Author: Madison Magazine

More Than Exceptional

Highlighting the women who go beyond exceptional.

We outline 10 historical pioneers who made it possible for women to vote, become doctors, purchase homes and be present in the courtroom. Because of these women, young girls were able to imagine themselves as educated business owners and executive…

Lindsey Kromm | Terso Solutions

Exceptional Women 2020

Lindsey Kromm learned about Terso Solutions in Fitchburg through her previous job as a recruiter and knew she had to work there. “I sort of recruited myself!” she laughs. Three years later, Kromm helped build the Account Management Program and…

Francesca Johnson | Makeup by Francesca

Exceptional Women 2020

Inspired by her mother, an Italian immigrant who ran her own clothing business, and her father, who encouraged her to find her passion, Francesca Johnson knew from a young age she wanted to be her own boss and inspire others.…

Jesse Marcks | Au Fait

Exceptional Women 2020

Master hairstylist Jesse Marcks wanted to create a salon environment for clients that felt warm, creative and modern. She created a learning environment that allows more time with clients and more time training a new generation of stylists. Staff members…

Katie Frank | REFORMadison

Exceptional Women 2020

Katie Frank is a risk taker. At 28, she graduated from veterinary school with more than $100,000 in student loan debt and an unsettling feeling that working as a veterinarian was no longer something she wanted to spend the rest…

Pam Keiner | Maly Roofing Company, Inc.

Exceptional Women 2020

Owning a commercial roofing company as a woman is not the norm. Being a woman leader in the commercial roofing industry requires hard work and resilience, said Pam Keiner, owner of Maly Roofing. “For 21 years I’ve been determined to…

Marla Bergh | Serial Entrepreneur

Exceptional Women 2020

Founder of The Food Court Agency, Marla Bergh Photography and Borrowed Bar, Marla Bergh is a seasoned marketer and creative director who has launched three successful small businesses based in Madison. “In life, work and business, I think everyone should…

Meg Pekarske | Husch Blackwell

Exceptional Women 2020

Meg Pekarske of Husch Blackwell didn’t grow up dreaming of being a lawyer, but rather was called to it through her compassion for others. Little did she know that practicing hospice law would lead her to become a respected name…

Kristen Carreira | Carreira Quinn Financial

Exceptional Women 2020

Kristen Carreira did not have any female mentors when she entered the financial advising field more than a decade ago. So she decided to set an example herself, starting Carreira Quinn Financial in 2018. “I am in a very male-dominated…

Audrey Munson | Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Exceptional Women 2020

It can be easy to overlook the bronze figure who watches over Madison from atop the state Capitol. Audrey Munson was a female pioneer and a symbol of freedom in the 1900s. That is why Hilton Madison Monona Terrace named…

Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE | AMPED Association Management

Exceptional Women 2020

Lynda Patterson’s leadership led to her first executive director position at age 25. She spent the next 15 years running trade and professional societies. When she moved to Madison 12 years ago, she looked for a national association CEO role.…

Deb Corning | Décor for the Well-Dressed Home

Exceptional Women 2020

Deb Corning started her design remodel business nearly 20 years ago. Corning was the first Wisconsin woman to receive a Certified Remodelers Designation through NARI and become a licensed general contractor. Since then DC Interiors & Renovations has offered design…

Patti Mackesey | Boardman Clark Law Firm

Exceptional Women 2020

A standard poodle named Hazel goes to work daily with Patti Mackesey, a paralegal at Boardman Clark. It’s a way for Hazel to get used to behaving in public, part of her training to become a service dog for Custom…

Jana Gyurina | Oak Park Dental

Exceptional Women 2020

Real life experiences oftentimes create compassion and this holds true for Dr. Jana Gyurina of Madison’s Oak Park Dental. After getting her braces removed as a child, Dr. Jana suffered chronically from TMJ, a condition that causes severe headaches, neck…

UW Credit Union

Exceptional Women 2020

“UW Credit Union welcomed me into my first executive role with incredible support.” —Anne Norman, senior vice president and chief marketing officer “We see diversity as a source of strength and work hard to sustain an inclusive culture.” —Sheila Milton,…

Kimberly Monroe | Allure Skin Health

Exceptional Women 2020

At Allure Skin Health, aesthetic nurse Kimberly Monroe understands that when people look in the mirror, they’re often their own worst critic. Beginning her career as an oncology nurse, she quickly discovered her passion for helping people look and feel…

Julie Umhoefer and Jennifer Haley | Dwellings

Exceptional Women 2020

This designing sister duo provides the missing link to the Madison furniture market with their new store in Fitchburg. It is everything they dreamed of while growing up working in their family’s furniture store. The vaulted ceilings, skylights and polished…

Laurie Adams | Breathe Salt & Sauna

Exceptional Women 2020

Meet Laurie Adams, owner of Breathe Salt & Sauna and certified nutritional and functional health coach. Drawing from her own personal health journey and life-changing impact from halotherapy (salt therapy) and infrared sauna therapy, she knew bringing awareness of these…

Dondi Szombatfalvy | Bella Domicile

Exceptional Women 2020

Dondi Szombatfalvy is one of two people in Wisconsin to become CLIPP™ Certified and was the 527th person internationally to complete the coursework and testing administered by the Living In Place Institute™. Certified Living In Place Professionals™ make it their…

The Face of Event Marketing Experiences: Eventful Advantage

The Faces of Madison 2020

According to Terri Yanke, the easiest and quickest way to grow your business is to plan a memorable event where clients can get to know your personality and the people behind your business. Eventful Advantage creates experiences for business owners…

The Faces of Interior Design: Dwellings

The Faces of Madison 2020

Sisters Julie Umhoefer and Jennifer Haley are changing the look of Madison interiors by offering expert design services and American-made furniture at Dwellings, the award-winning interior design group that they own together. “We grew up in the furniture business with…

The Faces of Kitchen and Bath Design: Denise Quade Design

The Faces of Madison 2020

Denise Quade Design celebrates a decade in business this year, and lead design expert Erica Weaver said that what sets the business apart is the company’s focus on functionality. “We want a space to be practical for the family,” Weaver…

The Face of BBQ: Beef Butter BBQ

The Faces of Madison 2020

Customers write to owner Patrick Riha of Beef Butter BBQ and say his Texas-style brisket has changed their life. “Absolutely top of the line ’que. I grill all the time and visit a lot of places — this spot is…