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Helen Daniels Bader Alzheimer’s & Healthy Aging Speaker Series An Independent Spirit: The Quiet, Generous Life of Helen Daniels Bader

August 4, 2021
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Helen Daniels Bader Alzheimer’s & Healthy Aging Speaker Series 

An Independent Spirit: The Quiet, Generous Life of Helen Daniels Bader 

A Virtual Book Event Featuring Priscilla Pardini, author of the book, Daniel Bader, David Bader, and Deirdre Britt, Bader’s sons and niece, respectively.
An Independent Spirit brings into sharp focus the story of one of Milwaukee’s most beloved and magnanimous benefactors. Enhanced with 280 images – most from family collections – it details Helen Bader’s remarkable touching journey – one steeped in a lifetime of humility, determination, resistance and empathy for others, that played out amid years of personal disappointment and sorrow. Rising to the challenges thrown her way, Helen set an example that persists today as a model well worth emulating.

Her legacy is significant. The $100 million Helen Bader Foundation was established in 1991, two years after her death; over the next 24 years, it awarded $250 million in grants to enhance the well-being of the impoverished and disadvantaged. That mission continues today at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Her life – and specifically her belief in the value of social work – is further immortalized through the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 AM Central Daylight Time

6:00 – 7:00 PM Israel Time

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About the Speakers

Dan Bader

Dan was the founding CEO of the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992. Today, he works closely with the Board of Directors to set the organizational direction and long-term strategies which guide the Foundation’s goals and culture. He serves on several local, national and global boards and committees, including Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Relief International and Rogers Behavioral Health System. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. And, in 2019, Cardinal Stritch University conferred a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa degree, in recognition of his daily commitment to active engagement and an enduring investment in educational and social justice programs that cultivate the minds and hearts of all people.

David Bader

Helen Daniels Bader’s older son, David, is Vice President of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and a Director on the Board. David is the proud father of four of Helen Daniels Bader’s grandchildren. David is a registered architect working in Eastern Pennsylvania. He is also President of Fat Badger Bakery, an online vegan cookie company, located in Pipersville, PA. David holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also studied sculpture and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia. David follows his father’s passion for Old-Master paintings, and enjoys attending fine art auctions and studying Northern Baroque art history.

Deirdre Britt

Deirdre Britt serves as Chair for the Helen Daniels Bader Advisory Committee, as well as Board Secretary. The niece of Helen Bader, Deirdre is actively involved in the visual arts and has served with a number of community arts nonprofits. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Hawaii. Her business background includes positions as a Business Marketing Manager and Creative Manager for Hallmark Cards, Inc., in Kansas City. Deirdre resides in Chicago.



Priscilla Pardini

Priscilla Pardini is a freelance writer and editor based in Milwaukee and a former education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. She is the author of Women Making a Difference: American Association of University Women in Milwaukee, 1894-2012, and The Faye McBeath Foundation: A Story of Giving, which won the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communication. Her other work includes On Her Own; The Life of Betty Brinn, a biography for children about the philanthropist for whom the city’s children’s museum and children’s room at the Milwaukee Public Library are named.



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