Wisconsin Law Journal and The Daily Reporter celebrated companies and individuals who are committed to diversity and inclusion within their careers Thursday night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Awards were given to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community though the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs.
Associated banks on inclusiveness
Balestrieri Environmental & Development
Diversity starts in Balestrieri’s own house
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown
GRGB an integral resource for LGBT family law
Greenfire Management Services
Greenfire pays it forward
Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
For Hispanic professionals group, diversity is about action
Hupy and Abraham
Hupy and Abraham not leaving diversity to chance
Margaret Daun – Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel
Daun leading the charge for a diverse legal field
Melissa Goins – J. Jeffers & Co.
Goins going the distance for Bronzeville projects
Michael Best & Friedrich
Scholarships, transgender policy build on Michael Best’s past diversity work
Milwaukee Municipal Court
Accessibility, understanding key to Municipal Court
Inclusion a slam dunk for Mortenson
Shannon Jefferson – Gibraltar Industries
Diversity a rock on which Gibraltar, Jefferson build success
Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
Housing authority helps residents tap their potential
Tweet Garot Mechanical
Nothing mechanical about diversity at Tweet Garot
Nwagbaraocha a diamond in the rough
Walny Legal Group
Walny Legal Group breaking the ‘cookie-cutter mold’
Mary J. Dowell spent 20 years as an executive in human resources and corporate communications for Johnson Controls. She led the company’s diversity initiatives as the director of corporate human resources and helped deploy millions of dollars in philanthropic resources around the globe as vice president of foundation affairs and global community relations. She is an active member of Milwaukee’s business and philanthropic communities and serves on the board of organizations focused on the advancement of women leaders. She has received numerous awards for her work in the community. As a motivational speaker, mentor and coach for corporate environments and business and community events, Dowell challenges others to find and develop their unique talents and leadership qualities. She shares stories from her own journey, many of which are rooted in a childhood memory of playing with the white girl next door — but because of the times, only through the chain-link fence in their backyards. Over the years, that fence became symbolic to Dowell, representing barriers of racism and sexism.
In her new book, “Playing Through the Fence,” she shares her personal story along with those from 18 other women who have overcome challenges, bias and stereotypes with perseverance and determination to achieve personal and career success. Her book inspires each of us to find the leader within us all and reminds us that where there is obstacle, there is opportunity.