UW-Green Bay: Announces keynote speaker for women’s leadership kickoff event

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announces keynote speaker Therese Pandl, for the Institute for Women’s Leadership kickoff event on March 5, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pandl recently retired as CEO/President of HSHS East Wisconsin Health System. 

“We are thrilled to have Therese Pandl as our keynote speaker,” said Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, executive director for the Institute. “Therese exemplifies the kind of mentor we believe can help us establish and grow a flourishing community of women leaders. She has more than 35 years of leadership experience and can provide a perspective invaluable to us all. Her knowledge and passion to lead and to serve others are sure to inspire and provide insight. We are grateful she is willing to share her expertise with us as we launch the Institute for Women’s Leadership.”

Pandl’s keynote will highlight the morning’s kickoff event, which coincides with International Women’s Day. She will elaborate on this year’s theme “Choose to Challenge.”

Pandl says “women should pay it forward to other women—coach, mentor, promote or throw a life-line to other women when needed.”

Chancellor Michael Alexander will discuss how he sees the Institute fitting into the University’s mission. Institute co-founders Joy Ruzek and Sheryl Van Gruensven, both UW-Green Bay leaders and administrators, will also share their vision of empowering women in Northeast Wisconsin. 

See the full agenda.

UW-Green Bay is establishing the Institute for Women’s Leadership www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership as a comprehensive leadership resource for women in Northeast Wisconsin. Recognizing the region’s growing need for a pipeline of women leaders and the distinct challenges faced by professional women in the workplace, the Institute will strive to eliminate barriers that narrow opportunities at all stages in their professional careers, from rising women of promise to woman executives. 

“In my opinion, companies, organizations and our country perform better when women leaders are at the decision-making table,” Pandl says.

To learn more about the Institute for Womens Leadership, please contact Executive Director Teri Zuege-Halvorsen at [email protected] or visit the website www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership

About the Institute for Womens Leadership Institute 

The Institute for Womens Leadership was established in 2021. Located at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Instituteprovides participants the opportunity to expand transformational leadership skills, building a leadership a pipeline for Northeast Wisconsin. The Institute both embraces the Wisconsin Idea and serves the core and select missions of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in its commitment to inclusion, civic engagement, educational opportunity at all levels, and community-based partnerships. The Institute seeks to fulfill critical needs in the region and contribute to a robust, more broadly engaged and representative professional workforce and leadership. For more information visit the website www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership