Women in Green: Empowerment through a more sustainable workforce

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Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

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791 Summit Avenue

Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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#PressforProgress - Empowerment through a more sustainable workforce

Join us in solidarity with women across the globe, as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

This inaugural year, we are looking to disrupt our status quo, breathe inclusiveness, and welcome diversity in all forms, we will examine ways we can present our strength and connectedness to lead when it seems like our values and ideals are being underscored. How do we hold each other up to #pressforprogress in creating healthy, sustainable, resilient workplaces for all? Join us to be a part of this important conversation.

Be part of an inspiring afternoon. Through keynotes and facilitated discussions we will explore the complexities of women’s leadership at this critical time. Help us chart a course for Wisconsin Women to lead the way.


2:00 p.m. Registration & Networking

2:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks

2:40 p.m. "Evolution and Revolution of Women Leaders" presented by Carole Witkowski, Vice President Human Resources, Batteries Plus Bulbs

3:05 p.m. "Sustainability is Revolutionizing the Workplace" presented by Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices

3:25 p.m. Interactive Q&A with Keynotes

3:45 p.m. Collaborative Activity
• Led by moderators, attendees will be led through group exercises.

4:20 p.m. Conclusion, call to action

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Featured Speakers:

Carole Witkowski serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Batteries Plus Bulbs in Hartland, WI. She has responsibility for a team of HR professionals for this Wisconsin-based retailer and franchisor that has over 700 employees in 17 states. Carole joined the company in 1999 as their first HR Manager and has developed as the company has grown. Carole’s human resources career began when she was an Office Manager for FJA Christiansen Roofing, a commercial roofing firm in Milwaukee, when the roofing union decertified and the company lost 50% of their established workforce. Always up for a challenge, Carole helped the organization to rebuild and change. Perhaps Carole was undaunted by this people remodeling project, based on her previous career as an Interior Designer in the Kitchen and Bath, Furnishings, and paint and wallpaper sectors.

Throughout her career, Carole has taken on leadership roles. She currently serves on the WOW Workforce Development Board, the HR Advisory Council at UW-Whitewater. She is involved with Junior Achievement, and can often be found in local high school classrooms assisting students with their resumes and interviewing skills. She has done adjunct and guest teaching at Alverno College, WCTC, and UW Whitewater. Carole is a former Board member of the Southeastern WI chapter of SHRM – the Society of Human Resource Management, and the fraternal life insurance organization, National Catholic Society of Foresters.

Carole is a “double-alum” of Alverno College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Professional Communications, and a Masters in Adult Education with an emphasis in Organizational Development. She is currently working towards a professional designation as a certified professional coach.

Kathy Kuntz is the Executive Director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Choices collaborates with private businesses and public entities to engage employees around sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun and online platform. Since 2010 Cool Choices has inspired thousands of individuals in hundreds of organizations to adopt more than half a million sustainable practices.

Kathy has led Cool Choices since 2010 and has more than two decades of experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy; she previously led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Kathy is a recognized expert on transforming behavior change theory into effective and measurable results.

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A special thank you to our hosts, Oconomowoc Memorial Hopsital for providing us with an inspirational venue for this important inaugural event.



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Sponsorships for this event are available. Please contact Korinne about these opportunities: KHaeffel@usgbc.org


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Conference Center

791 Summit Avenue

Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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