Needs. “We brought the Business Volunteer Network to help out. They got volunteers and brought cleaning supplies and painting supplies. [These units will] be ready for families to move into starting in March.”

The Community Development Authority is a key partner, as is Meridian Group, Inc. A longtime partner with United Way, Meridian will manage the property. Families will lease from Meridian, which will build their credit and rental history.

“The other great partners in this work are our Housing First partners: YWCA, The Road Home, Salvation Army and East Madison Community Center. Their case managers will be working with families out here just like they would be in any other part of the city,” said Cranley.

“United Way has done a wonderful job and we’re going to have supportive services here,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. “Those services are critical for addressing some of the other challenges because besides housing, we have to deal with transportation. We have to make sure there’s quality childcare, we have to make sure that health needs are attended to and we have to make sure there’s a great environment for learning.”

Thank you to the Business Volunteer Network for harnessing the community’s volunteering power. Please watch the above video of these incredible volunteers in action.

If you would like to get your organization involved in BVN, click here.

There is another cleaning and painting day scheduled for Saturday, March 19. All ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to sign up for a morning and/or afternoon shift, click here.