May 7, 2010
Madison, Wis. - Paula Bonner, the president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and a former UW Associate Athletics Director is being honored May 21 with The TEMPO International Leadership Award presented to an individual or organization that has significantly advanced, promoted or represented the TI mission and values.
Past recipients of this prestigious award include Senator Elizabeth Dole (1998), Wisconsin State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson (2000), White House correspondent and journalist Helen Thomas (2002), Lt. Governor of Wisconsin Barbara Lawton (2005), and Frances Hesselbein (2007).
Bonner, who has been with the WAA since 1989, has served as a positive role model for hundreds of young students who have volunteered their time at the Wisconsin Alumni Association. In addition, she has provided wisdom and guidance to a multitude of UW alumni who reach out to her and her staff as they enter the workforce after graduation and has promoted the hiring and advancement of women throughout the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
In her role as WAA president she has worked tirelessly promoting issues of diversity and equal opportunity. Under her leadership, the WAA has been a national leader in providing opportunities for women and minorities, including but not limited to establishing and growing the Student Diversity Programs, the PEOPLE program, Prospective Scholars Day, Career Links, the Diversity and Inclusivity Council, the African American Alumni Association, the American Indian Alumni Council, the Hispanic /Latino Alumni Association and much more.
As a UW Athletic Department administrator from 1974-89, Bonner was a champion for the rights of female students who sought a chance to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Her hard work and dedication on behalf of those young student-athletes played a key role in creating hundreds of opportunities for young women to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Wisconsin.
The Award will be presented at the 2010 Annual TEMPO International Conference Awards Luncheon Friday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Club, Madison, WI. Individual tickets are $50 and a table of 8 is $400. Registration by credit card for the luncheon and/or conference at www.tempointernational.org. Participants do not have to be a member of TEMPO to attend the luncheon.
The mission of TEMPO INTERNATIONAL is to create a worldwide, non-profit organization to develop and strengthen the talents of women by supporting individuals, projects and programs that are focused upon supporting, mentoring and empowering women and women leaders.