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. Dirks was named a 'Woman of Influence' and a 'Power Broker' 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. 

Stephanie Sherman
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Stephanie Sherman joined TEMPO in 2022 as VP, Strategic Partnerships. In her role, she is responsible for managing relationships with key partners and identifying opportunities for collaboration. Sherman also oversees TEMPO initiatives including the TEMPO Foundation, Emerging Women Leaders, Women’s Affinity Alliance and supports the efforts of the Women’s Leadership Collaborative – TEMPO’s partnership with Professional Dimensions and Milwaukee Women Inc. Sherman brings an incredible depth of experience both in the nonprofit and entrepreneurial worlds. In 2003, she co-founded Lela Boutique and spearheaded the growth of the Historic Third Ward’s Fashion District in Milwaukee. She prides herself on mentoring countless women-owned retailers to locate in the Third Ward as well as guiding the growth of emerging designers.Through her time in greater Milwaukee, she’s leveraged her passion for neighborhood revitalization leading the transformation of several area commercial districts including Westown, Walker’s Point, the Historic Third Ward, the Harbor District, and the Village Shorewood. She has wide-ranging experience in non-profit management, organizational development, fundraising, event planning and business development. Sherman was named a Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal and 35 under 35 by Milwaukee Magazine, but is more proud of the achievements of her daughter, Pierce (10) and son, Jake (14), and the life she’s built with her husband of nearly 20 years, Jeff. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a undergraduate degree from DePaul University.

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. 

Amanda Patterson
Communications & Events Associate 

Diavian Lyons 
Office Operations Administrator

Diavian Lyons joined TEMPO in February 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, scheduling 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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