Diversity in Business Awards


The Daily Reporter and Wisconsin Law Journal will recognize individuals and organizations that are dedicated to diversity and inclusion. All nominees must have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community through the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruitment and retention of diverse employees/students/partners
  • Fostering or creating opportunities within the business/academic/social community
  • Encouraging diverse perspectives in their communities and/or organizations
  • Creating a welcoming and supportive business/academic/social climate through efforts such as visibility, communication, and education
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusive excellence
  • Promoting professionals of color in a significant and positive way


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Nominate by Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, an individual or organization for the 2018 Diversity in Business Awards by writing 150 words or more about why he or she demonstrates diversity in the workplace.

Save the Date

You’re invited to the 2018 Diversity in Business Awards, an event celebrating those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers. Awards are given to individuals and/or organizations who have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive business/academic/social community though the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs.

marcuscenter-vertical-2Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00PM – 7:30PM
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee

dowellMary J. Dowell spent 20 years as an executive in human resources and corporate communications for Johnson Controls, Inc. She led the company’s diversity initiatives as the director of corporate human resources and helped deploy millions of dollars in philanthropic resources around the globe as vice president of foundation affairs and global community relations. Mary is an active member of Milwaukee’s business and philanthropic communities and serves on the board of organizations focused on the advancement of women leaders. She has received numerous awards for her work in the community. As motivational speaker, mentor and coach for corporate environments and business and community events, Mary challenges others to find and develop their unique talents and leadership qualities. She shares stories from her own journey, many of which are rooted in a childhood memory of playing with the white girl next door—but because of the times, only through the chain-link fence in their backyards. Over the years, that fence became symbolic to Mary, epresenting barriers of racism and sexism. In her new book, Playing Through the Fence, Mary shares her personal story along with those from 18 other women who have overcome challenges, bias and stereotypes with perseverance and determination to achieve personal and career success. Her book inspires each of us to find the leader within us all and reminds us that where there is obstacle, there is opportunity.

Tickets are $75 and include Hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, networking and awards presentation.

Join us in celebrating at this Diversity in Business event.


If you have any questions please contact Jenny Byington at 414-225-1803 or jbyington@dailyreporter.com.