Deb is rad.
Deb is rad.

Rad Milwaukee Woman: Deborah Telman of Johnson Controls

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. For more information, go here. 

Deborah Telman serves as the vice president and general counsel and COE leader ‚Äď Litigation, Labor & Employment and Legal Operations ‚Äď for Johnson Controls.

She is also a board member for Harriett’s Daughters, a group of professional women working collectively with peer organizations to advocate for African-American communities.

In 2016, Telman received the Transformative Leadership Award by Inside Counsel and was recognized in 2015 as Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine.

She is also a former Board Member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the recipient of the Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association and the former director of the Chicago Bar Association Foundation.

But Telman’s "radness" runs deeper. Keep reading.

OnMilwaukee: What is your "mission" with the work that you do?

Deborah Telman: My mission is to be an active leader in Corporate America and to be a leader for change for more diversity and inclusion.

What does success mean to you?

Proudly and unapologetically using my time so that when I look back at the arc of my life I am proud of my accomplishments and made meaningful contributions to support my community and the next generation. I stand on the shoulders of so many others that we must give back and make an impact.

Who or what have you learned from the most?

My husband Nigel is my most trusted advisor. He is strategic and calm whenever there is uncertainty and chaos.

What would you like to see change for women in the workforce?

I would lik…

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Pokémon! Go!
Pokémon! Go!

Calling all Pokémon fans!

Pokémon enthusiasts of all ages will flock to the Riverside on Friday night to check out "Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions," a video game concert featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The concert takes place on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Riverside Theater at 8 p.m. and features new orchestral arrangements and visuals drawn from recent and classic Pokémon video games.

"We perform an all new version of the famous Pok√©mon theme, ‚ÄėGotta Catch 'Em All,‚Äô as well as the greatest hits from each generation of Pok√©mon games," says Chad Seiter, the show‚Äôs producer, music director and arranger.

"Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions" also showcases the entire game chronology, beginning with Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, all the way through Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to play a "Who's That Pokémon?" pre show. They are also welcome and encouraged to bring their 3DS systems or phones so that they can "catch" Pokémon throughout the show.

The show has been touring since 2014, prior to the recent Pokémon Go craze. 

"That said, Pokémon Go has been super exciting, and we love how it's introducing this wonderful world to so many new people, and in many cases reigniting a passion for it in others," says Jeron Moore, producer and creative director of the show.

So how does a symphony adapt to what is usually electronic music? According to Seiter, better than one might expect.

"It's a fun, creative art to take classic 8-bit music and convert it to the orchestra. The results are epic," says Seiter.

The show was been designed for people of all ages and interests. "Whether you're there for the games or there for the orchestra, you'll find something to enjoy," says Moore.

Go here for tickets.

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"Success means embracing and enjoying the challenge to learn so I can contribute to the world around me, each day," says Katherine Charlton.
"Success means embracing and enjoying the challenge to learn so I can contribute to the world around me, each day," says Katherine Charlton.

Rad Milwaukee Woman: Attorney Katherine Charlton

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. For more information, go here. 

Katherine Charlton has worked as an attorney at Hawks Quindel since 2005. Her practice areas include employment law representing employees, family law and fair housing law.

Charlton is the current program co-chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin "Annual Employment Law Update" and has served as the chair of the Legal Assistant Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin, as a board member for the ACLU, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Association for Women Lawyers and more.

Charlton's level of fairness and compassion make her an integral part of the justice system and she has deeply affected many individual's and families' lives for the better. In short, she is one rad Milwaukee woman. 

OnMilwaukee: What is your personal "mission" with the work that you do?

Katherine Charlton: My professional "mission" broadly is to use the skills and training I have as a lawyer to improve access to justice. I use empathy and problems solving skills with my clients who are often facing significant life challenges like losing their jobs, facing a divorce or other painful family crisis or experiencing discrimination at work or in their living situation.

I use those same skills in the broader community to provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford them, by representing individuals in family law matters and staffing a pro se family law clinics and participating in a State Bar online legal advice service, all in an attempt to improve the access to justice of people of more limited means.

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Sandra Botcher is a humble and passionate leader.
Sandra Botcher is a humble and passionate leader.

Rad Milwaukee Woman: Northwestern Mutual's Sandra Botcher

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. For more information, go here.

Sandra Botcher has served as the vice president of campus and event experiences at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance for 15 years. In a nutshell, she oversees all of the facilities, events / field meetings, security and more.

Botcher served or has served on the United Way Audit Committee, the board of COA Youth & Family Centers, United Way Women’s Leadership Council and works with We Got This, an organization that pays young men to clean up and garden in the central city.

Botcher won the Sacajawea Award in 2016 and the 2016 Woman of Influence Award.

"My mission is to help everyone in the company so they can achieve their mission," says Botcher.

Now that’s rad.

OnMilwaukee: What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Sandra Botcher: I really enjoy that the work we do has a huge cultural impact on our organization and allows us to help to shape the culture.

What does success mean to you?

It’s more about whether those around me succeed. As a leader, the most important thing I do is to help those around me become successful at what they do.

Who have you learned from the most?

Ray Manista, who is the senior vice president ‚Äď general¬†counsel."¬†Ray started as a boss and then became a mentor for me. He has helped me think about my own talents and ways they can be used differently. Ray is someone I have gone to as I‚Äôve progressed with the company to stay focused on opportunities and what I need to do to continue to grow. He always provides truthful and meaningful feedback.

What does a "perfect" day o…

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