As the international community turns its attention on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I’d like to take a moment to honor the courage of those that are fighting for liberty, working to restore peace or are otherwise caught up in the chaos. Particularly the women of Ukraine; mothers, daughters, partners and contributors who are experiencing such uncertainty while trying to keep their families and lives together. They seem to have a light that will not be extinguished. My heart goes out to them.
I see March as a transitional month that moves us into spring. The calendar may tell us that March 20th is the first day of spring but I for one am never ready to shed those winter clothes for at least another two months! Speaking of transitions, starting today the Dane County mask mandate is being lifted and the CDC just announced that nearly 70% of the country may be able to go without masks as they are considered low risk for high COVID hospitalization rates. It’s a welcome and refreshing bit of good news. Add to that warmer weather ahead and we may well be able to start spending more time together in person.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, which also happens to fall on our luncheon day this year. This year’s theme is Break the Bias. Imagine a world where there is gender equality. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. It’s a theme that resonates with TEMPO Madison. Our Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee continues its work on developing a strategic plan and programming to create a welcoming place where differences are valued and celebrated. TEMPO Madison’s Kiva Lending team was recently formed to help underserved women gain access to capital. We’ll also hear the stories of two Madison area female executives of Food Fight Restaurant Group at our luncheon. I am going to make March a month of taking action to do what I can to elevate and highlight women’s achievements.
I have been wanting to share the identity of our 40th Anniversary gala keynote speaker but alas our committee is not quite ready to make the official announcement. Rest assured, you will know just as soon as we can get the word out. Our goal is for you to experience an evening of jubilant celebration of our 40 years as a powerful, leading women’s organization. Please consider inviting your family, friends, and colleagues to this open to the public event. We endeavor to raise awareness of and funds for both our TEMPO Madison Foundation and TEMPO Madison proper so that we may stay strong financially and keep providing you valuable experiences for many years to come. Information on sponsorship opportunities will soon be available.
One last nod to women, March is also Women’s History Month! There are countless famous women I could mention in this newsletter, household names even but I encourage all of us to think about some of the amazing achievements of our fellow TEMPO members. We have 40 years’ worth of incredible member stories. I have not forgotten my pledge to chronicle more member stories as part of our living history project. More on that to come!
Have a terrific month!
TEMPO Madison President