Welcome to a series introducing the women who were nominated by professionals and will be honored at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women‚Äôs Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Italian Conference Center.¬†The idea was inspired by the bestselling book "Rad American Women A to Z," by Kate Schatz, who is the keynote speaker at the event.¬†For more information, go¬†here.¬†
Deborah Telman serves as the vice president and general counsel and COE leader ‚Äď Litigation, Labor & Employment and Legal Operations ‚Äď for Johnson Controls.
She is also a board member for Harriett‚Äôs Daughters, a group of professional women working collectively with peer organizations to advocate for African-American communities.
In 2016, Telman received the Transformative Leadership Award by Inside Counsel and was recognized in 2015 as Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine.
She is also a former Board Member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the recipient of the Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association and the former director of the Chicago Bar Association Foundation.
But Telman‚Äôs "radness" runs deeper. Keep reading.
OnMilwaukee: What is your "mission" with the work that you do?
Deborah Telman: My mission is to be an active leader in Corporate America and to be a leader for change for more diversity and inclusion.
What does success mean to you?
Proudly and unapologetically using my time so that when I look back at the arc of my life I am proud of my accomplishments and made meaningful contributions to support my community and the next generation. I stand on the shoulders of so many others that we must give back and make an impact.
Who or what have you learned from the most?
My husband Nigel is my most trusted advisor. He is strategic and calm whenever there is uncertainty and chaos.
What would you like to see change for women in the workforce?
I would lik…Read more...