News & Events

Mon, November 20, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
4th Quarter Birthday Party If you have a birthday in October, November, or December, please join us at The Madison Club for the Q4 Birthday Celebration! If you weren't able to attend the party during your birthday quarter, you are more than welcome to join your TEMPO friends at the next event.

Cupcakes will be served as well as hors d'oeuvres and wine, cash bar. Register Here

Tues, November 21, 7:15 p.m.
Book Bags will be meeting at the home of Kathy Jeffords. The book to read is The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.   Please RSVP to Kathy.

Mon, December 4, 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, December 7, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wine Tasting at Cambridge Winery, 1001 S. Whitney Way Madison
Take a break from the Holiday rush and enjoy a Wine Tasting at Cambridge Winery.  TEMPO member Laurie Peregrine is the proprietor of Cambridge Winery.  We will have a nice variety of wines to sample and light hors d’oeuvres.  There is room for 25 at this event. Pricing is $10 for TEMPO members, $15 for guests.  Please register by November 30. Wine Tasting at Cambridge Winery 2017

Sat, December 9, 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, December 14, 6:00 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.

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.



Kevin Conroy

Please join us, Tuesday, December 12 to hear Kevin Conroy present
Exact Sciences: The Story of a Start-Up Committed to Eradicating Cancer.

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 Juniper Rubbed Fjord Trout, or Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushroom.  Both are served with root vegetable hash, wilted greens, and cranberry mustard emulsion.   Please register by Thursday, December 7.  December 2017 Luncheon Registration


Program Description

In 2009, Kevin Conroy made the decision to move Exact Sciences from Boston to Madison where it has become one of the fastest growing companies in the area. Kevin will talk about why he chose to locate the business in Madison, how he views the start-up environment in our area as well as the company vison and mission to help eradicate cancer.

Quote: What excites me most about working at Exact Sciences? Solving hard problems with exceptional people. It’s incredibly energizing to know that our collective ability and experience is making a real difference in the early detection of cancer, a space in which few companies have been able to carve out a leadership position. I’m just as excited that we’re putting our skills and know-how to work bringing other products to market where we can make a similar difference.
The mission we’ve outlined and the challenges in front of us put Exact Sciences in a unique leadership position to help win the war on cancer through early detection.

Speaker Biography

Kevin Conroy joined Exact Sciences in 2009. In his roles as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Kevin works with the board of directors and investors to oversee company strategy, create and foster a culture of collaboration and innovation, build a strong leadership team and ensure company resources are properly allocated to create the most value.

Prior to joining Exact Sciences, Kevin served as chief executive officer, president, Third Wave Technologies; intellectual property counsel, GE Healthcare; chief operating officer, venture-backed technology companies; intellectual property litigator, McDermott Will & Emory; partner, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson

Kevin earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and BS from Michigan State University

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 TEMPO Members for the three part series is $60.  A discounted parking fee of $15 is an option members can select when registering.  This will cover parking for all three events.  SERIES Registration -2017-18 Executive Leadership Series

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





Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Bring Your Bias: Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Decision-Making
Binnu Palta Hill, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Wisconsin School of Business

Cultural dexterity has become an increasingly valuable skill in today’s diverse and global workplace. According to a survey of 1370 CEO’s across the globe conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, it is now considered to be a critical professional skill rather than a ‘soft skill’. Research shows that diverse teams operating in an inclusive culture outperform their homogeneous counterparts, and are more innovative. Team members in these groups are much more likely to have a shared vision of success and are personally committed to the success of the team. These individuals also have high levels of job satisfaction and high rates of retention. One of the key challenges in cultivating an inclusive environment, where each member of the team can contribute to his/her fullest potential, is bias. Given that bias is an inherently human trait, in this session, we will explore what it means to be a culturally competent professional and an inclusive leader by learning to recognize and address our own blind spots. We will review the latest research on how unconscious bias affects behavior, and strategies for addressing unconscious bias in the workplace. 

Thank you to First Business Bank for Sponsoring this Session!


February 22
Thursday, February 22, 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

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