Women of Distinction 2019: Magdaline Benson & Michelle Walker

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

“Establishing a comfort level with our clients is our first priority,” says Magdaline Benson, who runs her interior design business with her daughter, Michelle Walker. “It’s essential in creating spaces that are uniquely tailored to our clients and their families.”

Benson and Walker’s sharp skills complement their warm vibe. “We consider it a privilege to have our clients’ trust and confidence, and make every effort to surpass their expectations,” Walker says. “It’s such a joy when our interiors enhance the quality of their lives.”

“You can’t do a good job if your heart isn’t in it and you don’t have emotion behind it.”- Magdaline Benson, Founder and Owner, Bergson Interiors Limited

Q&A with Magdaline Benson & Michelle Walker

How are you a force within your community?

Benson: “Guided by our Christian principles, we try hard to treat people as they should be, with respect.” Benson is also a supporter of the Women’s Center in Waukesha: “There’s such a need for women and children to be protected. Sadly, that number grows each year. It’s strange to me that the richest county in the state has such a need for that.”

Walker: “I’m able to keep a lot of plates spinning. People tend to think design work sounds fun or glamorous, but the truth is, it’s just good hard work.”

What is your life purpose?

Benson: “My life purpose is to live a righteous life. My work purpose is to treat people with integrity.”

Walker: “I want only to raise my son to be a Godly man, so that he knows his place and his purpose and can be happy in all circumstances.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.