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“Magnet will be recognized nationally as Wisconsin’s premier organization for talent to connect, collaborate, develop and act.”

Magnet was founded in 2004 to unite talented young professionals from Madison, WI and its surrounding areas. We focus on three main pillars: Community Involvement, Professional Development, and Social/Networking.

Magnet is organized by committees that drive this volunteer organization. Each committee generates ideas that will enrich the organization and community alike. We draw on our diverse members to develop and execute our events. The end goal is to connect, collaborate, and develop the young talent in and around Madison. Whatever your interests, you will find an event that appeals to you like: Town Hall meetings for local government debates, Community Service days for local charities, Professional Development workshops or Social Networking events.

We are excited to welcome you to connect, collaborate, & act with our organization!


The Board

Magnet Board: Comprised of outstanding young professionals, Magnet’s Board is responsible for the crafting the strategic vision for the organization, executing on the projects and partnerships, and continuing to grow and develop Magnet.

Corinn Ploessl, Marketing Coordinator, Wegner CPAs, LLP – Board President
Dan Merfeld, Principal, TheoryThree Interactive – Board Vice President
Paul Quackenboss, Credit Analyst, Monona State Bank – Board Treasurer
Jill Shiroma, Product Manager, Morgan Murphy Media – Board Secretary
Melissa Johnson, Director of Strategic Marketing, Shoutlet – Board Member
Krista Laubmeier, Membership/Marketing Director, The Madison Club – Board Member
Erin West, Attorney, Murphy Desmond – Board Member
Chris Gilbert, Technical Director, Hazardous Waste Experts  – Board Member
Brad Grzesiak, Partner/Co-Founder Bendyworks  – Board Member
Elizabeth Purcell, Associate Marketing Manager, Remington Products  – Board Member
Barret Van Sicklen, Attorney, DeWitt Ross & Stevens  – Board Member


Project Leads

Magnet Project Leaders:  They are the committee heads and the primary contact for each committee.  The committees are the primary drivers for cultivating ideas and integrating them into the dynamic programming for Magnet.  Getting involved with a committee is a great way to contribute your skills and time to enrich the organization.
Social Committee - Jill Shiroma
Community Involvement Committee – Chris Gilbert
Professional Development Committee – Erin West
Marketing Committee – Melissa Johnson and Mic Funk