Longtime nonprofit leader and community advocate Keetra Burnette has generously agreed to moderate the Wisconsin Leadership Summit panel “Claiming Our Seats at the Table: Ensuring Greater Diversity in the Boardroom.” It’ll be an important discussion on nonprofit organizations and corporations who are dedicated to equity and diversity — but may not reflect either in their leadership.
Currently serving as United Way of Dane County’s Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Keetra is an experienced and active community and organizational leader with an extensive background in corporate training, business operations, project management, and community engagement. Throughout her professional career, Keetra has consistently demonstrated her unwavering commitment to ensuring that the un/under-represented voices, perspectives, and interests of people of color – more specifically, those with poverty-related, lived experiences, like her own – are not only validated, strengthened, and championed, but are also – and much more importantly – invited into the spaces and places where decisions regarding community resources are made.
Prior to her role with United Way, Keetra served as Chief Operating Officer of the Urban League of Greater Madison, President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, Education Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and in several other professional and volunteer roles.
Keetra, a life-long cheerleader of under-dogs and other winners, is also the creator and host of “Madison Black Women ROCK! – a celebration of SiSTARs who are getting it done.” Madison Black Women ROCK! is an annual ceremony during which Black women are acknowledged for the many positive and selfless contributions that they make to our community.
Keetra resides in Madison, WI with her high school sweetheart-turned husband Troy, their adult children, and her joy: her grandson Massiah Rich.