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  • January 31, 2020 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voices of Women in America Survey: Open now through January 31, 2020

    Christine Lidbury is the state coordinator for a national online survey of women across the US to identify the issues women across the United States self-identify as impacting the daily lives of women at home and in the workplace. The survey is led by the National Association of Commission for Women. The survey is designed to be non-partisan and responses are confidential.

    I need your help! We want a strong and diverse turnout from Wisconsin both for the national study and for use for a Wisconsin-specific report. Please take the survey and share it with your networks. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

    Wisconsin Women’s Council (state agency & state commission on the status of women and girls). If there is a strong turnout, the Council will get a copy of all the Wisconsin data (responses are anonymous).

    Link to register / For more information: https://womenscouncil.wi.gov 

    Jennifer Uphoff Gray 

    Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillian

    January 23 – February 9, 2020 at The Playhouse at Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison

    A one-actor play featuring David Daniel (Core Company Member at American Players Theatre)

    Directed by Tyler Marchant
    An immersive storytelling experience blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell the story of a boy growing up in the shadow of mental illness, and learning to grapple with his own adult experiences with love, loss and depression. Every Brilliant Thing provides a life-affirming jolt of humanism, reminding us that hope comes from the miracles of life’s minutiae.

    “One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop...” – The Guardian (UK)

    Tickets at forwardtheater.com

  • January 06, 2020 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Traveler Group

    January 6, 2020 • 12:00 pm

    Imperial Gardens, 2039 Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562

    TEMPO Breakfast Club – Middleton Hills Branch

    January 11, 2020 •  9:00 am

    Prairie Cafe in Middleton Hills and join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation

    TEMPO Quarterly Birthday Party

    January 16, 2020 •  6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Madison Club

    Is your birthday in the months of January, February, or March? Join the TEMPO board to celebrate!

    RSVP Today

    NFL Book Club

    January 16, 2020 • 7:15 pm

    "A Good American Family: The Red Scare & My Family" by David Maraniss, this month's meeting will be held at Linda Brei’s house. Contact Teri Venker at terivenker@gmail.com if you can attend.

    Book Bags

    January 21, 2020  •  7:15 pm

    "The Woman in the Window" by AJ Finn. The meeting will be held at Maureen Torphy's home, please RSVP.

    For more information contact Maureen Lokrantz or Orange Schroeder.

    Networking Event: Wisconsin Women's Hockey for Fill The Bowl at the Kohl Center

    Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm

    We will meet for brunch beforehand at noon at Laura Rose’s condo on West Main Street, an easy walking distance from the Kohl Center.

    More Information & RSVP

  • January 01, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year TEMPO Madison members!  If you are like many people, you have made at least one New Year's resolution.  Maybe you have made a commitment to eat better or exercise more.  Perhaps you plan to get organized, travel more, or save money.  In addition to one of these traditional resolutions, I would like to encourage you to consider making a resolution to connect more with other TEMPO Madison members by serving on one of our committees, participating in a networking event, or joining a club.

    Serving on a committee is not only helpful to TEMPO Madison, but it is also a great way to meet new people and get to know other members better.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, the first step is to contact the chair of that committee. 

    • The Networking Committee is chaired by Eileen Goode.  Her email address is eileen@goodesolutions.com.  The Networking Committee plans many of the amazing and varied opportunities for TEMPO Madison members to connect at times beyond the monthly luncheons.  For example, the Networking Committee organized a group to attend the latest Forward Theater Company play on November 23, 2019.  They also arranged the tour of Promega Corporation on December 5, 2019. 
    • The Scholarship Committee is co-chaired by Consuelo Lopez and Renee Boyce.  Their email addresses are consuelolopez066@gmail.com  and rboyce@findorff.com.  The Scholarship Committee solicits and reviews the scholarship applications from area high school students seeking financial assistance for college and other post-secondary education. 
    • The Program Committee is chaired by Anne Sappenfield.  Her email address is asappenfield@uwalumni.com.  The Program Committee arranges the speakers for our monthly luncheons.  They meet two to four times per year to brainstorm about potential topics and speakers that would interest our membership.  Because of the hard work of the TEMPO Madison Program Committee, in January, we will hear from Liz Gilbert about the logistics involved in winning the bid for and hosting the Democratic National Committee in Milwaukee, and in February, we will learn about WholeTrees Structures, a timber products company that is innovating technologies with global market implications.
    • The Communications Committee is chaired by Renee Schlick.  Her email address is renee.schlick@gmail.com.  The Communications Committee prepares the TEMPO Madison’s newsletters and other communications to members, including our website. 
    • The Membership Committee is chaired by Michelle Vetterkind.  Her email address is mvetterkind@wi-broadcasters.org.  The Membership Committee administers the membership process for prospective members.  They maintain a target list of amazing women in our community who should be TEMPO Madison members.  This committee also hosts new member orientations and recruiting events every year. 
    • The Hospitality Committee is chaired by Susan Schmidt Thomson.  Her email address is:  susanthomson@actioncoach.com.  The Hospitality Committee introduces new members and guests at the monthly luncheons.  They also serve as ambassadors to help TEMPO Madison members feel more connected with the organization. 
    • Project REACH, our newest committee, is chaired by Kim Sponem and Kristine Euclide.  Their email addresses are: kim.sponem@summitcreditunion.com and kaeuclide@aol.com.  The mission of Project REACH is to increase the number of TEMPO Madison members on corporate and business boards.
    In addition to our committees, TEMPO Madison offers a variety of clubs, including the TEMPO Travelers Group, TEMPO Women of Wisdom (WOW), two book clubs, and biking club, and a breakfast club. More information about these clubs is available on our website: https://tempomadison.org/Networking.  These clubs are always looking for new members to join in the fun.

    Finally, TEMPO Madison members work together to plan several social events and fundraisers, including our Annual Celebration in June and TEMPO Shares in the fall.  We are also starting to plan our 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place in 2021.  If you are interested in helping with any of the committees established to plan these events, contact me and I will make sure you are connected with the right person.

    Whatever you decide to take on as a resolution, I hope 2020 is an amazing year for you personally and for TEMPO Madison.

    Shana Lewis
    2019-2020 President

  • January 01, 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eunice Gibson, Instructor, MATC, Lakeland College, Attorney at Law,
    presented a paper on Colombia’s Peace Agreement to the Human Rights Section at the Berlin, Germany meeting of the International Committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association on November 4-8, 2019.

    TEMPO member Roberta Gassman has been appointed to the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Leadership Council by Liz Gilbert, President of the Milwaukee Host Committee which is overseeing efforts related to hosting the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this coming July.  Gassman, Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, formerly served in the administration of President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington and as Wisconsin’s longest serving labor secretary in the administration of Governor Jim Doyle.

    Maureen Lokrantz has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Maureen is a Private Wealth Advisor at U.S. Bank where she cherishes her work with individuals, families and charitable organizations. U.S. Bank’s Private Wealth Management Madison office manages over $3.5 billion in assets. 

  • December 03, 2019 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AnchorTuesday, December 3, 12:00 p.m.
    TEMPO Traveler Group 
    Join us this TUESDAY (noon) for our monthly luncheon to talk travel (or just have lunch with fun, interesting women). No RSVP or reservations needed. Plenty of room. Friends welcome. Our group meets in A NEW LOCATION:  Imperial Gardens (University Ave. & Allen Blvd.) in the dining room to the right, just past the bar.  Bring your questions, ideas, recommendations. Or just join us! (A Tuesday meeting is for December only)

    Thursday, December 5, 3:30 p.m.
    Tour of Promega Corporation: Join the networking committee for a Tour of Promega. The tour is free, one drink and appetizers at Great Dane
    Please register by Monday, December 2. 

    Friday, December 6, 1:30- 2:30pm
    The next free Global Hot Spots lecture will be Friday, December 6, 1:30-2:30pm at the Fluno Center’s Howard Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison. Cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division, the lectures delve into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts. 
    The December topic is “The Unexpected Origins of the Division of Kora: How Korea Was Divided and Why It Matters."
    The speaker, historian David Fields (MA ’09, PhD ’17) will discuss his new book on the origins of the division of Korea and how this history shapes current events on the Korean peninsula. He has been published in the Washington Post, North Korea Review, and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, and on SinoNK.com.
    Join us for lunch beforehand at noon in Fluno’s executive dining room on the first floor. $17 for the full buffet and $12 for the soup and salad bar; both come with a beverage and dessert station.  
    Please sign up by December 3 via the follow doodle: https://doodle.com/poll/phyd6z4uy2cf8ru3
    You must also separately register online to attend the lecture. Registration online is closed, please contact Sue Studz if you are interested in attending.

    Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m.
    TEMPO Breakfast Club
      Join us at Prairie Cafe in Middleton Hills or breakfast, coffee, and conversation, for as long as you wish to stay.  We each pay for ourselves.  Feel free to bring a friend, any friend!  Address: 3109 Pheasant Branch Road, Middleton.

    Tuesday, December 17, 7:15 p.m.
    Book Bags
    will meet at the home of Susan LaBelle.  The book to read is Little Faith by Nickolas Butler.  Please RSVP to Susan

    Tuesday, December 17, 7:15 pm
    Non-Fiction Lovers (NFL) Book Club will meet at Julie Underwood’s to discuss Prisoners of Geography: 10 Maps that explain everything about the World by Tim Marshall. Anyone interested in attending should contact please contact Teri Venker at terivenker@gmail.com, or 608-206-1405. Please note: Teri can send you detailed email about how they will select the 2020 books & do a wrapped book exchange. 

  • December 02, 2019 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vickie Wenzel

    Director, Learning and Development, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

    President, Sauk Prairie Healthcare Board

    Vickie has been a team member of the same organization for many years, joining in 1977 as a college intern. She has been blessed to have a myriad of roles and responsibilities as the company grew as Rowley Schlimgen. The company was sold in 2000 to become a division of Target. She is now privileged to have acquired stock when her team repurchased the organization in 2015, now named Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. In addition to her work responsibilities, Vickie joined Sauk Prairie Healthcare Board of Directors in 2010 and has held several roles including chair of the Quality Committee, Board Secretary and now Board President.

    Atmosphere Commercial Interiors is the 3rd largest Steelcase dealer in North America, with 400 team members and over $200M in annual sales. Vickie reports to the CEO, has responsibilities in all of Atmosphere’s regions and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. Atmosphere Commercial Interior’s Madison Office was named one of Madison Magazine’s best places to work in 2019 and the Wisconsin Regional Vice President was named In Business’s Executive of the Year for 2019.

    Sauk Prairie Healthcare is an independent acute care hospital with two surgical specialty practices as well as four primary care clinics, a robust wellness center, and an active foundation. They provide care for more than 40,000 people in their service area, which extends from Poynette to Lone Rock and from Plain to Black Earth.

    Sauk Prairie Healthcare is well known for their Orthopedics / Sports Medicine practice, providing joint replacement surgeries for patients throughout Wisconsin and beyond. In 2014, the team celebrated opening the newly constructed hospital/campus and they are well-positioned for continued growth. Their vision is to set the standard for community-based healthcare that improves the health and quality of the lives of the people they serve.

    Vickie shared, Healthcare boards, like other for-profit or non-profit boards, have oversight over Administration (the CEO) who manage the business. Healthcare boards also oversee the Medical Staff, who are accountable for the quality of the medical care provided.

    In general, boards have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of a person or organization. Healthcare boards have a two-way fiduciary responsibility; we must act in the best interests of both the organization and the communities we serve.

    Some non-profits are organized for fund development. Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Foundation is a separate entity with a separate board. Their mission is to foster charitable giving that supports the vision of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, provide sound stewardship of contributions and advance the health of our communities. Vickie also functions as a Liasion to the Foundation Board, attending their strategic meeting.

    Since joining the board Vickie has been a passionate supporter of behavioral health. The seed was planted early on in her board service when one of the primary care physicians describe profound difficulties in finding solutions for their patients. Behavioral Health is one of the three top underserved needs in the communities served and with the board’s advocacy and support is now one of Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Strategic Initiatives.

    For those interested in board service, consider how you can contribute. Board recruitment efforts often focus on finding finance and legal expertise. Also, senior leadership skill sets such as critical thinking, negotiation, communication skills and more are valued. Consider how you can apply the skills you have used in your practice in a new setting. Ask those doing the recruitment what they are looking for; they likely have a skills grid.

    Even if your organization supports time spent on a role like this, the amount of responsibility can include a good deal of personal time. There are early morning and/or evening meetings, educational conferences and community events to attend.

    Some non-profit boards have clear expectations about financial contributions. In other cases, it is not expected but it is still the right thing to do. It is a good question to ask before committing to a board role.

    In the case of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, expectations were set that onboarding can take a few years to learn the interworking (and acronyms!) of healthcare. Therefore, they ask members to fulfill three (3) 3-year term commitments. They also have regular educational sessions for the entire board.

    For Vickie, the Sauk Prairie Healthcare mission spoke to her.  “Extraordinary healthcare from the heart, one person at a time.” 

    Vickie also shared that 2020 will mark a significant transition in her career. Her board term with Sauk Prairie Healthcare will conclude in April and she will retire from Atmosphere Commercial Interior in August. She looks forward to activities with the Tempo Rewirees!

  • December 01, 2019 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the official start to the Holiday Season, Thanksgiving presents us with an opportunity to focus on feelings of gratitude. Actively cultivating gratitude is good for others around us and our community. However, did you know that being grateful provides health benefits both emotionally and physically, to the grateful person. It is now well established that practicing gratitude opens the door to more relationships, improves physical health, helps us sleep better, improves psychological health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

    Often, gratitude occurs organically, but I would encourage you seek out opportunities for gratitude this Holiday Season. For example, keep a gratitude journal to reflect daily or weekly on the things for which you are grateful or send a thank you note to a different person every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

    This year, I am particularly grateful for the many supportive women in my life, especially the friends and colleagues whom I have met through TEMPO Madison. Earlier this year, Goalcast published an article called 6 Meaningful Ways to Express Gratitude for the Women in Your Life by Lindsey Tigar.I wanted to share the suggestions from female entrepreneurs and executives about the personal, meaningful ways they express gratitude to their tribe of badass women”:

    1. Listen and invest. “I show that I care about female colleagues by taking a genuine interest in their professional work and their lives outside of work. While that may be a no-brainer rather than a big idea, I am surprised by how often women feel the need to compartmentalize the rest of their life in order to be taken seriously in the workplace. I believe that a supportive environment among fellow female co-workers encourages us to embrace all of our ‘and’s’ and cultivates an environment where we can ask for and receive the support we deserve.” —Christine Wise, Chief Strategy Officer at DNA Digital Marketing.

    2. Make birthdays special. “Some of the closest women in my life happen to be the amazing group of employees I have working for me. I remember all of their birthdays and go out of my way to make them all feel special on their big day. I always decorate their work space, write out a heartfelt handwritten birthday card, take everyone out for a birthday lunch celebration and surprise them with something they really have been wanting whether it be a pair of VIP tickets to a concert or even taking them on a quick weekend getaway trip.” —Heather Marianna, CEO of the Beauty Kitchen.

    3. Prioritize face-to-face connection. “I make it a point to have my girls over to my house for a game or wine night at least once a month. I participate in a few book clubs with different groups which always result in meaningful and thought-provoking conversations. I also connect with my friends by going for a workout or for a morning hike and grabbing coffee on weekends. Connecting in person does wonders for the soul.” —Brittany Driscoll, Co-Founder and CEO of Squeeze.

    4. Send some wine. (Duh.). “I like to surprise my girls on occasion with wine delivered. Wine.com is my go-to. I have a subscription, but I don’t always want a case of wine at my house so I’ll change the address to go to my girlfriends in Miami that I can’t see in person. It’s always been a nice and well received surprise and let’s face it- who doesn’t want a bottle (or 4) or the season’s newest wines delivered?!” —Nicole Pomije, Owner, The Cookie Cups

    5. Get to know their love language. “I like to find out the love language of all of my friends, employees and contractors. This makes it easier to find great gifts that are meaningful to them. For people who love words of affirmation, I hand write lengthy notes. For people who love gifts, I put their birthdays and anniversary on my calendar so I can remember to send a simple gift.” —Pharmacist, wellness expert and author of The Clean Slate Cleanse, Dr. Lindsey Elmore.

    6. Pay attention — and get specific. “When I hear from a colleague that she loves my shoes, I send her a pair or a gift card to get her own. If I hear from a girlfriend or colleague that she’s been ‘dying to try sensory deprivation tank,’ I send her a gift card for a 60 minute float at Chicago’s FloatSixty. When one of my best friend’s husbands was hospitalized for over a month, I ordered several rounds of groceries on Instacart and a round of frozen smoothies from Project Juice. In short, listen to what they wish they had or need, and without being asked, without needing an excuse, just send it. Immediately. The surprise and delight is the real gift, I hope.” —Alyssa Rapp, CEO, Surgical Solutions.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and I hope the rest of your holiday season is filled with opportunities to express and receive gratitude.

    Shana Lewis, PresidentTEMPO Madison

  • November 30, 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    by Kristine Euclide and Kim Sponem,  Project Reach co-chairs

    We  serve on business boards for several reasons.  We choose board service based on our interests and where we think we can make a difference. When serving on business boards, we  help shape the way the organization conducts its business and how it impacts the community. We enjoy being part of the business community and engaging with interesting, smart people who bring different backgrounds, work experiences and perspectives to the boardroom.  Board service keeps us constantly learning and growing, often in areas different from our own backgrounds. It helps us stay up on industry trends and reminds us to be open to new ideas and approaches. Our overarching goal is to add value back.

    Business boards members have a unique role and responsibility different from being an employee of a company.  The board is primarily focused on governance and high level strategy, not day to day operations. We both enjoy board governance and strategic thinking. Board service is often fluid--you may be on one board for a long time and another for a short time, depending on the purpose and impact you want to make. Understanding what you want to gain and contribute will help you pick a board service that is right for you.

    Finally, we believe business and society benefit from more diversity in the executive team and in the boardroom. The more visible examples we have of women successfully contributing in the business boardroom and in the C-Suite, the more commonplace it will become. That's why we are working on this important initiative!

    We hope you will consider positioning yourself to serve on a business board, if you aren't already!  If this is something that interests you, we encourage you to get involved with TEMPO'S PROJECT REACH--attend  the  upcoming educational sessions and let us know of your interest!  Thanks.

    Project Reach will kick-off with three educational sessions scheduled for January, February and March of 2020.

    The January program presenter will be Donna Beestman.  Donna’s session will focus on conducting a self-assessment in preparation for positioning yourself for business board service.  The discussion will be held on January 14, 2020, from 10:30 to 11:15 prior to the TEMPO monthly luncheon.   

    Each session will be held at the Madison Club with a participation fee of $15.00 per session. Click here to register
    Dates for the February and March sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • November 30, 2019 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March is dedicated to celebrating Women’s History, with March 8th devoted to International Women’s Day (IWD2020). This announcement is to provide TEMPO Madison members resources to plan to celebrate International Women's Day within your respective organizations. The IWD2020 theme is to encourage colleagues to adopt gender-equal thoughts and actions to be #EachforEqual.

    Learn more by visiting the below links to access the IWD resources:

    In addition, join your fellow TEMPO members during the January and February TEMPO Madison luncheon to strike the pose in support of the #EachforEqual campaign in support of International Women’s Day.

    Please submit any questions to TEMPO Madison Communications Chair or Tempomadison@tempomadison.org.

  • November 26, 2019 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Here's a Toast to Turning Thirty, Here We Come!Anchor

    TEMPO Non-Fiction Lovers Book Club (NFL) just celebrated 20 great years together with a gala dinner party on November 21, 2019 at Nakoma Country Club.  The TEMPO Board joined the members for a champagne toast and special song "NFL Is Turning Twenty - Here We Come." The festivities included sharing memories, history and photos, a fun trivia contest, special chocolate “book” cake, souvenir mugs, and a beautiful memento program with color photos of all 236 books we read at 240 meetings and countless bottles of wine!  Books read from each of the twenty years decorated the tables and prizes included more bottles of wine!  A special thanks to Shana and the Board for their support of the event and to Laurie and Sue for the mugs. As TEMPO’s oldest special interest group, NFL welcomes all members who like to read, and you don’t have to come each month nor always read the book!

    Joy Rice, Dana Erlandsen, Christine Lidbury & Conseulo Lopez

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