Their stories inspire us, their work changes us, and their journey started just around the corner. Meet the empowered, successful women in your own backyard and join us in celebrating women near you, wherever you are.


Meet Erica Elia, Women Who Lead Honoree.

Elia opened her first retail bakery in Milwaukee in 2010 and since then has grown her business from one to 25 employees. In 2017 she opened her second location and is now serving hundreds of weddings and events per year.


Meet Linda Gorens-Levey, Women Who Inspire Honoree.

Apart from managing complex real estate developments, Linda assists with the firm’s risk management, marketing and technology. Before joining General Capital, she was a managing director at Stark Investments, a multi strategy hedge fund, and helped guide the firm’s growth from under $1 billion in assets to over $14 billion.


Meet Thelma A. Sias, Women Who Serve Honoree.

Thelma is a retired executive of WE Energies who still holds leadership roles in the Milwaukee community and has worked tirelessly with dozens of non-profit organizations – including United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Library – to help fundraise, build capacity and strengthen their futures.


Celebrating women near you. Wherever you are.