Featured Speaker



2018 Speaker – Major General Marcia Anderson
(U. S. Army Retired)

Wisconsin native Major General (Retired) Marcia Anderson is a leader and a trail blazer. Upon graduation from Creighton University, she was commissioned thru the Reserve Officer Training program. Her career included many “firsts” from the time she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, until she retired in 2016.

In 2011, Anderson became the first African-American woman to achieve the federally recognized rank of major general in the United States Army, United States Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard. As Deputy Chief, Army Reserve, she served full-time for three years at the Pentagon and had oversight for an $8 Billion budget and over 220,000 Soldiers and Civilians.

Besides her degree from Creighton, she also earned a Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. She has several military awards including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the Parachutists Badge.

Anderson is currently employed by the United States Courts, where she serves as the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin, located in Madison.

As a member of the Green Bay Packers board of directors, she sees similarities between military service members and NFL athletes and the need to provide them the tools to do their jobs effectively and safely.

2017 Speaker – Ann McKee, M.D.

Appleton native Ann McKee, MD is a true agent of change. As the Director of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center at Boston University and Chief Neuropathologist for the brain banks at VA Boston, her ground breaking work identifying CTE in contact sport athletes and military veterans has increased our understanding of the roles concussions and head injuries play in long-term brain health.

Dr. McKee was featured in the Frontline Documentary League of Denial and has participated in briefings with the National Football League. She has testified at hearings and briefings before the United States Congress and Senate on the effects of head injuries, including the impact on student athletes and military service members.

Dr. McKee has received numerous awards including the Boston Globe Bostonian of the Year Award, the Sports Legacy Institute Impact Award, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Scientific Impact Award; and Spivack Distinguished Scholar in the Neurosciences Award and the Neurology Faculty Research Award, both from Boston University School of Medicine.

The Women’s Fund is honored to welcome this courageous and accomplished woman in science home to Appleton to share her story.