Women in Power: A Global Community of Rising Leaders

Tthe Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is proud to launch Women inPower, a 12-month fellowship pairing local business leader mentors with ambitious women looking to advance their own professional career and pursue senior leadership positions.

Women inPower Includes:

  • Regular meetings: Gathering regularly over a period of 12 months
  • Cross-sector mix: Connecting women from different backgrounds and industries
  • Skill building: Providing opportunities for self-growth and learning
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring: Creating the space where women guide and support each other—either peer-to-peer or by matching women with more senior mentors
  • Socializing and friendship: Offering fun events that allow for shared experiences and lasting connections

Women inPower Program Leader
Sarah Siegel – JCC Chief Program Officer

Women inPower Steering Committee Members
Betsy Brenner – retired – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Linda Gorens-Levey – Partner at General Capital Group
Patti Gorsky – President & CEO of Make A Wish Foundation
Miryam Rosenzweig – President & CEO at Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Andrea Schneider – Professor of Law at Marquette University

2020 Fellows

Mazel Tov to the 2020 Milwaukee Women inPower Fellows (scroll for bios):

  • Rachael Badt, Senior Regional Director of BBYO – Wisconsin Region
  • Karen Berk, Director of Administration at Congregation Sinai
  • Marina Chester, Technical Support/Escalation Manager at Unicom Systems
  • Shannon Corallo, Attorney at Law Offices of Shannon Corallo
  • Laura Emir, Director of Development & External Relations at IndependenceFirst
  • Ann Granitz, Vice President at BMO Harris Bank
  • Ali Kopyt, Managing Architect at Korb + Associates
  • Olga Lesinski, Partner & Senior Consulting Director at ImpactHRC, LLC
  • Monica Parkes, Accountant at Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
  • Marylou Schirpke, Senior Vice President at Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Jess Vroman, Director of Facilities & Security at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
  • Michelle Wales, Director of Academic Business Affairs at Marquette University





Women inPower is open to female leaders across all industries, for- and non-profit. Applications for 2020 are now closed. Fellowship will begin in March. To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Jewish woman OR a woman who works for a Jewish agency
  • Live in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area
  • 15 years or more of work experience
  • Seeking career advancement in the next 5 years
  • Open to exploring new ideas and perspective
  • Uncompromising in commitment to professional advancement
  • Eager to learn new strategies for professional and personal success
  • Willing to share experiences and insights with the cohort of Fellows
  • Committed to participation in the 12-month Fellowship


Contact Sarah Siegel, Chief Program Officer, at 414-967-8185.