Welcome to December!
The holiday season began last week, and we will soon be marking the end of the year. I’m feeling grateful for hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner with family members, many of whom I’ve not seen in person since the start of the pandemic. Our turkey preparation skills were a little rusty but at the end of the day, we put a tasty dinner on the table. One bright spot out of the pandemic that I am experiencing is a letting go of high expectations. Setting beautiful décor, serving handcrafted cocktails and gourmet food is just not that important. What is important is getting a chance to spend time together. Whatever your holiday traditions or how you choose to mark the passing of another year, I do hope you get the chance to spend time this season with the people you love.
Despite the challenges that the pandemic and economy have thrown at us this year, TEMPO Madison and its members have had many successes for which to be thankful. We continue to hold our member luncheons each month, having gone all virtual from the start of the pandemic last year through to this August. Then in September we held our first hybrid luncheon. This format will continue for the foreseeable future.
Our Networking Committee has creatively put on as many small events for members as possible, hosting outdoor events in the warm months and holding indoor events per existing COVID safety protocols. On December 8th we will be hosting a holiday floral arrangement workshop at Red Square Flowers and come January 5th a small group will be welcome to a menu tasting at the Thai restaurant, Lao Laan-Xang on Williamson Street.
Dedicated TEMPO Madison members continue their work on our Project REACH Committee whose mission to help more women leaders get appointed to corporate boards of directors. It is well documented that our nation has a minority of female board representation. This is exactly where women could be using their talents and unique perspectives to help shape the future of American companies and indeed our society. This project is much needed and timely. Please give some consideration to participating in one of our many events designed to educate us on how we can become board ready. Project REACH's next event is this Friday, December 3rd at the Madison Club.
Our newly formed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is working on a formal mission statement that we will incorporate into our bylaws, and we will make the DEI Committee a standing committee on our board of directors. Their work involves examining and addressing inequities within our programs and policies, expanding and committing to greater diversity within our board and membership, identifying and advocating resources for underrepresented members to ensure an equitable, inclusive and rewarding experience among other initiatives. The board fully supports our DEI Committee and looks forward to embracing and implementing their recommendations.
We have had many new members join our ranks this year. It is a real testament to the energy and commitment that our Membership Committee and members bring to our organization as they seek out and nominate talented women to become potential new members. It is this energy that helps us keep attracting new members. When I joined TEMPO Madison, I soon volunteered on a committee and found it to be the best way to form lasting friendships with fellow members. Consider joining one of our many committees or clubs to get involved. Thank you for joining new members!
Our 40th anniversary celebration year is now in full swing. The stories that came out of our kickoff event in October amazed us and left us craving more, wanting to hear the personal journeys of all members. To this end, we will be working to incorporate member stories and interviews to build a permanent record of our histories. More on this project will be announced as we have updates. Also, be on the lookout for an early 2022 announcement that will reveal the identity of our special keynote speaker for our 40th Anniversary Gala next October.
TEMPO Madison Members, we have so much to be grateful for as we close out 2021 and look ahead to what will be a bright 2022 right around the corner.
All my best wishes,Elaine Rich, TEMPO Madison President