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Elm Grove woman earns award for helping others succeed

Gina Alberts Peter (third from left) celebrates with others at TEMPO Milwaukee’s 23rd annual Mentor Event, where she was honored with a Mentor Award for her service with the organization.

Gina Alberts Peter (third from left) celebrates with others at TEMPO Milwaukee’s 23rd annual Mentor Event, where she was honored with a Mentor Award for her service with the organization.

Feb. 26, 2013

The letter is a reminder of the impact she can have.

As a mentor with TEMPO Milwaukee, an organization that looks to further advance women leaders in the community through educational programming, networking opportunities, relationship building and mentoring, Gina Alberts Peter visited a female high school student in Milwaukee.

It was 1986, so she doesn't remember too much that was talked about during their session.

But about six years ago, she received a letter at her Elm Grove home from that same person. The two had lost touch over the years, but the influence Peter had on her wasn't lost at all.

"She kept telling me in writing that I meant a lot to her," said Peter, a manager of the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking offices covering Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. "She said I just wanted to thank you for your advice."

Welcome affirmation

Peter was overjoyed by the letter.

"Even though you don't realize you're making a difference at the time, you can have an impact," Peter said.

That individual told her that she has become a successful lawyer and wanted to reach out to people who have been inspirational in her life.

Peter said that is the kind of result TEMPO Milwaukee can have.

She recently was recognized for her more than 30 years with the organization. She was honored with a Mentor Award during TEMPO Milwaukee's 23rd annual Mentor Event at The Pfister Hotel.

"It was a surprise, so it's very nice," Peter said. "I'm thrilled."

Peter shared that story with those in attendance at the award's luncheon.

To further the group's goal of fostering future leaders, honorees get to select a college or university to benefit from a scholarship for a woman in her junior or senior year.

Since she wants to give back to her alma mater, Peter selected a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business to receive the $5,000 scholarship.

Plenty to do

Besides being affiliated with TEMPO, Peter is involved throughout the community.

Whether it's giving her time as the president of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, sitting on the Executive Committee and chairing the Education Committee for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, serving as a past president of the Visiting Nurse Association or serving as an Honorary Board member of the Boy Scouts of America, Peter isn't one to sit around.

"I just want to give back," Peter said. "You never know when you're going to impact someone's life."

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