Founded in 1919 is the Milwaukee Urban League, to say they have been a pillar of resources for countless individuals would be an understatement. A partner of the National Urban League, it is their mission to provide minorities with assistance and motivation for a better life. Considering the social climate of that times in which they first began, the name of the celebration for this milestone is fitting,
The 34th annual Black White Ball too place Saturday June 8th at the Wisconsin Center. There were many guest from all nationalities, and walks of life who came together to celebrate this monumental occasion.
“I was just happy to get cute and celebrate with my people.” These were words from one woman who was enjoying her self.
“It has been a 100 years already?” One woman joked about her age, being 80+ I was sure to tell her she did not look a day over 40.
Members from Fox 6 and other media outlets were in attendance enjoying the festivities like everyone else, the entertainment was amazing as well as the speakers, which included executives from We Energies the events sponsor.
A classy event as people wore their back and white variations beautifully, and proudly as we all celebrated 100 years of service.
This country still has long way to go in the race for equality in all aspects of life, but with organizations like the Urban League we are fighting with the right weapons.
WHAT: Learn more about the general labor and construction job opportunities with the City of Milwaukee at this recruitment event sponsored by UMOS, the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, the Milwaukee Urban League, the City of Milwaukee Community Development Grants Administration, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, and Compete Milwaukee.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17 – 2:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Milwaukee Urban League, 435 W. North Ave.
WHO: Eligible future workers must be 18-64 years of age and have been
unemployed for four (4) weeks. Jobs pay $11.32/hour for 40 hours per week. These jobs may lead to permanent employment with the city. Former offenders are welcome to attend.
DETAILS: Brandy Murrell – (414) 374-5850 ext. 104 or [email protected]
Milwaukee is a city on the move in more ways than one. So many people have been fiercely chasing their dreams, whether young or seasoned. Milwaukee is becoming a place full of entrepreneurs and dream chasers that deserve recognition. This week the very 1st Annual MULA Awards happened at the Pfister Hotel, downtown. The MULA awards was designed to highlight Milwaukee’s talents and skills while celebrating each other’s accomplishments, annually.
The award show brings a positive light to the city. This ceremony highlights those working hard, giving their consumers an opportunity to show their appreciation through votes. The nominees categories stretch from Best Chef, Best Barber, Best Designer, Best Nail Tech, to Best Podcasts, Best DJ, Best Boutique, Best Fashion Designer and so much more.
As Steph Crosley, Reggie SmoothazButta, and Kelly Kelz host the night, many of Milwaukee’s best fill the room in such a beautiful type of way. They brought the city out to say the least. Dressed in black tie attire, so many people were in the building and it was nothing but good vibes.
Whether you came to network, support someone, or receive an award, the show was a great time. Many of the award winners took pride in receiving their well deserved recognition. There were Milwaukee legends all over the building.
One thing that stuck out to me was the manner in which the awards were received. Many of the winners received their awards respectfully, giving props where they were due, encouraging others to keep working and even sharing their best advice. They encouraged the other nominees. That was touching. In our city, we often hear about the beef, he say/she say, haters, but that clearly was not the case.
I want to give a shout out to the hosts of the show. You all did an incredible job representing our city, highlighting amazing people doing amazing works. I was blessed to be in the building on such a beautiful night. We need so much more of this so my hat goes off to you Reggie Brown, Steph Crosley, and Kelly Kelz.
On Wednesday November 28th, the Milwaukee Urban League held an event concerning the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The meet entailed information about how small businesses can get involved in the movement to make Milwaukee a spot for the convention.
Alex Lasry, Senior Vice President of the Milwaukee Bucks, discussed the many opportunities and benefits that this convention could bring to our city. Partnering with businesses of all sizes will be of great benefit on both ends.
To host the convention, they will need access to access to over 25,000 rooms. In hopes to collaborate with hotels and businesses in and around the outskirts of the city, the convention will drive much traffic.
This means more money driven into the city for everyone. The ultimate goal is to create a buzz to show that Milwaukee is ready for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. With a great buzz, promotional, and informative events the National Convention is sure to put Milwaukee on the map for many other massive events, such as the Allstar game.
No business is too big or small. Everyone is welcome and anyone can help play a part to make this happen.
When I think of something as big as this happening in our city, it excites me simply because this could be the beginning of a dramatic change in our community. Creating ways to drive traffic to Milwaukee creates tremendous opportunities for business.
With over 35,000 people expected to come into town, there’s so much money to be made from restaurants to venders to malls and storefronts. If we can grow our businesses, we can grow our money. As we grow our money, we heal our communities from poverty. This convention could literally change the face of Milwaukee and it will if we work together.
The other major benefit I see is the education that will be given in regards to politics. This is an area where many people, including millennials lack knowledge. During this rally for the 2020 Democratic National Convention many questions can be answered for a better understanding of why it’s so important to vote and much more.
I see nothing but great things manifesting from this movement. All it takes is unity.
More info can be found on the Milwaukee 2020 social media pages as well as www.milwaukee2020.com.
Milwaukee area trailblazers Dr. Eve Hall and Ms. Paula Penebaker honored for their professional achievements and community contributions
MILWAUKEE, Mar. 8, 2018- Nearly 600 people marked International Women’s Day Thursday night by celebrating two trailblazing women at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Professional Dimensions, a membership organization of inclusive women leaders who use their power to help each other and advance the community, presented the 2018 Sacagawea Awards to Dr. Eve Hall, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League and Paula Penebaker, President and CEO of YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin. Hall and Penebaker were selected for their career accomplishments, commitment to community and support of the advancement of women.
“Paula and Eve reflect the courage, tenacity and grit of Sacagawea, “ said Karen Vernal, President of Professional Dimensions and President and CEO of Vernal Management Consultants. “Like Sacagawea, they have each been guides for hundreds of people who have been in the rough, unchartered waters of life. We celebrate each of them and express our deep gratitude for all they have done for the people of Milwaukee and beyond.”
In addition to honoring Milwaukee’s trailblazing women, proceeds from the 2018 Sacagawea Awards Dinner will increase the impact that Professional Dimensions’ Charitable Fund will have on their 2017-2019 project with Pathfinders’ New Paths Program.
Dr. Hall and Ms. Penebaker were presented with custom art pieces created by artist Kristin Thielking, Professor of Sculpture and Glass at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Thielking created three unique pieces of art for the event, one for each winner, and one that will reside in the Professional Dimensions Sacagawea collection at Alverno College.
ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DIMENSIONS
Founded in 1978, Professional Dimensions is a membership organization of more than 350 inclusive women leaders who use their collective power to help each other and advance the community. Guided by four tenets, Leadership, Diversity, Community and Networking, Professional Dimensions cultivates relationships between women of all backgrounds, ages, industries and experience levels.
Pathfinders’ mission is “Empowering Youth, Changing Lives”. The organization brings safety, hope and healing to low-income youth facing homelessness, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, mental health issues and crisis through innovative and transformational services. They reach nearly 7,000 young people and their families annually. It is the only organization uniquely positioned to reach runaway and homeless youth who have experienced family conflict or rejection.
In 2017, Pathfinders launched New Paths, its program to support youth who have been victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. This emerging, multi-disciplinary and cross-community initiative will raise awareness of these issues and enhance the ability of the Milwaukee community to help those who have been victimized. Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund provides an immediate injection of start-up funds to support this new program.
ABOUT THE SACAGAWEA AWARDS
Professional Dimension’s Sacagawea award was created in 1982 to recognize two trailblazing women who exhibit the spirit of Sacagawea. The award is named for the Native American woman who helped guide Lewis and Clark on their legendary 1804-1806 search for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. This prestigious honor acknowledges exceptional leadership by “Women Who Inspire,” and embraced opportunities to hone their skills and strive toward excellence by conquering daily challenges through career achievements.