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Panel will rethink health equity at Wisconsin Leadership Summit

Karen Menendez Coller, Dr. German Gonzalez, Gail Nahwahquaw, Opal Tomashevska, Dr. Jasmine Zapata

CUNA Mutual Group Director of Multicultural Business Strategy Opal Tomashevska will moderate a panel titled “Re-thinking Health Equity: Building trust, empowering our own and the resources we need to heal our communities beyond COVID” on Thursday, October 21, the fourth day of the fourth annual Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

The all-online Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community building event. Registration is open now at WisconsinLeadershipSummit.com.

Opal joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2014.  She brings more than 18 years of professional experience in training, optimization, organizational development, and business leadership in roles at SITEL, Dean Health, and American Family Insurance.  

Her current role as Director of Multicultural Business Strategy is dedicated to leading and advancing the efforts of the Multicultural Center of Expertise (MCOE).  The MCOE exists to help CUNA Mutual Group understand multicultural consumers, identify business opportunities, develop action plans, and execute those plans to serve more customers and generate substantial business growth. 

Opal received her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Edgewood College.  In 2020 she was named as one of Wisconsin’s 51 most influential Black Leaders by Madison365 Media.

Joining Opal on the panel are:

  • DHS Bureau of Health Promotion Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Community Health Dr. Jasmine Zapata
  • Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Tribal Epidemiology Center Director and Medical Epidemiologist Dr. German Gonzalez
  • Centro Hispano Executive Director Karen Menendez-Coller
  • DHS Tribal Affairs Office Director Gail Nahwahquaw

The Wisconsin Leadership Summit will last five days and feature 25 panels on a range of issues, such as workplace diversity, education, health care, social justice and more. Registration is $49, with discount rates for nonprofit and government employees and students.