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  • May 03, 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the June Annual meeting, the Board of Directors will ask the membership to vote on updates and one addition to the TEMPO Madison bylaws. It has been 10 years since the bylaws were voted on by the membership, and after a committee of board members reviewed the bylaws the board of directors approved the updates and additions for membership vote. 

    2021 Proposed Bylaws 

    Proposed Updates and Additions

  • May 03, 2021 6:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Internships: EmployAbility ProjectThe EmployAbility Project

    (501c3) connects college students with disabilities to internships in the field of their choice. The internships are part of their program so there is no cost to the employer, although some do choose to provide an hourly wage. The internships are generally 15 to 20 hours per week for 6 to 8 weeks beginning at the end of May when classes are over for the summer.
     
    Our goal is to make the first job experience a great one although we do teach that it is equally important to learn that maybe their field of choice is not what they thought it was after all. We have worked with clients to place interns working in data, policy analysis, science & technology and just about everything in between. 
     
    If you have questions about working with an intern or are interested in joining our business advisory, please contact me: BJ Pfeiffer at  608 698 3700 or bjpfeiffer@estgi.com

  • May 02, 2021 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPO Madison members are like diamonds… strong, rare, beautiful, and valuable. By definition, TEMPO Madison members have achieved an extraordinary level of success in our professional lives because of our hard work and perseverance, but also because of the support, encouragement, and guidance of other women.

    We invite TEMPO Madison members to join us in a celebration of those very special women who have made an impact in our lives; who have shared their wisdom and more.  For $150, your personal message of inspiration/gratitude will appear in our Annual Meeting Booklet.  We hope that your commemorative message of 30 words or less will inspire touching memories and rich conversation.

    To participate in the Diamond Tributes, please send your message to Megan Purtell at mmpurtell@gmail.com by May 17, 2021. Upon receipt, Erin Fabrizius will send you an invoice for your tribute.


  • May 02, 2021 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the Date! |TEMPO Madison’s 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Edgewater Hotel

    It’s not just any party. Come together with fellow executive women leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences to celebrate the brainchild of three women, conceived 40 years ago: the founding of TEMPO Madison! 

    October 27, 2021 will be the kick-off event for a year-long celebration honoring TEMPO Madison's role in breaking down the barriers preventing the integration of women executives into the fiber of Madison. This will be the first in a series of events that will look to TEMPO Madison's future, inspiring members to continue to lead, connect, and engage with one another and to reinforce opportunities for women.

    Your 40th Anniversary Committee is planning these in-person and hybrid events throughout 2021-2022 to build momentum for a community-wide, gala celebration in October, 2022. The keynote speaker wish list is already long and impressive, reminding us how far women have come in the last 40 years.

    Mark your calendars for October 27, starting at 5:30 (location and details to be revealed closer to the date). Get ready to enjoy TEMPO Madison's 40th anniversary year!


  • May 01, 2021 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Theola Carter, Manager of Policy and Program Improvement, Dane County - Tamara D. Grigbsy Office for Equity and Inclusion

    Theola Carter was featured in an article on Madison365 about her role in the Loud ‘N’ Unchained Black Theater Festival, which was held in Madison from April 29-30.

    Ronnie Hess, Retired

    Ronnie Hess had the honor of being invited by Madison Poet Laureate Angie Trudel Vasquez to read a poem, "The Martyrdom," at the first session of the new Madison City Council. You can view the reading at about the six minute mark of this recording.

    Consuelo Lopez, Assistant Dean Emerita, UW-Madison

    Consuelo Lopez was featured on the Overture Center for the Arts blog! She currently serves as the chair of the Overture Center’s Community Advisory Council. Read the post here.


  • April 30, 2021 8:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PROJECT REACH is an initiative with the mission to increase the number of TEMPO Madison members serving on corporate and business boards. The PROJECT REACH Steering Committee is chaired by Shana Lewis and Patti Epstein. We intend to educate, network, and position TEMPO Madison members to serve on corporate and business boards.

    Last year, PROJECT REACH embarked on Phase One of its initiative: Education. Led by Kim Sponem and Kris Euclide, we brought in experts to provide training to TEMPO Madison members focusing on a Determining Board Readiness, Fiduciary Responsibility and Liability Related to Board Service, and Board Recruitment.

    This year, PROJECT REACH moved into Phase Two of its initiative: Connections.

    We are building a TEMPO Madison Talent Database of corporate and business board bios/resumes to share with those helping to fill board vacancies. We are expanding our list of advocates and sponsors, i.e., TEMPO Madison members and others who have offered to assist us in making connections between TEMPO Madison members and those filling board seats. We are reaching out to ally associations and other business leaders to further increase our opportunities for meaningful and productive connections. We will also be offering additional training sessions focused on ESOP Associations, Board Governance, Understanding Financial Reports, and more.

    For those of you who have already submitted your corporate/business board bio/resume, watch for a communication from PROJECT REACH about the launch of our database. If you have not submitted your corporate/business board bio/resume, but want to do so, please contact any of the TEMPO Madison members serving on the PROJECT REACH Steering Committee: Shana Lewis, Patti Epstein, Kris Euclide, Kim Sponem, Theola Carter, Sue Ann Kaestner, Kathy Blumenfeld, Kelda Roys, Megan Purtell, and Kathleen Murphy.

    For those of you who learn about a corporate or business board vacancy or other opportunity, please contact Patti Epstein at pepstein2@charter.net for more information about how to connect TEMPO Madison members to those filling the vacancy.

    We are very excited for the new opportunities becoming available to TEMPO Madison members as a result of the PROJECT REACH initiative.

    Shana Lewis & Patti Epstein
    Co-Chairs, Project Reach

  • April 01, 2021 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring has arrived! Thank goodness Mother Nature has finally put us on defrost, at least for a moment. Let’s lean in with a spirit of renewal and an anticipation of brighter days!

    As we make April plans, I want to invite each of you, along with your guests, to attend the next TEMPO Madison leadership series event on April 22nd – How to Elevate and Be Elevated. We have a panel of C-suite women, along with our moderator, who will share how mentorship (advising) and sponsorship (advocating) have elevated their careers while helping others along the way. As we all know, we have not arrived where we are on talent alone. For many of us, it took that one person who genuinely believed in you and invested quality time and effort in the advancement and achievement of your career goals.

    Regardless of where you stand on the organizational ladder or in running your own business, it is essential to have a strong support system beyond family and friends. For more women to achieve upward mobility and advance their career aspirations, mentoring matters and sponsorship is critical.

    After several years in Madison, working in a predominately white, middle-aged (some much older) male environment, I finally landed a mentor. She offered guidance on my professional goals and connected me with influential leaders in the local community. Most importantly, she understood the challenges of being a Black female executive administrator in a male-dominated, top-ranked business school. Thanks in part to our relationship, I have thrived as an academic administrator, community leader, and volunteer. I am passionate about paying it forward – mentoring and sponsoring other women, building a roadmap, and being a voice for the advancement of women.

    An equally important role is sponsorship. Sponsors are the individuals who already have a seat at the table, who serve as our representatives, agents, and advocates. It is not enough to have a mentor. Mentors are not always in the position to support you in securing a promotion or pay raise, but sponsors can make it happen. They are your personal agent who will speak on your behalf. If you are fortunate, your mentor and sponsor may even be one and the same person. If so, what a gift!

    I hope you will join me at the leadership series to learn more about these essential career networks.

    Respectfully,

    Leslie M. Petty

    President, TEMPO Madison


  • April 01, 2021 7:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fatou Ceesay, Cairasu Home Care

    Have you checked out our podcast, SuperAgers? Join me to explore healthy aging, amplifying caregiver voices, and raising Alzheimer's awareness. This podcast strives to organically give voice to caregivers, raise awareness about aging issues including dementia, and promote healthy aging. Interviews are conducted with experts in the health and aging industry and caregivers to help educate our community about healthy lifestyles, aging issues, and caregiver experiences and strategies.

    Check out our latest episode: 

    Interview with Jean Ketcham

    In this episode, I had a pleasure to interview Ms. Jean Ketcham, the CEO and founder of ‘Aging But DANGEROUS!’, an internationally acclaimed movement of women 50-plus, living life to the fullest, redefining aging, having fun and looking good. Since 2008, Aging But Dangerous has provided women a community for positivity, education, and adventure: from colonoscopy parties, to fashion shows with older adults in mind, to skydiving outings!

    Known for her style and encouragement, Ms. Ketcham’s Aging But Dangerous movement has garnered an international fanbase of more than 125,000 people from 50 countries. Tune in for a treat to our conservation


    Sharon Brantmeier, Eventus Wealth

    Sharon Brantmeier was named to the 2021 Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list. Female advisors on the list in 2021 accounted for 15.3% of those ranked, up from 13.8% the previous year.



    Theola Carter, Manager of Policy and Program Improvement, the Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion (OEI) Department

    On Friday, February 19, Theola had the honor and privilege of portraying Mary McLeod Bethune at the 3rd Annual Black Education Conference. Mary McLeod Bethune was a civil and women's rights advocate and a strong education proponent. She was the founder of Bethune Cookman College and HBCU located in Daytona Beach, Florida.


    Eve Galanter, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Board

    Eve Galanter was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal and Isthmus about the newly-created editorial writing and editorial cartoon contests offered under the Wisconsin Civics Games umbrella. Middle and high school students can submit content through May 15.



    Roberta Gassman, Honorary Fellow and retired Senior Fellow faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.

    Roberta Gassman has been elected chair of the Madison Community Foundation Board of Governors which works, with its staff, donors and partners, to invest and leverage its resources to enhance the Madison region through philanthropy and grantmaking in priority areas including Covid recovery, particularly for the most vulnerable, diversity, children and youth, the environment, the arts, community development and non-profit capacity building.


    Frances Huntley-Cooper, Program Chair, NAACP ACT-SO

    Frances Huntley-Cooper is being featured as part of the "Elevating Equity in Policymaking" series at the UW-Madison La Follette School of Public Policy on April 9. She will discuss her distinguish public service career with students in a moderated conversation.



    Martha Sullivan, Founder & President, Provenance Hill Consulting, LLC

    Martha Sullivan reflects on the balance family businesses work to find between being a family first family or business first family in her article in Forbes Magazine regarding the Royal Family.


  • March 01, 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March is Women's History Month.  Let's keep it real – one month out of the year should not be the only time we acknowledge women's achievements in our society. Although, for many, it's the only time they pause to think about the role of women and the sacrifices they made to help shape our future.  Nevertheless, this is an opportunity to celebrate the generations of women who have influenced and enriched our nation and community.

    Encapsulating briefly, the recognition of Women's History Month started in 1978 by a K - 12 Education Task Force as a weeklong event in Sonoma, California.  Following these events and subsequent explorations, President Jimmy Carter established National Women's History Week on March 8, 1980.  Seven years later, in 1987, Congress acted to make that week a full month.

    To that end, it's befitting to acknowledge the three trailblazers who started TEMPO Madison in 1980.  These pioneers are Boo Henderson, Sue Riordan, and Barb Miller.  Their vision was to create an organization that would break down barriers and connect women in executive roles with a common interest in the Madison region.  Clearly, all three founders understood the essence of sustaining viable communities by bolstering the leadership of qualified and talented women.

    When creating a community that focuses on empowerment to inspire, encourage, sponsor, and advocate, inherently, we find ourselves inching closer to accomplishing our goals. Research in the Harvard Business Review found that women who have an inner circle of close female contacts are more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay.  Interestingly, the study did not find the same success for men as it relates to the gender composition of their inner circles.  This illustrates that women professionally advance when we make meaningful connections based on shared interests and goals.

    In honor of Women's History Month, I dedicate and celebrate the founders and members of TEMPO Madison because you amplify your voice for those without one, foster inclusive leadership, remain confident amid adversity, and take your seat at the table with unapologetic authenticity.  Most of all, you never let others decide your destiny or define your success.  

    Cheers to the remarkable and amazing TEMPO Madison Women!

    Leslie Petty

    TEMPO Madison President 

  • February 25, 2021 8:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2013 Betty von Rutenberg Scholarship recipient Marcella Prince has provided the following update to TEMPO Madison. Marcella is currently working on her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast.

    I attended the University of Minnesota – Morris (2013-2017) where I earned an English (Creative Writing emphasis) major and a Political Science minor, and graduated with honours. While attending Morris, I was an active member of their MPIRG chapter and even served as the state board secretary. I also was on the organising board of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival, Chair of the Poetry Club, and worked on several projects as a student employee at the Center for Small Towns (a non-profit attached to the university that serves schools, community governments and non-profits in towns with a population of 5,000 people or fewer).

    Through my work at the Centre for Small Towns, I became an intern at the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) in Appleton, Minnesota. By the winter of my last year of undergrad, I had secured a job as the Communications Assistant at the UMVRDC and I worked there for a year after graduation, until I earned a place at the Poetry MA program at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

    So then in 2018 I moved to Belfast to complete the degree, during which I won a Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award (2019) and was published in The Tangerine and The Open Ear as well as featured in a handful of readings, including the Writing Home reading at the London Irish Centre. Additionally, I was commissioned by an architectural firm in Belfast to write poems about the city, which were then featured at an event at the Crescent Arts Centre put on by the Queen’s  Seamus Heaney Centre.

    After completing the Master’s I decided to stay and apply for my English (Creative Writing) PhD at QUB. I am studying Midwestern landscape poetry and writing a collection of poems about Appleton, Minnesota. Since starting my PhD in March 2020, I’ve had three poems published in The Lonely Crowd, and have been co-editor of the anthology Hold Open the Door, published in December 2020 by UCD Press and forthcoming from UChicago Press.

    After completing my PhD, I will to stay in Belfast and look for work in publishing, academia, and the arts. Belfast has really become a home to me. I am engaged and hope to get married once my PhD is finished and I have more time to plan with my fiancé.

    I know it’s been 7 years, but winning the Betty von Rutenberg scholarship really has helped me not only financially with completing my undergraduate degree, but was and continues to be a source of confidence for me. Applying for the scholarship, I didn’t think I would get it. I wasn’t planning on becoming the kind of entrepreneur that teenage-me thought that the panel would be looking for, so winning really meant a lot to me. It reminded me that I am a smart, driven, and capable young woman, and that I shouldn’t underestimate myself.

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