It's time for more inspiring women from the Milwaukee business community to join Emerging Women Leaders! We're specifically looking for dynamic mid-career professional women with a combination of professional/leadership experience and community involvement, and who share the values of EWL. EWL nominations are currently accepted two times per year.

The Fall nomination period for EWL is now closed. Be on the look out for the next nomination period this upcoming Spring 2023. If you submitted a nomination for the Fall review, please keep an eye out in your inbox for next steps on confirmation of your nomination.

"I just joined TEMPO Milwaukee's Emerging Women Leaders group a few months ago and it's already enriched both my professional and personal life - even though we're still meeting virtually! I have never felt so welcomed when joining a new organization and can already see how this group will become a major influence on my future."


  1. Professional Experience: 6+ years in the workforce in a professional setting (time spent as an intern does not apply) with increasing responsibilities/identified as a dynamic and influential leader. During this time she has developed a reputation as a "rising star," next generation leader, on the partner track, etc.
  2. Community Involvement: Demonstrates ongoing commitment to the community through involvement and leadership in professional, nonprofit and/or civic organizations. Involvement is above and beyond required job responsibilities.
  3. Leadership: Displays leadership within her company/organization; a letter of support from the nominee's supervisor or other company leader is required.
  4. Endorsement: Strong nomination from a current TEMPO or EWL member who is familiar with the program. Nominators should also note that the EWL annual dues fee is $385. 

“It truly is a group of my peers - not based on age or location, but the issues, concerns and plans I have at this point in my career. Because of that it's more than just a network - it's a sounding board, mentors and friends all rolled into one group. The networking piece is really just an added bonus.” 


  • Connecting with other mid-career women to create a network of support and inspiration.
  • Sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices to learn from each other and grow as the next generation of professional and community leaders.
  • Advancing our own careers while simultaneously paying it forward and advocating for others.
  • An inclusive member experience.

In summary, the typical Emerging Women Leaders member is recognized within her company as a leader and high performer. She can identify a minimum of one volunteer commitment in which she’s actively involved. Emerging Women Leaders join for professional development, mentoring, community involvement and networking opportunities with their peer group, as well as with TEMPO members at select events.

In addition, our Emerging Women Leaders are the future generation of leaders in Milwaukee and aspire to be TEMPO members - joining the ranks of C-suite, executives, business owners and nonprofit leaders. TEMPO MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA IS:

  1. Professional Experience: 10+ years professional experience. 
  2. Additional Experience: 5+ years of senior/executive-level or high managerial experience. 
  3. Leadership: Her organization/company's top executive or engages/has direct working involvement with top executives. 
  4. Community Involvement: Leadership in professional and/or civic organizations. 
  5. Endorsement: Invite or strong nomination from current TEMPO member. 

“The caliber of women is incredible. Each of these women are in similar career places; we understand the challenges each other are facing and can support all aspects of what life is throwing at us. These peer relationships are the ones that we will be leaning on when we are leading organizations in the upcoming years. Having this network is invaluable for today and for the many years ahead.”

Nominators will complete a brief online form indicating their nominee's name, title, and company, etc. Additionally, three documents are required to submit the online form: 1) Current resume from nominee (outdated resumes will not be accepted) 2) One letter of support from the nominee's supervisor or other company leader (a second letter of support from a mentor, sponsor, community leader is optional), and 3) Provide a 250-word statement with your endorsement of your nominee expressing how she aligns with EWL's values (i.e. why are you nominating her?).

THEN, a member of EWL's nomination committee will contact your nominee and schedule a brief phone call to discuss her qualifications further. The goal of this conversation is to discuss why she's interested in joining EWL, how she's demonstrated leadership at her organization/in the community, and what she'd like to contribute to our organization. 

“EWL is a powerhouse of strong, determined women who want to lift other women up and help them succeed. This organization really is passionate about building strong relationships and doing so by supporting one another. Many other organizations only focus on numbers and not the individuals, whereas EWL values the individual and what they are able to bring to the table to support our charge of women empowering other women."

"EWL has opened doors to my professional and personal network that would likely have never opened without them. Additionally, the mentorship available through this program has fundamentally changed both my life and my business. I will be forever indebted to EWL for allowing me these opportunities."

If you have any questions about the nomination process, contact [email protected]