In this installment of No Wrong Thing, YWCA Greater Green Bay CEO, Renita Robinson, spoke with Melissa Borowicz, CEO and Owner of The Utech Group, and Bridget O’Connor, founder of the O’Connor Connective. These three powerful female leaders provided their own unique perspectives in response to a significant public occurrence that highlighted the intersection of racism and sexism toward female leadership. They spent an hour in a provocative conversation unpacking the recent incident on the steps of the US Capital between Representative Ted Yoho and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the selection of a female candidate for Vice President.
This discussion provided space for the type of conversation many have been afraid to engage in for fear of saying the wrong thing about what happened. It also provided hope for the current challenges facing women in leadership positions from different backgrounds and frames of reference attempting to grow together. These women also modeled the reality that you can talk about anything when you create a safe space and provided a refreshing look at the capacity present when women leaders work together. Eliminating racism and empowering women in greater Green Bay and the region starts with conversations like this one.
Bridget Krage O’Connor | Owner/Principal | O’Connor Connective
A marketing communication strategist, Bridget holds over 25 years of experience in helping organizations tell their unique stories. Her company, O’Connor Connective provides strategic communication, marketing, public relations, strategic planning and training for organizations large and small. Bridget launched O’Connor Connective to assist presidents, superintendents, executive directors, CEOs and leadership teams as they seek to align their strategy with communication to achieve their goals. A consultant, coach and lecturer, Bridget believes that smart communication, starting with leaders, is critical for organizations to fully live out their mission.
Melissa Borowicz | Owner & CEO | The Utech Group
Melissa Borowicz is the CEO and an Owner of The Utech Group. With over 16 years of experience working with organizations across the United States and Canada, Melissa is an expert at defining corporate culture and helping organizations maximize and align their teams and people. Her academic achievements and trainings include: a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Process Mastery certification from Hammer Company, Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Certified user of DISC, and Certified ECHO Listening Profile practitioner.
Renita Robinson | CEO | YWCA Greater Green Bay
Renita is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Greater Green Bay. Renita has served women, children and low-resourced individuals for over 30 years. Formerly licensed as a graduate social worker (LGSW), and 6-12th grade English and Social Studies teacher, Renita has been an advocate, educator and supporter for the homeless, victims of sexual and domestic violence and individuals marginalized through a variety of oppressions. She holds MEd and MS degrees, and has completed all course work for a doctorate in teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota Duluth. For over 20 years, Renita has developed curriculum, designed conferences and programs and conducted workshops and addressed a wide range of audiences as the owner of Teach ‘Em To Fish, LLC–a non-profit consulting business dedicated to curriculum development and training on a variety of social justice issues.