Established in April 2019, the Women’s Leadership Collaborative (WLC) is a collection of professional women in the Milwaukee area focused on achieving equity. The
collaborative, inclusive of the leading area professional women’s organizations, represents the strongest collective of professional women ever formed in Milwaukee.
To create a future in which professional women have equitable influence, impact and inspiration on the Greater Milwaukee community. The collaborative will aim to address all instances of disparity but is focusing on pay equity as the first major issue.
WLC has been created in the spirit and definition of collaboration, and in alignment with the notion of one voice is stronger than multiple voices.
“It is critically important that we present a united front in addressing gender disparities. By forming this collaboration, our goal is to leverage the power of our collective memberships to address key issues through a defined process - including local research and solutions. Pay equity will be our first challenge, but not our last.”
- JEN DIRKS, TEMPO MILWAUKEE
The collaborative plans to leverage its networks of nearly 1,000 members using their existing resources and platforms to identify realistic short and long term goals. With a goal to explore other organizational partners focused on advancing professional women as well as be the advocacy group to help educate, train and provide resources for all professional women.
“This level of collaboration among these three groups and professional women in Wisconsin is unprecedented. First and foremost, creating more equality in the workplace is the right thing to do, but it is also a necessary step in addressing talent needs and creating more diverse, inclusive workplaces.”
- JACKIE MORTENSON, MILWAUKEE WOMEN INC
WHICH DISPARITY ISSUES WILL WLC ADDRESS?
The first issue WLC will focus on is equal pay for women. On average, Wisconsin women who are employed full time lose a combined total of nearly $14 billion every year due to the wage gap. The projected year when the gender pay gap will close in Wisconsin is 2067.
THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT THE GENDER PAY GAP
The gender pay gap is the result of many factors, including race and ethnicity, disability, access to education and age. As a result, different groups of women experience very different gaps in pay. The gender pay gap is a complex issue that will require robust and inclusive solutions.
- American Association for University Women
As both Professional Dimensions and TEMPO Milwaukee celebrate more than 40+ years of success, and Milwaukee Women inc celebrates 10 years of building awareness on several issues that impact women, our organizations are at a unique moment in history to reflect on our impact in the lives of women members, the organizations that we lead and support, and the community at large.