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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Lucia
Favorite Quote:
The Sun Is Shining Somwhere.

Birthplace

Born:
12/8/1955
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Lucia
Favorite Quote:
The Sun Is Shining Somwhere.

Birthplace

Born:
12/8/1955
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Nonprofit executive Penelope Stewart was born on December 18, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Claude Edwards and Bernice Swan Edwards. She attended Keefe Avenue School and Parkman Junior High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stewart graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1973, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2002, she earned her B.A. degree in business from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1981, Stewart left Mount Mary College to open the Ambiance hair salon and a jewelry design business in Milwaukee. She was also hired by the Milwaukee Urban League to design and make handbags for their mother and daughter events, and she taught children how to design wearable art in the Milwaukee Public Schools. In 1997, Stewart joined All Pro Broadcasting, Inc. as the general sales manager and senior account executive for several radio stations in Milwaukee including WMCS Radio, WZTI Radio, WKKV Radio and WJMR Radio. In 2004, Stewart was hired at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin as the community outreach manager and worked to educate the African American community about sickle cell disease as well as managed the bone marrow donation program. In 2013, Stewart went to work at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she raised awareness about disease prevention, health care and informational resources. In 2015, to address the rising infant mortality rate in Milwaukee, Stewart helped develop the Strong Baby Sanctuary Program, and partnered with local organizations to reduce infant mortality. She also created the Blanket of Love Program, which offered prenatal education for mothers and assistance for poor families. In 2018, Stewart helped launch the community wellness program, Be of Good Heart, to raise awareness about diabetes and hypertension and offer free health screenings.

In 2004, Stewart received the Jammin’ Legends Award from WJMR Jammin’ 98.3 FM Radio, in Milwaukee. She was also the recipient of the Jammin’ 98.3 Radio Community Leader Award, the Health Care Heroes Award by the Milwaukee BizTimes, and was named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Phi Chapter Milwaukee Citizen of the Year.

Stewart has one daughter, Tamara and one son, Jamie.

Penelope Stewart was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 23, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Penelope Stewart's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Penelope Stewart lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Penelope Stewart describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Penelope Stewart describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Penelope Stewart describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Penelope Stewart describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Penelope Stewart lists her siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Penelope Stewart lists her siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Penelope Stewart lists her siblings, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Penelope Stewart describes her neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Penelope Stewart describes her neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Penelope Stewart describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Penelope Stewart talks about her experiences in the Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Penelope Stewart remembers Parkman Junior High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Penelope Stewart talks about her decision to attend Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Penelope Stewart describes her experiences at Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Penelope Stewart remembers graduating early from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Penelope Stewart talks about the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Penelope Stewart talks about her role at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Penelope Stewart remember the birth of her first child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Penelope Stewart talks about her decision to attend the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Penelope Stewart recalls her time at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Penelope Stewart talks about her transition from the hair salon business to the broadcasting industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Penelope Stewart remembers her graduation from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Penelope Stewart describes her experiences in the radio industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Penelope Stewart remembers joining the staff of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Penelope Stewart talks about her work at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Penelope Stewart remembers joining Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Penelope Stewart talks about the Strong Baby Sanctuary Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Penelope Stewart describes the Blanket of Love Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Penelope Stewart talks about the factors that contribute to infant mortality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Penelope Stewart reflects upon the success of the Strong Baby Sanctuary Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Penelope Stewart talks about her plans for retirement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Penelope Stewart reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Penelope Stewart describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Penelope Stewart talks about politics in Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Penelope Stewart reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Penelope Stewart talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Penelope Stewart remembers her mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Penelope Stewart describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Penelope Stewart narrates her photographs