Presented by Northwestern Mutual, the 2017 Milwaukee Gala Dinner and Leadership Awards Celebration is our annual signature event supporting Fair Wisconsin Education Fund. Each year Fair Wisconsin gathers members of the LGBTQ community, allies, activists and policy makers to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of LGBTQ equality in Wisconsin.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
323 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53202
6:30 | COCKTAILS
7:30 | DINNER
8:15 | PROGRAM
Keynote Speaker | SARAH McBRIDE
Sarah McBride currently serves as the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.
In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBT-advocacy organization. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah worked on LGBTQ equality at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so.
Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Emcee | TANYA ATKINSON
Tanya Atkinson is the president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a nonprofit health care provider. A social worker (and stand-up comedian), Tanya began her career working with youth (and in tiny comedy clubs). She has volunteered for a number of area nonprofits, and is currently on the board of The Lesbian Fund, a component of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Tanya lives in Shorewood with her wife, Laurie.