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  • 17 Nov 2021 7:18 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    The holiday season is upon us, and the Tempo Racine Programming Committee has a fun-filled event in store on December 9th! This year’s theme, Holiday Tea Party, will be held at Social on Sixth, a new boutique micro venue owned by Joan Roehre. Members and guests will choose from an assortment of tea sandwiches, petit fours, macarons, and more. Music will be performed by the Union Grove High School Carolers. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled event! Hope to see you there!

    Our Programming Committee has been working hard the past few months to provide us with a variety of informative speakers discussing timely topics. We look forward to welcoming new speakers, including, Barb Farrar, Executive Director at The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin and Kristin Widmar, General Manager at Rasmussen Diamonds. You also want to check out our annual meetings starting with State of Tempo meeting in June followed by the Membership Picnic in July. Make sure to hold the second Thursday of the month because you are not going to want to miss a meeting!

    Thank you to our Program Committee members, Beth Bender (chair), Lynda Knudtson, and Michelle Ortwein! Your care and commitment are demonstrated in the quality of our programming!

    Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!


  • 22 Oct 2021 4:20 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    It is my pleasure to begin the October 2021 Carolynn’s Corner by welcoming our newest member, Morgan Burns! Ms. Burns works at Kane Communications Group as the Brand & Creative Director. She is a familiar face at Tempo Racine. Ms. Burns has acted as both a guest and presenter. In addition to her work at Kane Communications, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Marketing Professionals. Ms. Burns wrote in her application that “the women of Tempo Racine are genuinely invested in the advancement of women in Racine.” We agree with you Ms. Burns and are delighted to have you join us. 

    Tempo Racine is built on three pillars: leadership, mentoring, and networking. A hallmark experience that we all share are the discussions throughout our monthly meetings. Although some discussions may start at Tempo, we know that they don’t end there and often extend well-beyond our time together.

    This summer, when I shared the organization’s focus areas, there was an explicit call to enhance member engagement. There are many ways in which this organization can engage its members through continued traditions and by adding new, desired features and opportunities that lead back to our three pillars.

    This month, I am pleased to share that our Membership Directory has been relaunched and is available on our website. To access the directory, members must log into their account. Once logged in, the Membership Directory will appear in the menu on the top and left-hand side of the page between About Us and Events. On the Membership Directory page, members will see a list of current members and are able to click on individual profiles. I encourage you to check out the profiles and reconnect with someone.

    If you are looking to update your profile, please log into the website and go to the ‘View profile’ option that is listed underneath the blue and white avatar. From there, you can edit your profile and update your privacy settings. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this feature and send your questions and feedback to

    I’m looking forward to our meeting in November with our special guests Dr. Bryan Albrecht (Gateway Technical College), Dr. Deborah Ford (UW- Parkside), and Dr. John Swallow (Carthage College).

    We’d like to hear from you. Send us your good news, announcements, and more at

    Let's get out there and advocate, elevate, and accelerate!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, TEMPO Racine 

  • 11 Sep 2021 9:31 AM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Hello and welcome to the 2021-22 TEMPO Racine membership year! As I assume the role of president of the TEMPO Racine Board of Directors, I would like to share my excitement, joy, optimism, and sincere appreciation for this role. Over the coming months, I plan to share information on the organization, upcoming speakers, and more through this monthly column. 

    I'd like to begin by asking for your grace and patience as our community continues to navigate the pandemic. The current plan will be to host meetings in-person and inside. When possible, we will host meetings outside and share that information in advance. 

    It is my pleasure to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors. Jessica Safransky-Schacht, communications chair, and Beth Bender, programming chair, have hit the ground running and are off to a great start. I'd like to extend my thanks to Stacy Tapp and Jackie Zach for their years of service to the organization.

    Our newest member, Lisa Just, joined TEMPO Racine in September. Ms. Just is the president of South Wisconsin Patient Service Area and president of Aurora Medical Center - Mt. Pleasant for Advocate Aurora Health. She is a long-time community member and has served several community organizations, including as Campaign Cabinet Chair for the United Way of Racine County. Please join me in welcoming Lisa Just! 

    This is a friendly reminder that we are always accepting membership nominations from current TEMPO Racine members. The process is simple and begins with a letter from the current member that outlines the nominee's professional accomplishments, educational attainment, community service and leadership through service, and professional or service-related achievements and awards. The letter should be emailed to For more information on the process, please visit our Join Us page. 

    Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 14th at Meadowbrook Country Club. A formal invitation will be coming soon. Liz Hanson-Will, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist and Owner at Therapy Solutions, will speak about mental and emotional health coping strategies for the ongoing pandemic life. 

    I'd like to end this by saying we'd like to hear from you! Do you have questions about TEMPO Racine or information that you'd like us to share on our social media accounts? Please send it to

    Let's get out there and advocate, elevate, and accelerate!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, TEMPO Racine 

Serving women leaders and businesses throughout SE Wisconsin.

Located in Racine, WI

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