Niagara Forums with Mary Lou Young


We are pleased to announce a Niagara Forums with Mary Lou Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Milwaukee. She will talk about “The Power of Collective Impact: United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County”.

** Lunch will be provided
** Online RSVP is required as seating capacity is limited. Please Reserve your complimentary ticket (We have limited seatings)
Fee: Complimentary

RSVP: [email protected]


May 4th, Monday
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
(Lunch service will start at 11:45 AM)


Hefter Center
3271 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mary Lou Young, named president and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Milwaukee in February 2010, joined the organization as chief operating officer in June 2009 after retiring from Rockwell Automation where she managed Global Community Relations. 

Under Young’s leadership, United Way of Greater Milwaukee reached an unprecedented achievement in 2011, raising a record $50,006,076, exceeding its $48 million projected community campaign goal by more than $2 million for a 7.4% increase, the largest year-over-year increase in 10 years.

In 2011 Mary Lou was also named a Presidential Appointee to United Way Worldwide’s National Professional Council, a leadership forum of local United Way professionals from throughout the country.

In addition to her professional nonprofit experience, Young has a long history of philanthropy and volunteerism in Greater Milwaukee, including membership in United Way’s Tocqueville Society and extensive experience volunteering for United Way. She is also a founding member of United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee, and was co-chair of the committee’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative Fund which brought six organizations together to collectively invest in innovative programs to reduce teen pregnancy.

The fund established $325,000 in new dollars to address Milwaukee’s teen pregnancy crisis – one of the root causes of cyclical poverty in our community. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2012 and is on track to reach its goal to reduce births to 15-to-17 year old girls by 46% by 2015. 

United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention initiative has become a nationwide model for successful collaboration. In May 2012, United Way of Greater Milwaukee was recognized with the Common Good Award for Advancing Health by United Way Worldwide. The international award honors United Way-led efforts that are creating community-wide change. The award recipients were selected from among 62 communities in 11 countries.

Her commitment to the community includes serving on the board of trustees for The Public Policy Forum and on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast; the Milwaukee Ballet Company; and the United Performing Arts Fund. She is a member of The Rotary Club of Greater Milwaukee; Milwaukee Women, Inc.; Greater Milwaukee Committee; Professional Dimensions; and a former member of Contribution’s Council of The Conference Board. Additionally, she served on the Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education and participated in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Mosaic Partnership Initiative. Nationally, Young has a long history volunteering for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and served as a judge for the Midwest Region Youth of the Year awards for the organization. 

In 2006, Mary Lou completed the Management Development Program in Corporate Community Involvement at The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

Mary Lou was raised in Rochester, Mich., where she attended Oakland University. She has contributed to United Way since her first job after high school and is honored to now be leading an organization she has been committed to for almost 40 years. Mary Lou has been married to Harold Young, a retiree from the Northrop Grumman Corporation, for 34 years. They reside in River Hills.

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