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  • 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

  • March 27, 2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And the people stayed home.  And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.  And listened more deeply.  Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met their shadows.  And the people began to think differently.

    And the people healed.  And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

    And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

    This is a poem written by Kitty O’Meara, a retired teacher, who lives in our community, to help her process the anxiety she felt as she watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold.  Her poem went viral causing Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine to label her the poet laureate of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    I want to thank all of our TEMPO Madison members who are helping our community deal with this pandemic.  From the health care professionals, to the caretakers, to the scientists, to the educators, to the non-profit leaders, to the government officials, to the community leaders, to the small business owners, to the large business executives, to the artists, to the parents, and to all of us who stayed home in order to help flatten the curve, I appreciate everything our TEMPO Madison members have done and sacrificed for our community.  I also know that you will all be there when we have the opportunity to rebuild and heal.

    I am disappointed that we will not be together for the April luncheon.  I had planned to take time during my remarks to announce our new Executive Administrator, Erin Fabrizius of Blumenfeld and Associates LLC.  Erin started working with TEMPO Madison on April 1, 2020.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism with distinction.

    Erin has extensive organizational experience that includes planning legislative advocacy days, press conferences, association meetings and summits.  In addition to her work at Blumenfeld & Associates, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for NewBridge Madison, which provides services to older adults living in the greater Madison area.  We look forward to introducing you to Erin.  We are confident that, with Erin’s assistance, support and leadership, TEMPO Madison will be able to continue to offer exceptional programming, interesting events, quality service, and exciting initiatives for our members.

    Just a reminder that we will not see you for the April luncheon or any previously announced events in April.  We are working to reschedule the New Member Orientation and the Leadership Series Breakfast.  As soon as we have new dates to share, we will do so. In the interim, please take care of yourself and your families.

  • March 01, 2020 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Member: Laura Cataldo, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

    Date: Wednesday, March 18th

    Time: 3:30 tour followed by happy hour

    Save the date!

    Ideal Builders is hosting a WIC tour of the almost-complete Lodgic building on University Ave.

    Project description: Lodgic isn't your typical co-working space. An "all-encompassing destination", it also offers onsite daycare, a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor patio, an event space, and conference rooms. We began this project with extensive sitework of digging over 20' below grade to pour 22' tall walls for two levels of underground parking. Two-stories of structural steel sit on top to create the framework for the building.

    Inside the new Lodgic building on University Ave you will find Kids Camp. A flexible drop-in, pay-as-you-go daycare for children 12 months to 12 years old.

    Please RSVP by March 13th to Laura Cataldo
    Location and parking info will be given once registered.

    TEMPO Member: Mary Bartzen, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools

    A signature initiative of the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, the Adopt-a-School program facilitates community partnership and investment in schools, thus expanding educational opportunities for the 27,000 scholars in our 50 public schools.

    The 2020 Adopt-a-School Summit and Community Breakfast is your chance to:

    • Learn more about this program
    • Network with current community partners
    • See the benefits for your business or organization
    • Gain perspective on the needs of our schools
    • Discover how Adopt-a-School makes a million-dollar difference in Madison’s public schools each year

    New this year: The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will host a Community Breakfast as part of the Adopt-a-School Summit. Join us to learn directly from current Adopt-a-School partners about their relationships with Madison’s public schools, and the mutual benefits of this program.

    There is no charge to attend the Adopt-a-School Summit and is open to anyone with an interest in supporting our public schools and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). Registration is required by Friday, March 13.

    Learn more and get registered here

    Questions? Please email Mary Bartzen, Community Partnerships Director or call (608) 237-7723.

    TEMPO Member: Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Forward Theater

    The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison
    March 19 - April 5
    Overture Center for the Arts
    201 State St., Madison

    Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

    Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her castmates into chaos.

    This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs ponders the purpose of art in turbulent times.

    Tickets at forwardtheater.com


  • March 01, 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that there are presently 231 members of TEMPO Madison? Our members are influential women of diverse backgrounds and experience in business, public service, academia, and the arts. We provide members with the opportunity to connect with women in various industries, including, finance, agriculture, marketing, law, medicine, art, education, media, technology, and more. However, there are many exceptional women in executive and leadership positions in the Madison area, who are not yet TEMPO Madison members.

    While we appreciate TEMPO Madison’s intimate size because it fosters deep connections among fellow members, as well as the ability to be among group of high achieving peers at the peak of their careers, and the chance to learn new things and interact with a diverse group of women, in the broadest sense, we also know that there are women in our community who would bring great value to our organization.

    To that end, I want to remind you of TEMPO Madison’s membership process and encourage you to consider whether there are women in your professional and personal circles who would be a great fit for TEMPO Madison.

    Criteria for Membership. In order to be considered for TEMPO Madison membership, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • 10+ years professional experience
    • 5+ years executive level professional experience
    • decision-making responsibility for staff and budget
    • direct access to the organization’s top executive
    • leadership in professional and/or civic organizations

    In addition, the Membership Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for balancing the membership to ensure a wide range of members, diverse in terms of industry, professional background, company/organization, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

    Member Nomination. The first step in the membership process is for a TEMPO Madison member to nominate the candidate. Any current TEMPO member may nominate a candidate for membership. Nominees should have attended at least one monthly luncheon. Ideally, the nominee will not be aware that she is being considered for membership at this point in the process. This helps protect the integrity of the process, as well as the feelings/reputations of all involved.

    In order to nominate a candidate for TEMPO Madison membership, the TEMPO Madison member must submit the Membership Endorsement Form

    It is imperative that a TEMPO Madison member who nominates a candidate for membership refrain from promising or implying to anyone that a membership offer is forthcoming. The only way to become a TEMPO member is to go through this process, and membership is NOT confirmed until the applicant has received her welcome letter and invoice. Nomination/application is NOT a guarantee of admission.

    Membership Committee Review. Once we receive a Membership Endorsement Form, the Membership Committee reviews the nomination at its next quarterly meeting. The Committee either recommends moving forward with the application process, or not. In either case, the nominator(s) is contacted by the Membership Committee Chair. It is important to note that, depending upon when the nomination is received, there could be several months between the time a nomination is submitted and when a decision is made about recommending the candidate for membership.

    Board Review. At the next board meeting following the quarterly nominations, the Membership Committee Chair submits her recommendations regarding the candidates for membership. The Board then votes on whether to invite the candidate to join TEMPO Madison.

    If the candidate has been invited to join TEMPO Madison, we will send a welcome letter, membership form, as well as an invoice. The TEMPO Madison member who nominated the successful candidate will also be notified of the invitation to join.

    If not invited to join, the Membership Committee Chair will contact the nominator(s) and the candidate to let them know of the decision, and the reasons why, if appropriate.

    Target List. The Membership Committee maintains a list of recruitment targets – women whom we believe would be incredible assets to TEMPO and whom we actively recruit to join. Periodically, TEMPO Madison will host a target list mixer to encourage those women on the target list to consider TEMPO Madison membership.

    If you know if a woman in your professional and personal circles who would be a great fit for TEMPO Madison, please consider nominating her or suggesting that she be added to the Target List. If you have any questions about the membership process, please contact the Membership Committee Chair, Michelle Vetterkind, mvetterkind@wi-broadcasters.org.

    Shana Lewis, 2019-2020 President

  • February 01, 2020 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The opening song from The Lion King, Circle of Life, starts:

    “From the day we arrive on the planet

    And blinking, step into the sun

    There's more to be seen than can ever be seen

    More to do than can ever be done.”

    Mila JaneMy new niece, Mila Jane, was born in the afternoon on January 21, 2020.  I was fortunate to be able to meet her less than 24 hours after she came into this world.  As I held her that first day, I started to think about her future.  She will start Kindergarten in 2025.  She will enter high school in 2034.  What will the world look like when these milestones occur?  Will there be environmental changes in the world?  What kind of technology will she use to perform her job?  Will she be encouraged to enter fields like science, business, medicine, and athletics?  Will she be paid at the same rate as a male in her field?  Will the media instigate her to struggle with her body image?

    I almost got overwhelmed by these questions and concerns about the future – about Mila’s future, but then I remembered about all of the amazing work being done by TEMPO Madison members to change things for the better.  I thought about women like Sara Alvarado, who is the co-creator of Step Up: Equity Matters, a community organization committed to sparking conversations and creating change around inequities in the workplace and community.  I considered that there are women like Fatou Ceesay, who take care of our vulnerable loved ones.  I reflected on our members, including Sharyl Kato, Donna Ulteig, Nancy Fulton Young, and Elizabeth Zeidler Schreiter, who are dedicated to serving people with mental health concerns and to removing the stigma associated with such mental health concerns.  I remembered that our world includes women like Shannon Barry and Patti Seger, who work hard and dream of a world without domestic abuse.  Finally, I thought about the countless hours of time, the enormous talent, and the large amounts of money that the women of TEMPO Madison contribute to improving our community.  With all of the amazing ways in which TEMPO Madison members are working to make our world a better place, I feel much more comfortable with the world that Mila will inhabit.

    Shana Lewis 
    President, 2019-2020


  • February 01, 2020 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sharyn Alden

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    Journaling Tips to Get What You Want in Life with Chicago Author and Life Coach, Judith Joy, Hosts FREEMini-Workshop on How to Accomplish Your Dreams—Through Journaling!

    Barnes & Noble, East Towne Mall

    Come and Meet Author Judith Joy for her Workshop, Book Talk, Sales & Signing

    Judith Joy, the author of the new book, Dear Future Lover: Bring Your Book Boyfriend to Life says, “Strategies that worked for me –bringing my ‘book boyfriend (now husband) to life, can work for you, too.” Joy is a Chicago-based dream creation coach, Matrix Energetics Certified Practitioner, teacher, author, speaker, wife, mother and grandmother.  www.yeswithjoy.com  

    The author coaches lifestyle workshops and gives presentations to groups of all sizes about finding future (best) relationships, new opportunities, even jobs. During the workshop she will describe her own journey and the process she used to find true love.

    Betty Custer

    Saturday, February 8   2pm

    Celebration of the life of Sandra Gajic

    Overture Lobby, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St

    A Celebration of Life for Sandra Gajic, the CEO and president of the Overture Center for the Arts who passed away on December 6 after a seven-month battle with cancer, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Overture Hall Lobby with light desserts and coffee/tea in Promenade Terrace afterward.   Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the celebration free and open to the public. Sandra was a Tempo member.

    She was the first woman to run Overture Center. She had relentless energy, passion for her work and a strong business acumen, leading Overture Center during one its most successful seasons ever. A seasoned executive in the arts with more than 28 years of experience to her credit, Gajic began her Overture tenure on August 13, 2018.

    Megan Purtell

    Sunday, February 9, 2002 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    13th Annual Beer and Chocolate to benefit The Breast Cancer Recovery

    Dexter’s Pub, 301 North St

    Enjoy an afternoon of cookie, beer, wine, and spirits tasting with over 30 different area breweries and distilleries from the Southern Wisconsin area! $25 at the door, along with a fabulous silent auction and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds support Breast Cancer Recovery’s Infinite Boundaries Retreats.

    Jennifer Uphoff Gray

    Sunday, Feb. 16 from 5:00 pm - 8:00pm

    Forward Theater Game Night Featuring BINGO

    Goodman Center Brassworks Building, 214 Waubesa St., Madison

    Bring the whole family and enjoy good eats, fun games, and great company at the 3rd Annual Forward Theater Game Night Featuring BINGO!

    In addition to an epic night of some high-stakes BINGO games, you can bring a gently used board game or puzzle for the Game Swap, or enter the Super Raffle to win experiences and treasures from area businesses such as:

    · Dave & Buster's

    · Conscious Carnivore

    ·Sephora

    ·Willy St. Coop

    ·Bricks & Minifigs, I'm Board!, and Noble Knight Games

    All proceeds benefit Forward Theater! Seating is limited.

    Purchase Tickets

    Renee Moe

    Thursday, Feb. 27, 8-9:30 a.m.

    Community Celebration

    Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center 1 John Nolen Dr.

    United Way brings community together to address our most difficult human challenges. If you care about homelessness, our local youth, health and education access, how non-profits collaborate, or individual and corporate social responsibility, this is an inspiring event that you won’t want to miss.

    Non-profit organization the event proceeds benefit:  United Way of Dane County (no charge to attend thanks to sponsors and this isn’t a fundraising event)

    More information

    Martha Sullivan

    Friday, February 28, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

    Leadership Roundtable on Alzheimer’s

    Panera Bread, 3416 University Avenue

    As a leader in our community, your input is invaluable.  We know that Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women – both those living with the disease and as caretakers.  We cordially invite you to join Alzheimer’s Association staff and other community members for a roundtable discussion about growing the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest fundraiser to fight the disease and build awareness of the needs of those impacted, available support and research surrounding Alzheimer’s.  Together, we’ll brainstorm how you and your network can help lead the way to a future without Alzheimer’s.

    Please join us.  We are not asking you to serve on the Walk Planning Committee – unless, of course, you’d like to.  Rather, we would like to take this opportunity to gather your feedback on who you think might be a good leader and partner within our community to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

    Free event – Come learn more about the resources the Alzheimer’s Association provides and how to help. RSVP to hemeronk@alz.org  or 908.203.8500, ext. 8003 by February 26, 2020
    For more information:  Martha Sullivan, Partner, Honkamp Krueger & Co.; Executive Committee and Board member – Alzheimer’s Association – Wisconsin

    Valerie Renk

    Saturday, Feb. 29 from Noon – 6 p.m.

    Souper Bowl

    Madison West High School, 30 Ash St.

    We'll have all of your favorite mascots, media personalities, mayors, and maybe even Miss Wisconsin! The event is scheduled a few weeks later than normal, so please mark your calendar to join us at Madison West High School on Saturday, Feb. 29 from Noon - 6 p.m. Last year’s event served more than 1,400 attendees over 200 gallons of soup! We hope to see you there!  The cost is $15 for a bowl (including soup, salad, bread and dessert); or $35 for a family of four (two bowls, four meals). We also will have soups that are vegan/vegetarian/gluten free!

    More Information

    Eve Galanter & Megan Purtell

    Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Arty Party: Leaping into Our New Space

    HotelRed, 1501 Monroe St, Madison 53711

    Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, raffles, and games as you hop from station to station to collect stamps on your trail map! Arty Party is Monroe Street Arts Center’s major fundraising event of the year, we are also celebrating (and raising money...) for our move this summer down the street to a larger space!

    Ticket Options: $65.00 per person or $200.00 for group of four

    Purchase Tickets

    Holly Cremer Berkenstadt

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 5:30 to 8 PM

    Goodman Community Center's:
    5th Annual International Women’s Day Event

    Working theme: Stronger, Smarter, Bolder Together

    Monona Terrace and Convention Center, Madison, WI

    With all Madison has going for it, it also has some of the most extreme racial disparities in the country. Dane County repeatedly ranks near the bottom in national studies of racial disparities in economic status, health, education, justice and child welfare for African Americans as well as for Hispanics and Asians. That’s simply not right, and until that changes, Madison cannot be counted as a great place to live and work — for everyone.

    $100 per person

    Purchase Your Ticket

    Annette Knapstein

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

    2020 LUNAFEST Film Festival -- Films by, for and about women

    Marcus Point Cinema, 7825 Big Sky Drive

    Zonta Club of Madison is part of an International organization working together to empower women worldwide through advocacy and service. This is the second year Zonta has brought LUNAFEST to Madison, and last year it sold out!

    LUNAFEST was created to provide a platform for women to share their untold stories with the world. Ticket proceeds will support the “Bring the Basics. Period.” project and a variety of other efforts that support women and girls in the Dane County area.

    Purchase Tickets

    Tiffany Kinney

    April 9, 2020 from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm

    Downtown Madison Spring 2020 Wine Walk

    Tickets on sale February 1, 2020

    Join Madison’s Central Business Improvement District for the Downtown Madison Spring Wine Walk on Thursday April 9, 2020 from 5-8pm. This evening event is a fun, safe way to shop and to enjoy downtown. Attendees will explore the shops and businesses in Downtown Madison as they taste a variety of wines. All attendees can register to win one of three great prizes, including a grand prize bag worth between $300 and $500. Tickets are $37 and include a commemorative wine glass, wristband, shopping bag, drink samples, and shopping specials at a variety of Sip Stops. There are 20+ stops. Free tickets are available for designated drivers. Tickets go on sale February 1, 2020. For more information, please see our event page here: https://bit.ly/38FEpor

    Annette Knapstein

    On-going through June 2020

    Bring the Basics. Period.

    Donate products through Annette Knapstein or make checks payable to Zonta Madison Foundation

    Zonta Club of Madison’s “Bring the Basics.Period.” project is collecting period products and monetary donations to address period poverty in the greater Madison area. The products will be distributed to almost 20 local agencies that serve women and girls in need.

    And the need is real! A recent study by Always brand found that one in five girls in the U.S. miss school because they lack access to pads and tampons. More Information


  • February 01, 2020 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eunice Gibson traveled to Oliveros, Santa Rosa, Guatemala with the Rotary-sponsored Guatemala Medical Resource Partnership for a week-long medical mission, providing doctors, nurses, vision and dental care and pharmacy services. Eunice served to translate English to Spanish for the pharmacists.




    Annette Knapstein has had photography juried into several local and regional shows. Over the next several months she will have an image in the 40th Annual SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition at the Trout Museum in Appleton, two in the Wisconsin Visual Artists’ Art is in the Air exhibit at the Dane County Airport, one in the Fourth Biennial Wings and Water exhibition at River Arts in Prairie du Sac, and five in the PBS Wisconsin Garden and Landscape Expo Photography Competition at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. She also has two photographs in the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople’s show at UW Hospital.

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