Women of Distinction Alumni: Jennifer Dirks

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“In 1975, the landscape for women executives was vastly different,” says Jen Dirks, the President and CEO of Tempo Milwaukee, a professional women’s organization. “We have a lot of work to do, but the opportunities for women to have a seat at the table today, to have a voice, is both encouraging and exciting. There are so many organizations looking to elevate women.” Dirks worked in communications and public relations for over 20 years before joining Tempo, where she has helped expand the organization to encompass over 650 female executives and emerging women leaders in Milwaukee.

I am the luckiest CEO in Milwaukee because I’m surrounded by this network of strong, smart women.”

 

– Jennifer Dirks

President and CEO, Tempo Milwaukee

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Q&A

How has Tempo Milwaukee evolved over the past years?

We’re celebrating 45 years. We have a lot of work to do, but the opportunities for women to have a seat at the table today, to have a voice, is both encouraging and exciting. I have really enjoyed seeing this organization evolve. The power of a network of over 600 women in Milwaukee is just more significant and more critical than ever.

What do you most enjoy about leading Tempo?

I often say that I am the luckiest CEO in Milwaukee because I’m surrounded by this network of strong, smart women. I’m able to tap into their expertise, their strength, their advice and confidence, and that’s truly been a gift in this role.


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