GREAT PLACES FOR WOMEN TO WORK

Recently, the BRAVA team posed a thought-provoking question: “what makes a company a great place to work?” We found our answers.

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LADDERS TO SUCCESS

Mentorship can provide valuable opportunities to learn, grow and cultivate talent in the workforce via the guidance of a more experienced colleague.

THE ART OF DREAM CATCHING

Megan Watt and her business, Dream Catalyst Labs, offers speaking, training and coaching services for business, nonprofit, and education clients.

CITY PRETTY

The front garden of Mendota Lake House Bed & Breakfast is a riot of color in summer, as thousands of blooms thrust forth in fragrant bunches.

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OFFICE MATES

No dozing off in front of your device with this office ensemble. It’s bright, fun and functional from ceiling to floor!

FARM FRESH

Trellised vines and little lambs appear on the horizon on a stroll at Campo di Bella—a family-owned and operated farm and winery in Mount Horeb.

BECOME THOUGHTFULLY FIT

By Meg Rothstein Craving happiness and fulfillment in work and in life? The power is in you! Attendees at BRAVA’s June THRIVE Career Workshop…

INTO THE WOODS

Never before have humans lived so separate from nature. It’s considered so much of an epidemic that psychologists have a term for it: Nature Deficit Disorder.

REPRESENT

Fly your Wisco flag high with these locally made tees—colorful and playful reminders that there’s no place like home.

EURO STYLE

Visitors stepping through the sliding glass entrance of the AC Hotel immediately detect the air’s floral notes and are bathed in natural light pouring in from each direction.

FARM FRESH TABLE WARE

Sea-blue runners and Delft-esque plates are the perfect summery table setting for the gifts from your garden.

A TINY BIDDING WAR

Tiny houses are all the rage for the sustainable living set these days, but dozens of tiny house villages have sprung up across the nation to address a different kind of first-world trend: Homelessness.

SPICE IT UP

Shop at these specialty Madison markets to give your pantry some international flair with some new ingredients, soon to be kitchen staples.

IN THE SUMMER TIME

Fair weather travel ideas for a fine Wisconsin summer – pedal, paddle or pedi your way to a great summer day.

URBAN NATURE

Let’s face it: We could all use a bit more nature in our lives. Of the countless natural gems scattered throughout Wisconsin, some of the best spots happen to be in Madison’s backyard.

PEACE & QUIET

Nestled amid wide-open spaces and sweeping fields lies a slice of paradise, less than 40 minutes from downtown Madison – Still Point Country Retreat.

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RURAL SPLENDOR

Living off the land is paramount to Christianne Laing, owner of The Avid Gardener. Her 3-acre farm offers wide open space and fresh air.

A CONSTANT STATE OF REBIRTH

Blink and you might miss the low-slung angles of Taliesin, the estate of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, outside of Spring Green.

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FANCIFUL SCOOPS

Calliope Ice Cream founder Staci Fritz is taking palates to unexpected places with her creative and innovative flavors using top-notch ingredients.

AN AIR AND A FLAIR

If you haven’t been to Janesville or Beloit in a while, it’s time to get off the Interstate and explore. A spirit of renewal flows through both communities, which embrace the Rock River, their downtowns, green spaces, parks, paths and scenic views hugging its shores.

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DECKED OUT

Tucked away in a business park on the west side of Middleton, Brown & Beam is a multifaceted shop for anyone looking to spruce up their living space.

HEADED TO MADISON

Mary Morgan, owner and president of Reading Group Choices, shares her current five favorite books whose authors have appeared or will make a visit to 702WI this year.

EMOTIVE VERSE

“As the saying goes, you can’t swing a dead cat in this city without hitting a writer,” poet Rita Mae Reese says, chuckling. Her light drawl and candid demeanor, and a dose of Southern charm, reflect her upbringing in Charleston, West Virginia.

FRENCH QUARTERS

BRAVA scopes out the new french cafe La Kitchenette, a modern reboot of its predecessor Chez Nanou at the same Willy Street locale in Madison.

NOW HEAR THIS

Everything is so new—and so retro—these days. It’s easy to combine both for some good tunes at home and beyond using a portable speaker, turntable or radio.

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

DISCOVER AGRACE’S SERVICES

Helping a loved one face a serious illness is never easy, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you need someone to guide you, ask for Agrace.

CANCER SURVIVORS & THRIVERS ICE CREAM SOCIAL

A party like no other, Turville Bay invites the community to join cancer survivors, those living with cancer, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers, at their 7th Annual Cancer Survivors & Thrivers Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 PM.

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SLICK STICKS

Old-fashioned craftsmanship is hard to beat, and sometimes hard to find. Luckily, the Madison area has several local furniture artisans.

CAPTIVATE WITH CONFIDENCE

Vocal instructor Veronica Rueckert, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s news magazine “Central Time,” shares these top tips for projecting confidence.

OPIOID ADDICTION

The steep rise in opioid addiction and overdoses in Wisconsin and around the country makes prevention and effective treatment ever more critical.

THE FACES OF OPIOID ADDICTION

When the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that more people died from opioid overdose than car accidents in 2015, it was as if someone had shaken state lawmakers awake.

OREGON’S WHIMSICAL REVIVAL

Preserve memorable moments, sip seasonal lattes, and bowl the night away in nearby Oregon. We’ve got the hot spots to visit on your trip.

LOCAL WOMEN GLOBAL IMPACT

Meet five local visionaries, inspirations and advocates who are making a global difference and weaving connections between Madison and the world.

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VINTAGE GLAM

Classic beauty meets mod trends at Rockabetty’s Salon and Spa. Its retro décor is a fitting complement to the eclectic South Park Street’s lower strip.

PARISIAN VOYAGE

Tour France through a true foodie’s eyes—and palate—by joining an “Experience in Paris” trip. Two Madison-area women will show you the way.

Ashley Robertson

AMPLIFYING WITH ART

Ashley Robertson’s work is driven by emotion, with portraits guided as much by her heart as by her hands and heavily influenced by the women in her life.

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CLASSY GLASS

A light-filled pane can be a great frame for some art glass, and there are tons of styles to fit every taste. Explore these local options now.

TAKE A MENTAL BREAK

Aren’t we all in need of a place to clear our heads and relax? These three travel destinations are perfect for a mental break.

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JUICY MOLDS

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the elaborate fruit sculptures made by Artesan Fruit company are worth a million.

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FROM THE SACRED TO THE SUBLIME

Just north of Madison, you can visit the International Crane Foundation and their tenacious efforts to pluck nearly a dozen bird species from extinction.

CONVERSATIONS WITH AGING PARENTS

It’s sometimes hard to grasp the fact that as we age, so do the ones who have cared for us our entire lives. At what point do the caregivers become the ones needing care?

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE

Resilience allows us to stay strong and in balance in the face of life’s challenges. It’s something we can all cultivate, this capacity to bounce back.

REPURPOSED PORCHES

See how organizer extraordinaire Tricia Nowicki used her own front porch as a guinea pig of sorts, jazzing up the narrow space with some seasonal décor.

ROCK SOLID

Ascending to the top takes more than grit at Boulders Climbing Gym. For 20 years, Boulders has been a rigorous training ground for climbers of all levels.

SALUD!

These locales are worth a happy hour visit any day of the week, serving up affordable and inventive spreads, a welcoming vibe and a good cocktail, or two.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The new book “Infamous Mothers” celebrates strong women who have triumphed—and now thrive, with impact—not despite, but because of their challenging pasts.

PET PARTNERS FOR HEALTH

Dogs on Call is an organization where volunteer owners and their pets provide activities and therapy to a variety of groups, with heartwarming results.

WEDDING BLISS

Inspired by a few Madisonians’ weddings, BRAVA stylist Shanna Wolf lays out ideas from fashion to flowers to general finery for your wedding plans.

A CAREER REIMAGINED

Read on for deep-in-your-soul insights and inspiring stories of local women to help you finally discover your true career calling.

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DALE KUSHNER

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Kelly Harms

KELLY HARMS

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