Institute for Women’s Leadership Names Bridget Krage O’Connor Inaugural Executive in Residence

Posted on 5-04-2022

Green Bay, Wis. — As UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Women’s Leadership moves into its second year of work to build an enhanced women’s leadership pipeline in Northeast Wisconsin, the University is expanding its commitment by naming entrepreneur and business owner Bridget Krage O’Connor as its inaugural Executive in Residence.

O’Connor, owner and President of O’Connor Connective, a Wisconsin strategic communication and organizational marketing agency serving for- and non-profit organizations, was officially announced as Executive in Residence at the Institute’s first-year anniversary event on April 14.

In her new role, O’Connor will share her professional expertise with Institute staff, board and committees; provide counsel and advising related to the strategic direction of the Institute; assist with faculty research; lecture and conduct outreach to the business community. O’Connor’s unique professional experience in serving as a senior college administrator for over a decade paired with her business ownership and strategic communication consulting services make her an ideal collaborator between academic and business communities.

“I’m honored to serve as the inaugural Executive in Residence for the Institute,” O’Connor noted. “We all deserve an equal playing field. I look forward to having that conversation with businesses and the University. Together, we will find ways of further advancing women as we collectively advance the economic vitality of our state.”

According to Institute for Women’s Leadership Executive Director Janet Bonkowski, the addition of O’Connor as Executive in Residence underscores the University’s commitment to building important infrastructure to continue the Institute’s momentum:

“Northeast Wisconsin has so many highly accomplished women leaders who are getting involved with the Institute and are on fire to support and develop other emerging women leaders,” Bonkowski said. “They know that when women rise, our communities, businesses, families, and organizations all rise.”

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