April 2019 Membership Luncheon


Please join us on Tuesday, April 30th for an engaging luncheon with award-winning speaker, Deb DiSandro as she delights us with her presentation on Humor: The Competitive Advantage! Deb will deliver an uplifting and insightful presentation on why humor is the key to emotional intelligence , how you can use humor to diffuse tension, build relationships and achieve success with more fun and less stress and the simple, yet powerful way to increase your HQ (Humor Quotient). You won't want to miss this!

 We ask all current members to bring a friend or two (for free) that is willing to consider membership in TEMPO Waukesha. This meeting is a great way to introduce the organization to someone new. Lunch will be complimentary for all guests/potential members.





Our Purpose

The purpose of Tempo® Waukesha is to educate, to promote personal and professional development, and to provide a setting for Waukesha County business and professional persons to meet and share common interests and experiences.

Our Mission

Tempo® Waukesha is a non-profit organization for executive and professional persons in the Waukesha County area. It was established to provide a network for leaders and future leaders, to increase awareness of issues and trends within the community and to develop the strengths and talents of female executives.


Tempo® Waukesha was established in 1990.



Member Spotlight:



Name: Marie Kingsbury

Job title: Retired

Company or Organization: The Women's Center


After 25 years as the executive director of The Women’s Center, Inc (Waukesha) Marie retired in 2013. Prior to that she worked on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan before she joined The Women’s Center in Waukesha in 1988. Her interest and passion for working with victims/survivors began when she was a volunteer crisis advocate for rape victims in the 1970’s. In 1979 she helped to open the first  domestic violence emergency shelter in Indianapolis, Indiana, her home town.

Almost all of Marie’s work life has been in the nonprofit sector. A couple of exceptions were as a newspaper reporter for the Chicago Trib and as corporate public relations associate.


College Experience

Marie graduated from Ball State university (Muncie, IN) with a double major in social work and journalism. She obtained her Master’s degree in Community Development at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL).


Value of TEMPO

Marie joined TEMPO when it was  newly formed (She doesn’t recall the precise year). She says she has valued the opportunities TEMPO has provided to meet and interact with professional women in other sectors outside of the nonprofit sector. 

Marie loves art has been a volunteer at the Milwaukee Art Museum for more than ten years. She enjoys traveling, especially to countries very different from the US. Her next trip is Japan in April.

She and her husband (Leo Ries) live in Milwaukee and over the years have enjoyed opening their home to international guests and students from many countries, including India, Kazakhstan, France, Vietnam, Lithuania and Germany.





 Jessica Bauer-Phipps  

Welcome to TEMPO Waukesha!  As an organization, we are passionate about enriching women and building professional relationships.  We provide a setting within Waukesha County to develop personal strengths, enhance executive talents, and increase awareness of issues/trends within our community. The positive impact of TEMPO Waukesha is the direct result of the commitment of its members.  We encourage you to participate in our monthly luncheons and see the great programing we have in store for you.

If you have ideas for future programs or have an announcement to share, please email us at [email protected].