2021 Fellowship Open
Legends Award Honoree
Overcoming hardship and adversity has been the path by which LeRoy Butler has come to understand the need for giving back, especially to youth who are vulnerable, impressionable, and critically at-risk. Like many former Packers whose connection and commitment to the community runs deep in Wisconsin, LeRoy Butler has dedicated himself to being a part of the solution through efforts like his Butler versus Bullying initiative. The two-time NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990’s All-Decade team, 4-time Associated Press All-Pro selection, and 4-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, labors in the tradition of Green Bay Packers and Fellowship Open Legends Willie Davis, and his good friend and championship teammate Dr. George Koonce. LeRoy Butler’s impact on Milwaukee’s social justice landscape is enduring and constant.
Leroy’s personal story is rife with examples of overcoming adversity. From impoverished to empowered, even a wheelchair could not prevent this servant leader and elite athlete from a lifelong pursuit for access and inclusion. It has been his exemplary work ethic and unrelenting passion to move people to the equity that drives this Super Bowl champion. “The core leadership group from the ‘96 Super Bowl Champion Packers was led by LeRoy, Reggie White, and Brett Favre,” noted John W. Daniels, Jr., Fellowship Open Founder, and Chairman. “Leroy’s nomination to join his teammates in the NFL Hall of Fame may be a testimony to his greatness as an athlete, but his enshrinement as the 2021 Fellowship Open Legends Honoree solidifies his legacy in service to the young people of Wisconsin. He will always be a champion to Milwaukee.”
Dee M. Robinson
Dee Robinson is a growth strategist and entrepreneurial leader who leverages strategic and analytical thinking to find innovative solutions that scale businesses. The common thread throughout her career is the ability to drive growth by integrating a deep understanding of customers, mission, operations and untapped opportunities. She is lauded for creating value and leveraging talent as a strategic asset. Drawing on her varied experience in food & beverage, retail, consumer products, advertising and banking, she founded Robinson Hill in 1995, a concessions management firm specializing in retail and restaurants at airports and other non-traditional venues. She successfully turned concepts into sustainable revenues and led organization from inception to over 500 employees. Ms. Robinson has scaled operations while forging successful joint ventures and partnerships that now encompass over 60 airport restaurants and retail stores. She has worked and partnered with notable brands and companies, including Hudson Group, Ben & Jerry’s, Frontera Grill, and Lettuce Entertain You.
As CEO of Robinson Hill, Inc., Ms. Robinson deploys, allocates and manages revenues and assets while building necessary capacity vis-a-vis capital, talent development and training for successful market presence. Leveraging comprehensive go-to-market strategies tailored to key audiences has driven business expansion. She spearheaded multiple capital development efforts to fund growth and penetration. Prior to her tenure at Robinson Hill, Ms. Robinson worked as an Associate Product Director with Johnson & Johnson and subsequently with Leo Burnett. Prior to this, she worked as a commercial loan officer with AmeriTrust Bank and financial analyst with Northern Trust.
Ms. Robinson serves as a director for Accel Entertainment (NYSE:ACEL) (Nominating/Governance and Compliance committees), one of the leading terminal operators of slot machines and amusement equipment; and Wintrust Bank, N.A. (Audit and Risk), the largest commercial chapter bank of Wintrust Financial (Nasdaq: WTFC). She is chairwoman of PGA WORKS and trustee of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America; serves on the executive committee of C200; and the advisory board of Women Business Collaborative. Previous board experience includes the Illinois Gaming Board, Meridian Health Care, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and Fetzer Institute. Ms. Robinson has been recognized as a HistoryMaker, Chicago United Business Leader of Color, Private Company Director Magazine’s Director to Watch, WomenInc.’s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Director and Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Recently, she received the National Civic Award. Her memberships include Women Corporate Directors, The Chicago Network and the Chicago Economics Club.
Ms. Robinson earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Building a High Performing Business Executive Education Program.
Dee M. Robinson
2021 Fellowship Open
National Civic Leadership Honoree
Sidney Moncrief is a 5X NBA All-Star, 5X member of the NBA All-Defensive team, 2X NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and an NBA All-Pro. He is a former NCAA Division I head coach (UALR) and NBA assistant coach (Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks.) Coach Moncrief also led an international team as head consultant in Beijing, China. He has served on the board of directors for a Fortune 500 company and as president of various retail auto dealerships. Sidney is author of six books.
Dan is the visionary leader and architect of the Foundation’s philanthropic giving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and around the world. Dan was the founding CEO of the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992. He works closely with the Board of Directors to set the organizational direction and long-term strategies which guide the Foundation’s goals and culture. He serves on several local, national and global boards and committees which broaden his perspective on how the Foundation can transform lives though its grantmaking, program related investments and convenings. Dan’s board appointments include: Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Relief International and Rogers Behavioral Health System. Among his private sector directorships, he is a director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in mature businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. He has also served as a director of a number of emerging technology and life science firms, and he is currently a director of Materia, Inc., a Pasadena, California-based advanced catalyst company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. In 2019, Cardinal Stritch University conferred a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa degree, in recognition of his daily commitment to active engagement and an enduring investment in educational and social justice programs that cultivate the minds and hearts of all people.