Donor Spotlight: Sue Tempero
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: After having a career in education, government and non-profit, I spent 17 years as a Human Resources executive at the Des Moines Register. I was recruited here 15 years ago to be the Director of Human Resources for The Indianapolis Star. Since I retired from the Star about 10 years ago, I do some part time consulting in human resources, diversity and career transition. Also, I am a volunteer in the community including being an active Rotarian, and serving on the board of the YMCA and other national boards and organizations. My favorite job now is spending time with 6 grandchildren (4 girls and 2 boys) and I want them to have unlimited opportunities in their lives.
Q: How did you first get involved with Women's Fund?
A: Having been a strong supporter of women and women's issues for many years, when I was in Des Moines, I was involved in the creation of a women's fund there. Thus, I was pleased when I came to Indianapolis to find there is a women's fund here.
I became an early contributor, knew several board members who I admired and followed Women's Fund activities and organizations they supported. Last year I was asked to be on their development (changemakers) committee and became even more involved and was proud to tell others I supported Women's Fund and ask for contributions.
Q: Why do you give to Women's Fund and how do you feel your gift to Women's Fund impacts the community?
A: I give to Women's Fund because I support women's efforts and Women's Fund carefully selects and supports women organizations that will benefit from their contributions and make a difference in the lives of women.
Recently I was so proud of Women's Fund to support Grameen Bank and most recently Indy's Super Cure. Personally I donated breast tissue the weekend of the Super Bowl and was so pleased with the entire process and the involvement of Women's Fund. I have encouraged others to participate; several friends donated at the recent March event and I hope to volunteer in the future.
Q: What is your hope for the future of women and girls in central Indiana?
A: Hopefully more women will get the kind of assistance they need depending on the organization's role and more women and girls will feel empowered to be self sufficient, positive and contribute to other women.
Q: What woman most inspires you?
A: There have been several women in my life who have inspired me ranging from my aunt, a former boss and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee--all women ahead of their time who unfortunately are no longer living. These women left a lasting impression on me as well as some women I've known in this community and other communities where I have lived who give generously of their time, talents and leadership to make a difference in the lives of others.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
A: I am still concerned as to how many in this community are not aware of Women's Fund and what it does. There are so many needs in the community and Women's Fund is so important. We need to continue to tell our story and build the endowment so more women can be helped. Every woman and man in this city should be a contributor.
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