Wisconsin Women's Network

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is an organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, advocacy, and connections. From our programs to our events, we work hard to ensure that women have the tools and resources that they need to succeed in their lives. Learn more here.


WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” We focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. We provide targeted individuals interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to vital resources and tools such as quality financial and business education and responsible financial products.  Learn more here. 


Doyenne’s mission is to build entrepreneurial ecosystems that invest in the power and potential of women entrepreneurs. The Doyenne model focuses four key strategies:


  • Develop: Expand entrepreneurial skills
  • Connect: Build and mobilize networks
  • Fund: Raise and invest dollars
  • Collaborate: Partner to change the ecosystem

Learn more here. 

The Jills of All Trades

THE JILLS OF ALL TRADES™ is a powerhouse talent collective of Freelancers, Consultants & Solopreneurs. Our platform AGGREGATES solo professionals, who are often fragmented and hard to find, to gain bolder & bigger marketing exposure. We CENTRALIZE relevant resources, tips, & tools to make it easier & faster for solos to run their businesses.  Learn more here. 


In partnership with many other community organizations, the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) provides educational opportunities that support scientific understanding, contributing to the continued success of the biotechnology industry. BTCI offers half-day and full-day workshops for non-scientists to gain a better understanding of molecular biology basics that drive the industry. Learn more here. 

M.S. in Biotech

UW-Madison affiliated program for those looking improve their knowledge in biotechnology. The fast-paced curriculum of the M.S. in Biotechnology program is unique in its fully integrated approach. All courses are built around team projects and extensive written and oral communication exercises. Learn more here. 

UW-Madison - Professional & Executive Development

We help individuals, teams, and organizations transition to a place of greater business potential and performance. You will benefit from our real-world, interactive approach to business learning that’s designed to have an immediate impact and maximize your return on investment. Find out more about our coursescertificates, and custom programs designed to meet specific business needs by exploring our website or downloading our program guide.

SBIR/STTR Funding Assitance

Welcome to the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), where you will find the support and resources you need to bring your innovation to market. One service the Center for Technology Commercialization offers is assistance with your funding acquisition efforts through the federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. Securing federal funding for your innovation is a critical step in advancing towards commercial success. Learn more here. 

WEDC Entrepreneur Resources

We know there can be obstacles along the path from idea to commercialization. WEDC’s entrepreneurial programs are designed to further advance startup activity by supporting the full path from startup to commercialization. By working with our statewide network of partners, our initiatives spur entrepreneurial activity by providing direct capital infusions and incenting investments through angel and venture tax credits, mentoring, training and other important resources. Learn more here. 

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early-stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys.  We have three primary goals: Provide high-quality legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies, train law students in the practical aspects of transactional law while providing a challenging academic experience, and impact the economy by helping Wisconsin businesses launch and grow. Learn more here. 

Learning and Talent Development Office

The Office of Talent Management (OTM) is dedicated to recruiting, engaging, developing, retaining and advancing a diverse workforce of right-fit talent, elevating UW-Madison’s position as a world-class, 21st century employer. OTM provides employees and supervisors with a wide range of resources, including professional development, leadership training and educational opportunities to cultivate individual and organizational excellence. Learn more here. 

Status of Women in the States

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economic and social policy issues affecting women and families and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. Learn more here. 

Wellness Options At Work - UW Health

Wellness Options at Work presents a collection of programs and resources to support staff and physician wellbeing. At UW Health, employee wellbeing is a foundational component to our success. Wellness Options at Work strives to create and support a healthy culture by offering programs and resources for all employees. We encourage you to engage with colleagues while establishing healthy lifestyle habits. Learn more here. 


AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Learn more here. 

4W Initiative

We leverage the strengths of UW-Madison to be a convener and leading voice in education, applied research, and impactful engagement to promote global wellbeing and full participation of women in society. The 4W Initiative is grounded in human rights principles. This means working toward equal rights for women and girls as an end in itself, while also recognizing the important role that women play in sustaining families, communities, civil society, local and global economies and our earth. 4W values build on each other, beginning with basic needs and freedom from harm, and moving toward full agency and global leadership. Learn more here. 

National Women's Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs. Members are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations. Learn more here.


FAIRYGODBOSS is glasdoor-like website that helps women identify female-friendly workplaces. Learn more here


InHerSight provides searchable information on women-rated companies. Learn more here

Books We Love:

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

In Lean In, hear personal stories, learn about research that shines a light on gender differences, and practical advice to help women achieve their goals.

The Art of Asking

Everything you ever wanted to know about the art of asking but were afraid to ask (or at least didn’t know what to google).

Why not me?

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs and speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, hear about intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life

In Designing Your Life learn how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

What Color is Your Parachute?

In What Color is Your Parachute? find support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t In today’s challenging job-market.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers

Lois P. Frankel reveals a distinctive set of behaviors that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips.

Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists, Second Edition

Lab Dynamics is a unique guide to the interpersonal side of scientific research and management. The book provides practical solutions to some of the toughest problems that working scientists and science managers face daily.

You are a Badass

Via chapters such as “Your Brain is Your Bitch,” “Fear is for Suckers” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” the book takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation and helps you create the money, relationships, careers and general all around awesomeness you so desire.

The Confidence Code for Girls

As they travelled the country, these authors discovered that the mothers and fathers they meet are desperate for help translating the Confidence Code into a formula that works for girls, so that their daughters can be empowered, from a young age, by the power and satisfaction of a confident life. They heard their pleas.

The Confidence Code

In The Confidence Code, journalists Shipman and Kay travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.


Shipman and Kay, two TV journalists well acquainted with the stress of the workplace, describe the new economic trends that offer today’s overworked working women more professional and personal choices than ever before. At last, you no longer have to do it all to have it all—Womenomics shows you how.

Reports of Interest:

The Power of 3

Companies with 3 or more women directors
outperform those with lower representation.

Review the report and let the data speak for itself.