Merilou Gonzales

Merilou Gonzales

Milwaukee Talent Dividend Initiative

Location
Greater Milwaukee Area
Industry
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Merilou Gonzales's Overview

Current
  • Chair, Alumni Engagement/Development Team at Marquette University - College of Professional Studies Advisory Council
  • Program Administrator - Talent Dividend Initiative at Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • Past Chair, Board Development Committee and Past President at The Parenting Network
  • Member at Junior League of Milwaukee
Past
  • President, Board of Directors at Bel Canto Chorus
  • Member, Board of Directors at In Health
  • National Director of Alumni Relations at Public Allies
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Merilou Gonzales' Summary

• 15+ years of corporate and field level customer service experience in for profit, not for profit and government environments.
• Significant experience in organizing and motivating diverse groups of people to accomplish goals and objectives.
• Proven experience in developing partnerships among cross-functional teams, internal departments and external organizations to achieve goals and objectives.
• Strong aptitude in conceptualizing, designing and marketing products, services and experiences.
• Ability to efficiently manage project start-ups and adapt to organizational change.

Specialties

Talent Management, Change Management, Board Development

Merilou Gonzales' Experience

Board of Directors

Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) Greater Milwaukee Area

Membership & Program Committee

Volunteer, Health Ancilliary Group

United Way of Greater Milwaukee

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

February 2013Present (1 year 8 months)

Membership Co-Chair

Northwestern University Alumni Club of Milwaukee

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months)

Chair, Alumni Engagement/Development Team

Marquette University - College of Professional Studies Advisory Council

November 2011Present (2 years 11 months)

Program Administrator - Talent Dividend Initiative

Greater Milwaukee Committee

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

October 2011Present (3 years)

Past Chair, Board Development Committee and Past President

The Parenting Network

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2003Present (11 years)

Member

Junior League of Milwaukee

2000Present (14 years)

Chair, Community Program Planning Committee
Past President

President, Board of Directors

Bel Canto Chorus

June 2011June 2013 (2 years 1 month)

Member, Board of Directors

In Health

20102012 (2 years)

National Director of Alumni Relations

Public Allies

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

November 2001August 2011 (9 years 10 months)

Participant

Mosaic

20052006 (1 year)

Community Corps

Gap Inc.

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; GPS; Retail industry

20052005 (less than a year)

External Consulting Practicum

Zurich North America

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Insurance industry

June 2003August 2003 (3 months)

Director of Operations & Alumni Relations

Public Allies

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2000November 2001 (1 year 6 months)

Deputy Assistant to the President

Public Allies

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

November 1995May 2000 (4 years 7 months)

Member

Junior League of Washington, DC

19982000 (2 years)

Community/Public Relations Committee

Assistant, Nonprofit Outreach and Private Sector Initiatives

Corporation for National and Community Service

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry

February 1994November 1995 (1 year 10 months)

Merilou Gonzales' Skills & Expertise

  1. Business Strategy
  2. Change Management
  3. Public/Private Partnerships
  4. Board Development
  5. Talent Management
  6. Marketing
  7. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  8. Non-profits
  9. Community Outreach
  10. Internal & External Communications
  11. Entrepreneurial Organizations
  12. Nonprofits
  13. Public/private Partnerships
  14. Leadership Development
  15. Government
  16. Organizational Development
  17. Volunteer Management
  18. Program Development
  19. Strategic Planning
  20. Community Engagement
  21. Strategy
  22. Team Building
  23. Coaching
  24. Management
  25. Training
  26. Research

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Merilou Gonzales' Education

Northwestern University

MS, Learning & Organizational Change

20022005

Relevant coursework completed at the Kellogg School of Management in Business Strategy, Marketing Management, Leadership in Organizations and Power in Organizations. In addition, I did an external consulting practicum with Zurich North America, where we created a comprehensive training and orientation program and extensive communication plan for the launch of a new knowledge management tool for field staff.

American University

MA, Political Science

19931994

DePaul University

BA, Political Science

19881992

Merilou Gonzales' Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Community Leadership & Involvement * Junior League of Milwaukee and Washington, DC, 1998 - Current * The Parenting Network, 2003 – Current * Milwaukee Forum, 2006 - Current * Association of Junior Leagues International, 2009 - Current * Bel Canto, 2010 – Current * In Health, 2010 – Current * Future Milwaukee, 2000 - 2007 * Alverno College, Research Center for Women and Girls Community Advisory Council * Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Marketing Brand Committee * Mount Mary College, President's Advisory Board Professional Affliations * American Society for Training and Development, 2007-2008 * ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 2009 * Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2007 – 2009 * Human Resource Management Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, 2007-2009 * Professional Dimensions, 2009 – current * Toastmasters International, 2006 – current

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