NEWaukeean of the Week

Aliah Berman

"Milwaukee is a very livable city, and there is so much to do."

By - Jan 18th, 2016 01:10 pm
Aliah Berman. Photo from YouTube.

Aliah Berman. Photo from YouTube.

What is your job and its responsibilities?

I am the Director of Diversity & Inclusion Talent Acquisition, and I develop and implement Aurora Health Care’s diversity and inclusion plan, practices and policies in areas related to hiring and onboarding initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion within Aurora. I am responsible for developing the recruitment strategy to build a diverse pipeline of top talent at Aurora, and I lead the diversity education and training for the Talent Acquisition team.

What makes your role awesomesauce?

I work at Aurora Health Care, and I love my role because I get to work on projects that aim to meaningfully and immediately impact the diversity of the workforce and a culture of inclusion.  Collaboration among many work teams at Aurora is the norm, and I get to work with such smart and thoughtful people who challenge each other in a great way to come up with the best solutions to often complex issues. Given Aurora’s size, I’m excited to be a part of current initiatives to address diversity and inclusion in our community and in the workforce.

How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?

I’ve lived in Milwaukee for 11 years.  I went to Marquette University Law School – I met my husband there – and I’ve been here ever since. Milwaukee is a very livable city, and there is so much to do. I love the festivals, all of the lake activities, the restaurant scene and the fact that the commute from pretty much anywhere is manageable!

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?

Wolf Peach is at the top of my list.  It has a great ambiance, creative options, and it’s a great place to eat if you’re a vegetarian.  It also has a great view of the city skyline.

What does your ideal Milwaukee weekend look like?

My ideal weekend would start off at Colectivo having coffee and breakfast with my husband and kids. Then, we would take a long bike ride or walk along the lake. Afterward, we would have lunch at the Public Market and do a little shopping in the Third Ward. We would go out for dinner at one of the foodie restaurants in Walker’s Point. The weekend would also include going to the Beer Garden in Estabrook Park. It’s a perfect spot for us because there’s a great playground for my kids, and my husband and I like to meet friends there on the weekend. The energy there is great, we always run into people we know, and we love the polka band!

What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?

Atwater Park, which is in Shorewood. There is a beautiful bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and a play area that my kids love. Also, there are lots of grassy areas to picnic, read and take a nap. There is also a fun beach below with another play area. You will often see kayakers, paddle boarders and surfers there as well. I love that area.

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