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  • January 02, 2022 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings TEMPO Madison Members,

    Happy New Year!  My recent travels have put me in Puerto Rico for the start of 2022, and I am feeling blessed to be writing this month’s newsletter with the sounds of the ocean waves coming in through our open balcony.

    The pandemic refuses to go away, as you are all keenly aware.  It has changed life as we know it in so many ways for most of us.  Our family will be returning home soon and we just learned of our need to return our children to virtual learning.  Hopefully going virtual will be only for a short while as our community gets its arms around the spread of the Omicron variant.  Once again, we are being asked to be patient and flexible.  I am hopeful that you all are finding ways to navigate these newest challenges with creative solutions and a little grace. 

    My family and I love to explore the world.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have still managed to travel these past couple years.  We do it less frequently but with more intention.  Chris and I figure if we have to limit our traveling due to safety, then when we do plan an adventure, we want it to be worthwhile.  Unlike our trip to Italy in the summer when we befriended a local family, we’ve not made any special acquaintances in Puerto Rico but have felt very welcomed here, nonetheless.  San Juan, the largest city on the island and its surrounding metro area comprises over 80% of Puerto Rico’s population.  It is a wonderful and interesting mix of Spanish speaking people and Puerto Rican culture mixed in with U.S. commerce, restaurants and infrastructure.  El Yunque National Forest was a highlight where we spent hours taking in the natural beauty and pure air of a rain forest with its beautiful waterfalls and tucked away wading pools.  Dipping in was cool and refreshing. 

    I wonder what you, our fellow TEMPO Members, are doing right now as you welcome in the new year? Perhaps you take it as a chance to start anew with a clean slate?  Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions?  I personally hate the idea of a New Year’s resolution. In the past, when I did bother to make them, I’d only keep them for a couple weeks and that’s after I’d delayed their start until I returned home from vacation.  Justifying my procrastination with the protest “how can you really start a new health kick or exercise plan while amazing food and drink were all around you!?” 

    Rather than make resolutions I know I cannot keep, I am choosing to be more intentional this year.  That’s it really, just paying attention to my feelings, how they affect my behavior and in turn, the people with whom I engage.  I intend to be a better listener, more accepting and patient.  If I can spend a fraction of this year remembering these intentions and putting them to use, then maybe in a small way, I’ll have helped make the world a better place.  Change starts from within. 

    So, I wish you all a Happy New Year!  I am looking forward to connecting with you at an upcoming event this year.  May you spend the rest of this month and indeed year enjoying just being your amazing selves and seeing where the year takes you.  See you soon.


    All my best,

    Elaine Rich

    TEMPO Madison President 

  • December 17, 2021 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Madison is seeking a dynamic event planner to help manage the execution of our 40th Anniversary Gala on October 8, 2022 at the Monona Terrace. 

    This community-wide event will feature a National Speaker, to be announced in 2022, and will draw an estimated 600-800 attendees. 

    TEMPO Madison members with event planning expertise are invited to respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP) or to share it with their networks. The scope of the project includes concept development, planning, budget management and assistance with sponsorships, overall event management logistics, including the day-of event coordination, programming, implementation, and analysis.

    Proposals will be accepted through Wednesday, January 5 at 5:00 pm.

    For more detailed information, and to share the RFP with event planners you may know, click here to download.


  • November 30, 2021 6:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inspired by the July luncheon presentation on Kiva loans, members Becky Steinhoff and Leslie Petty set out to launch a TEMPO Madison Kiva Lending Team aimed at supporting women-owned businesses. Starting today, you can contribute to the TEMPO Madison Kiva Loan Fund! 

    The Kiva loan program gives small loans to businesses all over the world, including right here in Madison (https://www.kiva.org/team/madison). These loans often go to small start-ups that can't get a loan through traditional lending institutions. These loans are funded by individuals who make small contributions towards the loan. Then as the business owner pays back the loan, the lender also gets paid back so they can make another loan.

    Our dollars will get pooled together so we can make loans from TEMPO Madison. Decisions on which loans we fund will be made by a committee of TEMPO Madison members. Loan updates will be regularly shared on the TEMPO Madison newsletter.

    In keeping with the TEMPO Madison mission, priority will be given to women-owned businesses, with an emphasis on lending to women of color. 

    How You Can Contribute to the TEMPO Madison Kiva Loan Fund:

    1. Visit the TEMPO Madison Kiva Lending Team Page at: https://tempomadison.org/kiva

    2. Review the TEMPO Madison Kiva Lending Guidelines. 

    3. Make a contribution. There is a $50.00 recommended contribution, but all amounts are welcome!

    It's that simple to join!

    If you would like to join the TEMPO Madison Kiva Lending Committee, email Becky Steinhoff at becky@spllegacy.org. The committee will meet on a monthly basis. The first meeting will be held on February 9th at 4 pm via zoom.


  • November 30, 2021 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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  


  • November 02, 2021 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that former TEMPO Madison member Karen Steudel-Numbers passed away on Sept. 25, 2021 in Madison, WI. She was a founding member of TEMPO Madison's Non-Fiction Book Club and participated for over 20 years. She was also active in the TEMPO Madison biking group. Karen was a professor of Zoology on the UW-Madison campus for over 30 years and a former Chairperson of the Zoology Dept. She will be missed by her many friends.

    A memorial service will be held in the Spring.


  • November 02, 2021 8:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do we have your latest contact information?

    We are getting ready to prepare our Printed 2021-22 Member Directory. Please take a moment to ensure that your online member profile is up-to-date. 

    Follow these steps to review and make changes to your profile:
    1. Visit tempomadison.org 
    2. Click the "log-in" link at the top, right-hand corner. 
    3. Once logged-in, your name will appear where the "log-in" link was. Click your name and then "view profile."
    4. Review your information. 
    5. Click the blue "edit profile" rectangle to make changes. Upload your headshot. 
  • November 02, 2021 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In support of Project Reach’s mission to increase the number of women, including TEMPO Madison members, serving on corporate and business boards, we are excited to announce the Board/Executive Resource is live on TEMPO Madison’s website!  This Resource contains a biography and professional summary for TEMPO Madison members who are seeking corporate and business board opportunities.

    Please share the link widely with anyone you think could serve as an advocate or a connector for our members.  We have already received positive feedback from connections outside of TEMPO Madison, such as: 

    “Thank you for sharing the profiles of these accomplished women, including all of you.  As I learn of anything, I will certainly keep this wonderful resource in mind.” 

    As a result of this Resource, TEMPO Madison members are presently being considered for corporate and business board vacancies throughout Dane County.

    If you are interested in being included in this Resource, please submit your biography and/or professional summary to Erin at tempomadison@tempomadison.org If you would like assistance preparing or revising your biography and professional summary,

    Project Reach will be offering another workshop with ML Wattman in February 2022. 

    If you are a TEMPO Madison member looking for corporate board opportunities, check out  How Women Lead, a champion for promoting the voices of all women and propelling their leadership forward. They offer a number of resources to those interested in board service including the ability to sign up to be notified of board vacancies and other opportunities.

  • November 01, 2021 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings TEMPO Madison Sisters and Happy November!

    As I commence my latest monthly message, I am still glowing on the inside from our 40th Anniversary Kickoff event last week. After nearly a year of discussions, planning and strategizing on the part of our 40th Committee, and the TEMPO Madison and TEMPO Madison Foundation Boards we have officially started our year-long celebration with what proved to be an engaging event.

    I extend my gratitude to our panel of past presidents; Susan Springman, Linda Balisle, Frances Huntley-Cooper and Kristine Euclide along with our event moderator, Carol Koby for such an insightful, open and honest discussion that looked back at how each woman came to be where she is today. What I loved most about their discussion is that they all had a compelling story to tell, each one of them chose different paths which led to amazing journeys complete with perils, heartbreaks and yet joy and successes too. I could have listened to our panelists all night. Kristine summed it up best during her closing when she said that any one of us ladies in the audience could have easily been up on the stage sharing their compelling, interesting and real-life stories. Being a past president may have been one of the markers of distinction among our panelists, but Kristine reminded us that we all have a common bond when it comes to being a woman.

    With that idea in mind, I have been moved, as were many other event attendees with a desire to really get to know our fellow TEMPO Madison members. Think how great it would be to be able to dive deeper, understand their backgrounds and how they came to be the woman they are today; that lovely, awe inspiring, energy-packed woman we see at their best during our luncheons and events. To know their full story, with the bumps, leaps, re-starts and stops along their unique paths, would be in-and-of itself inspiring. As I see it, to experience someone else’s story is be invited into their private world. It allows us to form a deep bond of respect for one another. And deepening our connections as a sisterhood of women with common bonds, isn’t that something we all crave?

    Now, it will likely take years, not the months I have left as your president to highlight our members more deeply. Our 40th committee and the boards are working out ideas to capture your member histories and preserve them for each other and the benefit of the new members that will follow us decades from today. Whether it be recording your stories via audio, video or written in our monthly newsletters and other venues, my goal is for us to reach as many TEMPO Madison members as possible that want to share their story. Ladies, you all have a compelling and interesting story to share. I welcome any suggestions you might have on getting this initiative off the ground.

    I will close my message and take a minute to reflect on our upcoming traditional Thanksgiving holiday. It has always been my favorite holiday because we get to take a day to pause, reflect and express gratitude for the love and fullness our lives bring us. For me personally, I am ever grateful for my loving and supportive husband, children, family and friends. I am also extraordinarily lucky and thankful for my TEMPO Madison sisters and the friendships and connections I have formed with you over the years. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    With gratitude,

    Elaine Rich, TEMPO Madison President

  • September 30, 2021 8:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings TEMPO Madison Sisters and Happy October!

    I love the month of October.  I’m a little surprised in my declaration.  I really do love the transition we go through this month, moving from the start of fall in September to now seeing leaves change their color and feeling the crispness in the air as we move more fully into the season. I know it will soon be cold but with a sunny clear day like today it seems like we can fend off winter for a while.

    October marks the beginning of our official celebration of TEMPO Madison turning 40 years old!  It was in this very season, in the fall of 1981 that TEMPO of Madison, Inc. was formed. It was the brainchild of three women who decided they needed to do something about the phenomenon they had observed, namely, that most women, regardless of talent, competence, or position, were outside the Madison area power structure.  The need was seen for an organization to break down barriers and to integrate women executives into the fiber of Madison while partnering with the institutions and leaders that were directing Madison’s future.

    Today TEMPO Madison members represent diversity in background, experience, and leadership. They lead in every sector of the business community as well as non-profit organizations.  Our members started 150+ for-profit businesses, employ nearly 21,000, serve on 153 for-profit and 1,487 not-for-profit boards of directors and volunteer 17,000 hours a year—all while raising more than 450 children.   Ladies, we are a force, and we have our founders to thank for the enduring sisterhood that continues today. 

    By now, you’ve probably seen our emails and posts about our upcoming 40th Anniversary Kick-Off event.  All TEMPO  Madison members and their guests are invited to our celebration on October 27th at the Edgewater Hotel.  We will get a chance to re-connect with one another, meet our newest members, network and socialize.  We will be adhering to current COVID-19 safety protocols.  Our program will feature a panel of four past TEMPO Madison Presidents representing each of our past decades.  Our goal is to raise funds for our TEMPO Madison Scholarship Program which annually provides needs-based college scholarships.  Please show your support of TEMPO Madison and its mission to nurture the next generation of women leaders by attending this event! Tickets are on sale now and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

    October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I believe it’s a safe assumption, (sigh), that most of our members have had some personal connection with breast cancer and its impact on our lives and the lives of our loved ones.  Consider taking a moment this month to thank someone, whether it be a friend, healthcare worker or one of our exceptional breast cancer support or research charities for their help and support to someone whose life was impacted by this disease. 

    With this month acting as our kick-off to 40 years, it hints that we’ll be celebrating all year long.  Look for announcements about other events, especially our big gala in October 2022, when we’ll come together again to cap-off what will be a joyous and eventful year of looking back and moving forward.   

    With gratitude,

    Elaine Rich, TEMPO Madison President


  • August 30, 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ciao, TEMPO Madison Members!

    I begin my September message with the word “ciao” as I just came home from two weeks in Italy last night.  This month we will learn about re-engaging with travel during--and hopefully someday after-- the COVID pandemic.  At our upcoming luncheon, I’m excited to hear from Tania Burke, President and Founder of TREK Travel as she provides us her perspective on how the travel industry has been impacted by COVID-19 and getting back out to travel the world by bike.  I also want to highlight that TEMPO Madison has its own Traveler Group which meets the first Monday of each month over lunch.  I hope to pop in for one of their gatherings very soon. 

    For those of you who do not know me well, one thing I live for is European travel, particularly Italy.  My husband, Chris, our children, Jackie and Henry, and I try to make it to Europe annually.  COVID hampered our 2020 plans to celebrate my husband Chris’s 50th birthday in Tuscany with friends and family.  As we rebooked our trip for this August little did we know we’d be “threading the needle” being allowed into and home from Italy right before travel restrictions might begin anew.  One of my major observations as we ventured from Venice and Lake Como in the north to Tuscany is that Italians follow their pandemic guidelines pragmatically; they wear masks indoors and they’ve created a “Green Pass” that allows you to dine indoors and enter museums as long as you show proof of vaccination or have a recent negative COVID test.  We felt as safe as we could be.

    If there is one thing I’ve learned from travel abroad, in my opinion, is that it is about more than just visiting a foreign place as an outsider looking in.  It is about, and this will be no surprise to my fellow TEMPO Madison members, making connections with the people you encounter.  Now, that can be pretty hard when you do not speak the language and really only interact with locals when dining, shopping and taking in the cultural sites.  Connections do happen, though when you least expect them. 

    We befriended Franceso Maramai two years ago on a previous trip.  Franceso and his parents own Osteria del Borgo in Montepulciano, Tuscany.  Francesco runs their wine club.  Franceso is genuinely warm and gregarious.  As we fell in love with Franceso, his food, wine and hometown, we ended up becoming his first U.S. wine-club members.  While we stayed a week in Montepulciano this year, it was Franceso who connected us with his very gracious friends who gave us tours of their small wineries.  Life in Tuscany, however, is not all back to sunshine. Franceso shared with us tales of how he and his parents barely hung on during their two lock-downs last year.  Even today, his staff is about a quarter of where it needs to be.  Franceso waits tables while his father makes the Tiramisu.  Just one week ago, both of his chefs injured themselves, and they struggled with the tough decision of whether or not to stay open or close for good.  Lucky for everyone, they managed to find temporary help to stay in business.  His story echoes what so many Americans have gone through during this pandemic.  As I recount this story, a flood of emotions runs through me as I recognize a man, his family and friends, living thousands of miles away from Madison and yet, they have so much in common with us.  Seeing one another’s humanity is what travel is all about.

    Our family hopes to soon host Francesco in Madison, so he can tour our country and bring his stories and wine to our friends. Further, our Sicilian Italian heritage is making it possible for Chris, the kids and I to become Italian citizens.  It will be a years-long process, but we hope to continue bridging the gap between our two countries, cultures and peoples.  Maybe our children will work in the EU someday, pick up the Italian language and continue learning and sharing with one another.

    Make September a great month and here’s to your next adventure, when you are ready to take on travel once more.

    Cin cin!

    Elaine Rich, President

    TEMPO Madison

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