TEMPO Milwaukee Mentor Circles Program Committee

TEMPO Milwaukee has a longstanding focus on mentoring and introduced a highly popular member-to-member Mentor Circles program in 2010 in response to member interest.  The program mission is to provide a structured and confidential environment for typically six to eight TEMPO Milwaukee members, meeting monthly, to share experiences in order to grow in their leadership skills, their decision-making, technical skill base, personal development and work-life balance.  The role of the Mentor Circles Program Committee is to help match interested members into Circles that will meet their interests, facilitate effective launches of new Circles and closure of Circles that have run their course, and to serve as a resource to the Circles and individual participants on an ongoing basis.

Circle Particulars– The program is available to all members as a member service, with no additional cost. Matches are generally made twice annually, in the months following new member orientation, where members are oriented to the program.  Members can express interest at any time during the year and the committee will work to place them. Each Circle has six to eight participants and is led by two co-leaders from within the Circle who have volunteered to set initial meeting times and dates and to facilitate the discussions.  Most Circles find meeting monthly at the same location, day and time gains good participation. 

The Commitment We encourage participants to make a six month to a year commitment to their mentoring activity. Many participants and Circles have continued to meet indefinitely, given the value derived from participation. Attendance at monthly meetings is critical to establishing the trusting relationships that foster a well-functioning Circle. Those who participate should be committed to attend at least 8 meetings per year. Participants are also required to provide feedback on an annual short survey that aids the Mentor Program Committee in measuring and improving the effectiveness of the program.  

Confidentiality -Both the content of each meeting and the roster of Circle participants is held in the highest level of confidentiality. Nothing discussed in a Mentor Circle ever leaves the room. A breach of confidentiality could be considered as grounds for being asked to leave the Circle.

Getting Engaged in the Program – If you have an interest in the Mentoring Program, please contact the TEMPO Milwaukee office at info@tempomilwaukee.org and we will begin the process of helping you engage in a TEMPO Mentoring Circle.  The initial steps will include:

  • A phone discussion with a committee member to understand your level of interest and particular goals
  • Participant completion of the Mentor Program Participant Profile to be used in the matching process*
  • Committee review and exploration of alternative Circle placements
  • Committee outreach to potential Circle to assure no business conflicts exist and the Circle is prepared to welcome the new member
  • Mutual chemistry check at a first meeting with the Circle members
  • A commitment to the Circle or request for consideration for placement in another Circle that would be a more effective match

**When completing the Profile and throughout your Circle experience, think about the skills and insights you have to share with your Circle and how you can help to advance Circle member interests.

Thanks for your interest in putting the Tempo brand to work through this membership mentoring program so that we Elevate and Accelerate the careers of those in our midst.  


Mary Ellen Krueger- mkrueger@aspiriant.com

Committee Members

Louise Hermsen

Lori Gervais

Amy Jensen

Kerry Mitchell

Sadhna Morato-Lindvall

Martha Valerio