Join these exemplary women for an engaging discussion on women leadership, embracing the unknown, practicing brave conversations and more. Get valuable tips on building a successful career and get insight on overcoming challenges. This inspiring discussion will instill confidence and encouragement. The role of women in the workforce is always changing; commit to an authentic “you” and step into your leadership role with confidence. Brandi Cummings, Kenosha Public Library Communications Specialist will be moderating the session. LaShonda Hill, HR Director at Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Lisa Liljegren, Author and Assistant VP of Strategic Communications and Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, and Kenyetta Sinclair, VP of Equity and Human Capital and SaintA will serve as panelists. Questions from virtual participants will be answered following the conversation.
About the Speakers:
Young Leaders in Kenosha (YLink)
Brandi Cummings is a marketing and communications professional with nearly 15 years of experience working alongside government agencies, business leaders, and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves both as the Executive Director of YLink (Young Leaders in Kenosha), Kenosha County’s young professional program focusing on retaining, developing, and attracting talent, and as the Communications Specialist for the Kenosha Public Library where she champions for equity and inclusion in her community. Brandi specializes in social marketing, team development, and board and donor stewardship. Brandi prides herself on being a people-first person and greatly enjoys helping others recognize the best version of themselves. Brandi is driven to create spaces that are welcoming, promote belonging, and focus on equity. In her free time, when not doing class work for her MBA, Brandi likes to take long drives with her husband Jeremy, exploring communities across the nation – just ask her about her Great American Cities tour – and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Assistant Vice President / Author / Serial Entrepreneur
Concordia University WI / “Cast”
An entrepreneur with three start-ups under her belt, Lisa Liljegren is motivated by connecting with people and creating things that have never been thought of before. Whether it’s a unique Milwaukee street festival, a new way to solve a problem, a disruptive idea to deliver a message, or a fresh piece of content, Lisa has built a reputation for bringing a distinctive boost to the organizations she serves as an employee, employer, or volunteer. Her latest venture brought her down to the rivers in Milwaukee where she learned to fish among a diverse and funny cast of strangers who became friends. She wrote a book about her adventures called “Cast.” Her book is published by New Degree Press and is available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and in select bookstores.
-Author of “Cast”, New Degree Press, 2020
-Founding executive director of the United Adworkers
-Founding executive director of Serve, the nation’s first nonprofit advertising agency
-Co-founder of Freight Train, an award-winning ad, PR, events shop
-25 years of leadership and adventure within the communications field
Vice President of Equity and Human Capital
Kenyatta Sinclair is a dedicated professional with two decades of experience. She is a leadership development coach, strategic partner, mentor, facilitator, and executive leader. Over the course of her career she has reorganized, consulted, and partnered with schools, corporations and not for profit organizations. In these roles, she has consistently sought to increase efficiency, employ best practices, increase innovation, enhance staff capacity, work to advance equitable and inclusive practices and positively impact families and communities. She is known as a brave conversationalist who encourages intellectual curiosity, continued development, and authenticity.
Ms. Sinclair currently serves as the Vice President of Equity and Human Capital at SaintA. In that role she has oversight of the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, human resources and learning and talent development. She is a certified trainer of Crucial Conversations and the Color Code. She has a Master of Science in Management degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Human Resources Director
Colectivo Coffee Roasters
LaShonda Hill is the Human Resources Director for Colectivo Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee, WI. In this role, she leads the company-wide human resources function, including its services, policies and programs for cafes, bakery and wholesale operations. With a focus on the remarkable people of the organization, she is tasked with ensuring the highest level of consistency, compassion and confidentiality relating to Colectivo Coffee’s Mission, Values and overall Customer Experience.
LaShonda joined Colectivo Coffee in 2020 bringing over 15 years of experience in global HR operations, co-worker experience and culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion and training. Before joining Colectivo, LaShonda worked at Rockwell Automation in various roles of increasing responsibility within HR and served as the vice president of the African- American Professional Network (AAPN). In her career, she has, also, spent time at Fiserv and GE Healthcare.
LaShonda holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and electronic communications from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, WI and is certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Global Professional of Human Resources (GPHR).