Roseann Baldauf-Shales, Winner of the 2012 Susan B. Anthony Award
Updated 2/20 9:47 a.m.
BY DIANE GILES
2/18 6:03 p.m.
Anthony Award winner works to empower women
Spend 10 minutes talking with Roseann Baldauf-Shales of Bristol and you may think you are conversing with a suffragette incarnate.
Baldauf-Shales, this year’s recipient of the 2012 Susan B. Anthony Award, has a passion for empowering women, and that fits perfectly with the philosophy of local award.
The Susan B. Anthony Award is given annually to a Kenosha County woman who believes in equity and exemplifies the philosophy in her work or volunteer efforts and gives of herself that other women might learn, grow, advance and succeed.
“Women empower each other by working together and supporting each other physically, mentally and emotionally,” Baldauf-Shales wrote in a recent email. “Susan B. Anthony fought for the right for women to vote. We need to use our votes and band together to support the women that are ready and willing to step up and lead, to transform our country and our world.”
Baldauf-Shales moved to Kenosha from Glenview, Ill., when she married her husband Robb Shales almost 24 years ago. They have two sons, Robbie, 20, and Ricky, 19.
Author, speaker and business consultant, Baldauf-Shales is the local coordinator for the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance.
Q: What Kenosha organizations are near and dear to your heart?
A: I am an 18-year member of Kenosha Women’s Network and really enjoy the opportunity to raise funds with them to benefit women and children through our grant program. Membership in KWN benefits at least five more organizations each year. As a whole, the membership is made up of women supporting and promoting other women to succeed in their business and personal endeavors. Their core philosophy is: “The success of one increases the success of all.”
Quota International Kenosha-Racine is made up of a small group of women committed to service that does an outstanding job for the hearing impaired. We make a significant impact.
My husband Robb is a Kenosha firefighter, and we support Kenosha Firefighters Community Assistance Response Effort at all of their events. We are also longtime supporters of Women’s and Children’s Horizons, The Women’s Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation and the Girl Scouts.
Q: How does empowerment of women help our world?
A: Women are over 50 percent of the population and under-represented in positions of power around the world. We need to get in balance and use all of our resources, women and men. Empowering women is the best solution for our future. Women bring empathy and inclusion, relationship skills and a focus on creating community. We are peacemakers, and it is time for peace. We bring alternative solutions because we have a fresh way of looking at things. We will all benefit from an equal number of women working side by side with men to lead us into a sustainable future.
Q: Why is having women in leadership roles in the local community important?
A: The easiest place to seed change is at the local level. More women in leadership in Kenosha will lead to more women in leadership in Wisconsin which, when combined with more empowered women in other states, will lead to more women in leadership in Washington, D.C. I believe it’s time for a woman president. Women bring a sensitivity, compassion and intuition to the work they do. They create heart-centered relationships and connect with people more easily. They bring a sense of fairness and concern for the welfare of all. Strong, successful women get results collaboratively and cooperatively without having to use physical strength. We bring a sense of nurturing and well-being to the family, workplace and government.
Q: If you could change one thing in society, what would it be?
A: I would rule out war as an option. No more fighting, no more killing, no more spending billions of dollars fighting other people in some kind of power grab. It’s time for us to evolve into a kinder and gentler society.
Q: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your life?
A: There are two emotions or beliefs behind every thing — love or fear. I get to choose to come from a place of love or fear in every situation, to see the good or the bad, the positive or the negative, the opportunity or the challenge. I always try to choose love. Happiness, joy, a sense of well being and gratitude are all choices I make from a place of love, from living from my heart and mind.
If you go
What: 2012 Susan B. Anthony Award Dinner
When: 6 p.m. March 23
Where: Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th St.
For reservations or more information, contact Lois Fulton at 262-553-5510.