3rd Annual When Women Lead

Join Local First Milwaukee for our 3rd Annual When Women Lead Event

A rising tide lifts all boats and the Local First Milwaukee’s When Women Lead event provides the opportunity to engage, support and strengthen our local, women owned businesses.

This event brings together women that own a full time business, have a side hustle, are dreaming of starting a business and/or love supporting women owned businesses in an intimate and real way.  No pretending we have it all together. Instead, we value the transparency, vulnerability and celebrate the growing impact we can have #WhenWomenLeadMKE!

Join us for a fun evening of local connections, local food and local libations all in support of women owned businesses!

Local First Milwaukee, When Women Lead


  • Key Note Speaker – Karen Ellebecker, founder of Ellenbecker Investment Group
  • Panel discussion featuring: Maretes Hein, Owner of COR Improvements, Colleen Sprague, Founder/Broker/Owner of Firefly Real Estate and Talethea Thompson, Founder and Owner of Pump 5 Fuel Delivery Service.
  • Networking with 200+ Milwaukee women passionate about supporting each other, business and leadership
  • Thursday, February 27, 2019 at 5:30-8:30pm
  • Hosted at The Box MKE, 311 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Speaker & Panelist Biographies

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Karen Ellenbecker
Founder, Ellenbecker Investment Group

Keynote Speaker: Karen Ellenbecker

As Founder of Ellenbecker Investment Group (EIG), Karen leads the way for this growing company with locations in Pewaukee and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and Bonita Springs, Florida. For almost three decades Karen has hosted Money Sense on AM1130, WISN’s longest running financial radio show, where she shares her unique financial perspective and interviews local and global economists, lawyers, tax and real estate specialists, authors and other special guests. Milwaukee’s Philanthropic Community is a second radio show Karen started in 2018 to give local non-profit organizations a way to share their passion and purpose with the community. Money Sense and Milwaukee’s Philanthropic Community are both available as podcasts for on-demand listening.

Karen is Founder of the EIG Charitable Foundation, Lake Country Charity Connection and serves on the  Milwaukee Film Board of Directors. She was a trustee for the City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System – Annuity and Pension Board and is a past member of the investment committee for the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB). Karen has been recognized with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award in 2013, the George Dalton Inspirational Entrepreneur Award in 2013, the Women & Girls Fund – Women of Distinction Award in 2008 and the Benedict Center Justice Award in 2001 for her work in the community.

When she is not working, Karen can be found enjoying her family of three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Her hobbies include photography, traveling, golfing and spending time with friends.

Event Details & Tickets:

This event is slated for 5:30pm on Thursday, February 27th at The Box MKE. Tickets are offered to Local First Milwaukee Members at $30 and guests of Local First Milwaukee at $35 through Friday, February 7th. Tickets are available on eventbrite.

About Local First Milwaukee:

Our business alliance is made up of independent, locally owned businesses and non-profit organizations. Local First Milwaukee defines “local” as a business or non-profit that is privately held and located within the five-county metropolitan Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine counties). Our 200+ members have no corporate or national headquarters outside of Wisconsin.

The owners of Local First Milwaukee member businesses live and work within the metropolitan Milwaukee area.Our business members participate in community activities and assist local charities. Local First Milwaukee members create a difference not only through their presence but also through their actions, helping to preserve Milwaukee’s unique character and make it a great place to live!

Not a member of Local First Milwaukee? Learn more at Become A Member about membership and member benefits.