The Christian Women's Leadership Circle's signature event is the Butterfly Brunch. It's at this annual spring celebration that we honor our CWLC scholarship recipients and enjoy an inspirational message from a nationally recognized speaker.


2019 Keynote Speaker

Kimberly Joy Krueger

Kimberly Joy Krueger

Kimberly Joy Krueger has overcome some of life’s toughest struggles with beauty, dignity and grace, looking forward and never looking back. A third-generation entrepreneur, she serves others by helping them to see their true value and reach their full leadership potential. She has been a mother to 12 kids for 30 years, and coach, author, publisher, and public speaker for 13 years. Kimberly has also been featured as Guest Life Coach on FOX6’s Real Milwaukee morning television show. Each one of these roles has required her to lead, but Kimberly admits she has made every leadership mistake in the book. Grateful that human beings learn more from their failures than successes, she also admits that these mistakes have afforded her a lot of wisdom. Known as a master storyteller, Kimberly shares this wisdom with humor and passion. Her closest friends will tell you that she is a “a mom to many and a friend to all.” For fun, she transforms into “Biker Chic” and rides alongside her husband, Scott. Her audiences are inspired to self-leadership in order to become extraordinary influencers and make their mark on the world around them. For more information, visit kimberlyjoykrueger.com.

 

Past Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rhoda S. Wolle

Dr. Rhoda S. Wolle

2018: Dr. Rhoda S. Wolle

Dr. Wolle is the Assistant Professor of Education and Dean of Student Success at Wisconsin Lutheran College. She received her M.A, Education, at Marian University (Emphasis in Educating students At-Risk) and her PhD, Psychology, from Capella University (Specialization in Educational Psychology). She has worked with schools in over 20 states and six countries. I also serve as a Mentor in the Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for Persistence and Completion. She has written “College professors' description of the lived experience of working with first-year learners: A phenomenological study” by Wolle, Rhoda S., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2011, 172 pages; 3458038, “Keys to College Persistence: What Can Professors Do to Increase Persistence?” Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, 2012, and has served as an advisor to WLC’s Faculty Development Committee; she was on the Board of “Friends of China”, she has been a Ministry Committee Member for Kingdom Workers, and has facilitated over 50 workshops for WELS churches, schools, youth rallies, and International ministries.

 
Diane Studer

Diane Studer

2017: Diane Studer

Since January 2010, Ms. Studer has been the Executive Director for Soles for Jesus, a non-profit dedicated to sharing the love of Christ by distributing shoes and the life-changing message of the Gospel to under-served people in Africa. Soles for Jesus continually sends ocean-freight shipments of new and gently used shoes to their partners in Africa, serving over 15 countries and counting.

 
Debra Steigerwaldt Waller

Debra Steigerwaldt Waller

2016: Debra Steigerwaldt Waller

Ms. Debra Steigerwaldt Waller has been the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Jockey International, Inc. since January 2001. Ms. Waller serves as the Chairman of the Board at Carthage College. She served as President of Jockey International, Inc. Ms. Waller served as Assistant to the President of Jockey International, Inc. from 1995 to January 2001 and Executive Vice President from 1995 to 2000. Ms. Waller served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Jockey from February 2000 to January 2001. She serves as a Director of M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, Church Mutual Insurance Company and MargaretAnns Place. She served as an Independent Director of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation since April 2004. She is a Trustee of Carthage College.

 
Teri Jendusa-Nicolai (photo courtesy of  The Journal Times )

Teri Jendusa-Nicolai
(photo courtesy of The Journal Times)

2015: Teri Jendusa-Nicolai

After being beaten with a baseball bat, stuffed in a trash can with snow and left to die in her ex-husband’s storage unit, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai turned into a domestic violence victims’ rights advocate.
— "From victims’ rights advocate to political candidate" Kristen Zambo. The Journal Times. Jan 5, 2016
 
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2014: Geneva Bolton Johnson

Geneva Johnson has served as president and CEO of Family Service America, Inc., as the senior vice president for United Way of America, responsible for strategic planning and public policy, and has held several other top executive positions during her career. She was the executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, from 200-2004, and has served as a board member, consultant or guest lecturer to numerous organizations and universities. She has received dozens of national and institutional awards, and has spent decades serving others as a leader, mentor and an inspiration.

 
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (photo courtesy of http://ltgov.wi.gov/)

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
(photo courtesy of http://ltgov.wi.gov/)

2013: Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Rebecca Kleefisch is Wisconsin's 44th lieutenant governor. Since January 2011, she has been Wisconsin's Jobs Ambassador. A former small business owner, Rebecca developed the annual Governor's Small Business Summit. She works frequently with economic developers and business owners to recruit new businesses and grow current employers. Her colleagues elected her chair of the national Aerospace States Association, which advocates for our aviation and aerospace industries. She co-chairs the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment and the Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, works on the issues of homelessness and offender reentry, and advocates for returning veterans and people with disabilities looking to join the workforce. Rebecca has earned a reputation as an effective policy leader who doesn't shy from a challenge or a fight. She has been recognized with a "Courage in Leadership Award" by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a "Woman of Exceptional Courage" award from the Clare Booth Luce Institute. In May 2014, the Washington Post cited her as one of 40 rising stars in American politics. Rebecca is a colon cancer survivor, a recovering news reporter, a member of the NRA, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet, and lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch. (Bio courtesy of http://ltgov.wi.gov/lt-gov-office/about-lt-governor, accessed 13 October 2018)

 

2012: Susan Marshall

 

2011: Sharon Buck

 

2010: Lori Watt

 

2009: Betty Mahmoody

 

2008: Wendy Lewis, Susan Dreyfus

 

2007: Dr. Janet Lindemann, Dr. Joan Prince


Butterfly Brunch Event Photos

2018 Butterfly Brunch