Jennifer Dirks  
President & CEO 



Jennifer Dirks joined TEMPO in 2014 as the organization's first President & CEO. In her role, Dirks is responsible for the development, implementation and execution of TEMPO's strategic direction. She works closely with the board chair, executive committee and board of directors to ensure this direction stays true to the organization's mission and vision of furthering the impact of women leaders in the Milwaukee business community. Dirks also oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, corporate partnerships and serves as a community advocate on behalf of TEMPO. Dirks is a communications and public relations executive with more than 20 years of corporate and agency experience with business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. She served as Director Corporate Communications & Public Relations for Clifton Gunderson, a national CPA firm. Her agency experience includes Bader Rutter and Zeppos & Associates. Dirks also spent more than a decade as a television news reporter and producer in various newsrooms across the Midwest. She currently serves on the Board of PEARLS for Teen Girls, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Medical College of Wisconsin Physicians Board. She spent nine years on the the Milwaukee Art Museum Friends of Art Board. She is an adjunct instructor for Marquette University and an active member of Professional Dimensions and Milwaukee Women inc. She volunteers her time with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Lakefront Festival of Art. In 2018, Dirks was named a 'Woman of Influence' and an 'Executive to Watch' by the Milwaukee Business Journal. A native of St. Charles, Illinois, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Illinois State University. 

Marit Harm Spransy
Director of Emerging Women Leaders & Communications


Marit Harm Spransy joined TEMPO in 2015 and has served in multiple roles including Program Development Manager and most recently Director of Membership & Programs. As Director of Emerging Women Leaders (EWL) & Communications she is a resource to the organization’s 330+ EWL members and works closely with committee leaders to ensure the EWL voice is heard and aligns with the mission and vision of TEMPO. She is also responsible for the planning and execution of EWL's annual Professional Development Workshop. Marit also oversees the TEMPO/EWL marketing and communications strategy and special projects. Marit is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, but has called Milwaukee home since 2008. She attended UW-Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism Advertising and Media Studies and minored in Spanish. Her community involvement includes Future Milwaukee, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Milwaukee Art Museum. 

Kelsiee Arreguin
Director of Member Engagement & Experience 

Kelsiee Arreguin joined TEMPO in 2017 as the Communication and Events intern and began full-time in June 2018 as TEMPO's Communication and Events Specialist. In June 2021, she was promoted to Director of Member Engagement and Experience where she serves TEMPO's more than 450 members. Kelsiee works closely with TEMPO's various committees including membership, programming, professional development, engagement and mentor circles to help shape the overall member experience in alignment with TEMPO's mission and vision. Kelsiee also supports the TEMPO Foundation Board and its fund development and professional development committees. In addition, she oversees the planning and execution of TEMPO's largest signature events, annually - the Leadership Event and Mentor Awards. Kelsiee is from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a double minor in Corporate Communications and Advertising from Marquette University, where she graduated cum laude. After living in Milwaukee for 7 years, Kelsiee relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 2021 where she works remotely. She is a Spring 2021 graduate of FOCUS Training's Elevate Institute and loves to find creative ways to give back and stay involved in her community. 

Parthivee Desai
Marketing & Communications Specialist 

Parthivee Desai joined TEMPO in April 2021 as the Marketing and Communications Specialist. In her role, she executes tactics in-line with the brand and uses marketing and communications to help the organization reach its strategic objectives. She also creates content for weekly e-blasts, quarterly newsletters, annual impact reports as well the organization’s social media strategies. In addition, she oversees the organization website and updates to the membership database. Parthivee is a native of Franklin, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Marquette University. She has continued to be engaged within the community but strives to change expectations and shake the foundation for those without a voice. 

Diavian Lyons 
Office Operations Administrator

Diavian Lyons joined TEMPO in Feburary 2021 as the Communication and Events intern. In June 2021, Diavian began full-time as TEMPO's Office Operations Administrator. In her role, Diavian will support the organization's executive leadership and team in executing their priorities, schedulung and projects. She recently graduated from Mount Mary University where she has earned a bachelor's degree in Communication studies. She is the first in her family to graduate with a four year degree! Diavian is a native of Chicago but has called Milwaukee home since 2012. She volunteers to be helpful within the community at The Gathering and Common Grounds. Diavian loves to use skills learned throughout life to help elevate and inspire others. 

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