Wisconsin Energy Corp. CEO receives Stanek Award for Diversity

February 12, 2015


The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women, Inc. (MWi), bestowed the third annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance on Wisconsin Energy Corp. Chairman & CEO Gale Klappa at the GMC annual meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the University Club of Milwaukee. The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in southeastern Wisconsin. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek, and the second to Manpower Group chairman Jeff Joerres. Gale Klappa, chairman and CEO of Wisconsin Energy, who is a champion for diversity in the workplace. “Gale knows the importance of having women and minorities in leadership positions. Creating a culture of inclusion has proven to influence better decision making, better represent the company’s customer/client base, and ultimately contribute to business success,” said Phyllis King, Milwaukee Women Inc. chair and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate vice chancellor. Pictured at right (from left) are: We Energies vice president of local affairs Thelma Sias, chairman and CEO of Wisconsin Energy Gale Klappa, and the award’s namesake Mary Ellen Stanek.