Introducing our Bettys 2022!

SINCE 2019, Milwaukee Magazine honored seven extraordinary Wisconsin women with our annual Betty Awards. Named for the deceased Betty Quadraccithe magazine’s publisher for 30 years, the award categories each feature one of Betty’s many traits: Groundbreaker, Tenacious B, Standout Sister, Arts Advocate, Risk Taker, Bridge-Builder, and the Quadracci Family Award.

This year’s winners each exemplifies Betty’s undeniable determination, creativity, tenacity, and indomitable spirit. They will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony on December 6 at Saint Kate – The Arts. For tickets and more information, Click here.

Here’s just a glimpse of this year’s winners – read more about them in our November issue.


Dinorah Marquez; Photo and Aliza Baran

DEFENDER OF THE ARTS

Dinorah Marquez

Dinorah Márquez is the 2022 Betty Arts Advocate, a catalyst that helps build and grow Milwaukee’s arts scene. Márquez is the founder and director of the 20-year-old Latino Arts String Program, which uses musical instruments — particularly mariachi music — to connect students to their heritage. His impact is not just as a music teacher. Marquez’s unique work is a way to preserve Latin American culture.


Kelsey Kaufman; Photo by Aliza Baran

RISK TAKER

Kelsey Kaufman

Kelsey Kaufmann is the 2022 Risk Taker, a fearless person who never settles for the status quo. Kaufmann took over Bay View concert venue The Cactus Club just a month before the pandemic hit, and has since expanded the club’s mission, programming and reach. Through these initiatives, which include advocating for gender inclusion, the Cactus Club becomes a singular model of art, music and movement building.


Dominique Samari; Photo by Aliza Baran

BRIDGE BUILDER

Dominique Samari

Dominique Samari is the 2022 Bridge-Builder, a woman invested in making Milwaukee a better place for everyone. A lawyer and co-founder of the consulting group P3 (which focuses on equity and inclusion), Samari launched Kin, an initiative that stimulates authentic and transformational conversations between people with real or perceived differences. The workplace diversity advocate and celebrator of women’s voices was also a key facilitator in the development of Imagine MKE, the city’s first inclusive center for arts and culture.


Suzan Feast; Photo by Aliza Baran

INNOVATOR

Susan Party

Suzan Fete is the trailblazer of 2022, a woman who boldly walks where few have gone before. Thanks to Fete’s leadership and vision, 30-year-old Renaissance Theatreworks is a thriving company committed to telling stories written, directed and performed by women. A theater director herself, Fete has also created a festival – called BRINK – dedicated to emerging theater artists, further impacting the theater community in Milwaukee and beyond.


Dana World-Patterson; Photo by Aliza Baran

EXCEPTIONAL SISTER

Dana World – Patterson

Dana World-Patterson is the standout sister of 2022, a woman known for her support of other women. Empowering women and girls is the goal of World-Patterson, which co-founded the Milwaukee County Human Trafficking Task Force and created Foundations for Freedom, an advocacy and education tool in the fight against human trafficking. She leads with a compassionate and hands-on approach, never losing sight of the mission to end the exploitation of women and children.


Renee Anderson; Photo by Aliza Baran

TENACIOUS B

Renee Anderson

Renée Anderson is Tenacious B 2022, a woman who embodies the perseverance of Betty Quadracci. President and CEO of Saint John’s on the Lake, Anderson is more than a director. She led the daunting completion of a $123 million expansion project for Saint John’s, hosted a UW-Milwaukee course on aging and the annual aging symposium, and established a fund to support efforts. aimed at mitigating the effects of poverty, chronic disease and discrimination in older adults. Partly because he spearheaded the innovative “7-Dimensional Person-Centered” programming model, Anderson has made Saint John’s one of the most respected seniors’ residences in the state.


Julie Tolan; Photo by Aliza Baran

QUADRACCI FAMILY PRIZE

Julie Tolan

Julie Tolan is the 2022 recipient of the Quadracci Family Award, selected by the children of Betty and Harry Quadracci – Richard, Kathryn, Joel and Elizabeth, who choose a winner whose achievements they believe would resonate with their mother. Recognized for her tremendous leadership and strategic planning skills, Tolan guided the YMCA of Metro Milwaukee through a turbulent period of Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. emphasis on membership in program services, argued the brand. She also spent 20 years at Marquette University, transforming the school’s fundraising arm. As owner and executive vice president of Lauber Trusted Business Partners, Tolan leverages more of her expertise in leading high-performing teams.


Learn more about the winners in our November issue round table and profiles.


This story is part Milwaukee Magazine’s November issue.

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