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  • 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

  • November 26, 2019 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TEMPOShares and Madison Club Thank you

    Liz Henry, Owner, CMO, Henry Farms Prairie Spirits, LLC
    I would like to thank the Madison Club servers and staff for making every effort to provide us with delicious meals and excellent service. I would especially like to note the effort and care that David Giniocchio and the bar staff take to create and serve beautiful cocktails for our Tempo Shares event. This year they created two drinks to appeal to most tastes and provided recipes – we could not ask for a better partnership and this makes sponsoring the cocktail easy and fun. Thank you Tempo and Madison Club Team. Cheers! 

  • November 01, 2019 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Renee Moe

    Women United Financial Literacy Workshop
    Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 8:15-9:45 a.m.

    Spark Building – 8th floor
    American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact
    821 East Washington Avenue, Madison

    Learn about key financial topics - managing debt, home-buying, retirement saving, budgeting, and more - in a non-judgmental, no-pressure setting. You will have the chance to hear from a variety of experts and then break out in smaller sessions around a topic you want more information about.

    We want to empower YOU so you can make informed and empowered decisions for you and your family. Light breakfast will be provided.

    Register here Women United Financial Literacy Workshop 

    Renee Moe
    Annual Key Talk: Homelessness
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:30-9:15 a.m.
    CUNA Mutual Group
    5810 Mineral Point Road, Madison

    Come join us to learn about how we are addressing the current state of Dane County Homelessness. We will be hearing from United Way of Dane County CEO and President, Renee Moe, about why we are focusing on addressing homelessness in Dane County. We will also hear from our Community Impact department and area partners that are helping us tackle homelessness.

    Learn how you can be part of this change and understand how your gift to United Way of Dane County is making an impact.

    Register here Annual Key Talk: Homelessness

    Jennifer Uphoff Gray
    For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Sarah Ruhl|
    November 7-24, 2019
    The Playhouse at Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison

    Ann and her four siblings gather at their childhood home to crack jokes, argue politics, and share stories. For Ann, each reminiscence brings her back to a favorite childhood memory: her star turn as Peter Pan on their hometown stage.

    Soon, these brothers and sisters hear the call of Neverland, a magical place where the refusal to grow up does battle with the inevitability of growing old. A loving mixture of deathbed vigils, marching bands, the aches and pains of aging and the miracle of flight, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday celebrates all the magic that theater – and life – have to offer.

    Tickets at forwardtheater.com.

    Darcy Luoma
    2020 Women's Leadership Series                  
    January through April 2020
    Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting
    1501 Gilbert Road, Madison 

    Do you want to lead your life with greater intention? Do you want to be seen more as a leader? Whether you are currently leading a team or your household, you need to start with you. Oftentimes when people want to improve their leadership skills, they focus on how they can better influence and communicate with others. In this series, we’ll get to those skills, but we’ll start by looking internally. That’s where your power is. Are you ready to go to the next level?

    The Women's Leadership Series will dive into the six practices of Thoughtfully Fit®and the core of PAUSE, THINK, ACT. When you are Thoughtfully Fit, you are more intentional and considerate in every aspect of your life. Use the code TEMPO when registering to save $100. Reserve your spot today

  • November 01, 2019 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Laurie Peregrine
    Cambridge Winery Ice Wine Wins Gold Medal at 2019 Wisconsin State Fair
    All 6 entries awarded medals, including 2 “Best in Class”

    Cambridge Winery announced that they have received 6 medals in the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair, lead by a Gold Medal for its Ice Wine and a Silver Medal for its 2017 St. Pepin White Wine. The Ice Wine and St. Pepin were also named “Best of Class” among dessert wines and dry/semi-dry white wines, respectively. Bronze Medals were awarded to its 2018 Founder’s Rosé, 2018 Founder’s Blend Barrel Select white wine, 2017 Founder’s Red and its Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. These 6 award-winning wine was featured in July’s tasting menu!

    Tracy Williams-Maclin
    LiNE (Leadership in the New Economy) Event 2019

    Led by TEMPO member, Tracy Williams-Maclin, Senior Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development, The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at UW-Madison hosted the Leadership in the New Economy (LINE) Event 2019.  Business expert and entrepreneur Thomas K.R. Stovall led a “Think Tank”style workshop “Igniting an Entrepreneurial Mindset,” rapid-fire exercises on how to turn intention into action when starting a business. The workshop provided the opportunity for diverse scholars to not only cultivate a growth mindset, but to serve as thought leaders in an high-impact educational opportunity.  Nearly 250 participants attended the two-part event in October, where alumni and community leaders came to meet and mentor UW scholars and to engage in conversations related to post-graduation opportunities. 

    The event was sponsored by the American Family Institute for Social and Corporate Impact, US Bank, UW Women’s Philanthropy Council, Discovery to Product, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

  • November 01, 2019 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Helping Position TEMPO Women for Business Boards

    Kristine Euclide and Kim Sponem, project co-chairs

    TEMPO has launched a 2019-2021 initiative called PROJECT REACH to build better business boards by making them more diverse.  The initiative will focus on increasing the number of TEMPO women on business boards. The TEMPO Board appointed a Steering Committee to lead this effort-- Kristine Euclide and Kim Sponem (co-chairs), Donna Beestman, Beth Bennett, Kathy Blumenfeld, Theola Carter,  Sue Anne Kaestner, Kelda Roys, and Shana Lewis (ex-officio).  As co-chairs of this project, we were asked to briefly share something about our business board experience. In a future article we will talk more about the initiative and about why we find business board service rewarding. Most importantly, if you would like to learn more about Project REACH, keep watching for updates and feel free to contact  any of the Steering Committee members.

    We both have extensive experience with a mix of community, professional and business boards, often in leadership roles.  Kristine is currently Board Chair for WPS Health Solutions.  She previously was Managing Partner at Stafford Rosenbaum Law Firm and, in her role as Sr VP and General Counsel at MGE, she frequently interacted with the MGE Board. She also served on the MGE Foundation Board.  Over the past 35 years, and continuing today, Kris  holds leadership positions on numerous community boards at the local and state level. 

    Kim currently serves on the business boards of Society Insurance and WPS Health Solutions.  As CEO of Summit Credit Union, she reports to a 9-member board. She also is currently on several community boards and industry boards (Chair of Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, Credit Union Executive Society, Consumer Federation of America).  She also has a long history of service on community and professional boards at the local, state and national levels.

    Again, please let us know if you are interested in getting involved with Project REACH!

  • November 01, 2019 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Julie Fix has edited photos that each person chose, and the all original photos are loading for future needs. 

    She took 50 head shots at the October TEMPOShares luncheon. Each of the photos can be downloaded by individual or for you to use for the directory. If you have any questions please let me know. 

    The password to view the portraits is 2019, The link: http://www.jfixfotoworx.com/f205816624

    Important Note: Photo Print purchase is not required. To download your pre-paid electronic photo - click above the photo, download and save to your computer.

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