If you've been to a Professional Development, Community Involvement or Magnet & The Arts event in the last year, then you've probably met Drew Kemp-Baird. Drew is an outstanding individual with the talent, intelligence and drive that makes us proud to support Young Professionals in the Madison community. Now, we're taking the next step: Drew will be hosting the first of our new quarterly MagPro events titled: Top of Mind. These events will feature Magnet Members in a 'Ted Talk' type setting.
The Professional Development committee chose the perfect member to kick things off. Drew will be leading us in a discussion about 'How To Think Like a Designer.' In the meantime, here's a little more about Drew that you might not know!
Architect, Engberg Anderson Architects
Why did you become a member?
A recent transplant to Madison, Drew joined Magnet to make personal and professional connections.
Why have you continued to be a member?
I've had the opportunity to gain valuable and exciting experiences through events. I've also expanded my networking, getting to know members and make connections. Magnet provides me with the platform to find opportunities to be involved in Madison's young professional community.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I'm a far bigger fan of soccer than American football.
What is the greatest challenge you've had to overcome?
Having to make friends, discover meaningful experiences, and establish myself in each place I've called home (and keeping those friendships active after moving on). I've lived in six states since graduating from high school, not to mention studying abroad in Greece for a semester while in college.
If you could swap jobs with anyone in the world, whose job would you steal and why?
Rick Steves. I love traveling the world to explore, learn about, and immerse myself in different cities and cultures.
What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?
Transferring to a smaller office to gain more experience, and never looking back.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Do meaningful things with meaningful people, even if that means leaving some of what you've cherished in the past.