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September President's Message

August 30, 2023 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It's time to tell Madison about TEMPO.

We are the pioneers, the trailblazers, the women who dare to break through closed corporate doors and lead companies and non-profits and government entities and educational institutions.  We're the ones who take on a challenge, who lift each other and all women, up.  

We are TEMPO Madison.

One of the themes that came through our strategic planning process was that TEMPO has been a "best kept secret" that many female execs don't know about.  Our 40th Anniversary Gala with Judy Woodruff and the dedication of the Frances Huntley-Cooper Council Chambers were a great start to getting TEMPO Madison out in to the public area. 

Now it's time to turn up the volume!  

Every Committee is weaving in ways to make TEMPO Madison more visible and seen as a community for women to aspire to join- we'll be sharing their plans with you in the coming months, and encourage you to get involved in those projects that speak to you.

This month's highlight: Emerging Leaders.

Vice President Ann Sappenfield, and Director-at-Large Nia Trammell are leading this initiative, which will have its first meeting sometime in September.  This will be a brainstorming meeting to ideate and choose a high-level direction with respect to emerging leaders.

Here's the premise: TEMPO Madison has a well-established and extremely well-run scholarship program for high school girls who are entering college, and last year established a Mentorship program for that co-hort.  Once those young women graduate from college and begin their careers, we lose sight of them.  It's years before they'll be "TEMPO Madison-ready" - most will be in their late 30's or early 40's before they qualify for membership.  

The Emerging Leaders group will be looking for ways to engage these younger women as they are moving from individual performer roles into management and leadership - this is the time they need mentorship the most.  The hope is that by providing support to them through these critical years, we'll be building a pipeline of future members as well.

Some initial things to think about:

  • There could be an emerging leaders (new) classification of membership, much like TEMPO Milwaukee does.  This would not only provide a "place" for these women, it would also build a steady stream of new potential members for TEMPO Madison and provide us with an immediate new revenue stream.
  • There could be a partnership with other organizations that serve mid-level women in management, such as The Business Forum.
  • There could be a mentoring program for this cohort that is open to all women who are pursuing leadership roles.
  • There could be specific programming for this cohort that is open to all women who are pursuing leadership roles.

This list could go on! There are many ways that TEMPO Madison can make an impact with this group.  If you are interested in participating at any level, please contact Executive Director, Erin Fabrizius at TempoMadison@TempoMadison.org and she'll make sure you're included.  This is an exciting initiative and I hope we get a diverse set of perspectives to launch it!

I also hope to see you all at our next luncheon on Sept 12th at the Madison Club; Making Home in the DairyLand, the Histories of Latinos in Wisconsin with Dr. Sergio M. González from Marquette.  Latinos were recognized as our State's largest minority population with the 2020 Census; Dr Gonzalez will explore their history, examining how migrants, immigrants, and refugees from across the America have built resilient communities across Wisconsin’s farms, towns, and urban spaces, and in the process transformed America’s Dairyland.  You can register for the September Luncheon HERE.  We hope to see you!


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