Welcome New Board Members!

Magnet is excited to announce two new Board Members to its Board of Directors. Welcome Alison Helland and Adam Rebhuhn! Alison Helland - Attorney at Murphy Desmond S.C.

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Alison Helland is an attorney at Murphy Desmond S.C. Her law practice focuses on assisting clients with business entity formation, contracts and negotiations, business sales and acquisitions, succession planning and estate planning (including wills, powers of attorney, disability planning, tax planning, marital agreements and probate matters). Additionally, she handles issues relating to federal and state tax, executive compensation and obtaining/maintaining tax-exempt status. Alison is a fluent Spanish speaker and writer, and volunteers her time with a number of community organizations. She is a member of the board of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County (LCC) and a member of the Latino Professionals Association (LPA). As part of her work with the LCC, Alison has taught courses in Spanish to small business owners on topic ranging from taxes to bookkeeping. She has appeared on the Madison Spanish radio station, La Movida, as a guest on the Mundo de Negocios program to discuss business incentives and general tax issues.

Adam Rebhuhn - Chief Technology Officer at Empower


Adam has spent his career merging the gap between evolving business needs and technical solutions.  He came to Madison in 2009, and has worked for area software companies before starting a consulting firm in 2013. He serves as the Chief Technical Officer supporting the business software integration and secure file transfer industries.
He also serves as the Director of IT at the Madison Dental Initiative, which is an area nonprofit, providing dental care to the working poor and homeless in the greater Madison area.
Adam has been a member of Madison Magnet since 2014, and assists the Professional Development team to provide career events to strengthen the community and Magnet members.
In his free time, Adam enjoys biking, woodworking, auto racing at Road America, and spending time at Madison's many festivals and events.

Member-to-Member: Corinn Ploessl

This is a new blog series where we will be introducing different Magnet Members - if you are interested in being featured, please email Elizabeth Purcell at epurcell@uwalumni.com!  corinnName: Corinn Ploessl

Years in Magnet: 3.5

Position: Board President (January 2014 – Present)

What prompted you to join Magnet?

During my first week as a new employee at Wegner CPAs, a guest presenter (Dan Paulson) told me I should join Magnet. At the time, I was a very recent college grad and I wanted to understand my job before jumping into an organization were a lot of people were going to ask, “What do you do?” Even though I grew up near Madison, I didn’t know many people and wanted to start building my network of friends and contacts. So, about a year into my career, I decided to find out more about Magnet. There was a call out for Professional Development Committee members to help plan a speed networking event, so I decide to jump in and help! From there, I assisted with several professional events, then jumped to a role in the Community Involvement Committee and soon after I was leading Magnet’s volunteer events and community outreach. After two years of being a member, I was nominated to the Board and after 1 year on the board I ran for President. I kind of took the fast-track to leadership within the organization, but I am so happy I did. I am currently in my second year as President and I am so excited about how far the organization has come since I became a member. I look forward to what Magnet has planned for the future and I am glad I get to be a part of it!

What is your favorite thing about being part of Magnet?

My favorite thing about Magnet is making connections. I’ve made so many connections through Magnet, both professional resources and friends. It’s weird, but Madison really is a small city where we’re all connected and intertwined. I enjoy seeing familiar faces from Magnet at community events and fundraisers. It reinforces that our organization’s members are some of the most involved young professionals in our community.

What do you do when you’re not working or hanging out with other Magnet members?

When I’m not working or hanging out with my Magnet friends, I am working on Magnet initiatives. Just kidding, sort of. Outside of any kind of work, I enjoy kickboxing and running. I like to run various 5Ks around the city – it’s a great way to give back to a community organization or cause while seeing different sites in Madison. I really like taking advantage of all Madison has to offer, so you can find me checking out new restaurants in town, kayaking on the lakes in the summer, or heading to Indian Lake or Devils Lake to do some hiking. I also enjoy getting friends together for a brewery or winery tour.

Tell us something about yourself that most people probably don’t know.

Some people may not know that I am a fraternal twin. I have a sister, Sondra, who is a nurse at the UW. She has attended a few Magnet events, but since we barely look related, most people don’t know that we’re actually twins!

What achievement are you most proud of?

The achievement I am most proud of is being honored as Emerging Leader of the Year in 2014. On any given day, my friends are amazed at the amount of things I am involved in. I am the kind of person who likes to have stuff to do; and I really enjoy meeting new people. I am in two different leadership roles in the community. This, coupled with my passion for Madison, spirals into attending lots of events, fundraisers, and volunteer projects. I consider the award an accomplishment because it was an honor to be recognized as a young professional making a difference in Madison.

Money aside, what is your dream job? 

If I had my choice of dream job, I would be a lifestyle/travel blogger. In addition, I would enroll in a baking and pastry arts program and be baker and pastry chef on the side. I suppose I could blog about that too!


YPs Love Wisconsin

by Corinn Ploessl, Magnet Board President  Ask any one of your peers what they love about Wisconsin, and you’re bound to get a variety of answers.  Some will reference stereotypical foods like cheese curds, brats, and beer.  Others will talk your ear off about our beloved sports teams; the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers.  And many will mention their community – boasting about the people, places, and activities they have access to in their own backyard.  Young professionals in Wisconsin are proud of their Sconnie status.  If this is true, why is that we lose YPs to larger cities in other states?


Enter YPWeek 2015, an ENTIRE WEEK dedicated to emerging leaders with 80+ events in 8 communities across the state.  The statewide initiative was spearheaded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Newaukee in an effort to collaborate with young professional organizations throughout the state to develop a cohesive strategy promoting Wisconsin as a great place for young adults to work and live.

Magnet is proud to be leading the YPWeek efforts in Madison.  As you know, there are many groups in the Madison area that are geared toward young professionals.  This is the first time all of our groups are working together to feature the best and most unique things that Madison has to offer.  There are events ranging from morning hot yoga, to blood drives; from executive panel discussions, to socials surrounding our amazing, locally-sourced, foodie culture.  With over 20 events to attend in the Madison-area from April 11-18, we want to make sure you know what Magnet is bringing to the table!

Based on our three core areas of focus; community involvement, professional development, and social networking, Magnet has planned 3 awesome events you won’t want to miss:

Day One (April 11): Team Build Day with Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) of Dane County

Magnet has partnered with our tool-belt-wearing friends at HYP to coordinate a Team Build Day.  We’ll be working side-by-side on two homes in Sun Prairie. There is room for 20 builders on the team, and we’ve already filled them up!  There is a waitlist for those who still want a chance at the opportunity to build with us!

Day Six (April 16): High Spirits Social – Magnet’s April Happy Hour at Old Sugar Distillery

Join Old Sugar Distillery Founder and Madison alum, Nathan Greenawalt as he welcomes Madison YPs during Magnet’s High Spirits Social!  We’ll raise a glass (or two) of specialty-crafted spirits along with our friends at Pacific-Cycle featuring Schwinn who’ve generously donated an urban bike from their Schwinn line to raffle off at the event. RSVP here.

Day Seven (April 17): Next Gen Wisconsin with Rebecca Ryan

To close out YPWeek, Magnet welcomes Madisonian and futurist, Rebecca Ryan, to the iconic Memorial Union for her keynote entitled, Next Gen Wisconsin.  We’ll gaze at the beautiful shores of Lake Mendota over coffee and pastries, and then Rebecca will share 12 trends that will impact Wisconsin in the coming years as young professionals take our rightful seats at Wisconsin’s leadership tables. Save your seat today!

I look forward to connecting with lots of familiar and new YP faces during the week!  There are so many opportunities to choose from, that I hope you’ll attend more than one event.  I’m also positive we’ll be able to find Sconnie love sprinkled throughout!  For more information on YPWeek, check out the statewide website at YPWeek.com!

A Letter from the Madison Magnet Board President

Wow, 2014 – my first year as President of Madison Magnet – really flew by! We’ve had an amazing year as an organization and I want to personally thank all of our members and friends for their commitment to growing with us! Magnet celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and I’d say we did so with a bang. We started off the year with a happy hour at Crystal Corner Bar on Willy Street; an oldie, but a goodie. Throughout the year we hosted young professional social hours at hot spots around Madison including The Ivory Room, One Barrel Brewing Company, The Wise at HotelRed, and the newly opened Star Bar on East Washington Ave. We hosted the 8th Annual Magnet Golf Outing at The Bridges – a memorable day for all. And we helped the Madison Mallards celebrate the end of their season with a social in the Duck Blind.

We deepened our connection to community organizations by volunteering for several local nonprofits including: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison, Second Harvest FoodBank, Badger Honor Flight, Special Olympics Wisconsin, and Ironman Wisconsin. I’m extremely passionate about getting involved in the community in which we choose to live, work and play, so I was happy to see so many YPs come out and volunteer throughout the year. Many of these events were coordinated along with the United Way Rosenberry Society and Magnet is happy to continue this partnership in the coming year.

A major accomplishment to note in 2014 was the rebirth of our Professional Development programming. We were happy to give members an inside look at one of the largest companies in Dane County by arranging a tour of the campus at Epic Systems. We also invited Grid Productive to our supercharged October happy hour. Owner Vicky Cassidy explained the 12 steps of productivity and offered tips and tricks for keeping young professionals on track with their careers and personal lives.

Trust me, we’re just getting started in this realm – more workshops are in store for next year.

Speaking of next year, let me offer you a sneak peek of Magnet’s offerings in the coming months – when we plan to bring you MORE in 2015!

  • Connect with another group of YPs at a Community Connection with Habitat for Young Professionals (HYP) followed by a joint a build-day
  • LinkedIn tips from an expert (you’ve never heard these ones before)
  • An ENTIRE week dedicated to emerging leaders during YP Week-Wisconsin in April
  • Social hours at the newest restaurants and bars in Madison with exclusive specials
  • Member-only events you won’t want to miss

Because we plan to bring you MORE in 2015, Magnet will also be implementing a new membership rate on January 1, 2015 at $120/year. As a 100% volunteer organization, we’ll be using the new funds to offer increasing value and programming at several different membership levels. Take this opportunity to join or renew through December 31, 2014 at the current membership rate of $50/year. Please visit our JOIN page on the website for more information.

As the end of 2014 quickly approaches, Magnet closed out the year with our Annual Holiday Party. On December 4th, we hosted a “Masqued in Mystery” masquerade at The Bayou. Thank you to all our members and friends that celebrated with us! It was a great event.

Thank you again to our members for supporting Magnet by attending events, submitting your ideas, and being part of our community. You are always our first priority, and we hope you’ve enjoyed 2014 with Magnet and are as excited as I am for what’s in store for 2015!

All the best,

Corinn Ploessl Madison Magnet Board President

This Week's Magnet Roundup: Unusual Interview Questions and Unleashing Creativity

Do you assume your boss notices when you’ve had a job well done? Here’s why you should toot your own horn. So, apparently grabbing a drink during your business lunch helps you “loosen up the brain and lets the creative juices flow.” We can get behind that:

Keep calm and carry on—it’s how successful people operate.

“You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” Yep, that’s an actual interview question at Urban Outfitters. Read more unusual interview questions from top companies here.




Would you Recommend Magnet? Take Our Survey for the Chance to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Madison Magnet is always looking for ways to improve our organization and would love your feedback!  Take our quick survey to let us know if you would recommend Magnet to a friend, as well as additional thoughts on how Magnet can improve. Each respondent is automatically entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Complete the survey by August 31, 2014 at midnight for your chance to win!

Take our survey today.

Your feedback is appreciated and will help us improve your Magnet experience.


This Week's Magnet Roundup: No More Stranger Danger and Distraction Prevention Hacks

Talk to the person next to you. Here are six steps to turn strangers into connections. Feeling unproductive? Here’s how to get back on track with the six things the most productive people do every day.

Are you a leader who’s willing to clean toilets? Here’s why you should be.

Feeling distracted? Here are six hacks to get back on track.


This Week's Magnet Roundup: Declutter Your Life and the Most Creative People of 2014

Feeling overwhelmed? Here are six ways on how to explore more and commit less and still be effective.  

We’ve all been there at a networking function—what to talk about? Here’s how to master the art of small talk.


5 skills everyone needs—and yes, you can master them.


Read about Fast Company’s roundup of the 100 most creative people of 2014.


Gain an insight in business and negotiation with 14 tactics to read people’s body language.




Happy 10th Birthday Magnet! Help Us Celebrate

Madison Magnet is proud to celebrate it's 10th birthday of empowering Madison's finest young professionals to connect and make a difference in our community. We're celebrating with a picnic and party at Wingra Park on May 10, 2014. The event is open exclusively to Madison Magnet Members only and a plus one. Magnet will provide food and beverages, but feel free to bring your favorite dish or beverage to share.

Come join us for kickball, ladder golf, bag toss, and more games and activities.

When: Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Where: Wingra Park, Madison, WI Who: Magnet Members and a plus one Why: Come celebrate our 10th birthday with us!

RSVP on Facebook


Happy Young Professionals Day!

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has designated March 29, 2014 as Young Professionals Day in support of the Urban League of Greater Madison's Emerge Gala. According to the Mayor's office, "We excited about the idea of delegating a day to celebrate the contributions of our young talent in our community, whether it be professional, financially in the form of spending power and property tax impact, or civically in the form of service on city commissions and committees or through community volunteer work."

We hope to see you all celebrating your contributions to the community tonight at the Emerge Gala. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Urban League of Greater Madison's website.

1st Annual Emerge Gala - Buy Your Tickets Today!

Madison Magnet is pleased to be a community partner of the 1st Annual Emerge Gala, which will be hosted by the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals this Saturday, March 29, 2014.

The Emerge Gala will bring outstanding young professional leaders together for an evening to celebrate our many contributions to our community. We will recognize extraordinary young professionals who are excelling in their chosen professions, a community leader who has impacted the young professional community through mentoring and creation of growth opportunities, as well as recognize one area employer as representing the best place for young professionals to work. We are excited to have 27 News (WKOW) as our exclusive television media sponsor and its anchor, Emmy-nominated reporter, Amber Noggle, as our host for the Emerge Gala.

The Emerge Gala will also raise funds to support the Urban League of Greater Madison's educational programs, including the Scholars Academy, Schools of Hope Program and ACT College Readiness Academy and the Young Professionals.

Tickets: Tickets for the Emerge Gala are $40.00 and may be purchased at www.ulgm.org/emergegala.

Dress Code: Attire for the Emerge Gala is semi-formal or cocktail. There will be a red carpet area for photos. (All digital photos may be purchased and proceeds will support the educational programs and the Young Professionals).

Time: 6:00 PM; Saturday, March 29, 2014

Location: Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton Street
Madison 53703
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Contact ypsocial@ulgm.org for more information.


Emerge Gala 2014: Call for Nominations

Madison Magnet is pleased to be a community partner of the First Annual Emerge Gala, which will be hosted by the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals on March 29, 2014.

 The Emerge Gala will bring outstanding young professional leaders together for an evening to celebrate our many contributions to our community. Recognized at the event will be extraordinary young professionals who are excelling in their chosen professions, a community leader who has impacted the young professional community through mentoring and creation of growth opportunities, as well as one area employer representing the best place for young professionals to work. See below for the criteria and more information on each award, and access the nomination form on ULGM’s website. Nominations are due February 28, 2014.

2014 EMERGE GALA NOMINATIONS TRAILBLAZER: These awards will be presented to young professionals who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and who have shown leadership within their company and industry. IMPACT AWARD: This award will be presented to a community leader who has established a record of consistent outreach to young professionals in the Greater Madison area. Such an individual invests time in the professional growth and development of young professionals to help them realize their full potential. EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR: This award will be presented to a young professional who exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of an exceptional leader in our community. Such an individual will not only be growing and excelling in his or her respective field, but is currently influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in the Greater Madison area through community involvement. WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE AWARD: This award will be presented to a business that represents the best place for young professionals to work in the Greater Madison area. Such business will have a demonstrated record of commitment to the development of young professionals, adopts work-life friendly policies, and values generational differences that attract and retain young professionals.

Contact ypsocial@ulgm.org for more information.

Introducing...Magnet's New President!

Dear Magnet members and friends of Magnet, I am excited to be writing you today as the new president of Madison Magnet! I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to you, our Magnet members, as well as friends of Magnet, to let you know about the exciting changes and brand-new events Magnet will be rolling out this year.

First of all, we’ve got an amazing new executive committee that keeps our organization strong and relevant as we continue to bring our members events that connect young professionals in our community. We’re passionate about providing a variety of volunteer opportunities, social outings and networking events. Please read more about our talented executive committee and board of directors here.

This year we celebrate Magnet’s tenth anniversary, and it’s my pledge to strengthen the Magnet community by offering additional events and value for your membership. We want to foster connections that help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

I also pledge to broaden Magnet’s outreach in the community by cultivating additional partnerships with area businesses and organizations. Members will continue to enjoy the benefits of our partnerships with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison Magazine, Club 201 and the Clean Lakes Alliance. We’re also excited for our 2014 expanded roster of programming, which includes:

  • CEO roundtable
  • Keynote speaker events
  • A members-only Betty Lou Cruise
  • Our annual golf outing
  • Volunteer opportunities and collaborations with the United Way of Dane County Rosenberry Society
  • Happy hours, which include special incentives at each one
  • Speed networking events
  • And more!

I’d like to encourage you to get involved in one of Magnet’s committees to fortify our efforts for 2014 and beyond. Currently, we have committees set up for community involvement, professional development and social/cultural events. Please contact a Project Lead or myself at director@madisonmagnet.org with your interest!

Also, I’d love to hear what you think about Magnet right now! Fill out our annual survey for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. 

Thank you for your continued support of Magnet—these are exciting times for our organization, our members, and our community. I look forward to connecting with many of you at this year’s stellar lineup of events!


Corinn Ploessl

President, Madison Magnet

Win tickets to Frozen Assets!

Enter for your chance to win four tickets to Frozen Assets! Visit our Facebook page to register. Two winners will be chosen. The Clean Lakes Alliance will hold its third annual Frozen Assets cocktail party and fundraiser on Saturday, February 8th. The event is quickly becoming one of the premier winter parties in Madison, with its beautiful decor, creative cocktails and enticing hors d’oeuvres.

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. One valid entry per contestant.

You must be 21 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

To enter, complete the following phrase on the Facebook page of Madison Magnet, https://www.facebook.com/#!/MadisonMagnet, through the commenting field: My favorite winter activity is ______. Prize: four (4) tickets to the Frozen Assets 2014 party sponsored by the Clean Lakes Alliance. This prize is valued at $380 each.

Two (2) winners will be selected at random; One (1) winner will be selected on Monday, January 27, 2014 and one (1) on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Winners will be notified by Facebook messaging. If a winner is unreachable after three (3) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected. If Madison Magnet cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Automated submissions of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated submission will lead to votes being voided.

Only one registered account per voter. If multiple accounts are detected for a single voter, they will be disabled and votes disqualified.

Madison Magnet reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

Madison Magnet reserves the right to restrict the local winners to only persons whose primary residence is within a 60 mile radius of the affiliate's' office.

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants further grant to Madison Magnet the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.

Madison Magnet reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release Facebook, all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

All results posted are unofficial until winners respond to Facebook message.

This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

Madison Magnet reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

What to Wear to Magnet's White Christmas Holiday Party

white-christmas-movie-poster-1954-1020143863The lure of Old Hollywood never goes away, and for MAGNET’s annual holiday party, we’re bringing it back to celebrate the holidays! Imagine the classic 1954 film White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. We’ll have an enchanting evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and networking to celebrate the holiday season. Although our theme this year can be widely interpreted (and we encourage you to do so!), we had a few attire suggestions.

MEN Throughout the film, Crosby and Kaye dress very dapper, donning tuxedos and suits for their various performances. Dress to thrill and wear your nicest suit for the occasion, too. Add on a hat or scarf to reinforce the Vermont ski lodge setting (and the 1950s era) the movie takes place in.

Or if you’d rather go more casual, pull out a pair of dress pants and wear with a sweater and collared shirt. Bonus points if the sweater is holiday-themed or ski-themed to play along with the ski lodge aesthetic.

WOMEN Ah, Old Hollywood glamour. Ladies, live it up and pull out your favorite cocktail dress to celebrate the occasion. Consider a strapless cocktail dress paired with a statement bracelet—a look worn several times throughout the film. If your frock has a touch of retro to the silhouette, all the better. A fitted top and swingy full skirt are the best interpretations of ’50s chic.

Or take a more creative stance on the theme and dress in all white—we imagine newly fallen snow as the inspiration for this look.

If you’re not in a dress mood, pull out a pair of dress pants and pair with a sparkly top and blazer or holiday or ski sweater. The ski chic look can translate well, too!

Movie poster image courtesy of moviepostershop.com

6th Annual ATHENA Young Professional Award, Call for Nominations!

Madison, WI, August 26, 2013 -- The Business Forum (TBF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 6th annual ATHENA Young Professional Award.  Nominations will be accepted through September 23, 2013.  The Business Forum hosts the annual ATHENA Young Professional Award Celebration to honor emerging leaders between 25 and 40 who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, excel in their career, demonstrate community involvement and are role models for young women.  The ATHENA Young Professional Award Celebration  also raises funds for The Business Forum Foundation, which provides scholarships to Madison area women to advance their professional goals by furthering their education.

Any individual, business, or professional group can nominate someone for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Nomination forms are available at www.thebusinessforum.org, by emailing tbf@thebusinessforum.org, or by contacting TBF at (608) 318-1750.

Qualified nominees and the Award Recipient will be honored at The Business Forum’s ATHENA Young Professional Award Celebration on November 7, 2013.

For more information on the event, to submit a nomination or for sponsor information, visit www.thebusinessforum.org or contact Julie Haberkorn at 608-243-5000 x2868.


Three Quick Tips on Eating Well: Learn More on 9/17!

persak-horizontalWant a sneak preview of what you'll learn about at MAGNET's dinner on September 17? We spoke with Julie Persak, clinical dietitian with St. Mary's, on three ways you can better your health today!

What are the keys to healthy living?

I always tell people it's important to allow yourself a little leeway to deviate once in a while. Otherwise when you fall off your healthy eating track, or forget to go exercise a few days, you may feel discouraged and stop altogether. What you want to do is know where you're starting and start small. Set achievable goals and work toward them. Don't think of it as a chore but more like a lifestyle change and it will stop being work and just a normal part of life.

What are the most important steps to making lifestyle changes?

1. Change just one thing at a time. Don't try to do a life makeover because then it becomes too much. Instead choose one thing and work on it. Then when it becomes a habit, work on something else.

2. Take small steps. Some people set a goal and then try to accomplish it all at once. Instead, take small steps. So if you want to get to 3-5 servings of vegetables a day, don't jump right in the first day and try eating it all. Maybe you first start by changing the portion size on your plate. Then start adding in new vegetable options. And before you know it, you'll be eating right.

3. Think of your vices (usually you know!), identify them and work on them. It can be overwhelming to take on lifestyle challenges or wonder where to start. Instead think of what you know you do that's not healthy and work on that. Do you eat a lot of candy? Maybe it's time to take it off your desk and when you have a craving reach for water or a piece of gum.

3. As young professionals, why is it important for us to make meaningful lifestyle changes now?

Because life is like the butterfly effect--what you do now impacts what happens to you health-wise later in life. If you make good choices now, you're going to carry those on to the rest of your life as well. Remember everything is cumulative, so don't think, "I'll do that when I'm older." Start now and make it a routine part of your life. Also, if you make good lifestyle choices a habit you won't have to change later on when you settle down and try to set a good example for your kids!

Want to hear more of Persak's tips? Sign up now to attend our dinner event on September 17--!


Like to Eat and Drink? Then This Volunteer Opportunity is for You!

When’s the last time you got to volunteer and taste delicious food and beverages—just for helping out? The 2013 Festival of Food affords you this tasty opportunity! This second annual week-long celebration (taking place September 23-29) will spotlight the region’s most appetizing edibles and beverages. Madison Magazine offers a fun way to volunteer through sampling, indulging and enjoying the very best food, wine, spirits and entertainment.

This is a gourmet extravaganza unlike any other, featuring six different events:

Festival Premiere – Goodman Community Center
Savory, Sweet Science Taste – Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Dueling Desserts – Karben4 Brewing
Play with Your Food Taste – Madison Children’s Museum
The Grand Taste – Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Madison East
Bike to Brunch – Starts at Agora Pavilion

Volunteers can sign up for as many events as they like! Each volunteer receives a free T-shirt.

To sign up, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CABA823A0F49-festival.

For more information on the Festival of Food, visit this link!