WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC names Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as new Vice President of Programs & Operations

WWBIC has experienced a tremendous period of growth over the past year, with the start of the Veterans Business Outreach Center, the opening of a new office in Appleton, and expansion to Green Bay. In keeping with that trend, WWBIC has hired Kamaljit ‘KC’ Jackson as the new Vice President of Programs & Operations.

“We are thrilled to bring Kamaljit Jackson into the folds of our WWBIC leadership. Her decade of experience and insight from both the corporate and education sectors will be a great complement to our statewide team,” said WWBIC President and CVO, Wendy K. Baumann. “We are specifically pleased to have her Lean Business Model expertise as we further advance our WWBIC Strategic Plan.”

As Vice President of Programs & Operations, Jackson will actively participate on WWBIC’s senior management team to provide leadership to the organization while working collaboratively to set and support agency direction, consistent policies and procedures, and strategic plan implementation.  In addition to leading WWBIC’s Programs and Services teams, she will supervise and coach staff with positive influence to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

Jackson brings a wealth of experience in leadership, coaching, program management and process improvement strategies.  She has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside.  She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Her previous experience includes positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors – Senior Accountability & Efficiency Officer at the Racine Unified School District, Quality System Manager and Adjunct Instructor at Gateway Technical College, Project Administrator/Program Management with Johnson Controls – Human Resource Department, and Administrative Manager/Special Projects/Program Coordinator with the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

In addition, Jackson is active in the community – she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Visioning A Greater Racine (VGR) and is an examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Program Examiner: National Awards Program(MBNQA), as well as a Senior Member with the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  Jackson has also been involved with various organizations across Kenosha and Racine counties, namely,  Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties, United Way of Kenosha volunteering on various committees, VITA, Readers are Leaders, Day of Caring, United Way of Racine Schools of Hope tutor, and HALO – Sleep Out for Homelessness.

“Mark Twain said it best that ‘the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’ WWBIC is my why…this organization unleashes the potential in individuals by promoting self-efficacy, self-promotion, and empowerment to think and dream big, while walking alongside them to ensure they are ‘putting dreams to work.’  Just knowing you played a small role in someone else’s success…..well, it doesn’t get any better than that because we rise by lifting others, said Jackson.

 

WWBIC Announces 2019 Luncheon Theme

WWBIC Announces 2019 Luncheon Theme

WWBIC Announces 2019 Luncheon Theme

Save the Date for WWBIC’s 2019 Annual Luncheon on December 3rd at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

This year our luncheon embraces the theme: Let’s Get Real: Explore. Engage. Elevate. On “Giving Tuesday”, WWBIC will celebrate our local heroes: business owners and their small, independent businesses that bring vibrancy, creativity and innovation to our communities. This year we welcome, Mike Colameco as our keynote speaker. Mike has developed a long and storied career in the food and beverage industry … exploring, engaging and enhancing that which nourishes us. We look forward to his insight!

Colameco is a professionally trained chef, author, radio, and TV host. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and shared his talents with New York’s noted Four Season’s Restaurant, Windows on the World, Tavern on the Green and The Ritz Carlton. In the late 80’s early 90’s his local community Cape Town, New Jersey was home to his restaurant, The Globe. This rich background as a chef lead him to a successful career in food media: as an author with Mike Colameco’s Food Lover’s Guide to New York City, as a host/producer of the radio show Food Talk, and as a host/producer of Mike Colameco’s Real Food. Since it launched in 2000, Mike Colameco’s Real Food on PBS’ Create TV has been a popular, enduring, documentary style show sharing a real chef’s point of view at how the most influential people in today’s restaurant world are transforming the way we think about food.

Let’s Get Real roots itself in the interpersonal experiences and creative talents small business brings to our communities. When we explore, when we engage, we have the ability to elevate. Here at WWBIC we elevate our communities’ one small business at a time. As they say… many hands make light work. We invite you to join us so WWBIC can continue to match resources and needs supporting Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial community.

This year’s WWBIC’s Luncheon will showcase: WWBIC’s impact in urban and rural Wisconsin; independent, locally owned businesses; food and restaurant businesses; our food heritage, our family farms and the beauty new Americans bring in sharing their cultures.

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Wisconsin CDFIs Gather for CDFI Day

Wisconsin CDFIs Gather for CDFI Day

Wisconsin CDFIs Gather for CDFI Day

Wisconsin’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) gathered in Madison on Tuesday, April 16 for the third Annual CDFI Day at the Capitol. Certified by the US Department of the Treasury, these 22 organizations are charged with lending in under-served markets, and as such bring value to the areas they serve. Loan products can include business financing, home ownership and home rehabilitation, consumer financing (auto, credit builder) as well as community economic development financing for the development of affordable housing and community facilities. CDFIs often partner with conventional lenders. From 2005 to 2017, these organization have lent over $2 billion, often to low- to moderate income households, people who face barriers to financing and to people of color, as well as to nonprofit organizations and affordable housing developers.

CDFI Day at the Capitol is designed to raise awareness of the value CDFIs bring to Wisconsin for partners, legislators and more. Events for the day included a private briefing with staff from the Governor’s office, followed by a news conference at 1:30 lead by Wendy Baumann and Mary Patoka. At 2 PM, CDFIs met with key legislative staff to understand how they can work with elected officials.

At 3 PM, two CDFI loan clients spoke on the impact of CDFI lending, including Ed Lee of the Urban League of Greater Madison and its homeownership program and Stephanie Sarr, co-owner of Savanna Beauty Supply. 

The day will closed with a reception at the Premier Park Hotel from 4:30-6:00 pm, recognizing supporters of CDFIs in Wisconsin. Guests in attendance included Senator Alberta Darling, Rep. Katrina Shankland; Matt Feldman, President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; Wyman Winston, former WHEDA ED and Kelly Ryan, Executive Director of Incourage Foundation based in Wisconsin Rapids.

WWBIC Attends WI Women in CDFIs Event

WWBIC Attends WI Women in CDFIs Event

WWBIC Attends WI Women in CDFIs Event

On March 25th, WWBIC attended the quarterly meeting of Wisconsin Women in CDFIs, hosted in Madison at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Four guest speakers spoke on the topic “What does the Wisconsin economic climate hold for us in the next year?”. The speakers included:

  • Rose Oswald Poels, President/CEO of Wisconsin Bankers Association
  • Sarah Godlewski, Wisconsin State Treasurer
  • Representative Katrina Shankland, State Representative for the 71st Assembly District of Wisconsin (Portage County)
  • Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

WWBIC (The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation) welcomes a slate of new Board Officers for 2019. Karin Gale (Schenck SC) will now serve as WWBIC’s Chairperson, taking the role from Past Chair Michael McDonagh (Mallery & Zimmerman). Johnny L. Moutry Jr. (New Covenant Housing Corporation, Inc.) will serve as Vice Chair/Secretary. Kathryn Andrea (Andrea & Orendorff) will remain WWBIC’s Treasurer and Chair of WWBIC’s Audit and Finance Committee.

Karin Gale was a member of WWBIC’s Finance & Audit Committee before joining the Board. She is a shareholder at Schenck, a Wisconsin accounting and business consulting firm. Her board and committee service includes the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs (Past President), the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (Past President), the Association for Corporate Growth Wisconsin (Past President), and the City of West Allis Community Development Authority.

Johnny Moutry is Executive Director of New Covenant Housing Corporation, a faith‐based community and housing developer for low‐to‐moderate‐income individuals and families, in Milwaukee. A retired executive of Aldrich Chemical, a leading Milwaukee manufacturing now part of Sigma‐Aldrich, Mr. Moutry has received the Urban Economic Development of Milwaukee Leadership Award and the Wilbur Halyard Award for Community Service.

Kathy Andrea has been a partner at Andrea & Orendorff LLP in Kenosha, WI, since 1989. She served on WWBIC’s Finance & Audit Committee before joining the Board. Kathy specializes in providing auditing and management advisory services to nonprofit and governmental clients. She serves as Treasurer on the boards of the Kemper Center and the Kenosha Library Foundation.

WWBIC’s 2018-2021 strategic plan is underway. Through aligned growth, exemplary customer service, and measurable impact, WWBIC will advance its social goal of improving the economic well-being of individuals through inclusive entrepreneurship and facilitating self-sufficiency strategies.