Janette M. Braverman


Brief Bio

Janette is an entrepreneur, community leader and author whose professional background includes executive positions across several companies and  industries including information technology, government, education and nonprofit. She is the Founder and CEO of Leaders Leaving Legacies™, where she provides technology, business consulting and training services to her clients as well as empowers leaders through Leaders LeadUp™, her learning platform and social community. Janette has received several awards and honors including the following: 2023 Milwaukee Community Journal’s Diamond Honoree Award, 2021 Wisconsin’s Top 48 Most Influential Black Leaders, 2021 Professional Dimensions Imprint Award, 2019 NAACP of Ozaukee Game Changer Award, and honored as a Milwaukee Business Journal (MBJ) Power Broker for the past four years (2020, 2021, 2023, 2024), and as an MBJ Woman of Influence in 2018.


  • Board of Directors Zoological Society of Milwaukee (August 2020 – Present)
  • Board of Directors, Milwaukee Women’s Inc. (September 2020 – Present)
  • President, NAACP Ozaukee County (January 2021 – February 2023)
  • Elected Official – Ozaukee County Board Supervisor (June 2016 – April 2022)
  • Ozaukee County Public Safety Committee (April 2020 – April 2022)
  • Ozaukee County Health and Human Services Committee (June 2016 – April 2020)
  • City of Mequon – Economic Development Board (June 2016 – April 2020)
  • WWBIC Veterans Business Owners Council (April 2019 – January 2020)
  • Tempo Milwaukee Member (October 2018 – Present)


  • 2023 Milwaukee Community Journal Diamond Honoree Award
  • 2021 Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Black Leaders
  • 2021 Imprint Award from the Professional Dimensions women’s organization
  • 2023, 2021, 2020 Milwaukee Business Journal Power Broker
  • 2019 NAACP Game Changer Award
  • 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence



  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso (1995)
  • Master of Science in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University (2009)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida Muma College of Business (May 2021)
  • ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (2013)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (2010)
  • Lean for the Office Certification, University of Michigan (2010)
  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) (2005)
  • Masters Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University (2005) 



Janette M. Braverman is the Founder and CEO of Leaders Leaving Legacies™, where she empowers corporate and nonprofit business leaders and entrepreneurs to leave legacies through professional coaching, leadership development training, technology services, business and strategic planning, and more. She designed Leaders LeadUp™ to be the online social community and learning platform to educate and connect women of color, underrepresented groups, employers and employees with some of the most successful leaders around the world. Training courses offered through Leaders LeadUp™ are open to everyone.

Janette is an award-winning community leader who has simultaneously juggled multiple executive leadership roles. Janette’s leadership experience along with her professional background, have allowed her to pivot across several industries including government, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, non-profit and education. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to several boards.

She formerly served as the President of the NAACP of Ozaukee County from January 2022 to February 2023, and served three terms as an Ozaukee County Board Supervisor from June 2016 to April 2022. She made history by becoming the 1st African American to serve in this role. While there, she served 2 years on the Public Safety Committee and 4 years on Health and Human Services Committee.

Upon graduating from college with a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration, she worked for Phillips Magnavox leading technology initiatives across El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. She’s worked for high-tech, software engineering and manufacturing companies such as Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and Rockwell Automation. Thereafter, she served as Dean of the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Business Management, and also served as their Executive Director of External Partnerships.

Janette’s mission is to not only leave a legacy for her children, but to serve and give back to the communities in which she works and lives while empowering others to do the same. She has received several awards and honors for being an inspirational and multi-faceted leader including: 2023 Milwaukee Community Journal Diamond Honoree Award, Wisconsin’s Top 48 Most Influential Black Leaders (2021), Milwaukee Business Journal’s Power Brokers (2020, 2021,2023), Professional Dimensions Imprint Award (2021), the MBJ Woman of Influence Award (2018) and more.

Janette believes that Leaders LeadUp™ is the platform that will continue to make this dream a reality!