January 2012

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from our staff what I've learned this month... by Michelle Reddington Watch This We sat down months ago and started a list of names. Th at short list soon grew into a full page, then ultimately stretched on for almost 10. Th e conclusion? If you're look- ing for women who are making their mark in Madison, there is no shortage at all. For one second (or maybe two) we tried to convince ourselves that featuring over 100 women would be easy as pie—then we came back to earth. We began sifting and digging, asking around and sticking our noses into places where they don't re- ally belong to whittle that list down. Th e 23 women you see in our cover story this month are the result. Some you may know already, others you may be meeting for the fi rst time. Th ey're leading research and running nonprofi ts, growing businesses and broadening educa- tional opportunities, challenging the status quo and shaking things up wherever they go. Read their stories starting on p. 40. We know you'll see them again in our pages sooner or later, because they're not ones to sit still. And if you want to meet even more women who stand out in the community, look no further than Deb Archer and Debra Amesqua. From Archer's work leading the Greater Madison Convention and Visi- tors Bureau into an exciting future (p. 33) to Amesqua's farewell from the City of Madison Fire Department (p.11), both are women to watch in their own right. Once their stories have you feeling suf- fi ciently inspired, we've got plenty of other ideas to help you enjoy your winter months. Start with a snowboarding adven- ture that will get you in the mood to tackle something new (p. 16), move on to tasty cooking getaways for the foodie traveler (p. 68), and then wind down with tropical spa treatments that will carry you to a place far, far away from snow (p. 63). Wherever the new year leads you, we hope you fi nd inspiration, listen to your own voice, and make your mark in Madi- son and beyond. I was just talking with a friend about improving our culinary skills. I think we should check out the cooking classes at The Osthoff Resort in January to make a mess in someone else's kitchen for a change! "Play with Your Food," p. 68 Th e number of incredible local women we have the pleasure of introducing you to in our inaugural 23 Women to Watch feature. "Women to Watch," p. 40 After reading about "A Thousand Words," Forward Theater Company's new play written by a local woman, I need to buy tickets. It sounds like a fabulous show starring the remarkable Sarah Day, who was featured in our July issue! "Play Around Town," p. 64 Th e number of boots I'm coveting on p. 18. Yes, I love them all! I'm trying to justify purchasing each one now that I've learned how to properly care for them through the winter 5 Sarah DeRoo Editor in Chief 8 Michelle Reddington Publisher BRAVA Magazine January 2012 with the tips on the next page. "Live in Style," p. 18 Jan. 4 The application deadline for the 2012 Go Red Girlfriends Challenge! I was so inspired to read about the challenge in our pages last year, and hope to see YOU, our readers, take the opportunity to start the year off by pledging to better your heart health. "Live in Good Health," p. 14

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