YWCA Madison

YWomen Lead Presenters

The speakers below are from the 2016-2017 YWomen Lead series. All sessions are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 8:00 AM until noon at the YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Dr. Madison, WI 53711).

Register now by filling out the YWomen Lead Application. Application deadline is October 5th! Scroll to the bottom of the application page for more information about fees and deadlines. 


Jump to: Connecting YWomen leaders | Promoting equity at work and in our communities | Using a diversity framework to lead inclusively | Women's past and present roles in the multicultural movement | Race & Gender Justice: | How live storytelling can help worldwide women to find their voice...  | Creating learning communities and communities of practice for social justice | Inter-organizational collaborations, networking and coalition buildingLeading Effective Teams



October 6, 2016: Connecting YWomen Leaders and Building Community

YWomen Lead participants consistently rank networking and connecting with other women leaders as crucial and valuable parts of the program. At this first session, we will get to know each other better and build a foundation of trust that will facilitate the learning and sharing we will do together throughout the coming months.

December 8, 2016: Practical action: Promoting equity at work and in our communities

Guest Speaker: Dr. Silvia Romero-Johnson

Nan EnstadDr. Romero-Johnson became Executive Director of the Office of Multilingual and Global Education for the Madison Metropolitan School District in 2013. Her passion resides in providing access to quality bilingual and multilingual education to all students, and more specifically to students who have a family language other than English in the home. She has worked in the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2001, beginning with her role as bilingual resource specialist and moving on to become a bilingual math teacher, program support teacher for bilingual education programs. She later served as principal for Nuestro Mundo Community School, and still serves as an adjunct professor at Edgewood College, where she teaches courses in curriculum and assessment design for the bilingual licensure, and a course of language strategies for the graduate dual language immersion certificate. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time family, traveling around the world, practicing yoga, and reading.


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 January 12, 2017: Creating Learning Communities and Communities of Practice for Social Justice

Guest Speaker: Esmeralda Rodriguez, LCICE Facilitator

LCICE is a unit in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) that offers academic-year and semester-long Learning Communities (LCs) to help build institutional capacity to implement strategic diversity initiatives and develop partcipant abilities to engage effectively in a globally interconnected workforce and world. To achieve this mission, the Learning Communities provide a forum for active participation in dialogue focused on creating working, learning, and teaching environments where everyone is heard, valued and included. Through dialogue, one learns how to engage in transformative changes of behaviors, policies, and procedures that collectively impact the campus climate for ALL community members.




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February 9, 2017: Race & Gender Justice: taking steps in our daily lives to recognize intersectionality

Guest Speaker: TBD

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March 9, 2017: How live storytelling can help worldwide women to find their voice and enhance their PRESence leadership.

Guest Speaker: Luana Santos, Ethos Intelligence

Luana is Brazilian currently living in Madison. She is co-founder of Ethos Intelligence, which is a strategy, communication and impact evaluation consultancy firm focused on social impact businesses. She holds a degree in Public Relations and has a Masters in Marketing, both from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). She has more than 8 years experience with communication and marketing, and since 2013 she has been leading projects in these fields and experimenting different methodologies such as Storytelling, Design Thinking and Gamification. In Madison, she works as volunteer at WWBIC and Community Forward Investment, and studies at UW Madison University.


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April 13, 2017: Women's Past and Present Leadership Roles in the Multiculturalism Movement

Guest Speaker: Cleda Wang

Assistant Director of Residence Life for Inclusion
- Inclusive Communities







May 11, 2017: Inter-organizational collaborations, networking and coalition building

Guest Speaker: Laura Klunder

Michelle Behnke

Laura Klunder is the Program Director for Inclusion Education, and is responsible for overseeing the Our Wisconsin program. Laura previously served as a social justice educator at the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. Laura holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison. Laura previously served as residence life coordinator in University Housing, as an assistant director of campus programs for leadership and social justice at Macalester College, and as an active leader in multiple non-profit agencies focused on adoptee solidarity in South Korea. Laura’s work has led her to be recognized with many awards, including UW-Madison’s Forward Under Forty and as one of UW-Madison’s Outstanding Women of Color.

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 May 23, 2017: Moxie Conference | Commencement & Special Reception for YWomen Lead participants

Learn more about the importance of focusing on women's leadership.

  • race & gender equity

    Why Focus on Women's Leadership Development?

    1. The wage gap still exists.
    2. Women lag men in senior leadership roles.
    3. The United States trails other developed countries in the number of women in senior leadership.

    Read more about the need for women's leadership development.

    2014 Women's Leadership Outcomes

    • 94% of 2014 Moxie Conference survey respondents (92 of 101) responded that they learned skills to develop their leadership potential.
    • 88% (63 of 72) of 2014 Moxie Conference survey respondents indicated that they gained knowledge of structural barriers from the plenary address.
    • 89% (16 of 18) of the YWomen Lead 2013-14 cohort session evaluations strongly agreed or agreed that the session increased awareness and knowledge of gender bias in our society.