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Voices of Leadership - Stage Series


‘Fashioning Change’ was held on March 5, 2014 at Mount Mary University, featuring Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder and CEO of FEED Products.

More often, creative women are using entrepreneurship to help make a positive impact on people and the planet. These two accomplished women leaders and entrepreneurs are making an impact for good and fashioning change for women and communities around the world. Read news coverage of this and other Mount Mary events.

Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina, bottom left, is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, and current CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises. Carly’s passion for corporate citizenship was the genesis for joining Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization meeting nonprofits’ needs through corporate product donations. She also is the founder of the One Woman Initiative and serves as a Global Ambassador for Opportunity International.

Lauren Bush Lauren

Lauren Bush Lauren, bottom right, is a fashion model and designer, activist, social innovator, and entrepreneur. She founded FEED Projects in 2007 with a mission of creating good products that feed the world. To date, her organization has provided more than 60 million meals globally. Lauren was the recipient of the 2013 World of Children Advocacy Award, named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010, and one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009.

See Carly Fiorina's presentation. See Lauren Bush Lauren's presentation.






Leadership sponsors:
 wells fargo  OI logoMilwaukee Business Journal

Table Sponsors:US Cellular, Ixonia Bank, Walgreens, Faye's, Trefoil Group, GE Healthcare,Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, Inc., Enterforce

NonProfit Sponsors:WWBIC, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, BizStarts Milwaukee, GMC Flying Car, Waukesha County Business Alliance, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

In-kind Sponsors:Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of SE Wisconsin, NEWaukee

Past Voices of Leadership Stage Series Events

Nina Vaca & Cheryl Perkins
‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship,’  June 2013, featuring Nina Vaca, CEO of Pinnacle Resources, Inc., and Cheryl Perkins, founder and CEO of InnovationEdge

Having earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Nina spoke of her innovative career path and gave practical advice on being a business woman and entrepreneur. In addition to Nina’s talk, Cheryl Perkins, former Chief Innovation Officer at Kimberly-Clark, talked about how to create an innovation strategy and how to influence culture to successfully drive innovative success.

Jessica Jackley
‘Innovation and Impact,’ March 2013, featuring Jessica Jackley, former CEO and co-founder of Kiva.org

In March, Jessica shared her story about entrepreneurship, social impact and gave practical advice on how to think innovatively and creatively to lead with impact at work and in your community.



Voices of Leadership - Studio Series

Launched in 2014, the Voices of Leadership series now includes a Studio Series – a candid and highly interactive event where students can learn from experienced leaders and be inspired about their own leadership potential. The Studio Series features accomplished women leaders and agents of change from across the region to the Mount Mary campus to share their varied professional and personal insights for a student audience. It also includes an open Q&A session for students to continue the conversation directly with the speaker.

Upcoming Events 

Pat PearmanSeptember 23, 2014, featuring Pat Pearman, Executive Director of Oncology & Disease Solutions, GE Healthcare

Patricia Pearman is responsible for the operational and strategic management and execution of GE’s healthymagination disparity programs.  She serves as the interface for internal stakeholders and external partners, customers, government officials and other key constituencies.

Pat, who is a 24yr GE veteran, transferred to GE Healthcare in Waukesha, WI in 2001 assuming the role of Benefits & Disability Program Manager. In November of 2002, Pat’s role was expanded to include Global Diversity & Employer of Choice Programs. Additionally she is a member of GE Healthcare Community Relations & Charitable Giving Board and involved in a number of community and civic organizations. Pat’s humanitarian work involves support of the Developing Health Globally Projects in the U.S., Africa, and Honduras & Cambodia.

In 2004 she launched GE Healthcare’s Disparity program focused on closing the gap in the quality and access of care for underserved populations across the U.S. The program framework includes the building of partnerships with government, non-for profits and minority healthcare organizations; innovative research collaborations and the design of culturally sensitive education & awareness community outreach programs.

In 2006 she received the NAACP Martin Luther King Drum Major award in recognition of her work in minority and poor communities; and in 2007 the GLBT Ally of the Year Awards for her championing of Inclusiveness across GE.

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Past Voices of Leadership Studio Series Events

Kathryn Jackson

April 29, 2014, featuring Kathryn Jackson, founder & CEO, Protect Your Pumps

After working years in the luxury retail field, Kathryn noticed women were spending a great deal of money on shoes with no real protection for their soles. While some people don’t care how the bottom of their shoes look, it is not ideal to sit down with soles that look like they’ve just been dragged through the mud. Save your soles, ladies!

Today, Protect Your Pumps, founded in 2011, is loved by women in over 60 countries. The product has been featured on the TODAY Show, as well as in SHAPE Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Refinery29, and a host of other publications.


Veronika Scott


March 25, 2014 featuring Veronika Scott, founder & CEO, The Empowerment Plan

Founder of 'The Empowerment Plan', Veronika has built an organization that began around a single idea: to design a coat specifically for the homeless. The coat is self-heated, waterproof, and transforms into a sleeping bag at night. That idea has now transformed into a system of empowerment in which homeless women are paid to learn how to produce coats for people living on the streets, giving them an opportunity to earn money, find a place to live, and gain back their independence for themselves and their families. Veronika is the youngest recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard University.  She has also received an IDEA Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America and is one of Crain's Top Twenty in their Twenties.  

Twitter: @EmpowermentPlan
Facebook: The Empowerment Plan 

Peggy EskenasiFebruary 27, 2014 featuring Peggy Eskenasi, Senior Executive Vice President, Kohl's Department Stores

Peggy Eskenasi, Senior Executive Vice President of Product Development, is responsible for oversight of all product development, including product management, product services, private and exclusive brands and the New York Design Office.  Eskenasi joined the company in 2004 as Executive Vice President of Product Development.

Prior to joining Kohl's, Eskenasi was the President of private brands at Saks Incorporated. She previously held various leadership positions at Frederick Atkins, Inc., including Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of accessories, cosmetics, footwear, children's and intimate apparel. 

Eskenasi is a native of New York, and graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Peggy Eskenasi's presentation. Peggy Eskenasi's presentation, video 2.