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Lean In: Insights for Mentoring and Coaching

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • UW Extension 5602 Research Park Blvd. Madison, WI


  • Registration option for student members.

  Registration Networking at 1:30 PM

 Program runs from 2:00 – 4:00 PM


Join us to learn more about mentoring and coaching as Michele Wingate and Dawn Zolecki share how American Family has used mentoring to empower their employees for greater success.



ATD-MAC Members - $0 - Summer Savings Series
Non-Member Guests - $35


Session Description:

Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In has inspired many women to feel more comfortable articulating and embracing their career goals. In this session, we’ll talk about how to use the content in Lean In and the associated web site to help support people in articulating career and life goals, and developing a plan to achieve them. While Lean In focuses on career development for women, the principles it embodies apply to women and men alike. Attendees will leave knowing how to develop formal programs in their workplaces and how to create informal networking or peer mentor groups using the Lean In principles.

Presenters: Michele Wingate and Dawn Zolecki from American Family Insurance

Michele Wingate is the director of corporate communications for American Family Insurance. Since joining the company in 2007, she has served in several Communications and Marketing roles, including director of customer Experience and social Media manager. She’s also worked in health care communications and marketing at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and as a reporter and editor in Tomahawk and Wausau, Wis., and Lake County, Ill. She has an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michele is on the Marketing Committee for the United Way of Dane County and was a 2014 reading mentor through the Madison Reading Project. She lives in Madison with her family.

Dawn Zolecki is director of corporate programs for American Family Insurance. In 25 years with the company, she has had an exciting and diverse career, having experience in Marketing, Human Resources, Claims, Commercial Underwriting and Agency/Sales. Dawn currently leads a change management team accountable for a strategic initiative that will span more than 12,000 learners across the company’s footprint. She has a B.A. in Education and a certification in Change Management. She and her family live in Muskego.


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