Program Archive

Past Branch Programs 2023/2024:

March 13, 2024 – Sunset Playhouse at 6:30 p.m.
Marissa Jablonski is an experienced water engineer, environmental advisor and plastics reduction expert and Executive Director of UWM’s Freshwater Collaborative. She has traveled the world, helping companies and governments clean up their waterways and reduce their plastics use. She will share her passion for sustainability and living a plastics-free life

February  21, 2024 – Zoom Meeting
“Artificial Intelligence (AI): What You Don’t Know AND What You Should Know” with Tina Hinch, Co-Lead Vision 1948

February 17, 2024 – Winter Lunch Meeting — NEW DATE!
11 a.m. at Alioto’s on Mayfair Road
“Pave Your Own Path and Lift Others Up” with Kristina Ropella, Dean of Opus College of Engineering
Paid participants will receive more details on the new date.

November 29, 2023 at 6:30 pm.- Sunset Playhouse
“Frauds and Scams”  with Lisa Schiller, Director of Investigations and Media Business Bureau
Lisa is the Director of Investigations and Media Relations for the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin. Lisa has dedicated her career to consumer issues, education, white-collar crime investigations, and writing. At the Better Business Bureau, she advances marketplace trust between buyers and sellers and promotes informed buying decisions

October 21, 2023 – New Berlin Public Library
Author Tea with Patricia Skalka
Patricia Skalka, author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries will be the speaker at this
year’s AAUW Tea on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The event, which takes the place of our
October meeting, will be held at the New Berlin Public Library beginning at 10:45 am. The lunch will again be catered. Our tea is a fundraiser for local scholarships. We encourage you to help to continue the success of this event. Look for a Punch Bowl invitation in your email inbox in September!

September 20, 2023 – Sunset Playhouse
“MKE 2024—A View from the Host Committee” with Alison Prange, Chief Operating Officer
The presentation will highlight how the committee is coordinating with local leaders, business owners, and community advocates on a bipartisan basis. It will also provide an overview of volunteer opportunities as part of the Republican National Convention and events leading up to it.

Past Branch 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.

April 12, 2023 at 6:30p.m. – Sunset Playhouse
Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health – Speaker Dr. Cheryl Brosig

Our April 12th program features Dr. Cheryl Brosig, Professor in the Division of Pediatric Psychology and Developmental Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing an update on Children’s Mental Health and Well Being. Dr. Brosig leads a team of more than 30 psychologists that practice at Children’s Wisconsin in a wide variety of roles. Dr. Brosig will provide us with an update on the current state of children’s mental and behavioral health as well as offer some ways that you can become more involved in supporting children and teens.

May 24, 2023 at 6:30p.m. – Sunset Playhouse
“Helping Women in the Criminal Justice System Live Healthier and Safer Lives” – Jeanne Geraci

Our May 24th speaker, Jeanne Geraci, is the Executive Director of the Benedict Center. Since August 2011, she has led this interfaith, non-profit organization which supports women as they navigate the criminal justice system. As we’ve heard in previous talks, because of its size, Milwaukee has become a center of sex trafficking. It is not the only center in Wisconsin, but one of the largest. We hope you will come to hear Jeanne speak about the center’s programming and work in the larger community. It is amazing!