Women of Distinction 2019: Margaret Harris

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

Managing 17 Sendik’s stores with her three brothers is no easy task. But Margaret Harris – whose family lineage goes back a few generations in Wisconsin – does it with her community in mind. Buying and styling goods to sell in the stores’ home department, and also overseeing interior design, brings her joy.

Harris also handles store donations to Wisconsinbased charities. Among her favorites is Honor Flight, which fl ies heroes to memorials in Washington, D.C. “We have a lot of vets who work with us and shop at our stores,” says Harris. Another  initiative? A portion of corsage and boutonniere sales goes to local schools through Sendik’s Gives Back.

“Work is work, but it’s up to you to make it satisfying and fun.” – Margaret Harris, Co-owner, Sendik’s Food Market

Q&A With Margaret Harris

How are you a force within your community?

“I really enjoy being on boards that benefit Wisconsin and the communities we live in. I like to keep our charitable giving in Wisconsin”

What is your life purpose?

“ I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people, especially women, advance in their jobs and careers.  I try to help out in any way I can to make that happen.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.