Women's Leadership Luncheon Archives

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon is a School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) annual event. Started in the late 1990s, it takes place every spring across the Central Pacific Province; Dallas, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and St. Paul, Minnesota. The luncheons strive to inspire attendees to believe in themselves as leaders and to use their gifts and talents to create a positive change in their communities. As a result of the luncheons, relationships are formed and strengthened between SSND and the wider communities. The SSND goal is to educate, empower and recognize the unique leadership qualities of women throughout our communities.

Every year, a different theme or focus is chosen. Knowledgeable and local speakers enrich the event by sharing their story in hopes of inspiring the audience. The attendees can expect to walk away having learned and with a passion to bring change into their own communities.

 

2020:

Women's Leadership Luncheon 2020 with a colorful tree made of thumb prints with words relating to diversity.

Diversity. It’s a word we hear so often in our workplaces, in school and in our day-to-day interactions. When we hear the word “diversity,” many of us immediately think of race. But diversity means so much more than that. It can mean differences in gender, socioeconomics, education, religion, age or culture. Diversity can even be spoken in terms of differences in thoughts, words and deeds. Differences in how we look, act and think create many challenges but also many opportunities to come together and celebrate our uniqueness.

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2019:

SSND's Women's Leadership Luncheon will be held during the month of March in Milwaukee, Dallas, St. Louis and St. Paul, and will feature speakers knowledgeable about human trafficking.

The 2019 luncheons focused on human trafficking: the causes, who is targeted and what is being done to eradicate it. Each location featured a speaker who shared information about human trafficking and have worked closely with those affected by it. Over 1,600 attendees gained an understanding of SSND stance on human trafficking and what sisters are doing to remedy the problem.

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2018:

Women's Leadership Luncheons- Lineup of our 2018 speakers

The 2018 Luncheons were focusing on learning how to be a leader in your community. 2018 speakers were inspiring leaders in their community who were chosen explain how they integrate the spiritual and professional dimensions of life.

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Sponsorship Information:

This event is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. We offer different levels of sponsorship; every level receives a table at the event as well as advertising opportunities. Select a tier to see the benefits associated with that sponsorship level.

2020 Sponsorship Benefits:

$5,000

  • Two (2) premium tables of 10 with organization name or logo
  • On-screen signage
  • Organization logo listed in event program
  • Organization name or logo on SSND’s website
  • Link to organization website prominently placed on event web page
  • Organization name or logo featured in email invitations
  • Recognition in social media posts
  • Recognition in SSND’s e-newsletter
  • Vendor table

$2,500

  • Premium table of 10 with organization name or logo
  • On-screen signage
  • Organization logo listed in event program
  • Organization name or logo on SSND’s website
  • Link to organization website prominently placed on event web page
  • Organization name or logo featured in email invitations
  • Recognition in social media posts

$1,000

  • Premium table of 10 with organization name or logo
  • On-screen signage
  • Organization logo listed in event program
  • Organization name or logo on SSND’s website

$500

  • Premium table of 10 with organization name or logo
  • On-screen signage
  • Organization name listed in event program

$250

  • Premium table of 10 with organization name or logo
  • Organization name listed in event program

*Benefits vary for each location, please visit the current location pages for a full list of benefits.

 

Past Sponsors:

$5,000 Sponsors

Ann Kampeter

Sindel Noble Attorneys at Law, Grant C. Boyd
Grant C. Boyd

Marianne & Roger Staubach

MEI - Total Elevator Solutions


$2,500 Sponsors

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin logo


Jackson Walker


Kowalski's Markets


Milwaukee Catholic Home


Logo for Notre Dame High School, St. Louis



The Sheehan Family

In memory of Jerome “Red” Sheehan
and the family’s commitment to Catholic education


$1,000 Sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Bangs

Cuquita’s Restaurant/
Four Corners Café

Marian and Emily Davis

Kris and Matt Kramer

Mary Blake Meadows


Adorers of the Blood of Christ logo

Catholic Charities Dallas

Catholic Financial Life logo

Catholic Diocese of Dallas
Bishop’s Delegate of Ecumenism & Legislative Advocacy
Ministries Office
Safe Environment Office


Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas TX

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Scott County, MN

Logo for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Mount Mary University

Logo for Queen of All Saints Catholic Church

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. - 125 Years

River City Casino & Hotel

Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

South County Police Business Association

VitalDyne, Inc. logo.; VitalDyne, Inc.

Zonta Club of St Louis

History of Speakers:

Select a location below to see all previous year’s event speakers.

Dallas Area

  • 2020: Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira, Chief of Equity and Inclusion, City of Dallas
    “Embracing Diversity in our Struggle for Unity”
  • 2019: Anne Simmons-Benton, Executive Director of Arizona State University’s International Development Office
    “The Hidden Crime of Human Trafficking: How to Become a Leader in Your Community”
  • 2018: Theresa Francis, Principal at Notre Dame School of Dallas and SSND Associate
    “My Spiritual Formation – Led and Formed by the Charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame”
  • 2017: Mary Emma Ackels Karam, J.D., Partner at Jackson Walter, L.L.P.
    “How to Have a Successful Career and Live a Faithful Life”
  • 2016: Kris Kramer, Executive Director, Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas
    “There’s Just Something About Mary”
  • 2015: Sheila Madigan Levantino, Marriage and Family Therapist and Spiritual Director
  • 2014: Jennifer Staubach Gates, Councilmember for the City of Dallas
  • 2013: Dr. Susan Hanssen, Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas

Milwaukee Area

  • 2020: Anne Scobey-Polacheck, Director of Corporate Philanthropy at Johnson Controls
    “Setting the World on Fire: Our Diversity is our Strength”
  • 2019: Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, Founder and CEO of LOTUS Legal Clinic Inc.
    “From the Mud, We Bloom: Finding Freedom from Exploitation”
  • 2018: Peggy Troy, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
    “Follow your Passion – the Difference a Servant Leader Makes”
  • 2017: Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.
    “Leadership to bring positive change in the lives of children and families.”
  • 2016: Rhonda M. Ware, Founder and President of UR Aware, LLC
    “Cleaning House: Making Room for the Life you Desire”
  • 2015: Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO of Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
    “We Cannot Afford to Lose Even one Person: Leadership Around Human Capital Development”
  • 2014: Tracy Loken Weber, Executive Director, Milwaukee Literacy Services
    “Help Wanted: Connecting Literacy to Work”
  • 2013: Danae Davis, Chief Executive Officer, PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc.
    “PEARLS: A Story, A Journey, A Purpose Inspiring Us All...Girls Becoming Women Leaders in Our Community”
  • 2012: Eileen Schwalbach, President, Mount Mary University,
    “Educating to Transform the World”
  • 2011: Wendy Baumann, President/CVO, The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
    “Hope and Opportunity”
  • 2010: Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director, Hunger Task Force
    “Servant Leadership: Understanding How to Help by Getting Involved and Staying Involved”
  • 2009: Juliette Martin-Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Alverno College and Clinical Psychologist
    “There Is Power in Your Presence”
  • 2008: Terri Mitchell, Head Coach, Marquette University Women’s Basketball
    “Lessons from the Bench for Faith and Life”
  • 2007: Yvonne Lumsden-Dill, Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Institute of Mount Mary College
    “The Joy of Leadership”
  • 2006: Celia Jackson, Secretary of Regulation and Licensing, State of Wisconsin
    “Leading from the Power Within”
  • 2005: Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law, Marquette University
    “Dialogue and Healing among Victims, Offenders, and Communities”
  • 2004: Patricia O’Donoghue, Ph.D., President, Mount Mary College
    “Women who Lead”
  • 2003: Geneva B. Johnson, Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Institute of Mount Mary College
    “Leadership: The Power to Transform”
  • 2002: Sue Ann Thompson, former First Lady of Wisconsin
    “The Power of One”
  • 2001: Diane S. Sykes, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice
    “Revitalizing Citizenship, Character, and Culture”
  • 1999: Margaret Farrow, Wisconsin State Senator
    “Women in Leadership: Will We Make it to the Mountain?”

St. Louis Area

  • 2020: Ann Cuiellette Marr, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for World Wide Technology, Inc.
    “Developing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion”
  • 2019: Kimberly A. Ritter, Senior Account Manager and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility trafficking initiative at Nix Conference & Meeting Management
    “Sex Trafficking: Now That I Know, What Can I Do?”
  • 2018: Susan Block, Family lawyer, retired Circuit Judge, founder of Caring for Kids, Inc.
    “Creating a Healthy Environment for Today’s Children”
  • 2017: Donna Heckler, Director of Communications for the Society of the Sacred Heart
    “And then God Gave Me a Time Out…”
  • 2016: Anne-Marie Clarke, Family Court Commissioner and Alumna of Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis
    “Your Minute”
  • 2015: Patricia Martens Balke, PhD, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist, Volunteer and Notre Dame High School Class of 1961
  • 2014: Lynne M. Jackson, President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and Great-great-granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott
  • 2013: Bridget McDermott Flood, Executive Director of the Incarnate Word Foundation and Notre Dame High School Class of 1974
  • 2012: Maureen Herrmann, President of Marian Middle School

St. Paul Area

  • 2020: Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, Leader, Health Equity Policy and Diversity, Minnesota and state government agencies
    “Embracing Diversity: The Struggle for Social Justice”
  • 2019: Suzanne Koepplinger, Director of the Catalyst Initiative at the Minneapolis Foundation
    “The Moon is Always Full: Phases of Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
  • 2018: Justice Anne K. McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
    “I’m Just a Girl from Federal Dam – Pathways to Leadership”
  • 2017: Sister Katherine DuVal, SSND
    “Leadership…empower others to use their gifts.”
  • 2016: Dr. Julie Sullivan, President-University of St. Thomas
    “All for the Common Good”
  • 2015: Ann Reed, Singer and Songwriter
    “Telling Stories: Words and Music”
 

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