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President's Message - TEMPO Foundation

As TEMPO of Madison Foundation’s President, I am honored (and humbled) to work with such an inspiring group of Past TEMPO Madison Presidents who make up the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  I look forward to another successful year of philanthropy and advancing our mission to support, mentor and empower women leaders.

A favorite word of mine is synergy – “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect GREATER than the sum of their separate effects.”    When I think of TEMPO Madison, and the TEMPO of Madison Foundation, I think synergy describes this mutually beneficial partnership perfectly!   While each organization is represented by phenomenal, compassionate and strong women leaders – it is TOGETHER that we make an even greater positive impact in our community.

As we look to the coming year, I’m excited to work on the following initiatives:

Scholarships – we will continue to offer academic scholarships to future generations of women leaders. In addition to supporting our members to thrive professionally, our Foundation endeavors to grow its philanthropic legacy to support promising young women in pursuit of their educational goals. To date, we have awarded over $110,000 in scholarships to 37 area high school seniors. These future women leaders share TEMPO Madison members’ desire to lead, engage, and connect with our community. 

Mentorship Program – in partnership with our TEMPO Madison Scholarship Committee, we will continue the good work done so far to implement a mentoring program for past and current scholarship recipients. 

Leadership Series – we will continue the ever-popular Leadership series, which is held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Executive MBA Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. 

TEMPOShares –we will host a fun evening at the Madison Club on October 12, 2021 to raise funds for No Strings Attached and the Scholarship Program. This year’s event will feature networking opportunities and some fabulous raffle items.

40th Anniversary Celebration – last, but certainly not least, in 2021 we celebrate a milestone anniversary. Yes, TEMPO Madison turns 40!  It will truly be a year-long celebration as we want to celebrate and honor our past achievements while positioning our future for greater advancement and community reach. I can’t wait to see you all at our kickoff event on October 27, 2021 at the Edgewater!

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year.

Yours in service,

Michelle Vetterkind


TEMPO Madison Foundation Board

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