Proud students of the BIG STEP program are shown in their caps and gowns following ceremonies last week. BIG STEP is a job training/apprenticeship program that provides local residents with the skills to enter the labor market and trades. The speakers for the program included Mayor Tom Barrett and Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. (photo by Yvonne Kemp)
She will be our Mistress of Ceremonies this Sunday at our 36th anniversary Gala! Ever since she was a little girl Cassandra McShepard wanted to be a designer. At 11 years old she started sewing clothes for herself, and by her late teens she was designing clothes for others.
A mere 20 years of age, she rented a small boutique space and opened her first atelier, and by 23 it was time to pursue a bigger dream of designing fabulous one-of-a-kind garments for entertainers.
She relocated to California, and inside 6 months she was designing exclusively for singer and actress Phyllis Hyman.
Her client list would eventually boast the likes of Nancy Wilson, The Manhattans, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Loose Ends, Abbey Lincoln, Glenn Jones, Allison Williams, Cherelle, The Whisperers, and journalist Soledad O’Brien
However designer clothing would not be the only thing that Cassandra would create. In a life by her own design she is a writer, motivational speaker, Spokesperson for The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, jazz vocalist, personal trainer, and a radio and television personality. She is currently co-hosting the smash hit television chat fest REAL MILWAUKEE, which airs live weekdays on FOX6 from 9-10am.