2nd Annual IWL Gala | March 7, 2023

Meet IWL's Inaugural Leadership Honorees!

Award winner


As the Senior Vice President of Partner Strategy and Management for the Milwaukee Bucks, Kareeda has blazed her own trail, taking a job with the Milwaukee Bucks in ticket sales following her graduation from Marquette and working her way up the corporate ladder to her current role. With women making up just under a third of team vice president roles and under ten percent of team presidents or CEOs, Kareeda has made it her mission to help reach out to those behind her, ensuring that "the next young lady has the same opportunities I have," and advocating for greater diversity of thought and diversity in work culture. Her courageous work has changed the lives and careers of women. Thank you for inspiring us, Kareeda!


Award winner


Dr. Rosemary A. Stuart is a Wehr Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences whose research and work on campus over the last 23 years has embodied the IWL's mission to elevate and inspire women. In addition to her past service as Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and leading her current role as director of the Biological & Environmental Sciences Internship Program, she serves on Marquette's Committee on Diversity & Equity, the IWL Faculty Advisory Council, Marquette's faculty-led Pay Equity Taskforce, and Marquette's NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative, which seeks to support the advancement of women in STEM.  She is also the proud mother of two fabulous and inspiring "kids," Ciara and Eddie. Thank you for inspiring us, Rosemary!


Award winner


Gabrielle Chun is a third year, Mechanical Engineering student in the Opus College of Engineering with minors in Business Administration, Graphic Design, and Writing-Intensive English. She has been accepted into Marquette's Graduate School of Management and will be completing her MBA as part of the university's five-year STEM-MBA accelerated degree program. Beyond her academic excellence, Gabby is an active student leader who serves as a tutor for both the writing center and the physics department, a Sacristan for Campus Ministry, and an executive board member for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Art Club, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. As outreach director for SWE, she has also worked with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and Discovery World to organize volunteer opportunities promoting engineering to future generations of women in STEM. Thank you for inspring, Gabrielle!



2023 IWL Gala | Save-the-Date


IWL's Spring Inaugural Gala | March 8, 2022

THANK YOU! for celebrating International Women's Day & the foundational few years of Marquette's Institute for Women's Leadership at our inaugural gala!

It was a fantastic event made more special by all of the guests. To continue to celebrate and further demonstrate your support of IWL's mission and vision, please reachout—sign-up for our mailing list, follow us on social media, consider donating by selecting "Institute for Women's Leadership...Fund" here.

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IWL's Spring Gala | March 8, 2022

Thank you for joining us in celebrating "Women of Strength" and International Women's Day 2022! This event gathered our community benefactors to learn about the fantastic research and programming that IWL has funded in its first two years. Virtual attendees joined via livestream and receive a set of IWL greeting cards along with the IWL Gala program as a thank you gift.

Additionally, IWL celebrated the inspiring work, research, and collaborations from the first two-and-a-half years of Marquette’s Institute for Women’s Leadership. The evening honored strong women on campus and in the community who advance women’s leadership—including students, faculty, staff, community partners, supporters, and allies.

New York-based CEO and Entrepreneur Freida Rothman joined the IWL community in-person for a fireside chat with IWL Director Andrea Schneider and discussed her global “Women of Strength” campaign during this celebratory evening; and IWL hosted an exclusive trunk show featuring Freida Rothman’s launch of her 2022 line honoring women leaders, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting IWL’s ongoing work.  Thank you Frieda and all who participated in this exclusive trunk show fundraiser sale!

Click on the picture below to view the photo gallery for IWL's Inaugural Gala

Gala Photo Gallery
Pictured Here: A glimpse of the fireside chat between inaugural IWL Director Andrea Kupfer Schneider & the gala's keynote guest Freida Rothman–second-generation jeweler, a mother of four, and an entrepreneur.

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Click the cover art above to view the program via PDF.

An Extra Special Thank You to Our Gala Steering Committee!

    • Peggy Armstrong
    • Krista Brookman
    • Patty Cadorin
    • Laurie C. Frey
    • Margo Loebl
    • Molly Madonia 


Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Hon. Janine P. Geske

  • Joanna M. Bauza

  • Amy Ford Souders

  • Peggy Troy

  • Dr. Janis M. Orlowski

  • Nancy Hernandez

  • Kelly McShane

  • Chris Woleske

Thank You to the Inaugural IWL Gala Sponsors!

Engage-Level Sponsors:



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Lead-Level Sponsors:

  • Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP
  • Baird
  • Deloitte
  • gener8tor
  • Johnson Financial Group
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine
  • Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Milwaukee Women inc
  • Molson Coors
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Professional Dimensions
  • PwC
  • Town Bank, NA
  • von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
  • We Energies Foundation

Last but Not Least, a Shoutout to Our Support-Level Sponsors, Thank You!

Please contact Sarah Camp with any questions.


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IWL Engage Award

 Award winner

Award winner

Award winner

Kareeda Chones Aguam

Senior VP of Partner
Strategy & Management,
Milwaukee Bucks


Dr. Rosemary Stuart

Wehr Distinguished
Professor, Biological Sciences

Gabrielle Chun

College of Engineering, 2024

For more details on the gala and our award winners, visit our IWL 2023 Gala page.