Women of Excellence


Moderator: Sabrina Madison
Founder, Progress Center for Black Women

Sabrina Madison affectionately known as “Heymiss Progress” is the creator of the Progress Center for Black Women, the Black Women’s Leadership Conference, Conversation Mixtape, Black Business Expo, and a Grand Poetry Slam Champion. In 2018 she made the Essence Magazine “Woke 100” list, in 2016 was recognized by In Business Magazine as one of the most influential people in the Greater Madison area and was named one of the most influential African Americans in the state of Wisconsin by Madison365. She's a BRAVA Woman to Watch and was also named to Madison Magazine's M List for 2016 on behalf of her work in creating the Black Women's Leadership Conference. She has motivated students nationally including the National Conference on Student Leadership and local groups including AVID TOPS and the DELTA GEMS to live their dreams despite tough circumstances.  As a quarterly speaker for the American Family Insurance DreamBank she’s helped countless community members leverage their strengths to live their dreams! From inspiring keynote addresses to leading workshops on personal branding success, she’s a woman who leads with purpose and does the work from a love ethic.


Angela Russel
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group

Angela Russell is CUNA Mutual’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, a role seemingly created just for her. She has more than 15 years of professional experience involving diversity and inclusion, external relations and outreach, communications, policy development, and research and evaluation. Russell is responsible for leading the development, direction and implementation of short and long-term strategies and programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusion at CUNA. She previously worked as a policy analyst for Governor Jim Doyle.


Honorable Judge Kristy Yang

Kashoua Kristy Yang is a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge.  She was elected to a six-year term on April 4, 2017 and her term started August 1, 2017.  Judge Kristy Yang is the Asian American in Wisconsin elected to the judiciary without an appointment, and the first elected judge of Hmong ethnicity in the United States.  Presently, Judge Yang is assigned to general criminal misdemeanor. Prior to ascending to the bench, she was in private practice and practiced in the areas of family law, worker’s compensation, and social security disability.  Some of Judge Yang’s community service and involvement have included: Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, legal clinic for Hmong speakers, mentoring high school students, and Legal Options for Trafficked and Underserved Survivors.


Shiva Bidar
Chief Diversity Officer, UW Health

Shiva Bidar is Chief Diversity Officer at UW Health. In addition to being a statewide leader in health care equity, Shiva has served as a City of Madison alder for nearly 10 years. She is also a member of the Madison College Board of Trustees, Madison Community Foundation board member and United Way of Dane County Vision Council member. She has been recognized for her work with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the City of Madison/Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the Athena Leadership Award and was named one of the “15 of Madison’s Most Influential People” by In Business Magazine in July 2016.


Nia Trammel
Administrative Law Judge

Nia Trammell was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in the State's Worker's Compensation Division in 2007, the first African-American woman of record to hold the position. She currently serves as the Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Worker's Compensation Hearings. She is a President of the Madison Police and Fire Commission and sits on the Board of the Urban League of Greater Madison.  She co-founded the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals and served as its President from 2012 to 2015. Ms. Trammell was recognized as one of 44 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365 in 2017. In 2016, she was acknowledged as part of the Changing Face of Madison's Leadership by Madison Magazine. She is also part of the 2015 class of the YWCA of Dane County Women of Distinction and Brava Magazine’s Women to Watch.