Photo of Alliance staff and Susan Dreyfus' daughter at Women of Influence awardsThe Milwaukee Business Journal recently recognized Susan Dreyfus among remarkable businesswomen in greater Milwaukee during its 2018 Women of Influence Awards celebration. Dreyfus was celebrated during the luncheon for her role in Nonprofit Leadership, which honors women who display high energy and skill in a leadership role at a nonprofit institution or organization.

Dreyfus’ daughter Kathleen Dreyfus Bardunias accepted the award on her behalf, joined by Alliance for Strong Families and Communities staff. Dreyfus was unable to attend due to a retreat for the American Public Human Services Association, of which she serves on the board. 

Those who nominated and supported her had the following to say:

“I am familiar with Susan’s work for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, which is closely tied to one of my own initiatives as first lady, Fostering Futures. The Alliance’s commitment to breaking down barriers which prevent children, adults, and families achieve their full potential is exactly the type of culture change Fostering Futures strives to promote throughout Wisconsin. Her dedication to the Alliance and its mission is exemplary, and I would love to see more organizations in our state follow in her example,” said Tonette Walker, first lady of Wisconsin.

“Susan’s life work has been focused on improving institutional response to insuring that all persons can reach their full potential. Whether serving as a Cabinet Secretary to Governor Gregoire in the State of Washington or as the first director of the Division of Children and Family Services appointed by Governor Thompson in the State of Wisconsin, Susan has made the world a better place through her commitment to serving others,” said Alliance Board Member Donald W. Layden Jr., partner at Quarles & Brady.  

“Susan is well known for her vision, her passion for positive change, and her determined pursuit of excellence. In her work with the Milwaukee-based Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Susan leads a strategic action network of nonprofit, social sector organizations that together are caring for the most vulnerable children, adults, and families in communities across the United States. Under her skillful direction, the Alliance has become so much more than a trade association. It is a hub for innovation and performance excellence,” said Karen E. Timberlake, principal at Michael Best Strategies.  

“I have known Susan for 19 years. During this time, she has represented children and families as a compassionate advocate, driving for systems change and better outcomes for children, families, and communities. She has done this, over time, as a leader in both government and nonprofit roles,” Sherrie Tussler, executive Director of the Hunger Task Force.  

“Ms. Dreyfus has been a driven and dynamic force in every organization in which she has worked. At the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, of which I currently serve as board chair, she has challenged the organization – and in turn, its member organizations across the country – to increase our impact, enhance our business acumen, and anticipate the future,” Alliance Board Chair Molly Greenman, president and CEO of The Family Partnership.  

Learn more about all of the Women of Influence winners online.