North America



We are Culture First Milwaukee

Our purpose is to improve our world by improving the way we work.

You'll know this is the group for you if the below community quotes resonates for you:

"Culture transformation is hard and can be lonely, but there are others doing this work and it's beneficial to work together."

"It's helpful to get resources and the capability to brainstorm with like-minded people looking to improve the future of work."

"Many of us are practitioners building better workplaces and I am grateful to experience effective workplaces environments in practice like this to know what we are trying to create more of."

Our 5 core principles for how we do things around here:

Foster belonging and acceptance - We create environments where diverse opinions, orientations, and perspectives are embraced and valued. We cultivate people’s wholeness and humanity.

Be willing to reflect and grow - We take an honest look at the things that can be improved in our workplaces and in our own leadership. We want to challenge and support one another to develop ourselves and our organizations.

Have the courage to be vulnerable - Vulnerability is at the heart of courage. We create safe environments for people to explore deeper levels of vulnerability. Changing the way we work is hard and takes vulnerability.

Putting learning into action - Our goal is to create change in the world. For this to happen, we need to act on what we’re learning together about how to build better workplaces and cultures.

Connection inside, business outside - This is not just another networking group or a place to push business cards. We realize and expect, that connections and business opportunities will come from this community. However, the goal of our community events is to foster human connection, learning, and action – not transactional business opportunities. Let’s let this happen outside of our organized interactions.

**If this sounds like a group for you, click on the link "join chapter" to be notified of future gatherings. Otherwise, reach out to one of our chapter lead organizers and we'll be in touch. Cheers to co-creating a better world of work!

**If you think this is a group for you, click on the button "Join" to be notified of this chapter's future gatherings. Otherwise, reach out to one of our chapter lead organizers and we'll be in touch. Cheers to co-creating a better world of work!

Upcoming events

Sep 27, 2023

Virtual Event

Full Capacity: A Powerful Model for a Thriving Workplace w/ Michelle Spehr

Join us for this 90 minute workshop

Nov 8, 2023

Virtual Event

Resilience in the Workplace w/ Jen Arnold

Join us for this 90 minute, interactive workshop

Past events

In-person event

Diverse Dining @ Turning Tables

Virtual Event

Madwaukee Virtual Coffee Hour

Virtual Event

Pathways to Allyship

Virtual Event

Madwaukee Virtual Coffee Hour


Sara Vondrachek

Chapter Lead
People Experience | Engagement | Culture Advocate

Michelle Spehr

Workshop Facilitator | Workplace Wellbeing
Chapter Co-Lead

Maggie Dauss

Community Manager & Co-founder, The Commons
Greater Milwaukee Committee

Joe Poeschl

Program Director
The Commons

Zech Dahms

Chapter Founder
Perennial Culture

Shalini Nag

EvidaSolve LLC

Andi Sciacca

Founder + Executive Director

Connie Cudnohowski

Mindful Leadership Educator
Sense of Wonder LLC

Nathan Sheets

Leadership Development Manager
Children's Wisconsin

Aaron Rindt

Culture Activist

Melinda Pogue

Learning & Development Sr. Specialist
Northwestern Mutual

Kristin Strunk

Culture Activist

Amanda Panciera

Chapter team
Urban Ecology Center

Angela Steinkamp

Chapter team

Courtney Omernick

Production Coordinator
Concordia University Wisconsin

Trav Walkowski

Partner & Chief Human Resources Officer
Activeloop | Employmetrics

Rebecca Gasper

Chapter team

Paula Rauenbuehler

CEO, Leadership Development Coach
Leading UP, llc

Matt Ley

Chapter team

Sarah Marshall

Chapter team


Chapter photos