to the recipient's of Wisconsin's
2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards
for Women in Business

Press Release: Governor Walker Announced 2018 Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business

Charlene Blohm
President & CEO
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A)
Monona • Pioneer Award • est. 1991

Tammy Dannhoff
Kids Are Us Family Child Care
Oshkosh • Pioneer Award • est. 1989

Diane Everson
The Edgerton Reporter
Edgerton • Pioneer Award
est. 1874; woman-owned since 1992

Mary Floyd
Country Styler
St. Nazianz • Pioneer Award • est. 1976\

Kathleen Gionis
Gionis & Murtaugh Law Office, LLC
St. Croix Falls • Pioneer Award • est. 1984

Angela Goff Chmura
Goff’s Collision Repair Centers
Waukesha • Forward Award
est. 1967; woman-owned since 2005

Mary Beth Growney Selene
Founder & President
Ryan Signs, Inc.
Madison • Pioneer Award • established 1987

Erica Herrera
President & Owner
EFH Trucking LLC • Special Recognition

Kim M. Lobdell, P.E.
KL Engineering, Inc.
Madison • Pioneer Award • est. 1991

Anne K. Maedke, DC, DABCI
Maedke Chiropractic Center
Milwaukee • Pioneer Award • est. 1983

Juliet Nowak>Managing Owner
Angels Loving Care, Inc.
Columbus • Special Recognition

Nancy Orth
Starr’s Sister Salon
Eau Claire • Pioneer Award • est. 1985

Diane Penzenstadler
President & Owner
44° North Advertising & Design, LLC
Oshkosh • Pioneer Award • est. 1988

Jocelyn Riley
Her Own Words, LLC
Madison • Pioneer Award • est. 1986

Lynn Seidl-Babcock, RN BSN
Owner & Administrator
HomeCare Health Services & Hospice
and Manitowoc HomeCare
Manitowoc • Forward & Pioneer Awards 
est. 1974; woman-owned since 1991

Jane A. Svinicki
Svinicki Association Management Inc.
Milwaukee • Pioneer Award • est. 1981

Laurie W. Ziegler
Managing Member
Sass Accounting, LLC
Saukville • Pioneer Award • est. 1993

Trailblazer Award Hosts and Sponsors

Office of the Governor

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

BMO Harris Bank

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation 

Wisconsin Women's Business Enterprise Certification Program 

The Widget Source

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce  


Wisconsin's passed the nation's first equal rights bill in 1921, opening the door for women to run for a wide range of elected offices in state and local government.

Women are running for elected office in record numbers. From Congress to State Legislatures, organizations are reporting a surge in women looking for training to run for office and double the numbers of women running or likely to run for Congress, Governor or their Statehouse seats compared to 2016.

Women’s History Month is a great time to reflect that women haven’t always been allowed to hold public office.   read more

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Appleton. Thank you to all the attendees who came out for lively and information filled community discussion and listening sessions on family caregiver needs, resources and programs.

With special thanks to co-hosts and sponsors: WI Dept. of Health Services, Office on Aging and Disability Resources, Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and WisconSibs, Inc. and to our guest panelists Amie Bastian, Outagamie County Department of Health & Human Services, ADRC; Beth Belmore, Mosaic Family Health; Sue Coyle, Coyle Health Care Management & Consulting; Lisa Scheider, RCAW; and caregivers Ashley Baldwin and John Weyers.

Community Dialogue on Family Caregivers
Appleton - January 29, 2018

Press Release  

Next meeting of the
Wisconsin Women's Council

March 7, 2018 * 11:30-1:30
Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 328 NW
Madison, WI


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The Women's Council is Wisconsin's statutory commission on the status of women and girls.

2018 Meeting Schedule
March 7 * June 6 * September 5 * December 5

The Women's Council Board meets quarterly. Meetings are typically held from 11:30 - 1:30 in the State Capitol, Madison, WI.

With a broad mandate, the agency's program agenda is set by a 15-member Women's Council appointed by the Governor, Senate President, Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker.

2017-2018 AGENDA

Women and Family (Adult) Caregiving

with ongoing programs on

  • Women in STEM and Manufacturing
  • Women's Business Ownership
    • Governor's Trailblazer Awards
    • Research and programs
  • Financial Literacy for Women
    • MoneySavvy
  • Status of Women in Wisconsin
    • Fast Facts and other reporting
    • Women in Elected Office

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