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TEMPO is an invitation only, peer-to-peer organization in greater Madison that connects women leaders with diverse backgrounds and experience to support, advise, learn and create relationships with one another.

TEMPO Madison is comprised of approximately 230 women of executive and leadership positions in the Madison area.

While there are thousands of fabulous professional women in the Madison area, TEMPO members have spoken loudly and clearly that they value TEMPO’s intimate size, which fosters deep connections among fellow members, as well as the ability to be among group of high achieving peers at the peak of their careers, and the chance to learn new things and interact with a diverse group of women, in the broadest sense. Therefore, please understand that TEMPO is not able to extend membership to everyone who might be interested or meet the criteria.

Above all, PLEASE DO NOT PROMISE OR IMPLY TO ANYONE THAT SHE WILL BE OFFERED MEMBERSHIP.The only way to become a TEMPO member is to go through this process, and membership is NOT confirmed until the applicant has received her welcome letter and invoice from the TEMPO Executive Administrator. Nomination/application is NOT a guarantee of admission.

Membership Selection Process

1. Criteria for Membership

TEMPO Madison members must meet the following criteria:

  • 10+ years professional experience
  • 5+ years executive level professional experience
  • decision-making responsibility for staff and budget
  • direct access to the organization’s top executive
  • leadership in professional and/or civic organizations

In addition, the Membership Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for balancing the membership to ensure a wide range of members, diverse in terms of industry, professional background, company/organization, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

2. Member Nomination

Any current TEMPO member may nominate a woman for membership. Nominees should have attended at least one monthly luncheon. Ideally, the nominee will not be aware that she is being considered for membership at this point in the process. This helps protect the integrity of the process, as well as the feelings/reputations of all involved.

The Membership Committee also maintains a list of recruitment targets – women whom we believe would be incredible assets to TEMPO and whom we actively recruit to join. If you have a suggestion, please email the Membership Chair, Michelle Vetterkind, at mvetterkind@wi-broadcasters.org

3. Membership Committee Review

Once a nomination form is received, the Membership Committee will review it at its next quarterly meeting. That means there could be several months between the time you submit your nomination and when you hear back from the Committee Chair.

The Committee either recommends moving forward with the application process, or not. In either case, the nominator(s) will be contacted by the Membership Chair. 

4. Board of Directors Review

At the next board meeting following the quarterly nominations, the board is advised of candidates recommended for membership by the Membership Chair. The Board of Directors then votes either to invite the potential member to join, or not.

If the potential member has been invited to join by the board, a welcome letter, membership form, as well as an invoice will be sent to the potential member by TEMPO's administrator. The member who nominated her will also be notified of their invitation to join. 

If not invited to join, the Membership Chair will contact the nominator(s) and the applicant to let them know of the decision, and the reasons why, if appropriate.

Ready to nominate a potential member? Have questions?

Complete the Member Endorsement Form and submit completed form to TEMPOMadison@TEMPOMadison.org

If you have questions about this process, or about whether a potential nominee might be a good fit, please contact Michelle Vetterkind, Membership Chair, at mvetterkind@wi-broadcasters.org.

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