Community now includes more than 360 mid-career women

MILWAUKEE - (December 7, 2021) - TEMPO is pleased to announce continued growth and interest in its Emerging Women Leaders (EWL) group with the recent addition of 44 new members. EWL, which launched in December 2015 with 40 members, provides networking and professional development for high-achieving, accomplished mid-career women. Membership now totals 368 women leaders representing 245 public, private and nonprofit organizations from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

"EWL celebrates six years this month, and continues to attract Milwaukee's rising stars, community-minded changemakers and inclusive up-and-coming leaders who want to grow personally and professionally," said Jen Dirks, president and CEO of TEMPO. "Throughout the pandemic and amid our return to a "new normal", we have seen record interest in both EWL and TEMPO. More than ever, professional women need space to connect, grow and learn." 

Candidates are admitted to EWL biannually via nomination, based on this criteria. Among the program’s offerings are professional development, committee involvement, volunteering and networking opportunities. EWL members can also receive individual mentoring by TEMPO members and/or from their EWL peers in a small group setting. EWL members can move into TEMPO once they meet this membership criteria, with sponsorship/nomination by a TEMPO member. To-date, 21 former EWL members have been nominated and accepted into TEMPO. TEMPO's membership is currently composed of more than 460 members who hold senior, executive and C-level roles from 300+ organizations across Southeastern Wisconsin. 

The 44 newest members of EWL are:

Michele Battle Medical College of Wisconsin
Darlene Beck MATC
Alissa Begin Northwestern Mutual
Kristin Belkofer CLARA Healing Institute
Emily Blakeslee Miller's Bakery LLC
Yolanda Bond Gambit Trucking LLC/Ascension Columbia St. Mary Hospital
Angela Calise University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Desiree Carpenter National Business Furniture
Cierra Chesir Thee Traveling Attorney, LLC
Erin Donegan Regal Rexnord
Katie Eggert Baird
Jamaica Eilbes Baird
Alli Engelsma-Mosser Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Yolonda Evans American Family Insurance
Makda Fessahaye City of Milwaukee
Kalyani Grasso Siebert Lutheran Foundation
Marla Habert Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin
Christine Hale Olive AI
Elizabeth Hall Hunger Task Force
Maricha Harris Dominican Center
Alissa Harwood CBRE
Stacy Hein Caterpillar
Meena Held Rockwell Automation
Hannah Irwin Good Karma Brands
Emily Keuter Nativity Jesuit Academy
Sarah Marshall humanworks
Megan McCoy WaterStone Bank
Elissa McKinley Advocate Aurora Health
Dana Moyano Nvisia
Patricia Nimmer Froedtert Health
Camille Parham Associated Bank
Karlee Patzlsberger Gagen MacDonald
Laura Peters-Shimko Edward Jones
Briannia Powell Adtalem Global Education
Kia Reed BDS Connected Solutions
Molly Sandock BMO Harris Bank
Lindsay Sheridan Imagine MKE
Erika Smith Fiserv
Kate Sorge Eppstein Uhen Architects
Brianne Stewart Milwaukee Tool
Kelly Sullivan Gardner Builders
Kaitlin Thomas Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
Tara Vandygriff Penrod
Sarah Wong Boyle Fredrickson S.C.


TEMPO is the largest professional women's group in Wisconsin, composed of more than 800 members representing diverse industries, functions and companies from throughout the Milwaukee area and Southeastern Wisconsin. TEMPO serves its membership of executive, senior, C-level and Emerging Women Leaders through educational programming and professional development, networking opportunities, relationship building, and mentoring, with the goal of empowering women to achieve and sustain leadership roles.