2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin Advisory Board

The WEDWisconsin Advisory board includes women in various fields with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

From technology to the sciences, education to social good initiatives, from start-ups to businesses that are expanding, the board is made up of leaders who are familiar with entrepreneurship eco-systems, education and policy creation that will help women in business to thrive.

Laura Gallagher, Regional Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, WEDWisconsin Chairwoman of the Board, President/ Founder of The Creative Company and Author

Laura Gallagher is a community, local and national business leader serving successful entrepreneurial companies and nonprofit organizations primarily in Wisconsin. In 2016, she was recognized by the Governor as a Trailblazer in Wisconsin. She is the founder and CEO of The Creative Company and is a 2017 alumnus of Babson College’s 10,000 Businesses Program with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and a 2016 graduate of Harvard Professor Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The Creative Company is certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.

Phone: (608) 442-6336
Email: laura@thecreativecompany.com

Terese Berceau

Wisconsin State Assembly Representative

Terese Berceau

Terese has helped shape our City and our State for many years as a State legislator, urban planner and board member of the Visit Madison Board of Directors. She has been an advocate for women in Wisconsin for many years and we are thrilled to have her continue to make history through WEDWisconsin!

Barbara DeMain

Consultant Insight Connections

Barbara DeMain

Barbara DeMain is an international consultant through her company, Insight Connections. She is a champion for the arts. Prior to moving to the United States, she worked in the HR department at Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany. She has traveled extensively and provides a global viewpoint as well as strategy as it relates to women entrepreneurs.

Holly Heuer

VP Marketing and Human Resources
McFarland State Bank

Holly Heuer

Holly is the Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources for McFarland State Bank. Prior to joining McFarland State Bank, Holly was a management consultant for The Creative Company, the President of a division of Chorus Networks and the Director of Marketing for telecommunications company. Her career has been built by helping others thrive.

Nhi Le Ngoc

Director
gBETA Madison

Nhi Le Ngoc

Nhi is the Director of gBETA Madison and is also completing her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology (BS in Materials Science and Engineering and BS in Biomedical Engineering), she moved to Madison to complete her PhD. Over the past 10 years, Nhi has also worked extensively with underserved communities through nonprofit involvement with the Graduate Engineering Research Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, and AmeriCorps Jumpstart.

Heather Wentler

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Doyenne Group

Heather Wentler

Heather is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Doyenne Group, Inc., a 501C3 committed to eliminating the gender gap in the entrepreneurial community by developing, connecting and equipping female entrepreneurs in Madison. She is also the founder of Fractal and Madison SOUP.

Deborah Biddle

Founder/Consultant
High Performance Development Solutions

Deborah Biddle

Deborah specializes in Diversity & Inclusion Consulting, Career Coaching and Team & Leadership Development. She is a graduate of the Keller Graduate School of Management, an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business at Edgewood College and the Founder of High Performance Development Consulting.

Betsy Ezell

Senior Account Executive
The Creative Company, Inc.

Betsy Ezell

Betsy is a Senior Account Executive at Creative Company where she leads a number of the agency’s accounts. She has an extensive background in nonprofit and ministry development, specializing in sponsorship, fund development, social media, and email marketing as well as event planning.

Carol Goedken

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Families and Schools Together, Inc.

Carol Goedken

Carol is a dynamic and passionate intellectual who has focused her career on launching new programs to enhance people's lives. With a diverse background in marketing, psychology and elementary school education, Carol has proudly become the CEO and Executive Director of Families and Schools Together, Inc. (FAST).

Rachel Rasmussen

Owner/Founder
Rescue Desk, LLC

Rachel Rasmussen

Rachel holds professional experience in marketing, small business development, print and electronic publishing and communications. With a degree in journalism and political science, her career started in print media, moved into marketing and management, and eventually evolved into her true passion -- using her 20 years of experience to support entrepreneurs by providing executive-level virtual assistant services.

Crystal Urlacher

Co-Founder
Urlacher Real Estate

Crystal Urlacher

Crystal served as a Captain in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and launched the National Guard Bureau’s Special Victim’s Counsel program, and served as Assistant Attorney General and Prosecutor for the State of Wisconsin. She has her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and regularly volunteers with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Veteran’s Legal Clinic, and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Assistant Vice President, Life, Learning & Events
Summit Credit Union
Founder & President
The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness & Black Women's Wellness Day

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Lisa is the founder of Black Women's Wellness Day and Assistant Vice President of Life, Learning and Events at Summit Credit Union where she leads the company’s efforts on Financial Education, Community Giving, Corporate Events, and directs strategy for Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Wellness.

Pam Gabris

Director of Business Operations
Covance, Inc

Pam Gabris

Pam Gabris is the Director of Business Operations for Early Phase Development Solutions at Covance, Inc. She graduated from UW-Madison and has spent her career in various roles within Covance. Over the years, Pam has been active in a Women’s Network, and is currently helping to develop a Women In Science platform to empower and enable women in STEM.

Joan Gillman

Director of Special Industry Programs, Executive Education, Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business

Joan Gillman

Joan the head of Special Industry Programs for the UW-Madison School of Business Executive Education program. While she is an expert on small businesses and entrepreneurship, she also masters the art of networking by connecting her contacts world-wide with the resources they need to thrive in business. Adding to her experience, Joan also founded the UW-Madison Family Business Center and co-directed the Agribusiness Executive Management Program. Previously living in Pittsburgh, she held a degree in art education, radio and TV before pursuing a master's degree in business.

Kirsten Houghton

Principal
SVA Certified Public Accountants

Kirsten Houghton

Kirsten is a Principal and the head of the Nonprofit Services Group with SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. In addition to providing audit, accounting, and tax service, Kirsten also provides review, compilation, and management advisory services. Kirsten has a wealth of knowledge relating to taxation, and expertise in financial accounting, financial statement review and audit specific to the nonprofit sector where she works with a variety of nonprofit organizations including charitable organizations, membership and trade associations and those organizations receiving federal and state funding.

Jessica Cavazos

President and Chief Executive Officer
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County

Jessica Cavazos

Jessica works as the Executive Director for the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County. As an experienced and driven leader, she has a strong background in building innovative partnerships that advance Latino business ownership and expand their reach into new markets. She joins the team with the power to promote and strengthen our member's business acumen, self development, visibility and impact.

Eve Galanter

President
Galanter Public Affairs Consulting

Eve Galanter

Eve is the President of Galanter Public Affairs Consulting, and has provided government, public relations and fundraising services to corporate and nonprofit clients. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, she has been a teacher of emotionally disturbed children, a freelance writer, and a television news reporter on consumer affairs. Prior to establishing her consulting business, Eve was Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, was elected to four terms on the Madison City Council, and served as director of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s Madison regional office.

Lara Borkowski Hart

Director of Technology
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Lara Borkowski Hart

Lara is the Director of Technology at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce - Wisconsin's Chamber. Lara is also a board member for Madison’s 100+ women who care and on the Wisconsin historical records advisory board (WHRAB).

Christine Lidbury

Executive Director
Wisconsin Women’s Council
Coordinator
Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business

Christine Lidbury

For the last 13 years, Christine leads as the executive director of the Wisconsin Women's Council that works to build bridges to improve the status of women in Wisconsin. Previously spending the majority of her life working nationally and abroad, her success has flourished with a long range of experience working in New York, Paris, Washington D.C. and locally in Wisconsin. She has extensive education and leadership surrounding topics of budget, policy and management.

Nasra Wehelie

Development Director
Madison-Area Urban Ministry

Nasra Wehelie

Nasra Wehelie is the Development Director for Madison-Area Urban Ministry (MUM), having previously served as the President/CEO of Dedicated Consultants LLC. Nasra serves on the board of The Morgridge Center- University of Wisconsin, Madison and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. She is also the chair of the Superintendent Human Relation Council for the Madison School District.

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