Patti Coan, Yoga Instructor and Coach, Samapatti Yoga
The world is reopening, and it's time for us to blossom! After 30 years of informal coaching, Patti Coan took the leap during lockdown to earn a Brain-based Coaching Certificate from the Neuroleadership Institute. The next step is to earn the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Credential. One hundred hours of high-impact coaching are required to achieve this gold standard in coaching.
Join Patti during her ICF credentialing period for either virtual or in-person coaching at an introductory rate for a robust 12 session program over 12 weeks. Coaching conversations offer a safe space to explore challenges and opportunities, experiment with fresh approaches, and build sustainable, new habits. Possibilities include: Yoga; Career; Work/Life Balance. Partner with Patti to go beneath the surface to increase self-awareness, translate knowledge into action and achieve lasting change. Please reach out to Patti @ 608-345-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 30 min. overview call to discuss your vision. The Life of Your Dreams awaits!
Sharyl Kato, Director and Child and Family Therapist, The Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project recently finished up its month-long recognition of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. They held their Annual Stakeholder Forum and - for the first time - a Learning Series with guest speakers to bring attention to child abuse and prevention. All of the April events are now available for anyone to view on the Rainbow Project website!
The Rainbow Project is also currently planning their 17th Annual Rhumba 4 Rainbow! This year, they will be holding a live in-person and virtually-streamable Rhumba at Union South on Friday, September 17th. Tickets will go on sale soon, and the Rainbow Project will be adhering to public safety measures, including attendee numbers. Please put this date on your calendars and think about attending - whether virtually or in-person!
Darcy Luoma, CEO, Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting
Darcy Luoma's book, Thoughtfully Fit: Your Training Plan for Life & Business Success hit #1 New Release in Work Life Balance in Business. It is being published on June 1 by Harper Horizon. Learn more.
Renee More, President and CEO, United Way of Dane County
United Way of Dane County announced its intention to reduce racial health disparities across the community in partnership with nonprofits, healthcare and philanthropy.
After a year of research, engagement and prioritization by the Health Community Solutions Team (CST), United Way's Board approved the plan in late April. Donors can give to any 501c3 through the United Way Community Campaign; with unrestricted donations, United Way CST volunteers can target resources toward the greatest need, highest impact strategies to move the needle on community-level priorities. Community-level plans include goals and metrics and exist for all greatest need focus areas: Education, Income, Health and 2Gen (working with children and caregivers in the same family at the same time). United Way's mission is to unite the community to create measurable results and change lives. Read Story
Marilyn Ruffin, VP Family & Community Initiatives, One City Schools
Marilyn Ruffin was interviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal about the Black Excellence Achievement Makers (BEAM) Awards, which she founded when she was serving on the Sun Prairie School Board.
“We often hear about negative behaviors or attitudes being assigned to our Black scholars in Sun Prairie, so the effort of this event is to challenge the narrative by ‘shining a beaming light’ on the positive examples of Black excellence and achievement in our community,” Ruffin said. She was the first Black person elected to any office in Sun Prairie when she joined the school board in 2015; she served until last month. Read the article here.
Sheryl Spitzer-Resnick, MD/owner, A New Way Forward. Womens Health and Integrative Healing
Sheryl Spitzer-Resnick was one of a few physicians interviewed in an article by Harvard Medicine on the need for research on peri menopause and menopause and the impact on women personally and professionally. Read the article here.
Tracy L. Williams, Senior Director of External Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
As a lifetime learner, Tracy L. Williams has completed requirements of The Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development’s Transition to Executive Management certificate program. The program is for senior managers, directors, and functional area leaders who have high potential to transition to executive management. It’s also valuable for senior leaders or entrepreneurs of companies with growth potential.
It has been an honor to serve as the 2020-2021 president of TEMPO Madison. I could not be more proud of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors. This past year was like no other – from a global pandemic that has forced unimaginable changes in our lives to civil and racial unrest. Despite the challenges, the Board and committees successfully adapted programming and events to meet members’ needs every step of the way.
On our journey, we seamlessly transitioned remotely by continuing our partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business primarily offering professional development workshops through the Leadership Series. TEMPOShares raised over $4000 in scholarship funds for deserving young women and, to enhance the organization’s brand, we sold t-shirts, showcased monthly luncheons and other networking events, and jumpstarted plans for the DEI committee and the 40th anniversary.
It has been a remarkable year enhancing our membership. We welcomed 24 new diverse, talented TEMPO Madison sisters. Joining an organization during restricted in-person gatherings coupled with limited access and interaction with others can be challenging to navigate as a new member.
To that end, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our 2020-2021 TEMPO Madison members:
Although it was disappointing not seeing everyone in person during my presidency, thanks to technology, I had the opportunity to connect with many of you and learn about your diverse backgrounds and professions. Our time together affirmed that our members bring their own unique experiences, voices, creativity, and vision to the table, making this an extraordinary organization.
At the June 8th annual meeting, I hope you will join us for the virtual celebration of this year’s scholarship recipients, the election of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors, approval of bylaws, and passing of the (virtual) gavel to incoming president, Elaine Rich.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve at the helm of leadership of TEMPO Madison. Your support, encouragement, and inspiration have made the journey incredibly rewarding.
Leslie Petty, President, TEMPO Madison
In the past year, issues of racism and social injustice are finally receiving the kind of focus and attention necessary to move the collective conversation toward actionable solutions. We are noticing a greater spotlight on educating about and advocating for justice. There is stronger representation in public and government sectors serving as allies than ever before, and more intentional efforts incorporating social responsibility to the core organizational missions. For many, this has been a year of tragedies and challenges that impacted us in one form or another. We have learned that we are stronger when we work together to be that catalyst of change.
I am proud of the TEMPO Madison Board of Directors’ commitment to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the organization. Progress to date include educating on DEI through monthly luncheons and the leadership series. In addition, our February networking event to see Forward Theatre’s THE NICETIES, included a post-show discussion, which offered a safe space for members to share their personal experiences and perspectives on racial discrimination. The NICETIES play, showcasing a debate between a Black college student and a white professor on the topics of race, history, and power in America, served as a catalyst for critical conversations, which are continuing among our members.
Looking forward, TEMPO Madison has developed the following DEI statement to reflect our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive experience for everyone.
TEMPO Madison DEI Statement
TEMPO Madison is committed to embodying diversity, equity, and inclusion as an organization representing members from different backgrounds, businesses, industries, and professions. We live these values by embracing and celebrating individuals and ideas that represent and reflect all dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, gender non-conforming traits, religion, military membership, veteran status, and ability. We respect and value diverse experiences and will strive to ensure that all voices are heard and given equal value. In addition to committing to these values within TEMPO Madison, we promote them outside the organization into the broader Madison community.
TEMPO Madison Board of Directors will exemplify and provide leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusion by committing to the following:
· Examine and address inequities within our policies, programs, and services and ensure transparency by communicating to appropriate constituents.
· Expand and commit to greater diversity within the Board of Directors, membership, as well as our partners and vendors.
· Develop and offer DEI professional development opportunities for the Board of Directors, especially those newly appointed in board leadership roles, members, and guests.
· Identify and advocate resources and programs for underrepresented members to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and rewarding experience.
Our DEI efforts do not stop with a statement. The next step is forming a DEI Committee with members that represent our growing diverse membership and who have expressed interest in strengthening the organizational efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion of TEMPO Madison. The DEI Committee will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop a vision, goals, and objectives, and to hold our organization accountable to meet the commitments set forth in the DEI Statement in all aspects (e.g., membership, speakers, events, vendors, partners, etc.). If you are interested in joining the DEI Committee, please email Erin Fabrizius at email@example.com by May 31, 2021.
As we proudly embrace our differences, it is our hope you will join us during the month of May in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To discover more about this amazing journey, check out: https://www.etonline.com/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month-how-it-started-and-how-to-celebrate-164426
Leslie M. Petty
President, TEMPO Madison
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by May 17, 2021. Upon receipt, Erin Fabrizius will send you an invoice for your tribute.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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