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M.O.M.S. - Mothers of Milwaukee Symposium

The City of Milwaukee along with First Lady Dominique Johnson present the inaugural M.O.M.S. - Mothers of Milwaukee Symposium on May 4. Join us for an inspirational FREE event packed with transformative workshops and resources. Our amazing lineup of speakers will offer insight and wisdom on the many facets of motherhood. 

Come together to meet other mothers for support and make valuable connections. Learn more about enhanced women's health and wellness services. Plus, enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch, and giveaways.

WHEN: May 4, 2024 from 7:30  a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: American Serb Hall Banquet, 5101 W. Oklahoma Avenue 

FREE ADMISSION: Pre-registration is required

Reasonable accommodations provided for persons with disabilities upon request. Call 414-286-3475 or email [email protected].

Dominique Johnson

First Lady Dominique Johnson


  • Registration & Socilaizing
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Resource Tables 
  • Making Connections Lunch
  • Giveaways 


  • Balance vs. Burnout - Courtney Kelly
  • Confident NOT Arrogant
  • Embracing Our Young Girls -  Nicole Goins
  • Grief Recovery  - Tiffany Terry 
  • Navigating Change (Spanish)


  • Parents ARE the 1st Teacher - Dea Wright: Whether you're an expectant mother, a caregiver for a child under five, or simply looking to reconnect with your inner child, we invite you to join our workshop on early brain development and fostering a healthy upbringing. Together, we'll glean insights from our presenter and each other, exploring effective strategies to enhance early brain development and take proactive steps in guiding our children towards readiness for school. Be ready to engage all your senses as we delve into tactile, olfactory, auditory, visual, and gustatory experiences.



I'm Every Woman Theme


Dr. Debbie N. Allen, (Dr. DNA)

Dr. Allen is an accomplished entrepreneur and forward-thinking business executive with a passion for empowering others. Dr. Allen purchased 10 McDonald's franchise restaurants within eight years (managed $15M in annual sales) and currently serves as the Golden Path Home Care President in Milwaukee and Racine.


Domestic Violence

Dr. Knox

Dr. Lia A. Knox

Dr. Lia A. Knox may be the co-founder of Black Space and the CEO and founder of Knox Behavioral Health Solutions (KBHS) but more importantly, she’s a storyteller. Knox, whose resume spans nearly 30 years, is an expert in cultural competency and organizational health, helping her clients discover their innermost selves while encouraging them to maintain mental wellness along the way.


Negative Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Dom Violence Panel 1   Natalie - Dom Violence Panel

Laverne Badger & Natalie Charmaine, Exposed Podcast

Laverne and Natalie drive ExPOSED The Podcast with their dedication and passion. They firmly believe in the trnasformative power of knowledge and open dialogue to bring about positive chnage in the lives of young people. 



Embracing Our Young Girls

Nicole Goins

Nicole Goins

International business woman for over 20 years. I am the founder of Pretty Girls Are Educated, serving as a mentor and role model for girls and young women, promoting education, teaching life skills, and how to build sustainable futures while breaking narratives in different communities, schools (public, private, catholic, community schools) and orphanages, local and world wide. I am an advocate for all children, fostering 19 in under one year. My passion speaks for itself, highlighting the work that I'm dedicated to currently in the USA, Jamaica, West Indies, and several countries in Africa.


Grief Recovery

Tiffany Terry

Tffany Terry

Tiffany started A Mother's Cry healing sessions after the loss of her daughter Ashawnti Terry, to a tragic accident.  A Mother's Cry healing sessions are outlets for grieving mothers to obtain resources, and support to cope with their loss. A Mother's Cry offers many life-changing healing sessions to discuss grief and how to move forward with our loss.


Balance vs. Burnout 

Courtney Kelly

Courtney Kelly

Program Coordinator at Milwaukee Area Technical College where she helps students  get job placements in their field of study before they graduate, in addition to building and maintaining community partnerships for the college. Courtney comes with over 20 years of experience working in workforce development and with non-profits. She is dedicated to  developing strong partnerships and helping diverse populations through mentoring and providing long term self sufficiency. Moreover she is passionate about sharing resources within the community. It is her passion. Most proudly she is a wife and MOM!



Parents ARE the 1st Teacher

Dea Wright

Dea Wright

Dea Wright has been at the helm of the Milwaukee Office of Early Childhood Initiatives since 2018. Her dedication to serving families and young children, particularly those below kindergarten age, fuels her work. In her portfolio, she spearheads campaigns like Mighty Small Moments and Sponge Baby, aimed at increasing awareness of the significance of early brain development and fostering healthy growth. These initiatives focus on empowering parents as their child's primary educator. Dea, describes herself as “someone who cares and someone who can connect.”  She was named a 2020/2021 Presidential Leadership Scholar and serves on several local and state-wide committees.  


Lead Host Organizations: 


Sponsorship packages will be available and will provide a variety of options to partner with us on this transformative event. Please reach out using the sponsor interest form below if you'd like to participate in this inaugrual event or if you have any questions. 


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