The EWL Connects peer mentoring program is mirrored after TEMPO's highly successful Mentor Circles. Those who engage in EWL Connects receive monthly peer-to-peer mentoring in a small group that's built around confidentiality, trust and equal participation. EWL Connects mission is to provide EWL members with a safe, confidential, and fun environment to discuss both personal and professional accomplishments, struggles, and experiences.

Program Structure
EWL Connects is a benefit available to all current members. EWL Connects groups are led by a volunteer member facilitator and are composed of six to nine EWL members. We recommend each group meet for one to two hours every month or a minimum of once every two months. Most groups find meeting monthly at the same location, day and time gains good participation.

The Commitment
Joining EWL Connects requires a commitment of 6 to 12 meetings per year of approximately 1 to 2 hours per meeting, both of which are agreed upon with the group. In signing up for Connects, members commit to making attendance and contributing to the group discussion a priority.

Program Benefits

  • Build your professional network
  • Make better business decisions by drawing from the group's experience
  • Gain a safe outlet to talk about confidential issues
  • Build deeper relationships with other members who can offer you support and encouragement
  • Learn from other members with different areas of expertise and experience
How to Join
Members are placed into new or existing groups two times per year, in the winter and summer following new member onboarding. NEXT PLACEMENT PERIOD: DECEMBER 2022


Both the content of each meeting and the roster of participants is held in the highest level of confidentiality. Nothing discussed in a group ever leaves the room. A breach of confidentiality could be considered as grounds for being asked to leave the group.

EWL Connects Committee and Facilitators:
Chair: Audra Jacobs, Northwestern Mutual
Vice Chair: Rachel Nelson, PwC
Janet Arnold-Grych, Northwestern Mutual
Claire Becker, Claire Becker Coaching
Jennifer Behnke, Apple Works Winery
Emily Boehme, SVM LP
Amy Cary, Northwestern Mutual
Amy Clark, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Kaili Delp, ADB Safegate
Noleta Franz, Northwestern Mutual
Emily Fye, RBL Strategy Group, LLC
Rebecca Greene, Reinhart Boerner van Deuren s.c.
Kortney Hamm, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Upper Midwest
Jenny Hauser, Youth Frontiers
Kaitlin Henze, Trimble Inc.
Mary Jessen, Mueller Communications
Gina Johnson, Pentair
Kelley Kempel, Hidden Path Creative
Angela King, EUA
Brittany Korth, VISIT Milwaukee
Lita Mallett, Milwaukee Excellence Charter School
Molly Mattefs, NEWaukee
Kristina Mousseau, Musso Creative
Kelly Rauch, Milliman
Jordan Spillane, Froedtert Health
Erin Stanek, Baird
Becca Surges, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee
Jess Vento, LeaseCrunch
Kristi Willenbring, Froedtert Health