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Women's Leadership "Breakfast" 2021

This year the annual Women’s Leadership “Breakfast” was entirely virtual and held from 8-9:30 a.m. on March 11, 2021 on Zoom.

We explored how local women in need have been impacted by the pandemic and how other local women have stepped up to meet that need. Six local women shared from the perspectives of healthcare, education, and community services. Please enjoy the video of this year's event!


2021 Panelists

Healthcare Panelists

Katherine Vergos, President, St. Agnes Hospital
Dawn Vandenberg, Regional Director – Mission Integration, SSM Health

Working Families Program Panelists

Kerry Strupp, Director; Working Families Program and
Christina Witthun, Grant Recipient; Working Families Program

Community Services Panelists

Amy Bayer, Prevention Educator, Domestic Violence Services
Theresa Menting, Executive Director; Goebel Family Foundation - Women’s Empowerment Series

About the Women's Leadership Breakfast


The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes hosts the annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, celebrating and honoring women leaders whose work and life choices have positively influenced both local and global communities. This event commissions and empowers women leaders and reminds all in attendance to embrace the grace of the spirit and continue leading in their communities, country and beyond; making the world a better place. 

Each year since 2008, the breakfast has been held on the Thursday closest to March 6. This is the day we celebrate Mother Agnes Hazotte, one of the founders of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.  Mother Agnes was a woman of vision.  She took many courageous initiatives in her life.  She was the first elected General Superior of CSA, elected at the age of 17; she moved the congregation from Barton, WI to Fond du Lac, WI; and she began such institutions as St. Agnes Hospital. Mother Agnes led the congregation for 46 years, sending sisters to the “far corners” of the country, from Kansas to New York. Today, members continue to honor her example and determination by educating, healing, advocating, and transforming lives throughout the nation.

About the Beneficiary


Co-sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and an anonymous donor, the Marian University Working Families Grant Program provides tuition, along with stipends for rent, childcare, and food to economically disadvantaged single parents – a gift that will open doors to a brighter future for both parent and child. This proactive program helps low-income, single, head-of-household adults with children to meet the costs of full-time education, while also encouraging engagement in the community. All proceeds from the Women's Leadership Breakfast benefit the Working Families Grant Program. 

Take a moment to learn more about the program by watching the video below or reading the testimonials of grant recipients.

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