Hon. Patience D. Roggensack
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Justice Patience Drake Roggensack was elected to the Supreme Court in 2003. She was the first Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge ever elected to the Supreme Court, and continues to be the only Supreme Court justice to have served on the intermediate appellate court.
Born in Joliet, Ill., Justice Roggensack received a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1962 from Drake University. She worked as a research associate at several universities prior to entering the UW Law School, where she earned a law degree in 1977.
Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Roggensack was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996 and re-elected in 2002. Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Roggensack practiced law for 16 years in Madison.
During her career, Justice Roggensack has been a member of a variety of law-related organizations including the American Judicature Society and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is past president of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and a past member of the State Bar of Wisconsin Bench-Bar Committee. She also has served frequently as a guest lecturer at the UW Law School and MATC.
Justice Roggensack also has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the YMCA, YWCA, Olbrich Botanical Society, Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, Friends of the Arboretum, A Fund for Women, and the International Women's Forum, of which she is a past president.
Marsha Petrie Sue
Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA, CSP is the “Muhammed Ali” of personal development, leadership, communications and managing change. She can dance and look pretty and she uses the entire ring, but she knows how and when to land a knockout punch. Think of her presentations as charm school with live ammunition. She challenges every morsel of your beliefs while entertaining and enlightening.
Marsha dares people to take personal responsibility for their choices, success, and life. Marsha is original, unique, and one-of-a-kind professional speaker author. Whether dealing with employee relationships, increasing productivity or pumping up sales, her guiding principles bring energy and fun to any meeting or event. She is the best-selling author of Toxic People: Decontaminate Difficult People at Work Without Using Weapons or Duct Tape and also The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear. She is also the author of several other resources including the award-winning book The CEO of YOU: Leading YOURSELF to Success.
After more than 35 years working in the male-dominated field of law, Hilarie Bass realized that companies are not doing their best to utilize all the valuable talent in the workforce. She founded the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion because she knew firsthand that the problem of retaining and elevating women in the C-suite was far from solved.
Hilarie is a global evangelist for gender parity and an outspoken advocate for expanding the ranks of women leaders at corporations, nonprofits and other institutions. She is also one of the most recognized attorneys in the United States, having served as co-president of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig from 2013 to 2018 and as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) from September 2017 to August 2018. In late 2018, Hilarie left the law profession to launch the Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion.
Throughout her law career, Hilarie fought for greater participation for women in the top ranks of law firms. At Greenberg Traurig, in addition to serving as its president and heading the firm’s 600-member litigation department for eight years, she founded and chaired its Women's Initiative for many years. At the ABA, the world’s largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members, Hilarie traveled the world speaking about the insidious damage of implicit bias in the workplace and the importance of retaining and promoting female leaders. She also created a task force at the ABA on implicit bias in the justice system.
At the age of fifty-two, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced “Kroog”) transitioned from male to female while living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although not at all easy, transitioning genders gave Ellie the opportunity for a “do-over” in life, which has included working to make the world fairer and more inclusive for all humans, particularly those considered “Other.”
With over 100 civil trials to her credit, Ellie was the first Iowa lawyer to ever transition genders and one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. She later relocated to the Twin Cities where she served as the founding executive director of a legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access.
The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on 800+ occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.” She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 9000 readers. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC, in 2016.
In 2019, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal conferred its 2019 Business of Pride Career Achievement Award to Ellie and her company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC. In that same year, OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, conferred Ellie its 2019 Legacy Award.
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