Janette is an award-winning community leader who has juggled multiple leadership roles while serving her community. She served three terms as an Ozaukee County Board Supervisor for Ozaukee County from June 2016 to April 2022. She made history by becoming the 1st African American to serve in this role. Her responsibilities included representing over 3700 constituents across District 24, setting and approving county policies and budgets, and staff appointments. She also served 2 years on the Public Safety Committee and 4 years on Health and Human Services Committee.
Janette was raised in El Paso, TX, where she learned to speak Spanish fluently as a child. Upon graduating from college, she worked for Phillips Magnavox leading technology initiatives across El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. After relocating and living in Colorado Springs for 4 years, working for high-tech, software engineering and manufacturing companies such as Lockheed Martin Aerospace, thereafter, she relocated to Wisconsin in 2000 to work for Harley-Davidson, Inc. (H-D). She worked at H-D for over 12 years and held positions of increasing responsibility during her time with the company. She led several global, multi-million dollar initiatives including implementing an enterprise-wide project management methodology for the company.
Janette also worked for Rockwell Automation for almost 5 years and led the Project Management Office overseeing a global team and $300M budget. She implemented project leadership and financial management training for executives, resource and project managers, and business leaders across the organization prior to her departure.
Thereafter, she was woo’d into the position of Dean for the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University where her responsibilities included P&L management for multiple campuses. She increased student enrollment and retention by over 80%, restructured college processes, implemented faculty training, student services, and ensured academic excellence that secured ongoing academic accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). She is now the Executive Director of External Partnerships for Stritch, establishing key corporate partnerships across the Midwest.
Janette’s leadership experience along with her professional background have allowed her to pivot seamlessly across industries: government, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, non-profit, and education. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to any board in which she serves.
Janette is also an entreprenuer and started Leaders Leaving Legacies, LLC in 2011. There, she pursues her passion of empowering business executives and entrepreneurs through professional coaching, mentoring and business launch. Her clients range from global organizations to small businesses. Her mission is to not only leave a legacy for her children, but to serve and give back to the communities in which she works and lives while empowering others to do the same. She is the author of 10 Reasons Communication Brings Transformation: Unleash Your Greatness and has published several articles for Forbes and other media platforms. As a keynote speaker and facilitator, she teaches various leadership courses. Learn more on her website.
Janette has received several awards and honors for her inspirational leadership including: Wisconsin’s Top 48 Most Influential Black Leaders (2021), Milwaukee Business Journal’s Power Brokers (2020, 2021), Professional Dimensions Imprint Award (2021), the NAACP Game Changer Award (2019), and the MBJ Woman of Influence Award (2018) and more.
She serves on various boards and is also involved in several organizations focused on empowering women executives that give her access to an even broader network: Tempo Milwaukee, Professional Dimensions and the Milwaukee Women’s Inc. Steering Committee whose focus is to amplify opportunities for women to serve on corporate boards.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Science in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University, and several professional certifications.