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2017 Sacagawea Award Recipients

Sacagawea Award Dinner—March 9, 2017


 Peggy Troy

 Peggy is the first female President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin,  the only health system in Wisconsin that is 100 percent dedicated to kids.  Under her leadership the hospital is ranked in all 10 specialties by US News &  World Report, employs nearly 5,000 people throughout the state and is served  by more than 525 of Wisconsin’s top pediatric providers from the Medical  College of Wisconsin.

Troy knew she was destined to work in health care since she was a young girl. Her first and most poignant mentor was her father, a respected primary care doctor in McHenry, Illinois. Troy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Marquette University, working as a student intern at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and then as a staff nurse at Children’s after graduation. She went on to earn her master’s in nursing from DePaul University in Chicago while working her way up in the ranks from a staff nurse to an administrator, eventually leading two different children’s hospitals in Texas and Tennessee. In 2009, Troy returned to her roots as the CEO of her first employer -- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

When Troy returned in 2009, she set out to improve the health outcomes for children in Wisconsin. Under Troy’s leadership, Children’s is expanding throughout the state to bring care closer to home for more kids. Troy and her team have invested significantly to improve health outcomes in Milwaukee. Children’s runs a school nurse program serving Milwaukee students; pioneered an innovative Community Health Navigator Program to help families overcome barriers to good health; and is partnering with other non-profits and service organizations including Sojourner Family Peace Center, COA and the Y, university partners and more.

In 2014, Troy was elected board chair of the Children’s Hospital Association, a network of more than 220 children’s hospitals around the nation. Troy is a strong community advocate, a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and serves on the boards of Marquette University, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Teach for America. Troy is married to her husband Ron and has two daughters.



 Michelle Nettles

 Michelle, Chief People and Diversity Officer for Molson Coors Brewing  Company, the third largest global brewer and the sole owner of MillerCoors,  was named to this newly created position after Molson Coors acquired  SABMiller’s stake in MillerCoors in 2016. Nettles is responsible for building and  sustaining organizational and leadership capability while ensuring the company  retains, develops and attracts top talent to deliver strong business results. Her position gives her responsibility for the global company’s 8,500 employees.


Nettles was most recently the Chief Human Resources Officer at MillerCoors and prior to that was the senior director of diversity and integrated talent management, where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy and framework for diversity and inclusion, in addition to heading talent resourcing and management.


Prior to MillerCoors, Nettles served as the executive director for Quest Milwaukee, a youth education program at Marquette University.


Nettle is not new to the beer business. Before joining Quest Milwaukee, she worked for Miller Brewing Company in a number of capacities. As the director of HR strategic projects, she worked with various functions within the company to build organizational capacity, recruit top talent, develop and drive systemic processes and deliver business solutions. She also served as assistant general counsel and worked in a number of areas within Miller’s legal department.
including sales and distribution, labor and employment and finance. She has led projects with multi-million dollar implications, including the implementation of Miller’s salaried employee benefits program.


Nettles is sought after for her professional and civic leadership. She has served on the boards of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Milwaukee Collegiate Academy and Pearls for Teen Girls, and on the YMCA-Greater Chicago. She is active in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Christ the King Church in Milwaukee. Nettles received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Florida A&M University. Nettles is married to Attorney Cory Nettles.

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