Lemons 2 Lemonade Leadership Series Guests 2021-22
8/27/2021 | Julia Smith, Assistant Director Leadership Development, DEI at Northwestern Mutual
9/10/2021 | Sheriff Earnell Lucas, Sheriff
Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas was elected the 65th Sheriff of Milwaukee County on November 6, 2018. He is committed to restoring honor, integrity and trust in the Sheriff’s Office by treating everyone with dignity and respect. Sheriff Lucas commands a staff that is responsible for safety and security at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, the Milwaukee County Circuit Courts, the Milwaukee County Jail and the Milwaukee County parks and freeway systems.
Sheriff Lucas was born in Milwaukee’s Hillside Terrace housing project and raised by his grandmother, who moved from Alabama to raise him and two brothers upon the death of their mother. He attended Milwaukee Public Schools, graduating from Rufus King High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in criminology and law studies from Marquette University.
Sheriff Lucas was appointed a police aide with the Milwaukee Police Department in October 1976. He was inspired to a career in law enforcement at an early age after an encounter with a police officer, which showed him the awesome authority and trust the public places in police officers. In a 25-year career with the Milwaukee Police Department, he served as the department's public information officer and as a district commander and retired at the rank of captain. Sheriff Lucas survived a gunshot wound as a young officer but overcame it to finish his career.
Sheriff Lucas was appointed Major League Baseball’s Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig in 2002. In a 17-year career, he rose to oversee all of security at Major League Baseball as the Vice President of Security & Facility Management and later served as the Chief Liaison of Security & Investigations. His career took him to all parts of the world overseeing security operations, conducting sensitive investigations and safeguarding the integrity of the game of baseball at the major and minor league levels.
Sheriff Lucas is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute, FBI National Academy, the National Sheriff’s Institute, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, where he was awarded the prestigious Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award.
Sheriff Lucas has received numerous awards including, Minor League Baseball’s John H. Johnson President’s Award, Marquette University's Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award, Rufus King High School's Distinguished Alumni Award, Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters President’s Award, and in 2019 was named by Madison365 as one of Wisconsin's Most Influential Black Leaders.
Sheriff Lucas and his wife reside in Milwaukee and attend St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, where he has been an active member for over 50 years.
9/17/2021 | Andre Douglas, Senior Director of College Access & Success Services at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
10/1/2021 | Tammy Olivas, Hispanics for School Choice
10/8/2021 | Eva Martinez Powless, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer at MATC
11/5/2021 | Rebeca López, Attorney
Rebeca López was born and raised on the Southside of the city of Milwaukee and attended Milwaukee Public Schools. While attending Marquette University and completing her bachelor’s degree, Russell D. Feingold hired López to work as an immigration caseworker and a regional coordinator, and eventually elevated her to manage his Milwaukee district office. During that time, López worked to develop and implement a Latino outreach program across the state of Wisconsin and build relationships with Latino leaders so that she could more effectively understand and advocate for legislation and services to benefit the Latino community. Her experience working for the Senator led López to attend law school in 2009. In 2012, López graduated magna cum laude in 2012 from Marquette University Law School. Upon graduation, she was hired as an attorney for Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group in the firm’s Milwaukee office, where she continues to work.
López counsels and assists business clients in navigating complex legal issues arising in the employment relationship, conducts internal investigations into employee complaints and allegations, and defends her clients before administrative agencies and federal and state courts. In her current role, she is able to connect the greater Milwaukee community with elected officials and the business community.
Early in her career, López was fortunate to benefit from, work with and eventually support many non-profit organizations in Milwaukee. Since graduating from law school, López served on various boards of directors in the legal and non-profit community, including Centro Legal. In 2019, she was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to the Wisconsin Governor’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee.
12/3/2021 | Robert Jackson, Entrepreneur
12/17/2021 | Wendell White, Author & Motivational Speaker
1/4/2022 | Rayna Andrews, Author, Activist, and Founder of Healthy Food Movement
1/7/2022 | Rachaad Howard, Owner of Cream City Print Lounge LLC
1/21/2022 | Danielle Bly, Vice President-Supplier Diversity at WEC Energy Group
1/28/2022 | Jasmine Johnson, Vice President of Sales
Jasmine M. Johnson brings 20+ years of leadership, service, and advocacy to any space she enters. She started her corporate career as an intern at Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) of which is also the company she landed her first job post Undergrad, and most recently returned as the Vice President of Sales. As part of the Senior Leadership Team at Milwaukee’s iHeartMedia Markets Group she is charged to lead the sales team to achieve and exceed customer’s goals and expectations across multiple platforms and assets. Jasmine has led and served at some of the largest Global Brands such as Pfizer, Walgreen’s, and ManpowerGroup.
She was most recently named as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2021 40 Under 40 Awardees, was selected as a participant of the 2020 Young American Leaders Program through Harvard Business School, and was recognized as one of the 2015 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Philanthropic Five. In 2018, Jasmine received the inaugural City of Milwaukee’s Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award, an award honoring social justice and civic accomplishment in the City of Milwaukee of which she was soon then appointed by the City of Milwaukee to the Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Service Award Selection Committee. Jasmine serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Milwaukee Film, the Executive Leadership Team for GoRed for the American Heart Association – Greater Milwaukee of where she’ll be the first person of color across the State to lead a local campaign in 2021, is an inaugural Board member of the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and holds a Mayoral appointment as a Board member of the Historic King Drive BID #8. Jasmine is a member of Milwaukee Women, Inc. (MWi), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Jasmine has a passion for making a difference through advocacy both at work and in her community. She holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. Jasmine resides in the historic Harambee Neighborhood in Milwaukee area and recognizes the significance of working hard, performing strong, and giving back. She juggles it well with grace, style, and class all while being motivated by her 14-year old son, Jeremiah.
2/18/2022 | Kenyatta Sinclair, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Kenyatta Sinclair is a dedicated professional, author, entrepreneur, strategic partner, and facilitator with over two decades of experience. Over the course of her career, she has been employed and consulted with schools, corporations, and nonprofit organizations, In these roles, she has consistently sought to be the change maker, employ inclusive practices, enhance staff capacity, and work to advance equity in organizations and systems. She is known as a professional who creates, develops, and re-ignites people, programs, purpose, strategy, and vision. Kenyatta currently serves as the first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the racial equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
2/25/2022 | Dimonte Henning, Artistic Director at Lights! Camera! Soul!
3/4/2022 | Dr. Darlene Beck, Nurse Practitioner
4/1/2022 | Senator Brenda Gilmore, Senator
4/22/2022 | Brooks Griffin, Speaker & Youth Advocate
5/6/2022 | Judge Allegra Walker, Judge
5/13/2022 | Desiree Cocroft, Transformation Coach
Desiree Cocroft is a personal and professional transformation coach who specializes in helping female entrepreneurs and leaders figure out what comes next in life. Drawing from her certifications and years of training in executive coaching and positive psychology, she has helped her clients successfully birth their first business, happily restart their life in a new city, transition to a more lucrative position at work, and more.
Desiree is the host of her own podcast, Get Your Life Today, and her expertise has also been featured on Forbes, The Gifters Podcast, Exposed the Podcast, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, and the PowHer Network. She is also an award-winning author who has appeared on stages for TEDx, Innovation Women, Marquette University, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, and more. In her free time, she works as the co-founder and board chair of a six-figure nonprofit called Signature Dance Company. She lives in Philadelphia.
5/20/2022 | Judge Derek Mosley, Judge
Derek Mosley graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1995. After graduation he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County from 1995-2002. As an Assistant District Attorney, he represented the State of Wisconsin in over 1,000 criminal prosecutions. Mr. Mosley founded the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Community Prosecution Unit. This unit places assistant district attorneys in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Milwaukee to work with residents to reduce urban blight and to improve the quality of life. As the head of this unit, Mr. Mosley helped to establish after-school programs, he established a Second Chance Felony Employment Initiative for offenders, closed 100 drug houses and nuisance properties, and started a police and citizen crime fighting initiative, which targeted street drug dealing. This initiative called “Operation Streetsweeper” was awarded the Law Enforcement Honor Award by the United States Department of Justice.
In 2002, Mr. Mosley was appointed Municipal Court Judge in Milwaukee. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest African-American to be appointed judge in the State of Wisconsin. In August 2004, Judge Mosley was appointed Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court.
Judge Mosley sits on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Urban Ecology Center, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Safe & Sound and Transcenter for Youth. He sits on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s Judicial Education Committee. Judge Mosley has been featured in both Milwaukee Magazine’s “Top Lawyer Edition,” as well as their “35 Emerging Leaders" Edition. He received the Leaders in the Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal. He was awarded the Milwaukee Times’ Black Excellence Award, inducted into the Milwaukee Community Journal’s Academy of Legends, named one of the Philanthropic 5 by the United Way, received the State Farm/V100 Trailblazer Award, the “Wisconsin Cares About Kids Award,” 2015 recipient of the Howard B. Eisenberg Public Service Award from Marquette University Law School, and was featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” Edition and their “ Six Most Connected Milwaukeeans” Edition. Judge Mosley was also voted “Jurist of the Year” for 2015 by the Justinian Society of Lawyers, Professional of the Year by ONEMKE & The United Way in 2017, Citizen of the Year in 2017, named Law Enforcement Official of the Year in 2018 by Safe & Sound, received the William C. Frye Civic Engagement Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation 2019, was named “Milwaukeean of the Year” in 2020 by the Shepherd Express, and was inducted into the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame in 2021.
5/27/2022 | Celeste Cuffie, Corporate Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Executive Coach
Celeste's passion in life is to live it to the fullest through teaching, empowering and motivating others to live in the same manner. In pursuit of these goals, Celeste is Founder and CEO of Life Empowered Consulting Services which specializes in corporate training, executive coaching, and motivational speaking. In 2017 she solidified her experience and became a certified coach, trainer, and speaker with the John Maxwell Leadership Team.
Throughout her career, Celeste has held several leadership roles in organizations such as Continental Savings Bank, Associated Bank, and Johnson Controls. In 2016, Celeste branched out full-time as CEO of Life Empowered to fully leverage her corporate experience in pursuit of helping people and corporations reach their full potential. As a result of this leap, she has been a consultant and speaker for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Urban League, Concordia University Wisconsin, and many others. In 2017, she published her fourth book entitled “The Risk to Be Great” and kicked off the Entrepreneur in You Conference conveying her can-do perspective through influential speakers, leaders, and philanthropists.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Celeste graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management & Communication in 2007. Later, in 2012, she graduated with a double Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Management all from Concordia University Wisconsin. As a proud graduate of CUW, she went on to serve at her alma mater as an adjunct professor in 2018.
In spite of all of her professional accomplishments, Celeste is most proud to be the wife, for nearly 30 years, of her childhood sweetheart, Sheldon, and the proud mother to two amazing adult children, Alyssa and Zachary.