Samantha Maldonado, a Milwaukee native, is focused on community growth, building relational bridges, and fostering a shared sense of purpose. She is an agile organizational leader with proven success in creating and executing a vision to sustain a strong culture focused on transformational change, innovation, and measurable and scalable business results. She has held positions with Northwestern Mutual, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and currently Kohl’s as a senior leader in diversity & inclusion. Samantha has a proven track record of demonstrating a growth mindset with all levels of leadership across the organization to lead, direct, negotiate, and influence long-range goals, continuous improvement, and interpret business strategy into actionable plans. She is passionate about creating an environment that fosters equity and inclusion to bring out the best in teams and colleagues. With more than eight years of experience in D&I, Samantha is regarded as a leader in D&I and is a sought-after consultant, presenter, and facilitator. She is an accomplished speaker both locally and nationally. Beyond her experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Samantha has been—and continues to be committed and involved in the community through the various board leadership positions.