Advisory board for WEDWisconsin

Advisory Board of 1st #WEDWisconsin focuses on supporting women in business

Celebrating Meaningful Employment, Empowering Economic Development, and Supporting Prosperity for All Women is the Focus of Advisory Board and its Chair at Inaugural Madison Event

The good news? There are more women entrepreneurs starting a business or leading one than ever before, yet the bad news remains; most women have trouble securing funding, and rarely earn the same amount as men in a similar role. Changing these dynamics is the focus of the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin (WEDWisconsin) Conference on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Monona Terrace. Women in business at any stage and any age will come together to celebrate meaningful employment, empower economic development, and support prosperity for all women.

Twenty women leaders ranging from tech to business, science, non-profit, and education are joining forces as members of the WEDWisconsin Advisory Board. Chair Laura Gallagher, owner and founder of The Creative Company says, “This board is assembled because we believe the current state of women in business is unacceptable. This will be a way to move the economic opportunities forward for every woman.”

The board members include:

Representative Terese Berceau
Wisconsin Assembly
District 77

Crystal Banse
Urlacher Real Estate

Deborah Biddle
High Performance Development Solutions

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

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

Barbara DeMain
Insight Connections

Betsy Ezell
Senior Account Executive
The Creative Company Inc.

Pam Gabris
Director of Business Operations
Covance, Inc

Eve Galanter
Galanter Public Affairs Consulting

Laura Gallagher
Chairman of the Board
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Midwest Ambassador
The Creative Company

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

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

Lara Hart
Director of Technology
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Holly Heuer
VP Marketing and Human Resouces
McFarland State Bank

Kirsten Houghton
SVA Certified Public Accountants

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

Ngoc Nhi Le
gBETA Madison

Rachel Rasmussen
Rescue Desk, LLC

Heather Wentler
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Doyenne Group

Nasra Wehelie
Development Director
Madison Area Urban Ministry


Every board member is willing to share their story. “When women are empowered in business, they have self-confidence and dignity and are more capable of standing up for one another’s basic human rights,” Women’s Entrepreneurship Day founder Wendy Diamond says. “These types of returns are life-changing for entire communities. The more people understand the impact of empowering women in business, the more they will get involved and encourage others to do so, too.”

The WEDWisconsin Conference will be part of the first week-long celebration of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin, and culminates in the global recognition of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on November 19th.


About  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Wisconsin (WEDWisconsin) is the first-of-its-kind day meant to empower, celebrate, inspire, and support women in business and leadership by igniting women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion and advance communities. More at:  WEDWisconsin.

About Laura Gallagher, Ambassador and Chairman of the Board for WEDWisconsin
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 Alumni 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.

About Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is the world’s largest entrepreneurial and financial empowerment initiative dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. WED encourages four billion women worldwide to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, with the goal of bringing hope and alleviating poverty. More at: