Women's Leadership Breakfast 2023
The annual Women's Leadership Breakfast will take a hiatus during 2022 as ongoing uncertainty about the pandemic continues to hinder our ability to safely gather in person.
In 2020, 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 the 2020 event!
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.
The program blossomed form a simple seeding of an idea, which originated with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. In 1996, the Sisters of St. Agnes started the Education Grant for Women and Children (EGWC), aiming to assist low-income, single mothers who were struggling to make ends meet while attending college and providing for their children. The EGWC program initially began in response to changes in welfare programs that almost entirely eliminated opportunities for economically disadvantaged women to pursue higher education. The groundwork laid by EGWC grew into a partnership with an anonymous donor, resulting in what is now the Working Families Grant program
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.