Unexpected Leadership

Major General (Retired) Marcia Anderson’s

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UW–Green Bay – Weidner Center
@ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Leaders don’t always come from those at the top of the class, the most vocal, obvious allies, or even those who are senior in an organization. Join the Thompson Center and Schreiber Foods Institute for Women’s Leadership for a conversation with Major General (Ret.) Marcia Anderson. Anderson’s experiences provide an example of an unlikely and unexpected leader and why cultivating listening skills, being attuned to, and adept at “reading the room”, are crucial for professional success—and, for those who are already in senior roles, developing the ability to identify those unexpected leaders in your organization.

Reception: 4:00pm
Conversation: 4:30pm

This event can be viewed in person at UW–Green Bay’s Weidner Center and via livestream.



Major General (Ret.) Marcia Anderson’s military career spanned 36 years in the Army Reserve and on Active duty until she retired in 2016.

General Anderson has a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, a Master in Strategic Studies from the U. S. Army War College, and a law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law.  She has several military awards to include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, as well as the Parachutists Badge.

She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1979 and served in various leadership and staff roles throughout her career.  She was promoted in 2008 to Brigadier General and led over 6,000 Soldiers in an area that covered several Army posts in the Western United States.  In 2010, General Anderson became the first African American Brigadier General to serve as the Deputy Commanding General of the Army’s Human Resources Command, which supports over 2.5 million Civilians, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired Soldiers.  She served in that capacity until her United States Senate confirmation as the first African American female Major General in the history of the Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. She was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Chief Army Reserve in 2011.  In that role she served for three years at the Pentagon and had oversight for an $8 Billion budget, policy development and execution, and over 200,000 Soldiers and Civilians.

General Anderson retired from the United States Courts, where she served as the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin, located in Madison, Wisconsin. Early in her legal career, she was Deputy General Counsel for a major utility in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as a litigation associate for a firm in New Jersey. General Anderson is active in her community, and she currently serves as a member of the Green Bay Packers board of Directors as well as a member of the team’s Executive Committee.  In addition, she is also on the boards of Directors for MGE Energy and Nicolet Bank.

Since 2016, General Anderson has served on the Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Defense and Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces and was appointed in 2021 as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Wisconsin.

Unexpected Leadership