Women of Vision 2021
Women of Vision 2021 Virtual Event will be held on May 21st, 2021 @12-1pm.
You won’t want to miss this inspirational event which honors the achievements of 3 outstanding women who have given back to our community and presents 4 scholarships to women with aspirations for their future.
Each of our honorees will share their story and insights about what they’ve done and learned during their journey to achieve their vision.
Dr. Swati S. Biswas who is a highly regarded skilled clinician and an active volunteer in our community focused on the greater good. Dr. Biswas is passionate about growing cultural events for our community and has actively contributed to the Diwali Festival of Light and the Holi Festival of Colors. She has taught about Asian Indian culture and serves on the boards of the Indian Society of Central Wisconsin and the United Way of Marathon County. She is an active member of Women United participating in service projects and serving on its membership committee. During this past year of pandemic isolation, Dr. Biswas responded by volunteering at the Neighbor’s Place packing boxes of food for those struggling.
Dr. Corina “Corrie” Norrbom has visions for a better community which is evident in local projects she has been instrumental in initiating. These include H2N (Hmong and Hispanic Outreach Network), LENA Start (Language Environment Analysis), the Physician in the Community program, the Toward One Wisconsin conference on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Corrie is a mentor to many — she mentors future physicians and with H2N; she engaged two coordinators each from the Hmong and Hispanic communities, then charged them to enlist four to seven liaisons each; and for Toward One Wisconsin, she has ensured that those from diverse backgrounds have a seat at the table. Dr. Corrie’s current employment is with the Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin (MCW-CW), Assistant Professor; Aspirus Walk-In Clinic Walk-In Clinic Physician; Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS), Health Policy Fellow.
Shereen Siewert founded the online newspaper, Wausau Pilot and Review, with the mission to deliver in depth reporting that improves local decision making. She sought to expand local civic engagement to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interdependent community. To accomplish her goal she chose online content as her media of choice, a wholly new and innovative concept for central Wisconsin news delivery. It has since become a reliable source for up-to-date reporting on issues that have importance to the residents of the greater Wausau area. On a daily basis she sends out the news with her own name as the byline, or weekly over the radio waves as the host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s weekly Route 51. She has earned more than a dozen journalism awards. Shereen is a past president of the Board of Directors of both the Wausau Conservatory of Music and the Wausau Symphony and Band, for which she played the flute. She currently serves on the board of the North Central Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Council and the Salvation Army marketing committee.
The program will feature a TV 9 Anchor as the master of ceremony and Janet Newman as the keynote speaker. Janet will share the adventurous spirit and incredible life journey of Clara Pagel. Clara traveled the world as a single woman in the mid 1900’s and wrote letters back to the YWCA Wausau. Janet is in process of publishing a book “Letters from Clara”. Janet was the YWCA Executive Director in the 1990’s.
This is the 28th year of the YWCA presenting recognition to Women of Vision in our community. Past attendees leave feeling motivated by the stories from accomplished women leaders who are focused on making our community a better place for all.
- Courtney Bittner, Abbotsford High School;
- Ashlyn Lewis, of DC Everest;
- Sarah Martin, of Stratford High School;
- Aramie Theiss, of DC Everest.
Starting at 12pm May 21st, 2021!
*** Due to the challenges faced in the last year due to Covid-19, the Women of Vision Committee wanted to give back and give the option to donate to the YWCA and/or the Hunger Coalition of Marathon County to purchase food for area food pantries.
For every $20 donation to either the YWCA or Hunger Coalition, you will receive one entry to a gift basket sourced with good from local business!
– To register for the Event without Donation chose General Admission
– To register for the event and give a donation to YWCA chose YWCA Donation Ticket
-To register for the event and give a donation to Hunger Coalition of Marathon County chose HCMC Donation Ticket.
– you may chose to donate to both, you will need to register under both YWCA Donation Ticket and HCMC Donation Ticket!
You will receive the zoom link to attend the week of the event!
Women of Vision Scholarship Application:
In addition to our Women of Vision, each year we celebrate the accomplishments and futures of students and present scholarships. We will be honoring 2021 Scholarship Winners during the virtual event on May 21st!
YWCA Wausau is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Our local association started in 1920 and continues to thrive by providing presentations, workshops, and conversations around bias, racism, and women’s issues.