The Mentor Awards celebrate the practice of mentoring, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to helping others achieve their personal and professional potential. Each Mentor Award honoree will select a college or university to receive a scholarship for a woman in her junior or senior year. TEMPO Milwaukee has given scholarships totaling more than $180,000 since 1990. This year TEMPO Milwaukee will celebrate past award winners in addition to current recipients.Congratulations to the 2014 Recipients:
Mary Dowell, Johnson Controls;
Mark Sabljak, The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee;
Mary Dowell is the first Director of Global Community Relations at Johnson Controls. She joined the company in 1996, and has led the company’s community relations efforts for over ten years. Mary manages all company-wide community relations initiatives, including the Johnson Controls Foundation, company sponsorships, and the company’s global volunteer programs. Through her leadership, Mary has enhanced Johnson Controls’ community image and visibility for internal and external stakeholders around the world. She promotes and executes the company’s philanthropic goals and objectives to maximize Johnson Controls corporate citizenship, reputation, and leadership status. Mary has served as past president of Professional Dimensions, Ko-Thi Dance Company, and the Milwaukee Urban League. She co-chaired the TEMPO Leadership Summit, and is on the boards of After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD), Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Women Inc., VISIT Milwaukee, United Way Collaborative Fund and the Women’s Leadership Council. She is a founding member of Notable Women for UPAF.
Gwen Jackson has been working to advance women, minorities and Milwaukee for nearly 60 years. Gwen was the first African American Vice President in Milwaukee at Brills clothing store where she also began her life-long service as a leader at the local and national levels of the American Red Cross. Additionally, Gwen has served in leadership positions at organizations including United Way, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, MPS, and local city and county government among others. Gwen not only is the recipient of abundant awards, she similarly has leadership and volunteer awards in her name presented annually across the city. Her passion and work for quality education resulted in an MPS school being named after her. To this day, despite frail health, Gwen continues to offer her time and energy to drive policy and thinking throughout the community. Because of her dedication and service as a volunteer, she has inspired many to continue to aspire to heights of excellence, providing mentoring and support for those in leadership positions, and those wishing to aspire to leadership positions.
"Champion of Women Award"
Mark Sabljak has been publisher of The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee since 1994 and is responsible for both the editorial and business aspects of the company. He currently serves on many local boards, and is concentrating on education-related activities as co-chair of the GMC’s Education Committee. He works with Milwaukee Succeeds, UW Waukesha, UWM School of Education, Marquette University, the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee and the Waukesha Area Business Alliance. He was founding co-chair of the Mosaic Partnership program and past president of the Marquette University National Alumni Association board. Mark has received numerous awards including the Vatican II Award from the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese, the YMCA Key Leader Award, and Leader's Forum Diversity in Action Award. Sabljak co-authored four non-fiction books, including a history of the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He began his career as a sports reporter and editor for The Milwaukee Journal. Sabljak is a 1974 journalism graduate of Marquette University and has an MA in Communications from UW – Milwaukee. Mark and is wife, Joan, live in Greenfield, and have three children and five grandchildren.
Rockwell Automation's community involvement has defined the company, and it has for more than 110 years. The philanthropic priorities as a company are shaped by the technology it creates and delivers — and by the communities where our employees live and work. Rockwell's holistic approach makes the best use of Rockwell Automation capabilities, improves the quality of life in communities and creates a talent pipeline for the company and industry. To ensure a skilled workforce, one that reflects the diversity of its customers and partners, Rockwell is focused on improving and increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, particularly among young women and underrepresented groups.