Ethical Leadership Luncheon

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Rose E. Purpero Spang

2020 Leader of Character

Rose E. Purpero Spang is an institution in Milwaukee. A former teacher, she dedicates much of her time and resources to supporting character development in students.

Erik Moberg

2020 Character Award Winner

Erik is a freshman at St. Thomas University. He received the Character Award* for his deep empathy and quiet outreach to his classmates when he was a senior at New Richmond High School. 


*Special thanks to Linda and Scott Haag for gifting a $3,000 college scholarship to Erik. 

2020 Event Sponsors

Respect Sponsors

DeWitt LLP

US Bank

Courage Sponsors

Alverno College

Baird Foundation

Baker Tilly

Doug & Molly Bell

Peter & Elizabeth Benz

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation

Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Nonprofit Sponsors

Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin

TEMPO Milwaukee

Wisconsin Character Education Partnership

University School of Milwaukee

Media Sponsor

Milwaukee Business Journal

Event Committee

Molly Bell

Christine Duback

Jim Hendrickson

Jackie Herd-Barber

Marty Lexmond

Jane Malone

Krystal Melbye

Erin Miles

Allison Sipkins

Chuck Whaley

2020 Wisconsin Advisory Committee

Scott Haag

Jackie Herd-Barber

Jayne Hladio

Michelle McKenna

Bob Shumaker

Rose E. Purpero Spang

Edie Turnbull

Jen Vega

Bill White

About Youth Frontiers


Our Mission: Provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility and community.

Our Vision: Our next generation of leaders is grounded in character.

On our student retreats, we help teach young people to interact with others respectfully and responsibly and find the courage to stand up for what is right. Through our educator programs and our community experiences, we support the adults who are fostering the character development of our next generation of leaders every day. With the partnership of these education, business and civic leaders, we inspire kids to live with character and to build a better world. In our 33 years, we have reached more than 2 million young people and adults with our powerful experiences.

Last school year, Youth Frontiers was on track to deliver character and leadership development programs for an estimated 130,000 elementary, middle and high school students, educators, parents and community members. Then, the coronavirus spread, putting our in-person experiences on pause. In spite of these difficulties, Youth Frontiers’ mission is strong. We have engaged our talented employees to innovate new ways to deliver timeless messages of character to students, educators and the community alike. Thank you for your support during this critical innovation period and beyond!