Being a woman executive in a large company
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Being a Woman Executive in a Large Company
TEMPO Milwaukee's March program to feature
Debra Steigerwaldt Waller, CEO of Jockey International
Debra Steigerwaldt Waller is the CEO of Jockey International, the largest woman owned company in Wisconsin. Although Jockey does not disclose financial data, the company has been listed among the 500 largest private companies by Forbes magazine.
A graduate of Carthage College, Debra taught special education and worked at a savings and loan before joining Jockey in 1982. She spent 19 years in a variety of positions and was instrumental in launching `Jockey for Her' in the 1980s before becoming CEO in 2001 following the death of her mother.
Inside This Issue...
E-Beat........................................................2 President's Message................................. 3 Theater Goers............................................3 Mentor Circles............................................4 Slate of Officers.........................................4 TEMPO Members Among 40 Under 40.......5 Mentor Event Photos...............................6-7 Member Survey Results..............................8 Welcome New Members.............................9 Event Registration Instructions...................9 Upcoming Events......................................10 Board of Directors....................................10
Debra is currently on the Board of Directors of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. She is also the founder of Jockey Being Family, a corporate citizenship initiative committed to strengthening adoptive families for successful futures. In the past, Debra has served on the boards of Church Mutual Life Insurance Company and M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank. She is a founding member and has served on the Board of Directors of MargaretAnn's Place. Debra lives in the Kenosha area with her husband and three children.
Debra will address TEMPO Milwaukee members about being a woman executive in a large company and the challenges that she faces. She will also talk about the corporate culture of philanthropy that she has created.
The Details Date: Thursday, March 18 Time: noon ? 1:30 p.m. Location: University Club Members: no charge / guests: $30 Register at
This meeting is proudly sponsored by TEMPO Milwaukee's corporate partner, Potawatomi Bingo Casino.
LinkedIn Group Connects TEMPO Members
TEMPO Milwaukee has a LinkedIn group to connect our members in yet another meaningful way. The group serves members who want to share information, make announcements, or continue building their networks.
LinkedIn provides many benefits beyond building networks. Through simple profiles, users manage contacts, access resources and make
recommendations. LinkedIn group members are encouraged to start discussions with other group members by simply posting a question or a comment in the "Discussions" area.
The LinkedIn Answers forum connects industry experts to help users find trustworthy knowledge and information. LinkedIn News provides
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E-Beat Offers Expanded Member Communications
Last month, you should have received your first TEMPO Milwaukee E-Beat via e-mail. We hope you found the announcements to be useful.
If you would like your project, search or event to be listed in an upcoming E-Beat, the deadline for submissions is the 17th (or closest weekday) each month. E-Beat will be distributed on approximately the 20th of the month.
mailbox with this subject line, it will not be accepted. Payment may be made with credit card or with check.
NOTE: E-Beat will only be distributed via e-mail. Be sure to let us know if your e-mail address changes so that you can make the most of your TEMPO membership.
Submissions must be no more than 300 words and include clear contact information. The fee for this service is $25 per listing for members and $40 per listing for nonmembers. A listing consists of one issue of E-Beat. Unless you state otherwise, each submission will be used for only one month. If you'd like to repeat the submission, you will be charged accordingly.
E-mail submissions to tempo@ with the subject line: E-Beat. If it is not sent to the TEMPO
an outlet to discuss and read the latest information about companies or industries. LinkedIn is free to anyone who registers.
To join the TEMPO Milwaukee LinkedIn group: 1) visit 2) sign up for an account (if you do not already have one) 3) in the lefthand column, click on `groups' 4) on the right side of the page, click on `Group Directory' 5) type "TEMPO Milwaukee" and search 6) click on `Join the Group"
Because this group is open to TEMPO members only, the group has an administrator who will grant access to members within a day or so of the request. Please join today. We currently have almost 100 members, and discussions are taking place. We want to hear from you.
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From the President
Mentors Yesterday and Today
By Gina Alberts Peter TEMPO Milwaukee President
TEMPO Milwaukee should be very proud of the outstanding Mentor Event that was held last month. It marks the 20th anniversary of the event and it was an excellent way to celebrate mentors!
According to Wikipedia, Mentor was the lead character in a book written back in 1699 in France. This is the source of the modern use of the word mentor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person. Believe it or not, the student of a mentor is called a protege. I am sure that many of us have been mentored by others and think of ourselves as mentees and not proteges.
our CEO for a lunch meeting with Outboard Marine in Waukegan, IL On the way back from the lunch, the CEO told me that we were going to
stop by Jockey's headquarters in Kenosha because he wanted to allow Donna Steigerwaldt (Debra's mother and Jockey's CEO at the time) to select which of three experienced bankers she wanted to work with. When she saw
me, she thanked the CEO for bringing a woman to handle her account and did not want to even consider the other three candidates who were male!
Debra Waller was working for Jockey at the time, running Jockey for Her which was a newer division since Jockey historically had only sold underwear for men. Debra has also been instrumental in Jockey Person to Person which is a way of selling Jockey products through home parties. She will allow time for questions, so come and hear her story at our March meeting.
TEMPO Theater Goers 2009-10 Season
Join other TEMPO Milwaukee members for dinner and theater. For details and a registration form, contact Kim Wynn at kwynn@.
TEMPO also embarked this year on a new Mentor Committee, led by Louise Hermsen, which has taken on the task of getting a formal mentoring program underway within our organization. The enthusiasm for the program is contagious and if you did not sign up as a mentor or mentee (protege) this year, be sure to do it when they look for more people to join the formal mentoring program in the future.
Our March program features Debra Waller, the CEO of Jockey International. When I was a very young banker in my 20's, I had taken
? Thursday, May 26, 2009 RENT Skylight Opera Theatre Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Coquette, 316 N. Milwaukee St, a modern take on Puccini's 1896 classic, La Boheme, set in 1989 New York City's thriving Bohemian East Village. With a driving rock score integrating dance, pop, rock `n roll, R&B and salsa, RENT features video artists, performance artists, guitarists, strippers, cross-dressers and drug
addicts all trying to find themselves and find their way in a tumultuous society. RENT sings of our time; of facing an uncertain future with courage, humor, loyalty and love; of celebrating life while struggling to make it. Tickets at $54 each.
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Mentoring Circle Rounds Out Membership Experience
A TEMPO Milwaukee member who is involved in one of our first Mentor Circles asked that we share her thoughts...
"Having just participated in my first meeting with my Mentor Circle, I wanted to say how much I absolutely enjoyed it. It was so energizing just to listen to the mentors discuss their lives and their careers.
This is what I am missing from the TEMPO meetings. The chance to interact one-on-one, or in smaller groups, and really get some in-depth knowledge of the wide variety of experiences of the various members.
TEMPO Milwaukee has some amazing women and I want to meet them all and learn from them. To go to a TEMPO meeting and meet
someone new and learn from them is like having a positive affirmation for that day."
For more information about our mentoring programs, contact Director of Mentoring Louise Hermsen at lhermsen@wi..
Slate of Officers Announced
The 2010/11 slate of officers will be verbally announced at the March 18th TEMPO membership meeting, and elections will take place at the April 15th TEMPO Milwaukee membership meeting. The slate below was assembled by the nominating committee, which consists of the Board Development chair, incoming President, current President and two at-large TEMPO members in good standing.
The annual meeting will be held at the University Club from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
As stated in the Tempo Milwaukee Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 3. Election of Officers:
E. Officers and directors shall be elected at the April meeting. Active, retiree, and members in transition in good standing are qualified to vote. Any candidate who receives
a majority of all votes cast shall be declared elected.
F. Proxy votes may be cast by notifying the nominating committee chairperson in writing before the election. Please submit proxy votes to tempo@ and they will be taken to the nominating committee.
Proposed Slate 2010-2011 Board of Directors ?
Gina Alberts Peter M&I Bank
MediaSpirits/The NOVO Group
VP Programs Jennifer Bartolotta The Bartolotta Restaurants
The Falk Group PR
Julie Cashman-Kuhn Titus
The Business Journal
Serving Greater Milwaukee
Hon. Kitty Brennan Court of Appeals, District 1
Lisa Froemming Columbia St. Mary's Foundation
Denise Goergen Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
Amelia Macareno Wells Fargo
Linda Newberry-Ferguson Kindred Healthcare
Mary Scheibel Scheibel Halaska, Inc.
Peggy Williams-Smith Marcus Hotels
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Two TEMPO Milwaukee Members to Be Honored Among 40 Under 40
We are proud to announce that two members of TEMPO Milwaukee ? Raquel Filmanowicz and Peggy Williams Smith ? will be honored as winners of The Business Journal's 40 Under 40. The 40 winners are all people under the age of 40 making a difference in the business world.
contact Tracy at tjohnson@ by March 26th so we can arrange payment. Individual tickets are $100 and checks should be made to The Business Journal but sent to the TEMPO Milwaukee offices.
Raquel M. Filmanowicz has been the Health Communications Officer for the City of Milwaukee Health Department since October 2002, where she is responsible for all media relations for the department including strategic internal and external communications. In addition, she serves as the Department's liaison to the Mayor's office, elected officials, and other department heads for press releases, special events and announcements and public relations matters. A native of Chicago Raquel holds a BS in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She's married to Stephen J. Filmanowicz and has three children. She and her family live in the Milwaukee neighborhood of Riverwest.
Peggy Williams-Smith attended UW-Milwaukee and began her career in hospitality operations at a semi-private country club. She has been with Marcus Hotels & Resorts for twelve years, in various positions throughout the company. She recently became Corporate Director of Catering for the Hotel Division.
The 40 Under 40 Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, April 12 from 5- 8 p.m. at the Pfister Hotel. If you would like to be part of the TEMPO Milwaukee table, please
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2010 Mentor Event Honors Past & Present Mentors
Clockwise from top: Joanne Ratcheson, Columbia St. Mary's; Dr. Joan Prince, UW Milwaukee; Candy Walton, American Red Cross Beverly Greenberg, Aurora Healthcare Foundation; Nancy Noeske, Noeske and Associates; Sister Camile Kliehban Dr. Phyllis King, UW Milwaukee; Sandy Wysocki, The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee, and Maria Monreal Cameron, HCCW Michelle Van Eaton and Kelly Skindzelewski, Potawatomi Bingo Casino; Patti Gorsky, Make a Wish Foundation of Wisconsin Co-emcee, Mary Alice Tierney, Right Management
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