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Feb 19, 2020

Female Leaders Share How They Got a Seat at the Table

As newsrooms shrink and the communications landscape evolves, PR is a quickly growing profession, especially among women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 report, 61% of PR jobs are held by women. Yet, the statistics also show men still hold the majority of C-suite and management positions in the workforce. Learn from local PR leaders and communications professionals how they’ve made a seat for themselves at the table.

Our Panelists:

  • Sarah Maio serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and Miller High Life Theatre. Since joining the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) in 2016, Maio has developed the organization’s marketing and communications department including redesigning the venues’ websites for an enhanced customer experience, developing long-term strategic communications plans and expanding WCD’s visibility locally and nationally.
    With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Maio is a results-driven leader with proven expertise in eCommerce, integrated communications and fundraising. A member of WCD’s leadership team, Maio works across multiple communication spectrums to develop strategies that drive WCD forward and achieve business goals.


  • Tammy Belton-Davis has a background spanning two decades in government, education and public relations. In 2009, she merged her love of politics and community with communications by launching Athena Communications, LLC. Athena Communications is a public relations and governmental affairs firm providing 21st century organizations with a cutting-edge approach to communications that results in optimal growth.


  • Jodie Tabak is the communications director for the City of Milwaukee. She has been with the city for more than a decade supporting local initiatives and providing strategic communications for Mayor Tom Barrett.


  • Kim Schultz joined HPGM as Program Manager in 2013. In 2015, she completed the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program through Marquette University. That same year, she was promoted to Associate Director of Corporate Events at HPGM. In 2016, she completed the Nonprofit Board Prep Program through YLINK in Kenosha.
    In 2017, Kim was again promoted, to Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events, taking on a larger role in developing and maintaining corporate and community partnerships. She worked with the President & CEO and Board of Directors to create HPGM programs, plan events, collaborate with members, explore funding opportunities, and reach strategic goals.
    In August of 2019, Kim was named Interim Executive Director of HPGM.


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