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President's Message

Dear TEMPO Madison Members:

Thank you for the privilege to serve as your TEMPO Madison President for the 2019-20 term!  I welcome this opportunity to work with you and our outstanding TEMPO Madison Board, including Vice President Leslie Petty and Past President Beth Bennett, in the upcoming year. 

TEMPO Madison’s mission is to lead, engage, and connect influential women of diverse backgrounds and experience to help them succeed at the highest professional levels in our community. In the next 12 months, the TEMPO Board will emphasize Connections with three new initiatives:

Strengthen Member Connections: We hope to strengthen your connection to TEMPO by deepening and broadening your connections with other TEMPO members. At some of our luncheons, you (and your guest, if any) will be randomly assigned to a table where you will dine with TEMPO members whom you might not otherwise meet.  At other luncheons, you will receive a conversation starter and encouragement to talk to TEMPO members with whom you are not familiar.  Also, the Hospitality Committee will continue the Ambassador Program. To learn more, contact Hospitality Committee Chair Susan Schmidt Thomson.

Connect with Area Women: We plan to connect TEMPO Madison to other women’s’ organizations in our community.  We will schedule networking events, including Happy Hours and/or Meals with other women’s organizations in our community, e.g., Legal Association for Women, Wisconsin Women in Government, Doyenne Group, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.  To learn more, contact Networking Committee Chair Eileen Goode.

Corporate Connections: Inspired by Lauri Benson’s luncheon program, TEMPO Madison is creating an ad hoc committee, led by Past Presidents Kristine Euclid and Kim Sponem, to support TEMPO members with an interest in corporate board service and to help area corporations find talented women to serve on their boards.  We will be asking about your interest in participating in this initiative.

We will continue to offer monthly luncheons with programming at the Madison Club; TEMPO Shares in October 2019 to fundraise for the TEMPO Foundation, scholarships, and No Strings; monthly Happy Hours at the Madison Club after the TEMPO Board meetings; and a variety of networking opportunities, including: book groups, breakfast clubs, biking clubs, tours, classes, and more; and we will continue to welcome influential women of diverse backgrounds and experiences to join TEMPO Madison.

I hope that TEMPO Madison, it’s Board and members will continue to create connections for you to illuminate your world.  I also look forward to connecting with every one of you.

Shana Lewis
TEMPO Madison

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