Welcome to a series introducing the women who were nominated by professionals and will be honored at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Italian Conference Center. The idea was inspired by the bestselling book "Rad American Women A to Z," by Kate Schatz, who is the keynote speaker at the event. More information at womensfundmke.org.
Margaret J. Henningsen, a community activist who has run The Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee since 2011, will retire on Friday.
Henningsen has won more than 100 awards during her career, including the Black Enterprise Magazine Trailblazer Award; Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence and the Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Award.
Currently she is the board chair and founding sponsor of the I Have A Dream Foundation and a Friends of Housing board member. Previously, she has served on dozens of boards for organizations including Walnut Way Conservation Corp., Habitat for Humanity, North Avenue Community Development Corporation and many more.
Henningsen’s favorite quote, by an unknown author, sums up her own rad approach to everyday living.
"Life is not a cautious journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body but rather to skid in broadside – thoroughly used up, completely worn out, proclaiming ‘WOW! What a ride!'"
OnMilwaukee: What is your personal "mission" with your work?
Margaret Henningsen: My personal mission is that all people – but especially women and girls – are treated with respect and dignity and are able to control their own destiny.
What do you personally receive from the work you do?
A quote I like comes to mind: "We rise when we lift others." That’s how I feel.
How do you define success?
Actually, I don’t define it in terms of myself because I am never 100 percent satisfied with what I am doing. Maybe it…Read more...