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President's Message

Dear TEMPO Madison members,

It is an honor to serve as the TEMPO Madison President for the 2020-21 year. Please join me in thanking last year’s president Shana Lewis for her exceptional leadership and members of the TEMPO Madison board for their steadfast dedication to our mission of leading, engaging, and connecting influential women to help them succeed in their endeavors. I look forward to working with Vice President Elaine Rich in the coming year and also welcome this year’s new board members Fatou Ceesay and Patti Epstein.

As a premier women’s organization, we strive to foster meaningful relationships between women to promote success in personal, professional, and community-based settings. It has been inspiring to witness the evolution of TEMPO Madison and to have experienced an organizational culture centered on unity. This year we are approaching TEMPO Madison’s 40th anniversary. Over these past four decades, TEMPO Madison has changed the lives of women in the greater Madison area; this occasion is worthy of celebration. With this in mind, I look forward to collaborating with our board and members as we prepare for this milestone anniversary.

I am committed to evolving and expanding TEMPO Madison's programming. It is a privilege to oversee TEMPO Madison's events and bring forth changes ensuring the continued support of our members. TEMPO Madison has created an expansive network of strong, dedicated, and empowered women.

During my presidency, I plan to increase our reach and impact by securing sustainable sponsors and increasing brand awareness. Our organization fosters community and unity among members, which is key to the advancement of TEMPO Madison and integral to our broader community during these turbulent times. I want to ensure that our organization has the means to continue network expansion and ongoing positive influence, impacting the women of our community for many years to come.

I look forward to watching our growth and connecting with each of you throughout the year.

Leslie Petty, Ed.D
TEMPO Madison

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