June 7, 2016


Guests: Joan Collins, Founder/President, Joan Collins Publicity;  Phyllis Lovrien, VP/Financial Advisor, RW Baird;  Susan Springman, Project Manager, Mullins Group and Owner, Springman Real Estate;  Daphne Webb, Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum;  Nancy Young, Psychologist, Family Therapist, Mediator

What was it like for a woman climbing the professional ladder in Madison over the past 35 years?  On this program, five charter members of TEMPO Madison, an invitation only, peer-to-peer organization that connects women leaders with diverse backgrounds, describe their journey and the challenges and insights they encountered along the way.  As you will hear from these business-seasoned women, there is much to learn from the past.

TEMPO Madison is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this month.  When it was created, TEMPO’s mission was to support, empower and mentor female leaders to break down barriers and unite women executive within a single community. TEMPO has remained true to its mission, but the dynamics of change have expanded the numbers and influence of women leaders in the business world.

June 2, 2016


Guests:  Amy Olejniczak, Associate Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health; 
 Erica Koepsel, PATCH Program Manager and Dane County Coordinator; 
 Teen Educators,  Song Kim and Oliver Soler

For adolescents to be their healthiest, they need to engage in open, honest, and medically-accurate discussions with their health care providers.  In reality, providers and teens don’t always speak the same language.  PATCH (Providers And Teens Communicating for Health) is a teen-delivered education program targeting barriers that interfere with the ability of health care providers and teens to communicate effectively with one another about sensitive health topics - such as sexual health, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse or safety.

On this program, you'll hear how PATCH works to address what teens want: (!) To know their visit will be confidential; (2) To not be judged or criticized; (3) To be educated, engaged and empowered through open and honest communication.

Applications are now being accepted for Teen Educators. The only requirement for these paid positions is to be in high school by the fall of 2016. For more details and to apply, go to wipatch.org.

May 27, 2016


Guest:  Michelle Kolton Mackay MD, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center

Designed for the care and comfort of patients, the serene setting of Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center on Lake Monona is home to a highly-trained and compassionate staff blended with state-of-the art technology to provide imaging, diagnostic information and treatment for people with cancer and other diseases.

Just what do we know about cancer today?  How and when is radiation used to treat the disease? What are other treatment options, and what is the criteria used to determine what treatment plan has the best chance of success?  What advances in cancer treatment have been made?  You'll hear answers to these questions and more on this program from special guest, Dr. Michelle Kolton Mackay.

Turville Bay will be hosting their free Madison’s Cancer Survivors and Thrivers Ice Cream Social, Sunday, June 5, 1-3 pm.  Open to all cancer survivors, those with metastatic cancer, patients in treatment, caregivers, families, friends, kids, grandkids, and healthcare providers, this annual event is dedicated to educating the public and celebrating the strides made.

May 19, 2016


Guest:  Katherine J. Cramer, Professor of Political Science;  Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service, UW-Madison

“Hi, I’m Kathy Cramer.  I’m a professor from Madison, and I study public opinion. May I join you?” These are the words Katherine J. Cramer used to open conversations in cafes, gas stations, and other locations where people gather for coffee in rural communities across Wisconsin.   She then asked, “What issues concern you?” The purpose was to better understand how people think about politics and to uncover the understandings that make a politics of resentment possible.  What she heard surprised her.

On this program, Kathy Cramer describes the deep urban-rural divide her research uncovered in Wisconsin and the elements that make up the rural consciousness which led to the rise of Scott Walker.  The magnitude of her multi-year study is covered in-depth in her recently released book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

May 12, 2016


Guests: Carol Prothero, Regional Manager of Business Development; Ryan Klaustermeier, RN, Administrator - Heartland Hospice

Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illnesses.  But when should a hospice evaluation be scheduled?  Knowing when is a difficult decision, and many patients and their loved ones who care for them say they wish hospice care had started sooner.

Do you have questions about hospice?  What are the signs that may indicate eligibility?  What is the hospice coverage provided by Medicare and private insurance companies?  Does hospice care mean you have to give up hope?

These questions and more are addressed on this program when Carol Prothero and Ryan Klaustermeier describe how customized hospice care can be and the range of services offered.

May 4, 2016


Guest: Sharyl Kato, Rainbow Project Director and Therapist

The affects of stress, trauma, physical or emotional abuse in the home can live with a child throughout their lives. That’s why prevention, early intervention and treatment for children and families who have experienced some form of trauma is so critical.

On this program, Sharyl Kato describes how the Rainbow Project provides restorative healing and hope for young children and families living with the negative affects of trauma and helps them build a foundation for the mastery of life sustaining skills.

The public is invited to attend community screenings of the film, “Paper Tiger,” May 5 from 6:30-9:00 pm at Memorial High School and May 12 from noon-2:30 pm at the Goodman Center.

April 28, 2016


Melanie Ramey, CEO of Hope of Wisconsin, JD and MSW

Sexual intimacy among older Americans is alive and well.  It’s just a subject we don’t talk about much.  This silence allows misconceptions to flourish - including the widespread assumption that seniors lose interest in sex and are, or should be, asexual.  According to leading researchers, that is far from the truth.

Recently Melanie Ramey presented a lecture on Sexuality and Aging to a class at the UW Madison School of Social Work.  On this program, Melanie shares her message on the importance and broad existence of intimacy in older adults lives and the need for family members and care professionals to recognize this.  This open conversation covers the myths, barriers, dynamics, and benefits of sex as we age, and how the need for intimacy is ageless and should be supported.

April 21, 2016


Guest: Kristin Seaborg, M.D.

What is it like to live with epilepsy?  One in 26 people know as that is how many will develop epilepsy at some point during their lifetime.  Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages.  In America, epilepsy is as common as breast cancer.

 On this program, Kristin Seaborg, a pediatrician, parent, and advocate for epilepsy awareness describes her experiences with seizures and epilepsy over 20 years.  After a diagnosis of epilepsy in her teens, Kristin lived in constant fear that her seizures would intensify and prevent her from practicing medicine. She kept her condition a closely-guarded secret, leading a tenuous double life as patient and practitioner - until now.

Kristin Seaborg chronicles her journey in her newly-published memoir, The Sacred Disease, with the hope that writing about her disease will build public awareness and decrease the stigma associated with seizures.

April 12, 2016


Guests:  Emily Auerbach, Project Director, UW-Madison Odyssey Project; Tosumba Welch, Odyssey Project Success Story

What do Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare and Gandhi have to do with breaking down economic barriers that so many low-income adults face today? A whole lot, says Emily Auerbach, Project Director of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project and award-winning English Professor.  Each Wednesday from September to May, low-income adults enrolled as UW special students in the Odyssey Project, gain a voice and a sense of empowerment through lively discussions of literature, history, philosophy, art and writing. They receive six credits through the English Department, and for many it is the launching pad for a college education or skilled career path.

On this program, Tosumba Welch, one of the Odyssey Project’s many success stories, joins Emily Auerbach and describes how his life has been changed and gives us a sample of his writing and oratory skills.

The public is invited to attend the 2016 graduation ceremony, Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-8:00 PM in Varsity Hall at Union South.  For more information go to odyssey.wisc.edu.

April 7, 2016


Guests:  Kristel Renn, Youth Development Director, STAR Credit Union;  Kelsey Johnson, STAR Exceptional Saver

Empowering young people to create the future they want is the philosophy behind STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world. STAR CU is financed entirely by Summit Credit Union and is housed in the Boys and Girls Club where members under the age of 18 can open a savings account with a minimum deposit of 25 cents and participate in financial literacy classes.

On this program, Kristel Renn describes how at risk kids are learning about money management and saving for their future through their hands-on experience with a financial institution. Longtime member Kelsey Johnson, one of STAR’s exceptional savers, shares how having a savings account and being involved with the credit union operations have inspired her to plan for college and perhaps a career in the financial industry or teaching.

For more information, go to saveatstar.com.