By Samantha Georgson, Emily Leas, Marni McEntee, Julia Richards, Megan Roessler, Lisa Schuetz, Hywania Thompson, Candice Wagener and Rachel Werner | Photographed by Hillary Schave at her Azena Photography studio in Madison
They are entrepreneurs and mentors. They work to increase equity in education and access to food, and they strive to pull up the underrepresented, smoothing the uneven ground so everyone has an equal shot at getting established and thriving in society.
They strive to increase services and access to mental health care and work to help those with devastating illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other medical problems.
They help people see, survive and cope in this hard-knock world, with the help of remarkable four-legged friends. They help others understand and know that who they are is enough. And they design and build new spaces for those who never dreamed of such a fine place to study, play and grow.
And if those parts of their day weren’t enough, they are moms, partners, spouses and friends to those all around us.
They are BRAVA’s 2019 Women to Watch, and they all have stories to tell. Keep your eyes on these gals, because they’ll be reshaping our communities into a more evolved form for some time to come.