Spring is Finally Here!
LSW’s mission promotes lifelong learning, the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge. This spring (and really all year long) I hope you have the opportunity to attend one of our lifelong learning events that will get your mind moving in different ways and connect you to new people. I am excited for all of LSW’s upcoming events and I hope you'll get excited, too, after reading this newsletter!
Holly McCoy
Executive Director
You’re invited to see literacy differently.
Experience a world where opportunities are concealed behind secret messages. Throughout the evening, you'll meet some of LSW's most inspiring code-breakers and decrypt some surprises along the way. Join us and use your decoding powers to help change the outlook of Wisconsin adults who strive to decipher a better future.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

5:00 pm   - Cocktails, Silent Auction, & Wine Pull
6:30 pm  - Dinner
7:15-8:00 pm  - Inspiration Awards Program
Discovery World

Limited complimentary parking provided.
Ready to purchase tickets?
Purchase a seat or an entire table online today!
Already purchased seats?
 Please register the names of all attending guests by Friday, May 3rd.
Unable to make it that night, but still want to support the LSW mission?
We could use your help with our Wine Pull and Gift Card Trees!

In the wine pull, attendees can purchase a numbered cork for $15 (or three for $40) and then take home the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. Would you consider supporting LSW in this fundraiser and donate a bottle or two of wine (with a value of $15 or more)?

Or do you have unused gift cards sitting in a drawer that you would be willing to donate to our fundraiser? For the gift card tree, attendees choose an envelope from the tree for $20 to receive a gift card of equal or greater value.

If you decide to help us with this, please drop off donations with Chad or Edwin at the downtown center prior to May 7 th .
Upcoming Events
Join Literacy Services and Wisconsin Literacy
for our spring training workshop!

We hope you will join us to kick off our first-ever spring training workshop. We're excited to offer this opportunity for LSW staff, volunteers, and community partners to learn together.
Dr. Wilma Robinson
Keynote speaker Dr. Wilma J. Robinson will demonstrate ways of Intentionally Managing Biases (IMB). Her interactive IMB seminar is designed for volunteers and staff to utilize a transformative approach to effectively support teaching, tutoring, learning, communication, advocacy, and problem-solving. Afterwards, staff from Literacy Services and Wisconsin Literacy will be hosting three informative Breakout Sessions. The training is free and includes lunch. Space is limited. Please register by April 5th.
Friday, April 12th
8:30am - 1:00pm
Amor Towles, author of  A Gentleman in Moscow
Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm
Turner Hall Ballroom
1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Literacy Services is pleased to partner with Boswell Book Company as they celebrate their tenth anniversary with American novelist Amor Towles. Tickets include a paperback copy of  A Gentleman in Moscow,  which may be donated to Literacy Services. Tickets are available now at  pabsttheater.org  for $22 plus taxes and fees. More event information here .

Mark Your Calendar
2nd -  Volunteer Orientation
9th -  Spring Honors Celebration
11:45am - Downtown Center
12th -   Spring Into Literacy
Volunteer & Staff Training
8:30-1:00pm - United Way's Johnson Controls Volunteer Center
All LSW locations closed
15-19th -   Spring Break
No Classes
16th -  Volunteer Orientation

1st -  Volunteer Orientation
14th -  Inspiration Awards Dinner
5:00pm - Discovery World
All LSW locations close at 1pm
21st -  Volunteer Orientation
22nd -  Spring GED/HSED Graduation
Save the date!
27th -   Memorial Day
Agency Closed
6th -  Volunteer Orientation
18th -  Volunteer Orientation

2nd -  Volunteer Orientation
3rd -  Early Closure
No Classes after 1pm
4th -  Independence Day
Agency Closed - No Classes
5th -  No Classes
Independence Day Observation
10th -  Summer Honors Celebration
11:45am - Downtown Center
16th -  Volunteer Orientation
Welcome Our Newest Board Members!
Flavio Piwowarczyk
Born and raised in Brazil, I would have never imagined I would end up living and raising my family in the Milwaukee area! This was only possible due to the world of possibilities provided by education and the acquisition of literacy in a foreign language. LSW's mission and goals immediately resonated with me when I was first introduced to them as part of a volunteering day back in 2016. After that initial experience, my admiration for Literacy Services of Wisconsin, its volunteers and professionals only grew as I witnessed first-hand the impact of this amazing organization!

I am honored to join the LSW Board of Directors and excited to bring twenty years of experience in strategy development and execution both as a management consultant, as well as a corporate strategy, business development, and business transformation professional for leading industrial organizations. I have a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and completed an MBA executive program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I joined Johnson Controls four years ago where I currently work as Director of Strategy and Business Transformation for the Building Technologies & Solutions division. At Johnson Controls, I also serve as the President of our Hispanic Business Resource Group called UNIDOS, through which I had the chance to better know this vibrant, and at the same time underserved, community.

My wife and our three kids couldn’t be happier to call Wisconsin our home (despite the length of the winter!!!), and we love spending our spare time exploring Lake Country with our boat, attending sports and artistic events, and watching movies/playing board games in our basement.
Gabriella Saenz
I am excited to join the Board of Directors of Literary Services of Wisconsin because the organization is building stronger communities by providing adults with the tools they need to dictate their future.

I work as an attorney for Northwestern Mutual, where my work consists of providing legal support to Northwestern Mutual's variable annuity product line. I received my law degree from Marquette University Law School. I am also an alumni of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where I received my B.A. and M.B.A. prior to law school. While at Rockhurst University, I was a member of the women's basketball team, and after graduation, I spent a year serving as the assistant women's basketball coach. 

My husband Jose and I live in Whitefish Bay with our dog, Luna. We enjoy traveling to new destinations, listening to live music, and trying new restaurants. I devote time to coaching youth sports and teaching financial literacy in the local high schools through SecureFutures. I also currently serve on the Finance Committee for Notre Dame Middle School.