Mao Thao

Credentials: she/her

Position title: Leadership Development Specialist


Website: Schedule an appointment

Phone: 608.890.0006

Woman with chest-length black, wavy hair smiling in front of a field. She's wearing a dark-green shirt with a white grid pattern.

Areas of Specialty:

Leadership Certificate Program, Leadership Framework, Engaged Leaders Through Employment (ELE)

Academic Background:

BS in Elementary Education and History – University of Wisconsin-Madison; MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy – University of Toronto

Areas of Interest:

I love gardening, traveling and eating. You can find me pruning and talking to my many houseplants.

Personal Biography:

I’m a Wisconsinite. I grew up in Appleton, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation, I fulfilled my lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. After much consideration, I decided to pursue more schooling at the University of Toronto. After graduation, I joined the Center for Leadership and Involvement. I look forward to supporting students in the Leadership Certificate program and hearing about their unique journeys.

Favorite Quote:

Noj qab, nyob zoo — Eat well, live well.”

What do you think every student should know about the UW-Madison campus?

If you ever need a break from the snow and your studies, duck into one of the greenhouses on campus for a fresh balmy spring smell.