Theola Carter

Theola Carter

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[caption id="attachment_1024" align="alignright" width="196"] Theola Carter, B.A., M.P.A.[/caption] Actress. Leader. Advocate. These are a few of the words that can be used to describe Theola Carter. Above all else, Theola lives a life full of compassion, empathy, and dedication. As the current Manager of Policy and Program Improvement with the Dane County Government, Theola takes pride knowing that she is helping people every day. Outside of her profession, she continues to pour into other organizations and individuals to further support those around her as well as those who are in need. Theola truly exemplifies altruism in every sense of her life. When she gives, she gives her all. Ms. Carter lives by the virtue that it is better to give than receive. Growing up, Theola recounts on how her family…
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Turina Bakken

Turina Bakken

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Turina Bakken In Spring 2019, the greater Madison area was revamped by the presence of 85 life-size Bucky Badger Statues. Finding all the Bucky statues became a mass phenomenon that brought joy and free entertainment to the community members. The best part of Bucky on Parade, however, stems from the union of community members that led to the donation of over one million dollars. Turina Bakken, Provost for Madison College and TEMPO member for 7 years, was one of the influential leaders who diligently worked to bring the Bucky on Parade to life and to our community.  Although, Turina was on the Board of Directors for Bucky on Parade, she ensured to highlight the countless others who helped with the project, making sure that they too were recognized for their…
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Renee Moe

Renee Moe

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Renee Moe Queen Elizabeth II once said, “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” Renee Moe, President and CEO of United Way of Dane County, embodies the exact kind of leader that the Queen is describing. Renee works holistically across all sectors within life to bridge people in the pursuit to solve problems and to drive change through community empowerment. She exemplifies the characteristics of altruism, conscientiousness, and motivation as a woman and leader. Renee not only recognizes the issues in our community, but also actively seeks to find and…
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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

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“When in doubt, do what is right”– Frances Perkins Dedicated to opera since high school, Kathryn Smith has built a successful career working at opera companies around the country by following this principle. Kathryn Smith A native of Seattle, she played piano and sang in a children’s chorus from a young age. In her freshman year of high school, she sang in the children’s chorus of Carmen at Seattle Opera and quickly fell in love with the art form. By age 16, she was working after school for Seattle Opera and had decided she wanted to run an opera company when she grew up – an unusual career choice with no well-paved path. She graduated from Harvard University, where she was involved in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and Lowell House…
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Valerie Johnson Renk

Valerie Johnson Renk

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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Growing up in a rural neighborhood, Valerie Johnson Renk watched her family and community embody the ideals of social duty spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. Fondly remembering car rides with her mother to collect door to door donations for cancer charities, she has followed the same strength and initiative modeled by her family to build a career supporting those in need. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with an Agricultural Journalism degree, Ms. Renk was an active campus leader through multiple student organizations. A member of two honor fraternities, student council, as well as an active volunteer; her undergraduate experience was marked by a willingness to encourage fellow…
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Megan Purtell

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[caption id="attachment_1021" align="alignright" width="200"] Megan Purtell[/caption] “So I was saying to myself, self…” When Megan Purtell asks herself this question, she evaluates what impact her work is making not only for her company, but her entire community. Through a career built on dedication, creativity, and loyalty; Ms. Purtell has built a successful consulting business while also volunteering her time to help hundreds of young professionals achieve their goals. Graduating from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a History degree, Ms. Purtell built a career in the Financial Industry through a strong work ethic and attention to detail. Following her graduation, she remembers working for a Temp Agency in San Francisco where management was ecstatic over the “Midwestern worker” who showed up on time and even stayed until the…
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Roberta Gassman

Roberta Gassman

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great, because anyone can serve.” When Dr. King spoke these words, he recognized that some people were born into this privilege and legacy, while for some, that this “greatness” was a result of one’s actions and choice. Growing up in Evanston, IL, Roberta Gassman was raised as a great-granddaughter and descendent of Holocaust victims and on the news she saw Americans persecuted - hosed down in the streets, chased by police dogs and more. Seeing persecution in the world, she chose to do something about it. The first in her family to receive an undergraduate and graduate education, the world around her shaped her opinions and perspectives in the work she continues to pursue today. During her undergraduate years, she…
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Frances Huntley-Cooper

Frances Huntley-Cooper

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I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. This excerpt is from Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman.” Not only does Frances Huntley-Cooper embody the very definitions of what it means to be a phenomenal woman, this also happens to be her favorite poem. Born in New York City, educated at North Carolina A&T State University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her career and post-retirement contributions to society and greater Madison communities has been to help those around her the best she can. She is very involved with the undergraduate and alumnae chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Madison. She found the lifelong membership and service components…
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Laurie Peregrine

Laurie Peregrine

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Connoisseur of wines, culinary artist, and entrepreneur...this is the life journey of Laurie Peregrine. [caption id="attachment_325" align="alignright" width="238"] Laurie Peregrine[/caption] Laurie first began her entrepreneurial endeavors by starting several businesses with her husband. Since the inception of their entrepreneurial venture, market conditions were not always favorable. As a result of constantly assessing the market environment and adapting to its demands, they sold some businesses. This led to the co-founding of CustomCall Data Systems, a telecom billing company, which she served as President for over 20 years. After obtaining her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts at MATC in 2010, she attended an Italian themed dinner with the MATC President where TEMPO members were present. She liked how members were networking across various industries and enjoying each other’s company. In 2013, she and…
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Eileen Goode

Eileen Goode

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[caption id="attachment_335" align="alignright" width="253"] Eileen Goode[/caption] Eileen Goode, a driven and altruistic business leader guided by integrity. Since the founding of Goode Solutions, LLC. in 2004, she currently works as an independent recruiter for the biotech and technology industries in Dane County. When screening for candidates, she focuses on the permanent placement of a well-vetted candidate for a company. She also looks at the potential trajectory for career and personal growth of the candidate in the role as she emphasizes behavioral and cultural fit, as well as technical ability. Prior to the founding of Goode Solutions, LLC., she was in Denver, CO. focusing on recruiting for IT staffing specializing in database programmers and project leads. Surrounded by many other women in business, she was pushed and pulled in many directions…
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