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April 2019 TEMPO Luncheon

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Please join us on Tuesday, April 9 to hear Yoyi Steele present What's Happening with Birds in Wisconsin Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 am for networking; lunch will be served at noon. Please register by Thursday, April 4.  April 2019 Luncheon Registration Spring bird migration is underway. Many of the early birds will soon be arriving in Wisconsin. And of course, certain species stayed with us all winter. How did they fare? How healthy are our bird populations? Which birds are threatened or endangered and why? What birds are doing extremely well? What can we do to help our feathered friends? Our speaker has worPked on the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative for the Department of Natural Resources and is a self-described “Bird Geek”. Yoyi Steele…
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March 2019 TEMPO Luncheon

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Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 to hear Emily Auerbach, Professor of English and Director of the UW Odyssey Project present From Poverty to Power: The Multi-Generational Impact of the UW Odyssey Project Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 am for networking; lunch will be served at noon. Please register by Thursday, March 7. “The Odyssey Project helped me unwrap my gifts and rewrite the story of my life,” commented one single parent. How can an award-winning humanities course help break a cycle of poverty not only for adult students in the classroom but also for their families and communities? Eloquent graduates of Odyssey will join Emily Auerbach at the podium to share their journeys of transformation. [caption id="attachment_995" align="alignleft" width="300"] Josephine and Emily[/caption] Emily…
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February 2019 TEMPO Luncheon

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Please join us, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to hear Steve Ackerman and Jonathan Martin present Ask the Weather Guys: What Does Our Weather Say About Climate Change? Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 am for networking; lunch will be served at noon. Steve and Jonathan are professors in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Known as “The Weather Guys”, they are regular guests on Wisconsin Public Radio on the last Monday of each month. They also author the monthly column “Ask the Weather Guys” for the Wisconsin State Journal. What does our weather say about climate change? When its colder than usual during a Wisconsin winter, does that mean global warming is not occurring? Why did we see such devastating flooding in Wisconsin last…
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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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