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Women's Leadership "Breakfast" 2021

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

We invite you to join us as we explore 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 will share from the perspectives of healthcare, education, and community services. While there is no cost to attend, we hope you will consider a suggested donation of $10 per person. All donations go directly to support Marian University's Working Families Grant Program.

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Breakfast Timeline


8:00 A.M. - Opening Reflection by Sister Jean Steffes, CSA General Superior
8:15 - 9:15 A.M. - Breakout rooms with panelists
9:25 A.M. - Closing Blessing

Each presenting pair could easily fill a full day or week with showcasing the needs and potential solutions, but obviously that is beyond the scope of our time together. Instead, we hope that by exposing our attendees to the local problems and local solutions, they will leave the event feeling educated and empowered to be part of solutions too. By dividing attendees into three smaller groups we hope to provide a more intimate experience and encourage participation during question and answer time

As each panelist pair enters your breakout room, they speak for approx. 15 minutes on needs that arose and how they responded to those needs. After they have shared, then the “floor” will be opened for questions.

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.

Previous Breakfasts

Watch the Women’s Leadership Breakfast 2020

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