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  • November 02, 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello, TEMPO Madison Sisters,

    I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who attended or supported this year’s TEMPOShares. It was a successful virtual event that gave us an opportunity to network. We also experienced virtual meditation, learned how to tie scarves for casual to business attire, were introduced to a collaborative, digital whiteboard called Jamboard in addition to food and adult beverage demonstrations.

    The fun did not stop at these mini-sessions conducted by fellow TEMPO Madison members. Another highlight of the evening was the auction where the highest bidder secured their goods or services. At the end of the program, we raised over $5,700 in scholarship funds for the 2020/21 recipients. My gratitude goes out to our communications director, Megan Purtell, and to the committee for successfully reimagining TEMPOShares as a virtual event.

    We are seven months into a global pandemic with one day left to vote in the most historic and consequential election in our lifetime.  Not to mention, the upcoming holiday season leaves us with seven weeks of preparations – just a few challenges that may cause a bit of stress while still balancing a career, family, community service, etc. Hence the reason last Thursday’s event gave us an outlet to escape from the day-to-day demands by enjoying time with fellow members who intentionally walked away from life’s hustle and bustle.

    When eventually reaching the other side of this health crisis, unfortunately, the most challenging part for many of us might be fully grasping that we cannot return to the ways we called “normal.” However, the good news is we can accept this reality by creating a new normal that incorporates a more balanced and healthier (e.g., exercise, diet, and/or hobbies) lifestyle.  Work-life balance is a choice. What will it take to become a better parent, spouse, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, etc.? Being busy at work does not mean we are productive or happier; it merely indicates we are busy.

    In the article Inc.com, the author Joelle Jay recommended three ways women can find work-life balance: 1) be decisive about your priorities, 2) be more present and create a peaceful mindset, and 3) plan and think consciously about what’s important and how you wish to spend your time. As women, we tend to carry the heavy burden of issues at work on our shoulders and find ourselves as the primary caretaker in our family. For our mental and physical wellbeing, let’s unplug more, prioritize tasks/activities, and find space to first care for ourselves – we deserve it.

    Spread your wings and soar!


    Leslie M. Petty


    TEMPO Madison

  • November 02, 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for new ways to collaborate in virtual rooms? John

    Darcy Luoma and Jill Mueller from Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting as they

    share three tips for using Google Jamboard to increase engagement and fun in your

    next virtual meeting.

    Jamboard Collaboration 

  • October 30, 2020 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elaine Rich demonstrated her famous guacamole and margarita recipes as part of our 2020 Virtual TEMPOShares fundraiser. 

  • October 30, 2020 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Donna Beestman demonstrates 12 Ways to Tie a Scarf as part of 2020 Virtual TEMPOShares. 

  • October 01, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear TEMPO Madison members:

    It's hard to believe fall is upon us with the cooler weather, but look around and you will discover the colorful autumn leaves, the morning sun rising a bit later, birds set to migrate south for winter, and the harvesting of apples and pumpkins! As the season changes, I hope you have found time to enjoy some of your fall favorites whether it is going for a run on a crisp morning, drinking a pumpkin-flavored beverage, or watching your favorite sport with family and friends. Fall is not only a time to delight in your seasonal activities, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and TEMPO Madison recognizes those affected by breast cancer and the benefits of early detection, education, and support.

    Cancer has likely touched your life in some way or another, making it important that we continue to fight for measures to protect our loved ones and ourselves from this disease. Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, stated: "A lot of us think we're invincible...but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list." In order to care for others, we must first care for ourselves. The month of October is a reminder to check-in on your health. 

    TEMPO Madison cares for your wellbeing and safety. The diagnosis of breast cancer, especially amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, can be stressful. We know it takes a village of warriors to fight against this disease and we are standing strong together on this fight. 

    For this month, we plan to sell a special edition of TEMPO Madison shirts with the breast cancer bow attached to our logo. We will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Recovery in the Madison region. For more information on this organization, please go to bcrecovery.org

    In closing, we invite you to share your story as a breast cancer survivor in the October mid-month newsletter. Your journey will inspire and encourage others affected by this disease. 

    Don't forget to add taking care of yourself to the "to-do" list. 


    Leslie M. Petty

    TEMPO Madison President

  • September 30, 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TEMPO Madison's 40th Anniversary Planning Committee held its first meeting on September 18, 2020. 

    Their first order of business is securing a speaker worthy of this important milestone, and the bar was set very high by Maya Angelou who blew us all away at our 25th Anniversary celebration. 

    A speaker wish-list was developed during the Committee's first meeting. If you have a connection that could help us bring one of these speakers to our 40th Anniversary Celebration, please reach out to Committee Chair Elaine Rich

    Oprah Winfrey Brene Brown
    Michelle Obama Kamala Harris
    Sara Blakely Sheryl Sandberg
    Mika Brzezinski Cecile Richards
    Melinda Emerson

    Melinda Gates
    Meg Whitman

    The Committee's next meeting is October 16 at 11:00 a.m. They plan to meet on the third Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Erin Fabrizius. 

    Current Committee Roster: Elaine Rich (Chair), Kirsten Houghton, Beth Bennett, Carter, Theola, Donna Beestman, Eileen Goode, Eve Galanter, Fatou Ceesay, Laurie Dies, Leslie Petty, Renee Boyce, Susan Pigorsch and Terri Yanke. 

  • August 01, 2020 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Theola Carter, The Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion (OEI) Department, Dane County

    Theola Carter wrote a powerful article for The Capital Hues entitled, "I'm Not Comfortable." She wrote:  "It is time to ask hard questions and make hard decisions if we want a better America." Read the full article here

    Tracy L. Williams,  UW-Madison

    Tracy L. Willams organized a virtual event entitled "Committed to Change: A Call to Action." This national conversation drew an audience of over 1,800 UW-Madison stakeholders. Expert panelists discussed the impacts of racism on students and alumni. All who participated were encouraged to find ways to take meaningful action steps towards the eradication of racism and to create a more welcoming campus and community. You can watch a recording of the event here

  • July 23, 2020 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The P5 Women's Summit is offering TEMPO Madison members access to their upcoming virtual summit on August 10-11, 2020 for just $1! Tickets are normally $97. To access the special $1 tickets register by Friday (7/24) using promo code "P5FLASH" at: AttendP5Live.com

    The event features a powerhouse speaker line-up, live pitch competition and a custom virtual event experience platform. You will also have on-demand access to the content, resources and the entire event platform for a year.

  • July 01, 2020 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Sherri Ann Charleston,  UW-Madison

    Dr. Sherri Ann Charleston, UW–Madison assistant vice provost and chief affirmative action officer, accepted a new position as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Harvard University. Charleston oversaw many of UW's most groundbreaking and rigorous diversity and inclusion programs, including the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, the Posse program, the Employee Disability Resources office and the Office of Strategic Diversity Research and Planning. 

    Wendy Crone,  UW-Madison

    Wendy Crone published her second book, Introduction to Engineering Research, with Morgan&Claypool publishers in June 2020. A guide to mastering the skills and tools for becoming a successful researcher, the book is written for undergraduate and first-year graduate students in engineering. This book helps ensure that new researchers are prepared to conduct, document, and share their research effectively while also safeguarding their health and wellbeing. 

    Eve Galanter, PBS Wisconsin

    Eve Galanter was elected to a three-year term on the PBS Wisconsin Board of Directors. Public television is one of Eve's longtime favorite organizations and she is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead! 

    Barbara Hughes, Johnson Teigen, LLC

    Barbara S. Hughes retired after 34 years of client law practice in special needs, elder law, and estate planning and administration. She will continue to be active on some state and national Bar committees and will be available to Johnson Teigen's attorneys as a consultant. 

    Frances Huntley-Cooper, Madison College Board of Directors 

    Frances Huntley-Cooper was re-appointed to serve another three years on the Madison College Board and will remain board chair for 2020-2021

    Carol Johnson, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin 

    Carol Johnson became the Madison Regional Director of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. She will oversee a seven-county area, including Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Iowa, Lafayette, Green and Rock Counties. Her responsibilities will include raising funds and awareness to help grant the more than 60 wishes currently in progress in the region. 

    Robin Stroebel, InteriorLOGIC, Inc. 

    Robin Stroebel was interviewed by the Independent Women’s Forum, a D.C.-based organization that develops economic and public policy of particular concern to women, as part of their "Chasing Work" series. Robin discusses her work advocating for a new bill in Wisconsin that modernizes the existing law--which was passed in 1996--to recognize the expertise of Wisconsin Registered Interior Designers (WRID) and allow them to prepare and submit their own code compliant documents for approval for construction.  

  • June 01, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 2020

    Christine Inthachith, Owner, Lao Laan-Xang

    Christine Inthachith was featured in the May issue of Capital City Hues: "Promoting Lao Cuisine and Culture: Christine Inthachith and Her Family's American Dream," .  The story follows her family's flight from Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and a 3-month stay in the Philippines before coming to Madison as sponsored refugees in 1980.   

    Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions 

    Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Eye. Secretary Blumenfeld discussed her new role as chair of the Governor's Task Force on Student Debt and her agency's work to help Wisconsin residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

    Liz Henry, Henry Farms Prairie Spirits, LLC

    J. Henry & Sons bourbon was featured in a Madison Magazine article about the rising popularity of the spirit in both the U.S. and the Madison area. Since 1946, J. Henry & Sons has crafted fine bourbon on the family farm. It comes in three varieties — aged five years, cask strength, and cognac-barrel-finished.

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