Program Archive

Past Programs 2022/2023

September 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – Sunset Playhouse

Judge Derek Mosley will be speaking on “Unconscious Bias”.  He will discuss several aspects of this topic, including how to define unconscious bias, how this bias affects decisions we make in our minds, how it affects everyday life, and ways to mitigate this kind of bias. This program ties in with AAUW’s Biennial Public Policy statement: “To guarantee equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society.”

In August 2004, Judge Mosley was appointed Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court. In addition to an illustrious judicial career, Judge Mosley serves on the boards of directors of many organizations such as the YMCA, DSHA High School, and the United Way Diversity Leadership Committee.

You might know Judge Mosley as one of Milwaukee’s food influencers. Once a month he is on WUWM’s Lake Effect to discuss restaurant recommendations, Black history, and the legal system.


October 8, 2022 at 10:45 a.m. – Author Tea – New Berlin Public Library

Join us for our annual Author’s Tea at the New Berlin Public Library on Saturday, October 8th. Paid reservations are $40 and are due by September 28. Check your punchbowl invitation.

Our featured author is Jeannee Sacken who draws from her experience as a professional photographer and world traveler for her two novels about photojournalist Annie Hawkins. Lunch will be catered.

Remember, this is a fundraiser for scholarships. We will again be offering raffle baskets, gift cards, and our boutique.


November 30, 2022 at 6:30p.m. – Sunset Playhouse
“Funding Public Education in Wisconsin”

Wisconsin Policy Forum Research Director Jason Stein will review current issues in K-12 education finance, including funding sources, how Wisconsin’s level of education spending has changed over time, and the peculiarity of this particular moment in time for school districts. On the one hand, skyrocketing inflation and capped state and local revenues are forcing some tough choices. Join us to discuss the state and local policy tradeoffs when it comes to funding education.

January 14, 2023 at 11:00a.m. – Winter Luncheon
“The Life of Georgia O’Keefe” – Professor Kari Fritz-Klaus.

February 8, 2023 at 6:30p.m. – Zoom
“The Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur”
Join our branch Zoom meeting when Donna Ricco, a local woman, will share with us how she gained national brand recognition as THE design source for dresses. Ms. Ricco will talk about her educational path and the challenges along the way.

March 15, 2023 at 6:30p.m. – Sunset Playhouse
MSOE STEM Outreach:  What We Do and What We’ve Learned
MSOE’s Director of STEM, Liz Taylor, will share MSOE’s STEM journey, including the opening of the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE in 2020, best practices MSOE has learned along the way, and how both individuals and organizations can champion STEM outreach initiatives in the Milwaukee area.


Past Programs for 2021/2022

Author Tea – October 16, 2021 at 10:45a.m.
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W. Library Lane
New Berlin, WI 53151

Join members of AAUW WSM for a tea/luncheon with author, Kim Suhr. The reservation fee is $40.00 per person. Funding from this event supports local and national scholarships. For the safety of all, vaccinations and masks are required. Seating will be limited, so please reserve early.


January 15, 2022 (Saturday) – 8:30 am – Annual Winter Breakfast Meeting at Aliota’s

This meeting is a celebration.  Members will celebrate a return of the breakfast meeting and honor those AAUW members of fifty years or more!

Judy Pelt, WSM AAUW member and instructor for LIR and Oshner, will be presenting Rosie the Riveter: The Real Rosies of WWII.

There will be a breakfast buffet, Branch Meeting/Recognition Ceremony and then speaker Judy Pelt.  Deadline for reservations is January 5, 2022


February 9, 2022 (2nd Wed.) –                                                                             6:30 pm via Zoom

A Wealth of Nature: Parks and Natural Areas in SE Wisconsin”Eddee Daniels, photographer/writer.

“A Wealth of Nature” is a project spearheaded by Eddee Daniel.  He also serves on the board of Preserve Our Parks, a non-profit dedicated to preservation and promotion of parks and open space.  Eddee will describe the project, the challenges parks are facing, what Preserve Our Parks is doing about them, and will share his beautiful photographs – with an emphasis on the Milwaukee River Greenway, which is the subject of his most recent book.


March 9, 2022 (2nd Wed.) -6:30 pm via Zoom –                                                 Joint Meeting with Milwaukee Branch


“Cyber Security” is a concern for most Americans, whether you are the president of the United States or a member of AAUW West Suburban Branch.  Amanda Knutson, FBI Cyber Squad Special Agent, will address many of these concerns.


April 2, 2022 (Saturday) –                                                                                 10 am – AAUW Style Show                                                                                  – Wisconsin Club






Proceeds to Finance Scholarships.  Join us at our “Spring Fling” Style Show.


April 13, 2022 (2nd Wed.) –                                                                             6:30 pm, Sunset Playhouse

Bonnie Bauer will be speaking on “Breaking Down Barriers to Success”.  Bonnie is the Director of Student Support at Moraine Park Technical College.  We will examine how the challenges of a disability can interfere with a student’s success in college. (Masking will be optional)



April 22 – 23, 2022 –  AAUW Wisconsin State Convention

“Celebrating Breaking Barriers”

Convention Schedule:

Friday, 4/22

  • 6:15 pm  District Meetings
  • 7 pm  Convention Opening (Welcome from State President Joan Schneider; Poem from Dasha Kelly Hamilton – Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Keynote Address – Gloria Blackwell, AAUW CEO – “Breaking Barriers & AAUW 140 Years & Moving Forward”; 140th Anniversary Video
  • 9:15pm Hosted Hospitality Rooms

Saturday, 4/23

  • 9:30am – Business Meeting & Installation of Officers
  • 11 am – Noon Keynote Speaker – Renee Gralewicz
  • Noon – Lunch Break
  • 12:30 pm – Breakout Session 1 (4 choices)
  • 1:20 pm – Breakout Session 2 (4 choices)
  • 2:10 pm – Breakout Session 3 (4 choices)
  • 3 pm – Closing Speaker – Dr. Susan McFadden
  • 3:20 pm – Final Message of the Day

AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee will be meeting at Terri’s Condo Meeting Room at 9 am on Saturday, April 23, 2022.  Come for some camaraderie during Saturday morning’s convention proceedings. We’ll start with a light breakfast and linger to watch virtually the annual AAUW-WI business meeting followed by keynote speaker Renee Gralewicz.  We will get to see and hear from the state board and learn what’s been happening over the previous year.  (Breakout sessions will be on your own).

May 25, 2022 (4th Wed.) -6:30 pm, Sunset Playhouse

“Jury Duty and Selection” – Ellen Brostrom, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to serve on a jury? Have you actually had this experience? Juries are an integral part of our judicial system and serving on one is an important civic responsibility. A citizen’s right to a trial by jury is a central feature of our constitution and is considered a fundamental principle of the American legal system.

Judge Bostrom will provide us with a look behind the curtain at the importance and the functioning of the jury system. She will provide us with new insight and dispel some of the myths regarding serving on a jury.