Green Bay, WI — Registration is now open for UW-Green Bay’s spring/winter 2023 Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) leadership development programs. Designed to deliver the three things women need to advance in their careers – networking/connections, education and inspiration—the calendar of events runs January through May and includes 17 different structured and informal learning opportunities to build skills and connections.  

“Women in Northeast Wisconsin need flexible options and a place where they can connect, learn and be inspired,” said Institute for Women’s Leadership Executive Director, Janet Bonkowski. “The Institute is that place and is focused on growing the pipeline of women leaders in Northeast Wisconsin. Our  breadth of programming allows women to customize what they need, and what they have time for at this point in their lives. Whether that’s an occasional event or an entire program series, we welcome all who are looking to invest in their leadership abilities.”

A full listing of the Institute for Women’s Leadership events, including “Rising Women: Caffeinated Conversations,” “Women Rising: Stories from Experience,” Lessons in Leadership (fully online and new in 2023) and Advanced Leadership Certificate Program, can be found on the Institute’s website.

“Rising Together: Caffeinated Conversations” – A facilitated discussion group for women business leaders to grapple with important topics and to take things to the next level in their careers and life. These conversations will take place virtually and in-person at coffee shops at various locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Sheboygan. Topics include:

  • January – Mentors & Sponsors: Your Personal Network of Champions
    • January 18, 8-9:30 a.m. Kavarna Café & Roastery or virtual
  • February – The Double-Bind of Likability
    • February 15, 8-9:30 a.m. Jenn’s Java, Manitowoc
  • March – Microaggressions in the Workplace
    • March 15, 8-9:30 a.m. Sheboygan
  • April – Finding Purpose at Work
    • April 26, 8-9:30 a.m. The Serving Spoon, Menominee,  MI
  • May – Remote Relationships
    • May 17, 8-9:30 a.m. Kavarna Café & Roastery, Green Bay

“Women Rising: Stories from Experience” – A series featuring distinguished woman from the area, sharing their stories of challenge and triumph and offering advice for women following in their footsteps. IWL Executive in Residence, Bridget Krage O’Connor, moderates the stories.

  • January – Jenene Calloway, Vice President, Talent Development & Chief Diversity Officer, Schreiber Foods, Inc., 400 N Washington, Green Bay
    • January 31, 4-5:30 p.m. The Connective, De Pere
  • April – Gabrielle Dow, Vice President of Marketing & Fan Engagement, Green Bay Packer
    • April 12, 4-5:30 p.m. Lambeau Field, Green Bay

Lessons in Leadership – A new online-only day of learning for anyone ready to hone their skills and increase their impact as a leader but short on time. The Institute is offering three 90-minute sessions on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will help build your leadership toolkit without leaving your own home or office. Topics include:

  • Cultivate Professional Presence
  • Develop a Strong Team
  • Foster Inclusion

Advanced Leadership Certificate –  Beginning in February, women are invited to be a part of the second cohort to participate in the Advanced Leadership Certificate. Get immersed in topics that will help you navigate your career and working environment to grow as a leader. Learn guiding principles, explore, collaborate and take away confidence-building skills. Advance your leadership skills through robust conversations, interactive sessions and networking opportunities with women across a wide range of industries and experiences.

With eight sessions to choose from, led by executive-level instructors from Northeast Wisconsin, participants can tailor the program to suit their individual leadership development needs by taking taking individual classes to fill in an experience gap, or all eight session to complete the certificate and earn a digital badge. Sessions include:

  • Negotiation and Confidence
  • Great Leaders, Great Coaches
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Leading with Inclusion in Mind
  • Communication and Building Relationships
  • Executive Presence
  • Leading Through Change
  • Strategic Planning for Leaders

About the Institute for Women’s Leadership
UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Women’s Leadership is dedicated to engaging, inspiring and empowering the women leaders to ensure a strong and equitable leadership pipeline. The University established the Institute in 2021, recognizing the region’s growing need for leaders and the distinct challenges faced by professional women in the workplace. The Institute is a comprehensive leadership resource committed to providing ongoing, forward-thinking networking, education, research and inspiration to support women and their organizations as they rise.

The Institute presents wide-ranging programs, events, and research, benefiting women with access to experts and supportive networks, leadership certificate programs, a speaker’s series and more. Equally important, the Institute works to increase communities’ knowledge and awareness of issues related to women in leadership and advance new knowledge about women and leadership in the State of Wisconsin through benchmarking data on women in business and research about women and leadership. More on the institute can be found at

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 9,616 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin for six consecutive years. For more information, visit

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