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Waukesha Education Foundation Accepts $500 Donation from 2019 Don Richards Leadership Award Winner Susan Marshall

The Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. (WEF) accepted a $500 donation from Susan Marshall, winner of the 2019 Don Richards Leadership Award and owner of the Backbone Institute, LLC. 

Susan Marshall of the Backbone Institute presents a $500 check to the Waukesha Education Foundation.

Each year, the Milwaukee Business Journal and Waukesha County Business Alliance presents this award to a deserving individual for his or her outstanding community leadership, vision and accomplishments. The award was named after Don Richards to honor his memory and to inspire and motivate business people to take on community leadership roles. The award includes a $500 award this is gifted to a not-for-profit of the winner’s choice. Marshall has selected the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. to receive this gift. 

When deciding which organization would receive this gift, Marshall said she looked for organizations that would directly benefit from the monetary donation. She believes that teachers have one of the most challenging jobs in our society and she looked for an organization that could clearly demonstrate direct support for educators. “I spent time researching local education foundations and was impressed with the grant program that the Waukesha Education Foundation offered that directly supports teachers.” 

Marshall is an author, speaker and Founder of the Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future one person or one team at a time. She has written three books and a frequent contributor to the Biz Times Milwaukee. She was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Ixonia Bank. Visit her website, for more information. 

“We are grateful for this gift and are honored that Susan chose our organization ,” said Lynnette Kalmadge, WEF’s Executive Director. “Her passion for developing leadership skills mirrors our passion for supporting leaders amongst our District’s educators. We all believe that developing future leaders will have an incredible impact on our future.” 

Since 2002, WEF has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to educators. For more information, visit