News & Events

Thurs, December 14, 7:15 p.m.
NFL Book Club will be meeting at the home of Teri Venker.  The book to read is Unmentionables: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage &o Manners by Therese O'Neill.  Teresa Kobelt will be the discussion leader.  Please RSVP to Teri.

Tues, December 19, 7:15 p.m.
Book Bags will be meeting at the home of Jeane Kropp. The book to read is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.   Please RSVP to Jeane.

Tues, January 2, 2018, 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.

Thurs, January 11, 6:15 p.m.
TEMPO Happy Hour at The Madison Club  Do you want another opportunity to get to know your board and other TEMPO members in a casual setting - we have a great idea - come join us at our newly-created TEMPO Happy Hour!  These Happy Hours will follow our board meetings on the Thursday following the monthly TEMPO luncheon.  No registration necessary.  TEMPO Board members will be on the patio (weather permitting), or the club level bar, or third level pub.

Sat, January 13, 2018, 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!


TEMPO Madison


Fiskars Brands: How a 365 Year Old Company Persevered Through a Tumultuous Decade and Re-gained its Status as One of the World’s Most Trusted Brands – With Consumers, Employees and Shareholders

Please join us, Tuesday, January 9 to hear Paul Tonnesen present
Fiskars Brands: How a 365 Year Old Company Persevered Through a Tumultuous Decade and Re-gained its Status as One of the World’s Most Trusted Brands – With Consumers, Employees and Shareholders.

Please plan to meet at The Madison Club at 11:30 for networking; lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m.  Your entree selections are Chicken Pot Pie or Vegetarian Chili.  Please register by Thursday, January 4.  January 2018 Luncheon Registration

Program Description
A company that is still around after 365 years is a big deal.  A company that’s bet big on strategy, taken its setbacks, learned to build on its strengths, and stay relevant to its workforce and investors is an even bigger deal.  Fiskars-branded products are respected and loved by millions of consumers around the world.  Their famous “orange-handled scissors” live side by side on retail shelves with a wide range of innovative products in the kitchen, back yards, garages, and even in hunting stands.  After an acquisition spree in the early 90’s the company grew fast, then spiraled.  Paul Tonnesen will take us through how the team got back on track and is now working from a solid foundation and sustainable foundation of innovation and growth.

Speaker Biography

Paul Tonnesen is currently Global President Functional Group, and member of the Executive Board for the Fiskars Group (Helsinki, Finland). Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village, Fiskars has grown to be a $1.3B, leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. The world famous orange-handled scissors are a registered trademark of Fiskars Corporation. The group has a strong portfolio of trusted international brands including Fiskars (the World’s #1 Scissors Brand), Iittala, Gerber, Wedgwood and Waterford. Additionally the Fiskars portfolio includes Gingher, and watering brands Nelson and Gilmour. Fiskars’ products are available in more than 100 countries and the company employs around 8,700 people in 30 countries. Fiskars is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Tonnesen was recruited to Fiskars in December 2006 as President of Garden & Outdoor Living division based in Sauk City, WI.  Based upon the turn-around success of the garden division, Tonnesen was awarded management of the School, Office, Craft division in 2008, and subsequently the Home division in 2010 to form Fiskars Americas. Merging the divisions resulted in a consolidated location in Madison, WI.  In 2014, Fiskars Americas acquired the garden watering brands Gilmour and Nelson purchased from the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.  In 2016, Fiskars Americas divested American Designer Pottery, and USA Spring. Also in 2016, Fiskars Americas opened a brand new, state-of-the art, North American headquarters and R&D center in Middleton, WI. In early 2017 Tonnesen was promoted to the Global President Role for Fiskars Functional Group. With sales approaching $800M Tonnesen has the President of EMEA Fiskars, and President Gerber (knives and multi-tools) as direct reports.

Tonnesen has 30 years of strategic, operational and turnaround experience within the consumer products industry, and has responsibility for setting the global vision and strategy for Fiskars’ and Gerber brand of products. Prior to Fiskars, Tonnesen has worked in executive positions at Elmer’s Products, Spectrum Brands, Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, and in private equity.

Tonnesen is currently a Board and Executive Committee Member for The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Wisconsin and also Vice Chairman – Midwest and National Board Trustee for the Boys & Girls Club of America.  He sits on the Advisory Board for LeMoyne College (Syracuse) Madden School of Business, Board Member for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and Saris Cycling Group. Previously has served as a Board Trustee and Secretary for The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Board of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA); serving as their Chairman of Trade Relations.

In 2016, Tonnesen was named Madison’s Executive of the Year in 2016, by InBusiness Magazine. Also in 2016; LeMoyne College honored Tonnesen with the St. Ignatius Loyola Distinguished Alumni award for community service.

Mr. Tonnesen holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University with a concentration in General Management and Finance, and a B.S. in Marketing and Management Information Systems from LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, NY.

Registration for the 2017-18 Executive Women's Leadership Series is open!


 Catering Sponsored By

The Wisconsin Evening & Executive MBA Programs are thrilled to be partnering again with TEMPO on the Leadership Series.  We are proud to support women in leadership seeking to develop themselves and their employees.

This three-part speaker series focuses on topics that the TEMPO members have shared are relevant to today’s business leaders.  Join us for one or all three professional development events.

Topics include:
•    Bring Your Bias: Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Decision-Making
•    Owning Our Stories: A Pathway to Authentic Leadership
•    Mindfulness: It’s More Than Meditation

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Leadership Series.

All sessions will be held at the Wisconsin School of Business, Grainger Hall, Room 1310 - Plenary Room, 975 University Avenue.  Breakfast will be served.

Registration for individual sessions is for TEMPO members and guests.  Each session is $25 with an optional parking fee of $6. 





SESSION ONE was held on Thursday, November 2, 2017  Members and guests enjoyed hearing Binnu Palta Hill, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business who presented Bring Your Bias: Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Decision-Making.


February 22
Thursday, February 21, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Owning Our Stories: A Pathway to Authentic Leadership
Chief Kristen Roman, UW Madison Police

Author Brene Brown says, “To be alive is to be vulnerable; to be a leader is to be vulnerable every minute of the day. You don’t get to opt out.” Authentic leadership requires courage, emphasizes self-awareness and promotes legitimacy through relational transparency and fair-mindedness. In this session, participants will explore the process of cultivating authentic leadership and learn the importance of owning our stories. Understanding that balance is vital to career endurance and mistakes are an essential ingredient of success, authentic leadership asks us that we let ourselves be seen and sit with discomfort. In so doing, our vulnerabilities have the power to lead us to our greatest strengths.  SESSION 2 - 2017-18 Executive Leadership Registration


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Mindfulness: It’s More Than Meditation
Julia Yates, UW Health
Learn to use mindful awareness to examine stress reactions and resiliency tools from a place of non-judgmental curiosity. Discussion will start with defining mindfulness and exploring the powerful role of vulnerability when using mindfulness to increase self-awareness. Openly and honestly explore triggers and reactions to stress , while identifying what works to bring us back to a state of wellness and resiliency. We all react to stress, and we all need personal resiliency strategies that work for us.  SESSION 3 - 2017-18 Executive Leadership Registration


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


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