Join Us in Celebrating Our First-Ever Unity Awards!

We look forward to toasting these worthy leaders in our community.

Milwaukee Magazine, along with our presenting sponsor Quad, are proud to present our first-ever Unity Awards to celebrate those who are working toward the mission to build a better Milwaukee. 

On Feb. 25, from 7:30-9 a.m., we’re honoring six deserving individuals and organizations who are working to bring our community together. 

This year’s honorees include: 

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  • Ex Fabula connects community through the art of true, personal storytelling, with a particular emphasis on centering and elevating the experiences of women, people of color and those with disabilities.
  • Tenia Fisher is an accomplished distance runner whose F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything and Run) program aims to give people of color a welcoming support group and safe group to participate in their favorite sport. 
  • Pardeep Kaleka has channeled personal trauma into bringing people together, including leading the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and The Zeidler Group.
  • Nurturing Diversity Partners specializes in beginning difficult conversations with lectures, workshops and a dialogue series to cross racial, ethnic, religious, generational and other cultural divides.
  • Jose Trejo, principal of South Division High School, has dedicated his career to ensuring people immigrating to Milwaukee have equal rights to education.
  • alida cardós whaley is a grassroots coalition builder, helping to organize Ayuda Mutua MKE as well as coordinating maker markets, doula training, cultural performances and more.

“With Milwaukee being a deeply segregated city, we collectively need to own the work being done to get rid of the barriers that prevent some community members from thriving,” Megan McGee, Executive Director of Ex Fabula said. “This event allows us to reflect on the good work already being done and learn from each other.”

The event will include a panel discussion with the honorees moderated by Dominique Samari of P3.

We’re so excited to welcome Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu as our Keynote Speaker, made possible by sponsor Molson Coors. Tutu is an educator, lecturer and human rights activist who has spread her message on the topics of race and gender relations to audiences around the world. As the daughter of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she has made it her life’s mission to promote human rights and help women and people of color rise above discrimination. 

We hope you’ll join us in honoring these inspiring individuals. Tickets ($10) and more information can be found here



Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.