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Virtual Roundtable with DeVona Wright Cottrell | Topic: Confidence & Resiliency
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CDT
Category: Emerging Women Leaders


EWL Deconstructed Professional Development Day - Virtual Roundtables
"Confidence + Resiliency"
with DeVona Wright Cottrell, Director | Associate General Counsel, Baird


Date: Thursday, July 16th
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom 

Program Description:

We'll dive deeper into one of the three themes EWL members recently selected as priority areas right now - confidence and resiliency. In a 90-minute session, TEMPO member DeVona Wright Cottrell will lead an interactive discussion around this topic. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, chat with other EWL members in small group breakouts, share personal experiences and learn from others in a safe space. Please enable your camera and microphone and be ready to actively participate!


REGISTER HERE.EWL members - No Cost

Guests - $10

About DeVona: DeVona Wright Cottrell, is Director and Associate General Counsel of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.  She joined Baird in 2007 and has broad exposure to Baird’s businesses and primary legal responsibility for Baird’s Fixed Income Capital Markets business unit and provides legal support to several of the firm’s corporate resource groups, including Risk Management, Compliance and Facilities with regard to information security, privacy, regulatory and commercial real estate related matters. 

Wright Cottrell is a Milwaukee native and diligent volunteer and mentor in the greater Milwaukee-area community.  She is pro bono corporate legal counsel to her church where she focuses on general corporate, development and real estate matters and serves on numerous local boards and committees throughout the city, including First Vice-Chair to Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Vice Chair of TEMPO Milwaukee, Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, and Co-Chair of the United Way Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Diversity Leadership Society Council.  She is a past co-chair of PRISM, Baird’s Multicultural Associate Resource Group and is President of SWSIC, a women’s investment club focused on increasing financial literacy in the African-American community.

Wright Cottrell earned her Executive M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (with honors), J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.A in Political Science from Jackson State University (summa cum laude).

DeVona has been a TEMPO Milwaukee member since 2016, and is a 2020 Mentor Award recipient. She is Vice Chair of the TEMPO Board of Directors. 


What is the “EWL Deconstructed Professional Development Day”?
We look forward to the Emerging Women Leaders Professional Development Day in September all year – a full day learning, advancing leadership skills, and connecting with 150+ of Milwaukee’s best and brightest rising stars, community-minded change makers and up-and-coming leaders. This September would have been the 5th annual workshop, but… we are in a global pandemic. Due to COVID-19, the event will be packaged a little differently this year, but EWL members and guests can still expect all of the above! Instead, we are “deconstructing” the Professional Development Workshop and offering a series of virtual events held throughout the Summer and Fall, including a collaboration with the TEMPO Leadership Event in October. We are planning to hold the 5th Annual Professional Development Day (in person!) in May 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Event Committee chair Megan Carver or vice chair Cassie Schell.