News & Events

Tues, September 6, 12:00 p.m.
TEMPO Traveler Group  If you've got the time and want to talk travel, join the TEMPO Traveler Group on the first Monday of each month at Sofra Bistro in Middleton.

Sat, September 10, 9:00 a.m.
TEMPO Breakfast Club:  Middleton Hills Branch  Show up at Prairie Cafe in Middleton Hills and join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation, for as long as you wish to stay.  We each pay for ourselves.  Feel free to bring a friend, any friend!

Thurs, September 15, 7:15 p.m.
NFL Book Club will be meeting at the home of Christine Lidbury.  The book to read is Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by E.A. Fenn. Teri Venker will be the discussion leader.  Please RSVP to Christine.

Tues, September 20, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
TEMPO 3rd Quarter Birthday Party
Join your TEMPO friends at The Madison Club to celebrate your July, August, and September birthday!

Tues, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
Book Bags will be meeting at the home of Susan Schneider. The book to read is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Please RSVP to Susan.

Friday, September 23rd
Tour of Sector 67 Hackerspace, 2100 Winnebago St, Madison
Meet at 3pm sharp for an engaging tour of the hackerspace.  Tour lasts approximately one hour.  For those that want to continue socializing, we will head to Alchemy restaurant on Winnebago St. afterwards for refreshments.  

Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space in Madison, WI dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology; including software, hardware, electronics, art, sewing, metalwork, apps, games, etc.

Free to TEMPO members and guests.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 21.

Sat, September 24, 9:30 a.m.
It's Country Club Weekend! Join us for a leisurely breakfast and wide-ranging conversation at Spring Garden Restaurant in Mount Horeb. Dutch Treat.




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Craig Culver, The Culver's Story


Join us Tuesday, September 13 to hear Craig Culver present The Culver's Story.  Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 for networking; lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m.  Your entree choices are Roasted Applewood Smoked Salmon or Apple Strudel with Sheep's Milk Cheese and Carmelized Onion.  Both entrees served with roasted golden beets, wilted greens and fennel slaw.  Please register by Thursday, September 9.  September 2016 Luncheon Registration

Craig Culver and the restaurant chain bearing his last name is truly a Wisconsin success story now spanning across 24 states.  But, it wasn’t always that way. Hear Craig as he talks about the early years when too few cars were in the parking lot and there were too many doubts as to whether the little restaurant was going to survive the tough competitive landscape. Through faith, unwavering determination and a can-do attitude, Culver’s single restaurant turned into a growing franchise. In fact, today, there are nearly 600 locations. Join the conversation with Craig as he shares Culver’s recipes for success, the home runs they hit over the years and the obstacles that had to be overcome. The Culver’s story will enlighten and motivate you to be a more intentional and thoughtful leader – and you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face!

Craig’s passion for the business started over 50 years ago when his parents bought their first restaurant. Modeling his mom and dad’s command of the kitchen and gracious, midwestern hospitality, Craig grew up serving guests and learning firsthand about delicious, cooked-to-order food.

In 1984 came an idea for a restaurant no one could resist. Craig and his family opened the very first Culver’s featuring ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard in their hometown of Sauk City, Wisconsin. Then, in 1987, the franchising arm, Culver Franchising System,

Inc., was established. Shaped after the Culver family’s team approach around hospitality and great food, the first successful franchise was opened in Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1990. Today, there are nearly 600 Culver’s restaurants in 24 states.

As much as the business is about food, Craig will tell anyone who asks that Culver’s is actually a “people place.” This business philosophy fuels the way Craig coaches team members in the restaurant and beyond to always do what’s right for guests, ensuring that they leave the restaurant happy every single time.

Craig is also active in a variety of organizations. He is a member of the National & Wisconsin Restaurant Associations. He is also a board member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation, the Bank of Prairie du Sac, Kwik Trip, and the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation.

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Coming in October: Lori DiPrete Brown

Join us Tuesday, October 11 to hear Lori DiPrete Brown present The 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative: Leadership Lessons for Fostering Change.  Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 for networking; lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m.

One of the longest and deepest traditions at the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a belief that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. For more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of University outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world. At our October meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn about one example of the Wisconsin Idea in action from Lori DiPrete Brown, Director of the 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative at UW-Madison. 4W is a unique program that connects UW faculty and students with social change efforts that promote the wellbeing of women in Wisconsin and around the world.  In a relatively short time, the 4W Initiative has launched projects related to important issues including leadership, women’s health, micro-enterprise, and working to address human trafficking for sex.  Lori will talk about the progress to date and future of this exciting program and share insights about leadership gained from the experience to date.  She will also share her reflections about some of the special characteristics of Wisconsin and UW-Madison that made this success possible, and describe ways the TEMPO members can engage with 4W.  

Lori DiPrete Brown is the Director of the 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative at UW-Madison.  A Distinguished Faculty Associate with the Global Health Institute and the School of Human Ecology, she is engaged with global health education and partnerships around the world.  UW programs to address gender and wellbeing include reproductive health, microenterprise, local to global efforts to end human trafficking, and empowerment of women in agriculture, to name a few.  DiPrete Brown served as a Peace Corps volunteer and has worked with USAID, the Pan American Health Organization, WHO, Care, and Save the Children. She received a BA from Yale University, and a MSPH and MTS from Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School.  She is the author of a novel, Caminata, which is based on her Peace Corps service in Honduras, and she blogs about global health at


“Supporting the Next Generation of Women Leaders” from TEMPO Madison on Vimeo.


TEMPO MADISON MAIN_060812_VIMEO sdws.mp4 from TEMPO Madison on Vimeo.

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