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  • October 01, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear TEMPO Madison members:

    It's hard to believe fall is upon us with the cooler weather, but look around and you will discover the colorful autumn leaves, the morning sun rising a bit later, birds set to migrate south for winter, and the harvesting of apples and pumpkins! As the season changes, I hope you have found time to enjoy some of your fall favorites whether it is going for a run on a crisp morning, drinking a pumpkin-flavored beverage, or watching your favorite sport with family and friends. Fall is not only a time to delight in your seasonal activities, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and TEMPO Madison recognizes those affected by breast cancer and the benefits of early detection, education, and support.

    Cancer has likely touched your life in some way or another, making it important that we continue to fight for measures to protect our loved ones and ourselves from this disease. Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, stated: "A lot of us think we're invincible...but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list." In order to care for others, we must first care for ourselves. The month of October is a reminder to check-in on your health. 

    TEMPO Madison cares for your wellbeing and safety. The diagnosis of breast cancer, especially amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, can be stressful. We know it takes a village of warriors to fight against this disease and we are standing strong together on this fight. 

    For this month, we plan to sell a special edition of TEMPO Madison shirts with the breast cancer bow attached to our logo. We will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Recovery in the Madison region. For more information on this organization, please go to bcrecovery.org

    In closing, we invite you to share your story as a breast cancer survivor in the October mid-month newsletter. Your journey will inspire and encourage others affected by this disease. 

    Don't forget to add taking care of yourself to the "to-do" list. 

    Sincerely, 

    Leslie M. Petty

    TEMPO Madison President



  • September 30, 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TEMPO Madison's 40th Anniversary Planning Committee held its first meeting on September 18, 2020. 

    Their first order of business is securing a speaker worthy of this important milestone, and the bar was set very high by Maya Angelou who blew us all away at our 25th Anniversary celebration. 

    A speaker wish-list was developed during the Committee's first meeting. If you have a connection that could help us bring one of these speakers to our 40th Anniversary Celebration, please reach out to Committee Chair Elaine Rich


    Oprah Winfrey Brene Brown
    Michelle Obama Kamala Harris
    Sara Blakely Sheryl Sandberg
    Mika Brzezinski Cecile Richards
    Melinda Emerson

    Melinda Gates
    Meg Whitman


    The Committee's next meeting is October 16 at 11:00 a.m. They plan to meet on the third Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Erin Fabrizius. 

    Current Committee Roster: Elaine Rich (Chair), Kirsten Houghton, Beth Bennett, Carter, Theola, Donna Beestman, Eileen Goode, Eve Galanter, Fatou Ceesay, Laurie Dies, Leslie Petty, Renee Boyce, Susan Pigorsch and Terri Yanke. 

  • July 23, 2020 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The P5 Women's Summit is offering TEMPO Madison members access to their upcoming virtual summit on August 10-11, 2020 for just $1! Tickets are normally $97. To access the special $1 tickets register by Friday (7/24) using promo code "P5FLASH" at: AttendP5Live.com

    The event features a powerhouse speaker line-up, live pitch competition and a custom virtual event experience platform. You will also have on-demand access to the content, resources and the entire event platform for a year.


  • June 01, 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Madison is profoundly devastated and outraged at the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  We join our community in mourning their loss and condemning the horrendous circumstances of their brutal and senseless deaths.  We also recognize that the violence directed toward these individuals is not a new phenomenon, but reflective of the systemic racism and aggression that exists in our country and our communities, despite our efforts to eradicate both.  Equity, diversity, and inclusion have always been core values of TEMPO Madison.  As influential women of diverse backgrounds, we each have our own different experiences with racism and violence.  The events of the last few days have made us painfully aware of the work that needs to be done so as to allow each of us and our families, friends, and colleagues to exist in a world that, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has said judges us, not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.   TEMPO Madison recognizes and appreciates the work that many of our members have done and will do in the coming months to help individuals cope after these traumatic events, to address racial injustice and violence, and to develop strategies to improve the world for all members of our community.  In the near future, TEMPO Madison, as an organization, will look for opportunities to participate in the discussions and actions necessary to help our community heal and to make real change.  If you are aware of a way for us to be of assistance or support, please reach out to the members of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors. 

    Sincerely, 

    The TEMPO Madison Executive Committee 

    Shana Lewis, President

    Leslie Petty, Vice President

    Elaine Rich, Treasurer

  • April 29, 2020 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 has negatively impacted our community in countless ways.  In addition to the stress on our health care system and our economy, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating an urgent food security challenge for households and communities across the country and in Dane County.  With school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, thousands of people in our community have turned to food banks for much-needed support. 

    As many Dane County residents stock up on weeks of provisions, food pantries, food banks and soup kitchens are figuring out how to get hungry people in our community the food they need quickly and safely.  Even before the pandemic, one in eleven households in Wisconsin were food insecure, meaning they didn’t have assured access to the food they needed due to limited resources.

    TEMPO Madison was founded to bring women of influence together to make a collective difference.  With this mission in mind, we want to do our part to make sure our most vulnerable community members continue to have reliable access to food. During the months of May and June 2020, we will be raising money through the TEMPO Madison Foundation to donate to The River Food Pantry COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund100% of funds raised will be given to River Food Pantry. 

    The River Pantry will use the funds we raise to provide:

    • Boxes of groceries, including perishable and non-perishable food, for hundreds of local households to pick up curbside at The River or for delivery to low income adults residing in Madison and Monona.
    • Pre-bagged lunches for children delivered through MUNCH—The River’s mobile lunch program—to 9 low-income neighborhoods 6 days a week.

    Please join me by making a donation to the TEMPO Madison Foundation on TEMPO Madison’s website during the months of May and June 2020, to raise funds for this campaign.  

    Donations can be made on our website or by Mail to FOOD PANTRY DONATION C/O TEMPO MADISON FOUNDATION 16 N. Carroll St. Suite 800, Madison, WI 53703. 

    To kick off this fundraising campaign, I have made a $1000 donation. I hope you will make a meaningful donation so we can make a difference for those in our community who need our help during this challenging time. 

    No one should go hungry, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Let’s do our part to help those in our community gain necessary access to food. 

    Thank you, 
    Shana Lewis, TEMPO Madison President 


  • April 22, 2020 7:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the extension of Wisconsin's Safer at Home Order through May 26, 2020, the in-person May 12 luncheon at the Madison Club will not occur. However, TEMPO Madison's Board of Directors is committed to providing you with innovative and high-quality programming throughout this difficult time. 

    TEMPO Madison will present a virtual luncheon via Zoom on May 12, at noon. More information about the speaker and how to access the virtual luncheon by computer or phone will be included in our May Newsletter.    

    In an effort to support local restaurants, TEMPO Madison will provide everyone who registers for our virtual May luncheon with a $20 gift certificate from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. 100% of the certificate value goes to the locally-owned establishment that you choose—it works just like cash. 

    In addition to our virtual luncheon, other TEMPO Madison groups are offering virtual events in May, including:

    • Networking Committee: May 7 Virtual Happy Hour via Zoom
    • NFL Book Club: May 21 via Zoom
    • More to come! 

    Ultimately, our goal is to ensure all TEMPO Madison members stay healthy and safe. Please watch our website and your email Inbox for updated information regarding future events and programming. Thank you for your patience and cooperation


  • March 31, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Due to the COVID 19 (Coronavirus), our May events are listed as tentative as of today: 
    • Tuesday, May 10 Luncheon with Jane Blain Gilbertson, CEO & President, Blain's Farm & Fleet 
    • Monday, May 4 Traveler Group at the Imperial Gardens
    • Saturday, May 9 Breakfast Club at the Middleton Hills Branch
    • Tuesday, May 19 Book Bag
    • Thursday, May 21 Happy Hour & NFL Book Club
    The following events will occur, a date has not been scheduled: 
    • Membership Orientation 
    • Leadership Series: Get On-board: Pathways to Corporate Board Leadership
    • Networking Event: Relax and unwind at KOSA Spa, located on the east side of Madison
  • March 31, 2020 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Different Types of Boards and Corresponding Liabilities 
    February 11, 2020

    Twenty-five participants came together to hear two experts in the field of board service. Kirsten Houghton, Principal at SVA, spoke to the group about the various kinds of boards, their similarities and differences. She also shared stories illustrating the types of situations that can arise while serving on a business board.

    Anne Ross, Partner at Foley & Lardner Law Firm, described the risks and rewards of serving on various business boards. She discussed some of the key questions to ask to ensure that the company has adequate Director and Officer (D&O) coverage, and shared insightful advice gleaned from her years of service on multiple boards.

    As a follow-up to comments received at the January workshop, Project REACH steering committee member, Kathy Blumenfeld shared Financial Intelligence, a good resource book to help develop additional financial acumen.

    The Business Board Search and Selection Process
    March 10, 2020

    Karl Alleman, US managing partner from Egon Zehnder, an executive search firm with clients world-wide, spoke to a group of approximately 26 TEMPO members about what businesses look for when seeking new board members and the processes typically used. He described the approach their firm and many businesses use when recruiting new board members and shared some interesting data re the competencies most in demand today. He also presented material on how to position oneself for first-time board service.

    Key points included; 1) The need to objectively assess your readiness and qualifications for business board service 2) Creating a Board Biography ( different from a resume) that tells the story about the potential value you would bring to a business board and why you want to serve, and 3) The importance of raising your profile in business circles and the community generally.

    Mr. Alleman also provided advice on how to prepare for interviewing for a board spot. Finally, he shared some valuable pointers on how to get off to a good start as a new director. There were many questions and comments and he graciously handled as many as time allowed.


  • March 31, 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Connie Kilmark, Kilmark & Associates, LLC

    Way back in December, before the world turned upside down and inside out, I enjoyed an afternoon with Carol Koby recording an hour-long radio show. Carol, a TEMPO member, is a very experienced journalist/host and interviewed me with skill and real interest. My topic was “The Intersection of Money and Emotions”.

    The show aired on Feb. 22, 2020 and is archived on Carol’s website. Carol’s show is called All About Living and airs on HANK AM 1550 and 97.7 FM. Her many shows are archived on her website. I hope you listen to the show, and, if you know anyone who might benefit from my help, let them know that I offer a free 20-30 minute phone appointment free of charge to explore whether my skills and their issues match up.

    Kilmark & Associates, LLC 608 469-0207.

    Wash your hands and stay home!

    Listen to the Radio Show

    Robin Stroebel, InterionLOGIC

    Robin Stroebel and her team at InteriorLOGIC were awarded a Design Excellence Award by the American Society of Interior Designers in March for the design of the interior environments of Blackhawk Church in Fitchburg, WI.

    The 40,000 square foot project was completed in December. The building includes a theater for 650 people, pre-K and nursery rooms, education and training rooms, offices, a teen room, and a venue for 100 for smaller events. The building features stone from the original farm silo formerly on site, a large fireplace in the main atrium, a feature tree from Whole Trees in the education area, and large monitors and smart technology throughout.

  • March 31, 2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund
    Give to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund to support those affected by COVID-19. 100% of the fund will be invested back into the community – United Way will not collect administrative support through this effort.

    United Way of Dane County (to distribute to nonprofits who apply for funding for COVID-19 relief)
    www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid

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