Gov. Walker: Business leaders Patty Cadorin and Karen Katz appointed to Women’s Council Board

Contact: Christine Lidbury, Executive Director, 608-266-2219 or [email protected]

Madison—Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the appointments of Patty Cadorin and Karen Katz to the Women’s Council Board.

“By appointing Patty and Karen to the Women’s Council, we’ve reaffirmed the important role women will play in getting our economy back on track,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Their time in the private sector as well as their experiences helping job creators grow our economy will be vital to ensuring the future success of the Women’s Council.”

Patty Cadorin is Vice President and Director of the Office of the CEO for BMO Harris Bank (Milwaukee). Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Corporate Communications Director for Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. A business and community leader, Ms. Cadorin serves on the board of directors of the United Community Center, the Women’s Council of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the M&I Foundation. Ms. Cadorin has been involved in the Women’s Council’s Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business and Trailblazer Luncheon since the program’s inception in 2007.

Karen Katz is the Marketing Director at EO Johnson Office Technologies (Wausau). She is a seasoned marketing/communications professional with experience in banking, insurance, manufacturing, government, and video production in Wisconsin and Southern California. She was a 2012 finalist for the Wausau Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award recognizing those who make a difference in the advancement of women in leadership and professional roles. Ms. Katz is actively engaged in community work, including United Way of Marathon County, LIFE in Marathon County, Healthy Marathon County, and the Wausau Lyric Choir.

“Ms. Cadorin and Ms. Katz bring business world experience to the public policy table and will help us to craft a financial literacy agenda for the benefit of women all across the state of Wisconsin,” said Mary Jo K. Baas, Women’s Council Chair. “The Women’s Council is fortunate to operate with a talented Board of business, civic, and community leaders that come together from locations around the state and bring to our work a wide range of experiences, interests, and expertise.”

About the Women’s Council

The Women’s Council is Wisconsin’s statutory commission on the status of women and girls. Established in 1983, The Council promotes initiatives that empower women, serves as a clearinghouse for information on women’s programs and promotes unique partnerships to address issues affecting Wisconsin women. The Council is governed by a 15-member Board appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders. For more information about the Wisconsin Women’s Council, visit our web site at