Milgard Women's Initiative

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The Milgard Women’s Initiative (MWI) at the UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business advocates for all women through integrated strategies to engage women as creative and innovative leaders throughout their organizations and communities.  The Council of Directors supports these strategies primarily through:

  • Providing advice and advocacy for the growth and development of programs, and by helping to identify contacts and resources to assist in the implementation and broad reach of MWI’s programs. 
  • Identifying funding for development and implementation of programs in support of the MWI strategies. 

Council Composition

The Council is comprised of approximately 12-15 Directors, primarily from the Pacific Northwest region. Members serve three-year terms renewable for three terms. Representation reflects diverse backgrounds and business sectors.

Committees

The Council of Directors includes four standing committees in support of MWI - Advancement, Governance, Mentoring, and Program Development. Committees meet informally during the year to develop initiatives, set priorities, and address new opportunities.  

 


Adrienne Allen

Adrienne Allen

Chair of Mentoring Committee

Division Manager at State Farm, retired

Rex Bates

Rex Bates

Chair of Advancement Committee


Chanda Beppu

Chanda Beppu

Member of Mentoring Committee

Vice President of Beverage Product at Starbucks

Kris Berry

Kris Berry

Chair of Governing Committee

Vice President of Creative Solutions at State Farm, retired


Betty Capestany

Betty Capestany

Member of Program Development Committee

Director of Economic Development for Pierce County

Dani Collins

Dani Collins

Chair of Program Development Committee

Senior Vice President, Team Leader at Healthcare Banking 


Tara Doyle-Enneking

Tara Doyle-Enneking

Member of Program Development Committee

President and CEO of Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Laureen Driscoll

Laureen Driscoll

Member of Program Development Committee

President at Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals, Multicare Health System


Kathy Keele

Kathy Keele

Chair of Advisory Board

CEO of Australia Council for the Arts, retired

Sara Kendall

Sara Kendall

Vice-Chair of Advisory Board

Senior Executive at Weyerhaeuser, retired


Melody Zhang

Melody Zhang

Member of Mentoring Committee

Chief Human Resources Officer, SVP HR at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates