2022 Brainchild Fund Galentine's Showcase

Melissa Hoppe


On February 10th, the Brainchild Fund celebrated six Wisconsin women entrepreneurs at our 2nd annual virtual Galentine's Showcase. We are so proud and excited to report that, thanks to events like the Showcase, we have now raised more than $6,000 towards our mission of supporting women in business and entrepreneurship.

We were humbled and inspired by hearing these six women tell their stories, which made it extra special for us to be able to award surprise $1,000 grants to each of our participants! Thank you to all of our participants for sharing your stories and for continuing to inspire us to follow our dreams, and thanks to everyone who has supported the Brainchild Fund!



For the third year in a row, the support of the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, was essential. We want to extend a huge thank you again to Wendy Baumann, WWBIC’s President & CVO, and the rest of her team—Thalia Mendez, Jon Gaines, Kamaljit Jackson, Lisa Sullivan, Maddie Ostrander—for all the amazing support.

We cannot thank our sponsors enough for believing in our vision of supporting women in business and entrepreneurship to assist in providing resources and opportunities for women to build the futures they dream for themselves and their families. A big thank you to: Ixonia Bank and Athena Legal Solutions.

But of course, the stars of the show were the amazing businesswomen that brought our showcase to life. Without their commitment, energy, support, and passion, this event would not have been possible. Our panelist’s dedication to their craft was inspiring to behold! Even if you couldn’t join us for the showcase, check out the links below to go support these amazing ladies!


If you want to support the amazing featured small business owners,
you can reach them below:


Aureal Ojeda // Outwoken Tea
Facebook // Instagram

Theresa Nemetz // Milwaukee Food & City Tours
Facebook // Instagram

Jennifer Hensley // Playmaker Coaching and Consulting
Facebook // YouTube

Amber Thomas // BrushBox
Facebook // Instagram

Maggie Skarich Joos // The Real Good Life
Facebook // Instagram

Alexandra Tepp-Marwitz // Alexandra Art+Design
Facebook // Instagram // YouTube


We want to say thank you once more to everyone involved. We are so excited and encouraged about the future of the Brainchild Fund.



Melissa Executive Assistant

Melissa has helped run large organizations for close to a decade and is excited to bring her mad organizational skills to the Brainchild Team. Melissa helps keep Brainchild’s engines running smoothly behind the scenes. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys playing with her three kids, and occasionally finds time for some gardening and indulging in binging on BRAVO television shows. Don't judge.

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