• Leadership


a different approach to leadership

Systems change requires engagement, collaboration and collective ownership from all sectors. The leadership of Milwaukee Succeeds includes schools, businesses, government, civic organizations, nonprofits, and community advocates—all of whom seek better outcomes for children in our city. Committed to data-driven strategies and a continuous improvement approach, our leaders accept collective accountability for building the education system our community and our children deserve. Only when we work together can we realize our vision of success for every child, in every school, cradle-to-career.

John Schlifske

Chairman and CEO,
Northwestern Mutual

John Schlifske has served as chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual since 2010. He joined the company in 1987 as an investment specialist and later headed up various aspects of its investment function before becoming the company’s president in 2009.

Mike Lovell

President, Marquette University

Dr. Michael R. Lovell was elected as the first lay President of Marquette University by the Marquette Board of Trustees on March 26, 2014. Prior to his Marquette appointment, Mike Lovell served as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He joined UWM in 2008 as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He previously directed two multi-university research centers at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Kentucky.

Jacqueline Herd-Barber

Community Volunteer

Jacqueline Herd-Barber, a Milwaukee native, is involved in numerous community and civic boards including the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Rotary Club of Milwaukee and United Way of Greater Milwaukee. She retired in 2009 from Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola) after having spent nearly 25 years as a sales engineer.

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