Leaders LeadUp™

Join our Leaders LeadUp™ network for upcoming events where you have the opportunity to connect with and hear from  some of the most successful C-Suite executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Enjoy food, fun and laughter in a stress-free, and uplifting atmosphere where Leaders LeadUp! Everything we do serves the women across our communities.

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Why Leaders LeadUp?

Leaders LeadUp is a platform to uplift, support, and amplify the talents and voices of amazing women of color and underrepresented groups. We advocate for the career success of Black, Asian, Indigenous, and Hispanic entrepreneurs and leaders who work across education, business, healthcare, medicine, science, technology, law, and other disciplines.

Leaders LeadUp covers various leadership development and other topics all within a singular platform. Our private Forums offer a safe space to connect for members to  share stories and challenges.

In Catalyst’s Women of Color in Corporate Management Study, survey respondents reported the lack of a mentor as the number one barrier to advancement including the following:

  1. Lack of networking with influential colleagues.
  2. Lack of role models of the same racial/ethnic group. 
  • 1% of S&P 500 CEOs are WOC out of 507 CEOs; 3 Asian 1% 1%
  • 2% of CFOs are WOC 2% 2%
  • 9.7 of CLOs are WOC 9.7% 9.7%

Leaders LeadUp spotlights amazing women of color by creating our own table! Out of 507 CEOs (some companies have co-CEOs), only two are African American and three are Asian women. Fortune recently published their latest article “Women CEOs run more than 10% of Fortune 500 companies for the first time in history” which stated, “There are still just a handful of women of color who run Fortune 500 businesses, including TIAA CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosaline “Roz” Brewer, and Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su.” In another article published by DiversIQ.com, of the CFOs, five are Asian American, three are Black, and two are Hispanic. Out of 27 CLOs, slightly more than 5% are Black women.

Kraft Heinz’ Rashida La Lande cites law schools’ strong commitment to diversity as a contributing factor.  Black general counsel now make up over 5% of all general counsel in the Fortune 1000, a significant milestone tracked by the Black General Counsel 2025 Initiative and first reported by Bloomberg Law.

Reference: DiversIQ.com

About Our Founder

Janette M. Braverman

Brief Bio

Janette is an entrepreneur, community leader and author whose professional background includes executive positions across several companies and  industries including information technology, government, education and nonprofit. She is the Founder and CEO of Leaders Leaving Legacies™, where she provides technology, business consulting and training services to her clients as well as empowers leaders through Leaders LeadUp™, her learning platform and social community. Janette has received several awards and honors including the following: 2023 Milwaukee Community Journal’s Diamond Honoree Award, 2021 Wisconsin’s Top 48 Most Influential Black Leaders, 2021 Professional Dimensions Imprint Award, 2019 NAACP of Ozaukee Game Changer Award, and honored as a Milwaukee Business Journal (MBJ) Power Broker for the past three years (2020, 2021, 2023), and as an MBJ Woman of Influence in 2018.


  • Board of Directors Zoological Society of Milwaukee (August 2020 – Present)
  • Board of Directors, Milwaukee Women’s Inc. (September 2020 – Present)
  • President, NAACP Ozaukee County (January 2021 – February 2023)
  • Elected Official – Ozaukee County Board Supervisor (June 2016 – April 2022)
  • Ozaukee County Public Safety Committee (April 2020 – April 2022)
  • Ozaukee County Health and Human Services Committee (June 2016 – April 2020)
  • City of Mequon – Economic Development Board (June 2016 – April 2020)
  • WWBIC Veterans Business Owners Council (April 2019 – January 2020)
  • Tempo Milwaukee Member (October 2018 – Present)




Janette M. Braverman is the Founder and CEO of Leaders Leaving Legacies™, where she empowers corporate and nonprofit business leaders and entrepreneurs to leave legacies through professional coaching, leadership development training, technology services, business and strategic planning, and more. She designed Leaders LeadUp™ to be the online social community and learning platform to educate and connect women of color, underrepresented groups, employers and employees with some of the most successful leaders around the world. Training courses offered through Leaders LeadUp™ are open to everyone.

Janette is an award-winning community leader who has simultaneously juggled multiple executive leadership roles. Janette’s leadership experience along with her professional background, have allowed her to pivot across several industries including government, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, non-profit and education. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to several boards.

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She formerly served as the President of the NAACP of Ozaukee County from January 2022 to February 2023, and served three terms as an Ozaukee County Board Supervisor from June 2016 to April 2022. She made history by becoming the 1st African American to serve in this role. While there, she served 2 years on the Public Safety Committee and 4 years on Health and Human Services Committee.

Upon graduating from college with a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration, she worked for Phillips Magnavox leading technology initiatives across El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. She’s worked for high-tech, software engineering and manufacturing companies such as Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and Rockwell Automation. Thereafter, she served as Dean of the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Business Management, and also served as their Executive Director of External Partnerships.

Janette’s mission is to not only leave a legacy for her children, but to serve and give back to the communities in which she works and lives while empowering others to do the same. She has received several awards and honors for being an inspirational and multi-faceted leader including: Wisconsin’s Top 48 Most Influential Black Leaders (2021), Milwaukee Business Journal’s Power Brokers (2020, 2021,2023), Professional Dimensions Imprint Award (2021), the MBJ Woman of Influence Award (2018) and more. Janette believes that Leaders LeadUp™ is the platform that will continue to make this dream a reality!

Our philosophy

Let’s grow together

Our online and hybrid training courses dellivered by top leaders in their industries break down their strategies, workplace-proven content, and lived experiences into relatable methods that you can immediately access and put into action.

Our training is for individuals and teams and crosses various industries to meet the needs of those working in various industries. Meet our amazing instructors!

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