“As a proud mother of three daughters, I have always been passionate about helping women and girls. I have Diane Roundy to thank for introducing me to the Women’s Fund years ago where I had the honor of serving as a co-chair for an earlier Power of Purse luncheon and then on the Board of Directors. My inspiration for supporting the Women’s Fund then and now is knowing that together we are changing lives. We’ve come a long way in addressing the needs of women and girls, but there is more work to do, as we face increased challenges with COVID-19 and the state of girls in our area. Mental health and self-esteem are high on the list. The needs are great and together we can continue to make a difference. I’ve also learned that being a philanthropist doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire, it just means caring enough to give back to the best of your ability with whatever time, talent, and treasure you have. The Women’s Fund is made up of so many amazing, diverse women and volunteers and I am thankful to be part of such an important legacy that keeps on giving back to the community. The energy behind the Women’s Fund is contagious and I invite others to get involved and see what a difference you can make. We are stronger together!”
Karmen Lemke, CEO
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council
Karmen Lemke currently serves at the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Prior to Girl Scouts, Karmen worked for Wisconsin Public Service for 31 years where she was responsible for the company’s charitable foundation and for building community partnerships.