Category Archives: Speakers

November 15 Meeting: Jayme Radomski, Top Shelf Home Organizing

Are you ready to clear your dining table for a meal, start a simple filing system for your paperwork, make sense of your pantry, revive your closet and regain control of your household? Jayme can help you achieve your home organizing goals.

As a child, Jayme found organizing toys and craft items was fun. As the neighborhood babysitter, families always came home to nicely organized kids’ spaces and room. That young love for order led to her career developing efficiencies and systems for organization.

Today she holds degrees in engineering and business management. Attention to detail and passion for helping others lead to leadership roles in her engineering career. She has designed commercial fire suppression systems and spent years in retail and restaurant industries in college.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Jayme has selected Friends of St. Catherine’s Residence to receive the November donation.

Reservations and payment for the meeting can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

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Make Your Reservations NOW for the FOCUS Holiday Party with Comedy Sportz!!

Join us for our Annual Holiday Party!  This year Comedy Sportz will be there again to help us celebrate!

December 13, 2017
Cost:  $39 per person

Arrive at 11:30 am for networking
Plated Lunch served at 11:45 am
Program 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Ozaukee Country Club
10823 N River Rd., Mequon WI 53092

Reservations and payment for the party can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Make your Reservations for the Holiday Party NOW

Program: Comedy Sportz!!
Cost: $39 per person
When: 11:30 AM Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Where: Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N River Rd., Mequon

Starter: Small Fresh Fruit Plate
Entrèe: Grilled Salmon, a 5-oz Salmon Filet Ribboned with Beurre Blanc, Served on a Bed of Toasted Angel Hair Pasta and Accompanied by Roasted Vegetables.

Special Gluten Free/Vegetarian Option: Mushroom and Spinach Risotto Cakes, Arborio Rice, Sautèed Cremini Mushrooms, Diced Tomatoes, Zucchini, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese.

December Meeting

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Requests for Gluten-free and Vegetarian entrees MUST be received NO LATER THAN the registration deadline NOON Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

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 Gluten-free or Vegetarian meals are available by special request. All special requests MUST be received NO LATER THAN the registration deadline. The dish prepared to fulfill a special request is at the sole discretion of the chef.

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October 18, 2017 Meeting: Janet Halonen, Licensed Acupuncturist and Esthetician

Join us on October 18 to hear from Janet Halonen of AcuEsthetics.  Janet Halonen is a multi-disciplined holistic healthcare provider. She is dually licensed as an acupuncturist and aesthetician.  Her areas of specialty are stress and pain management, facial rejuvenation, alcohol and drug recovery support, and nutrition consultation.  In addition to acupuncture and aesthetic services, Janet is also a certified Yoga and meditation instructor, and has taught in the local Milwaukee area for the past 20 years. She has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Her practice is located in Mequon and is a hybridization of all of the healing wisdoms she has been privileged to learn.

Jan’s discussion will be about treating addictions with ancient healing techniques. For the past ten years she has worked privately with patients and in group settings at local treatment centers in the Milwaukee area. Treating those going through recovery is a passion for her, as she sees addiction impacting virtually every aspect of society.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Janet selected the Wisconsin Humane Society to receive the October donation.

September 20, 2017 Meeting: Speed Networking!

Our first Speed Networking on June 17, 2015 was very different and very successful!  So successful that we are doing it again!

This year Membership Chair Barb Brinkmann is hosting our Speed Networking meeting.  The format not only allows us to get to know a little more about each other, but also to practice the skill of quickly describing our businesses.  Best of all, though, is that it is always a fun way to spend an hour!

Join us and participate in the Speed Networking with Barb and other Women’s Focus members.  We’ll have fun, polish our skills, and get to know more about each other!


August 16, 2017 Meeting: Something A Little Different!

For the August meeting we are planning Something a Little Different! In addition to having a bit more time for networking,  Focus President Stephanie Melnick will facilitate an interactive discussion about business challenges and opportunities with Women’s Focus members and guests.

Stephanie has been practicing law in the Milwaukee area for over 20 years. She currently owns and operates Melnick & Melnick, S.C. – a law firm in Mequon that primarily caters to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Stephanie specializes in helping business owners prepare for the what ifs by protecting assets and reducing risk with tailored, cost-effective solutions. When disputes arise, she helps business owners resolve them using negotiation, mediation, and litigation, as necessary.

July 19, 2017 Speaker: Marilyn Thiet, Creating a Coaching Culture

We welcome Marilyn Thiet at our July 19 meeting. Marilyn Thiet is the Founder and President of EDGE Performance Acceleration. Marilyn and her team at EDGE work with clients to help them increase their profitability and productivity through training, coaching and developing leaders and their people. Marilyn brings a high level of energy and passion to her work and is an engaging speaker in venues from the classroom to the executive boardroom.
Marilyn’s areas of expertise include coaching, leadership development, sales training, strategic planning, organizational development and sales process improvement. Her clients range from start up businesses to Fortune 500 corporations selling into the healthcare market as well as healthcare providers. She has worked with multiple clients to increase sales by developing a Challenger sales culture and by designing overall team development strategies. She works with hospitals and large healthcare systems in the US coaching physician leaders, CMOs, and healthcare executives.

Marilyn has over 25 years of professional experience in healthcare, sales, marketing, corporate training, and leadership development. She spent much of her career working for GE Healthcare. Marilyn has degrees in Radiologic Technology and in Business Management. She is trained in Conversational Intelligence and certified in Professional Facilitation, Change Acceleration Process (CAP) and Six Sigma quality methodologies. She is a longstanding member of the American Society of Training and Development.

Marilyn is married with two adult children and resides with her husband in Mequon, Wisconsin. Marilyn is an advocate for the Alzheimer Association, serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Kathy’s House, and is a member of Professional Dimensions, an organization for women leaders. In her free time Marilyn enjoys pursuing a number of outdoor activities including golf, biking, and kayaking.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Marilyn has selected Kathy’s House of Milwaukee to receive this month’s donation.


June 2017 Speaker: Mary Jo Dowell, Community Relations and Human Resources Expert

Join us on June 21st to hear Mary Jo Dowell, the principal of MJDowell & Associates, a management-consulting group with emphasis in Human Resources, Coaching, Workshops, Philanthropy, and Public Speaking.

Mary is the author of Playing Through The Fence, a book that is part memoir, part self-help for emerging leaders or anyone seeking inspiration while facing obstacles in her career journey. Nineteen women share powerful reflections of fortitude and accomplishments in their lives and careers, sometimes against what seemed like impossible odds, as they challenged barriers on their paths to success.

Prior to starting her own company, Mary held the position of Vice President of Foundation Affairs and Global Community Relations for Johnson Controls. There she was responsible for moving the company’s community relation’s outreach efforts from local to global status.

Through her leadership, Mary enhanced the company’s community image and visibility for internal and external stakeholders around the world.  She executed the company’s philanthropic goals, objectives, and strategies to maximize its corporate citizenship, reputation, and leadership status.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mary has selected the Sista Pride Program of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee to receive this month’s donation.

The Sista Pride program allows participants to develop their voices as young women living in Milwaukee. Girls create their own community service projects and attend leadership conferences where professional Milwaukee women provide valuable feedback.

May 2017 Speaker: Maria Viall, Back to Food

Maria Viall, Back to FoodWe welcome Maria Viall to our  meeting on May 17, 2017.  Maria  will discuss strengthening your digestion, eating with your body’s natural rhythm and learning how to break destructive patterns are the keys to achieving a healthy body and balanced life.  She says “It is my goal to assist in reaching that for yourself.”

“I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, B.C. I am a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner with a diploma in Therapeutic Supplementation. I believe food should never be confusing, restrictive or high maintenance.  My Back to Food method  assists you in finding balance within your daily life and with your health.”

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice.

April 2017 Speaker: Dr. Wilma Bonaparte, Vice President, MATC Mequon Campus

We welcome Dr. Wilma L. Bonaparte to our FOCUS luncheon on April 19, 2017. Dr. Bonaparte has served the Milwaukee Area Technical College for 23 years, and was recently appointed Vice President of MATC – Mequon Campus. Before her return to the Milwaukee area, Dr. Bonaparte served as Executive Dean/Vice-President of Bunker Hill Community College – Chelsea Campus in Boston, MA.

“There you go,” the cab driver announced, nodding his head in the direction of a stately building with tall columns and a steeple which seemed to touch the clouds. As I fumbled to pay the fare, I thought about how the buildings, the people, and the words were so unlike anything I was used to seeing and hearing in my native Puerto Rico. I got out of the cab and slowly sounded out the words carved into the brick sign: The Pennsylvania State University. What was I thinking, I muttered to myself in Spanish, coming to the United States with very little money and an even smaller command of English. The words of my father rang in my ears. “I have no money for cars and houses,” he had told me, “but I will pay for your education because knowledge is something that no one can ever take away from you.” With the memory of those words in my mind, I strode forward determined to make the most of this opportunity to live and study in the United States.

Come and hear how Dr. Wilma Bonaparte moved from that first day at Penn State to a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts – Boston and a long career as an administrator.

Bonaparte holds a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a certificate in leadership from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, a master’s of education from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Dr. Bonaparte selected United Way of Northern Ozaukee as the recipient of the April 2017 donation.

March 2017 Speaker: June Eastvold, The Boys on the Porch

June EastvoldWe welcome June Eastvold to our FOCUS luncheon on March 15. Of her many accomplishments, maybe one of the most groundbreaking is her honor as being the first woman to be ordained by the Lutheran Church in America.

Eastvold has served as an activist globally, but has been recognized for her book based upon her service work with the homeless at the University Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington.

As many of her experiences relate to our group not only as empowered women but also as residents of the Greater Milwaukee Area, we are excited to welcome June and listen to the experiences she plans on sharing.

In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Eastvold selected ULC 100 Anniversary Legacy Project, Emergency Housing for Refugees Fund as the recipient of the March 2017 donation.