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Women’s Leadership Breakfast


Thursday, March 7, 2019     7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Whispering Springs Golf Club

$25 per person or $200 for a table of 8

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019


About the Beneficiary

The Working Families Grant 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. Take a moment to learn more about the program by watching the video below or reading the testimonial of grant recipient Amanda Bigsby.  Read Amanda’s story.

About the Speaker

Ave Bie is a business law, utilities, and energy attorney who has spent her career serving in state and local government positions and counseling utilities and independent power producers. Her experience encompasses all aspects of energy and utilities, from government relations and permitting to counseling on infrastructure and long-range planning.

As the former chair of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and a current board member of the New York Independent System Operator, Ave possesses a unique skill set with a solid foundation in law. This and her 25 years of leadership roles in utility and regulatory trade groups make Ave nationally recognized in the volatile and highly regulated energy industry. Her substantive public and private experience allows her to see issues from both sides of the regulatory table and engineer legal solutions that serve all parties well.

Most of Ave's time is spent developing regulatory strategies to critical infrastructure and renewable portfolio standards for her clients, which range from investor-owned utilities and independent power producers to telecommunications companies – any business with regulatory and/or permitting issues.

Ave is extremely pragmatic and passionate about solving problems and determining strategic direction timely and within the constructs of the legislative process. In addition to her active corporate practice, Ave serves as Quarles & Brady's Madison Office Managing Partner and sits on the board of the NFL Green Bay Packers.


Breakfast Timeline

7:00 - Breakfast Available
7:05 - Welcome
7:10 - Opening Reflection
7:20 - Keynote Speaker
8:15 - Working Families Grant Video
8:25 - Closing Blessing


History of 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. Promoting Justice… Building Community. This event commissions and empowers women leaders of faith, mission, and giftedness. It 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.

The event began in 2008 and was a free program offered to the women leaders in the Fond du lac area. The first three years of the event the keynote speakers were members of CSA. It began as an inspirational morning for local women to hear the impactful stories of the Sisters of St. Agnes; the history and current work and ministry of CSA members. In 2010 an offering of $5 was asked to help cover the costs of the event. The event attendance eventually outgrew the space available at the Motherhouse Founders Hall and 2012 it was moved to Whisperings Springs Golf Club.

In 2011, CSA respectfully turned to Fond du lac and surrounding communities for assistance in sponsorship of the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, with all proceeds to be awarded to the Marian University Working Family Grant (WFG) Program. Co-sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and an anonymous donor, this proactive 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.