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  • January 15, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In today’s busy, fast-moving workplace, there seems to be less time to network outside of our circle. Building business relationships is one of the best resources for your career development and professional success. A strong network can result in job prospects, opportunities for advancements, and personal growth. TEMPO Madison’s core mission is to lead, engage, and connect. We pride ourselves on cultivating meaningful and lasting relationships across professions and industries. 

    At the January 12 luncheon, TEMPO Madison President Leslie Petty challenged everyone to contact at least one other member for a 30-minute coffee/tea chat before the next luncheon on February 9. 

    This is a great opportunity to begin using the online directory and to build your network, either professionally or personally.  LinkedIn is another platform to make connections.
    As we begin a New Year,  invest in your greatest asset  –  you!

  • January 04, 2021 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We made it - 2021 is finally here!  In celebrating this new beginning, I must first thank each of you for extending hope and inspiration when our spirits were tested due to the shock waves caused by COVID-19.

    Think back to January 2020; we had no clue what was in store for us.  Though it's uncanny how life takes us in any number of directions every year, we would never have imagined the events of 2020.  Looking into the rearview mirror of all that happened in the past 12 months, the most significant impact was the tremendous shift in our personal lives and the way we conducted business.

    Without notice, most of us had to adapt quickly to a virtual work environment and navigate uncharted business challenges while balancing child care and homeschooling.  Then there were those of us caring for elderly parents, spouses, and other loved ones.  No matter the situation, we especially were cognizant of making every effort to keep up with the COVID safety protocols.  Yet it was through these rough patches that we were at our strongest.

    In addition to the unthinkable challenges caused by the pandemic, we continue to bear witness to social injustice and discrimination towards Blacks, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQ+. We know these inappropriate actions affect and diminish all of us.  Hence, it is our leadership role that will enable us to make a difference in the community or workplace by changing policies and shifting the culture to become more inclusive and diverse.  This also ensures equity across all spectrums.

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama once said, "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."  I am entering this new year with gratitude for all we have accomplished amid extraordinary circumstances.  Programs and projects could not occur without TEMPO Madison, TEMPO Foundation leadership, Past President Shana Lewis, and our members.

    Due to their hard work and dedication, we hired a new executive administrator, Erin Fabrizius.  Erin started in April, and her initial luncheon experience was the first time we delivered a monthly luncheon via Zoom.  Social distancing mandates required us to reimagine the way we network and connect with our members.  As such, we did not allow the distance to separate us and continue soldiering on with successful programming and networking opportunities.

    For the first time, TEMPOShares was held virtually, raising $5,700 towards scholarship funds.  Membership remained strong and welcomed exceptional new members to our roster.  Project REACH continued its initiative to assist members in serving on business boards.  And, last, certainly not least, Vice President Elaine Rich, along with the planning committee, has started working on the 40th Anniversary.

    Though much of 2021 will require the same diligence in overcoming the pandemic, our hope in the greater good and the collective power of talented women coming together shall propel us forward into a new year as "Ambassadors for Change." May we continue being of service to those in need, open to taking risks, lead with vision and empathy, and live a well-balanced life in pursuit of peace, happiness, and prosperity.

    Cheers to new beginnings!

    Leslie Petty, 

    TEMPO Madison President 

  • December 01, 2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s official – the holiday season is underway and 2020 is coming to a close. Since this is a busy time of year with an already demanding schedule, let’s stay grounded and remain focused on the important things in life. Family and health are among the top priorities, and equally important is self-care. Looking out and taking care of ourselves is a return on investment (ROI) and a gift that keeps on giving.

    It’s not every day that we consider ROI on a personal level, similar to how the business world measures their investments’ performance. Self ROI offers the same benefits as well as long-term rewards. Warren Buffet once said, “You will never get a better return in life than when you truly invest in yourself.” Some economists strongly believe investing in yourself builds human capital in our society.

    The challenges brought upon us due to the pandemic may have caused us to pause on prioritizing ourselves. As leaders, we should continuously look for ways to become our better selves. No one will certainly do it on our behalf; it’s up to us to make it happen on our own. In the landscape of virtual meetings, programs, conferences, shopping, etc., almost anything is achievable if we put our minds to it.

    Here are 10 suggestions to invest in yourself:

    1) Professional development training/continuing education courses and workshops;

    2) Manage and diversify your earnings and invest;

    3) Healthy eating, mindfulness mediation, and exercise;

    4) Sleep 7-8 hours;

    5) Create a bucket list;

    6) Learn a new skill, language, or hobby;

    7) Expand your network of business associates and friends;

    8) Be a mentor/ally or find one;

    9) Manage your social media profile and professional brand; and

    10) Community service/philanthropy.

    These are some examples as the list of options is endless.

    As a holiday present to yourself, especially in the new year, think about the gift of self-investment. You deserve to put yourself at the front of the line and take care of #1 because our strongest asset at TEMPO Madison is the beautiful, talented, and brilliant women who continuously invest in their personal and professional growth as well as each other.

    Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday and a new year rich with prosperity and joy.

    With warm regards,

    Leslie M. Petty


    TEMPO Madison

  • November 30, 2020 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In conjunction with Project Reach, TEMPO Madison Past President and Project Reach Steering Committee member Shana Lewis had the opportunity to interview Michelle about her journey to this new corporate/business board position.

    About Michelle Behnke, Elected to Capitol Bank’s Board of Directors September 2020

    In September 2020, TEMPO Madison member Michelle Behnke was elected to the Board of Directors for Capitol Bank, a community bank serving the Madison, Wisconsin community.

    Michelle is the principal of Michelle Behnke & Associates in Madison, a legal firm specializing in business law, real estate law, and estate planning services. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Wisconsin Law School, respectively.

    Michelle has spent her career giving back to the community through board positions and volunteerism. She served as President and Treasurer of the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as Treasurer and Board of Governors members for the American Bar Association. Michelle previously served on the Boards for the SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin, Inc., the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and Madison Community Development Corporation.

    Board Participation

    Michelle joined TEMPO Madison in part due to the Project REACH, our initiative to educate, network, and position women for corporate/business boards. She is passionate about encouraging women to see themselves as suitable candidates for corporate and business board positions.

    Michelle recognizes that most corporate and business boards fill vacancies with the contacts of current board members; indeed, that is how she earned her position on Capitol Bank’s Board. Within the last few years, she received phone calls from a couple of members of the Capitol Bank Board asking about her legal practice and work in the community. Until earlier this year, when she learned that Capitol Bank was considering her for a Board position, she did not realize those calls were part of a lengthy vetting process; the Board members preparing their list of qualified candidates. Michelle commented that this experience confirmed for her that all types of networking and referral discussions could lead to a Board position.

    Michelle asked Capitol Bank why she appealed to them as a board candidate. She was pleased to hear that they viewed her non-profit Board service as a real asset. Capitol Bank saw her community connections and experience working on a Board as major strengths. Indeed, in Capitol Bank’s press release announcing Michelle’s appointment, Ken Thompson, president and CEO of Capitol Bank, said: “Michelle’s experience as a business owner and 30 years of practicing law, along with her active leadership in our community, will provide invaluable insight to future strategic initiatives.”

    When Michelle was considering the offer from Capitol Bank to join their Board, she asked a lot of questions about the responsibilities of Board members and the culture of the Board. She wanted to make sure it was the right fit for her, especially given that she would be the first woman to serve on the Board. Clearly, Capitol Bank demonstrated to Michelle that their priorities aligned with hers. She is looking forward to making tangible contributions to the present and future at Capitol Bank through her work on several committees, including the governance committee.

    Michelle looks forward to connecting with other TEMPO Madison members, who are considering corporate or business board service, as well as those who are already serving. She wants to remind TEMPO Madison members to explore corporate and business board service for entities in and around Dane County. There are many boards seeking to fill vacancies and many TEMPO Madison members have the skills and experience necessary to be serious candidates.

  • November 02, 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello, TEMPO Madison Sisters,

    I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who attended or supported this year’s TEMPOShares. It was a successful virtual event that gave us an opportunity to network. We also experienced virtual meditation, learned how to tie scarves for casual to business attire, were introduced to a collaborative, digital whiteboard called Jamboard in addition to food and adult beverage demonstrations.

    The fun did not stop at these mini-sessions conducted by fellow TEMPO Madison members. Another highlight of the evening was the auction where the highest bidder secured their goods or services. At the end of the program, we raised over $5,700 in scholarship funds for the 2020/21 recipients. My gratitude goes out to our communications director, Megan Purtell, and to the committee for successfully reimagining TEMPOShares as a virtual event.

    We are seven months into a global pandemic with one day left to vote in the most historic and consequential election in our lifetime.  Not to mention, the upcoming holiday season leaves us with seven weeks of preparations – just a few challenges that may cause a bit of stress while still balancing a career, family, community service, etc. Hence the reason last Thursday’s event gave us an outlet to escape from the day-to-day demands by enjoying time with fellow members who intentionally walked away from life’s hustle and bustle.

    When eventually reaching the other side of this health crisis, unfortunately, the most challenging part for many of us might be fully grasping that we cannot return to the ways we called “normal.” However, the good news is we can accept this reality by creating a new normal that incorporates a more balanced and healthier (e.g., exercise, diet, and/or hobbies) lifestyle.  Work-life balance is a choice. What will it take to become a better parent, spouse, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, etc.? Being busy at work does not mean we are productive or happier; it merely indicates we are busy.

    In the article Inc.com, the author Joelle Jay recommended three ways women can find work-life balance: 1) be decisive about your priorities, 2) be more present and create a peaceful mindset, and 3) plan and think consciously about what’s important and how you wish to spend your time. As women, we tend to carry the heavy burden of issues at work on our shoulders and find ourselves as the primary caretaker in our family. For our mental and physical wellbeing, let’s unplug more, prioritize tasks/activities, and find space to first care for ourselves – we deserve it.

    Spread your wings and soar!


    Leslie M. Petty


    TEMPO Madison

  • November 02, 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for new ways to collaborate in virtual rooms? John

    Darcy Luoma and Jill Mueller from Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting as they

    share three tips for using Google Jamboard to increase engagement and fun in your

    next virtual meeting.

    Jamboard Collaboration 

  • October 30, 2020 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elaine Rich demonstrated her famous guacamole and margarita recipes as part of our 2020 Virtual TEMPOShares fundraiser. 

  • October 30, 2020 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Donna Beestman demonstrates 12 Ways to Tie a Scarf as part of 2020 Virtual TEMPOShares. 

  • October 01, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear TEMPO Madison members:

    It's hard to believe fall is upon us with the cooler weather, but look around and you will discover the colorful autumn leaves, the morning sun rising a bit later, birds set to migrate south for winter, and the harvesting of apples and pumpkins! As the season changes, I hope you have found time to enjoy some of your fall favorites whether it is going for a run on a crisp morning, drinking a pumpkin-flavored beverage, or watching your favorite sport with family and friends. Fall is not only a time to delight in your seasonal activities, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and TEMPO Madison recognizes those affected by breast cancer and the benefits of early detection, education, and support.

    Cancer has likely touched your life in some way or another, making it important that we continue to fight for measures to protect our loved ones and ourselves from this disease. Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, stated: "A lot of us think we're invincible...but we have to start putting ourselves on the to-do list." In order to care for others, we must first care for ourselves. The month of October is a reminder to check-in on your health. 

    TEMPO Madison cares for your wellbeing and safety. The diagnosis of breast cancer, especially amid the backdrop of a global pandemic, can be stressful. We know it takes a village of warriors to fight against this disease and we are standing strong together on this fight. 

    For this month, we plan to sell a special edition of TEMPO Madison shirts with the breast cancer bow attached to our logo. We will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Recovery in the Madison region. For more information on this organization, please go to bcrecovery.org

    In closing, we invite you to share your story as a breast cancer survivor in the October mid-month newsletter. Your journey will inspire and encourage others affected by this disease. 

    Don't forget to add taking care of yourself to the "to-do" list. 


    Leslie M. Petty

    TEMPO Madison President

  • September 30, 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TEMPO Madison's 40th Anniversary Planning Committee held its first meeting on September 18, 2020. 

    Their first order of business is securing a speaker worthy of this important milestone, and the bar was set very high by Maya Angelou who blew us all away at our 25th Anniversary celebration. 

    A speaker wish-list was developed during the Committee's first meeting. If you have a connection that could help us bring one of these speakers to our 40th Anniversary Celebration, please reach out to Committee Chair Elaine Rich

    Oprah Winfrey Brene Brown
    Michelle Obama Kamala Harris
    Sara Blakely Sheryl Sandberg
    Mika Brzezinski Cecile Richards
    Melinda Emerson

    Melinda Gates
    Meg Whitman

    The Committee's next meeting is October 16 at 11:00 a.m. They plan to meet on the third Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Erin Fabrizius. 

    Current Committee Roster: Elaine Rich (Chair), Kirsten Houghton, Beth Bennett, Carter, Theola, Donna Beestman, Eileen Goode, Eve Galanter, Fatou Ceesay, Laurie Dies, Leslie Petty, Renee Boyce, Susan Pigorsch and Terri Yanke. 

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