Corinn Ploessl

Tell us about your 2015 Magnet experience!

A special note from President Corinn Ploessl
Magnet has had a great year as an organization and I want to personally thank all of our members & friends for their commitment to growing with us! As the end of 2015 approaches, it's a great time to take a moment to reflect on the opportunities that Magnet helped connect you to. Is there an event you think we absolutely need to repeat? Or possibly something you would like to see us plan for next year? Now's the time to make your voice heard!
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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 connecting & collaborating with us in 2015!

Quarterly Catch Up: Get up to Date on our Recent Events!

By: Corinn Ploessl We hope you were able to network with us at one of our many events these past few months, BUT on the off-chance you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed…

Social

Our networking, happy hours are always the highlight as we begin a new month. This past quarter we cheered on the Madison Mallards at our August social in the Duck Blind, we celebrated the end of summer at The Elks Lodge, and finally, sampled some German beer during Oktoberfest at Freiburg Gastropub – a new Monroe Street hot-spot! We hosted three additional events in October that kept our social calendars booked! We took a yellow school bus out to Botham Vineyards for a private tour & tasting. We worked off the wine and appetizers the following week during Sweatworking at Cyc Fitness. And finally, we encountered some mischief while trekking through the haunted forest at Schuster’s Playtime Farm.

Another great members-only social event emerged this quarter – the Meet & Eat! Every other month, Magnet will host a dinner at a local restaurant where members can meet up for dinner, drinks and casual conversation.

Community Involvement Tackling a tough topic in this quarter’s community involvement series, we aimed to shed some light on the issue of poverty in the Madison community. St. Vincent de Paul of Madison provided insight into the challenges faced by members of our community on a daily basis.

Professional Development

We explored entrepreneurism at our “Magnetic” event during Forward Fest in August. We heard from local entrepreneurs (Justin Beck, Per Blue; Scott Resnick, Starting Block Madison; & Laura Gallagher, Creative Company) about their journey, their ups & downs, and received advice on our own start-up ideas.

You’ve all heard that LinkedIn can be a great tool for YPs, but do you know how to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile?? Thanks to Brenda Bernstein’s presentation at our October event, we do! Nearly 200 of us packed into a lecture hall at the UW’s Psychology Building. Brenda gave us strategies for standing out among the LinkedIn crowd and how to add personality to our profiles. A special thanks to UW-Madison Graduate School for co-sponsoring the workshop!

Lastly, our October book review taught us, The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Thank you to member, Brian Wulff for leading this discussion!

Extras

We’ve drummed up some really cool partnerships this quarter with some of Madison’s best- known cultural organizations.

1. Overture Center of the Arts – Their new series, Arts Connect YP includes pre- and post-show parties designed for young professionals. Each is a specially planned themed-party with signature cocktails, appetizers and fun activities to go with each performance. The best part? It’s only $15 to attend! Keep an eye on our calendar for these not-to-miss events!

2. Madison Symphony Orchestra – A long-standing collaboration was refreshed this quarter with MSO and Club 201. Young professionals gather for amazing classical music in Overture Hall followed by exclusive after-hours parties at the Overture Center's Promenade Lounge (word on the street is there are free appetizers and 1 drink ticket included!). Fun, friendship, and networking combine for this amazing event. Again, stay tuned to our event calendar for more info!

Coming up…

  • New Member Coffee | November 17 from 7:30-8:30 AM @ Panera Bread on University Avenue
  • Volunteer Project: MMoCA Holiday Art Fair | November 20 from 4:30-7:15 PM @ MMoCA
  • Magnet’s Annual Holiday Party: Night at the Cinema | December 3 from 7:00-10:00PM @
  • Madison Children’s Museum

Think Differently: Lessons from YPSummit 2015

By: Corinn Ploessl VP, Dan Merfeld and I attended NEWaukee’s YPSummit on November 5-6. We were among friends at the Summit as many representatives were Wisconsin YPs we worked with earlier this year for YPWeek 2015. It was great to be back in the company of energetic and encouraging minds. The Summit was all about thinking outside the box – how can we approach our programming with a new spin?; what benefits will truly excite our members?; how can we create and leverage partnerships in our community?

Here are 3 lessons I learned at this year’s YPSummit:

1. Don’t be afraid to take a personal interest and turn it into an event, you may find that many others enjoy the same, weird things as you. Our friend from Appleton’s Pulse Young Professionals Network took her love of thrift store hunting and open market shopping and turned it into something called, The ARTery. She had several hundred people explore the goods at her inaugural event and has since hosted it twice more, expanding the number of artists and attendees each time.

2. Titles are everything

Prime example: NEWaukee hosts a Naked Ballet, no the dancers are not naked, but I bet that was your first thought. The ballet is “naked” because it is a stripped-down performance in an unassuming venue. No tickets, no seats, no stage – just a beautiful display of the combination of art and music.

3. Engage YPs through experience

This one may be obvious to some, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone put it in the terms I heard at the Summit. If you think about our generation, we ignore more traditional media – newspapers, TV/radio ads, print ads, heck, even email at this point! So, how do you engage a generation that ignores many of the messages that surround us? The answer is to give us an experience. The challenge is getting us to attend, but once we are at an event, the experience will sell itself. The experience is what will keep us coming back.

I’m happy to say that our state, our cheese & beer loving state, is leading the charge for America’s next generation of leaders. Being in a room with these dynamic YPs from all corners of Wisconsin was inspiring and I, we, Magnet are looking forward to sharing and implementing what we learned.

Quarterly Catch-Up

By: Corinn Ploessl Do you have some serious FOMO* when you can’t make it to a Magnet event? Here’s what you missed out on these last few months.

Social

Our social game was strong this past quarter. We mixed and mingled with members & friends at our monthly happy hours. We sampled different wines at Fracesca’s Al Lago, toured and enjoyed music in Capital Brewery's beer garden, and finally, took in views of Lake Mendota and a gorgeous sunset at The Boathouse at the Edgewater.

A few members and friends played hooky the Friday before Memorial Day weekend with a Madison Eats Food Tour. Otehlia Cassidy led us on a lunch tour that included 3 stops around Capital Square.

In June, we held our 9th Annual Golf Outing at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton. Over 50 golfers hit the links – 18 holes of golf, putting with hockey sticks, stopping for selfies and cooling down with refreshing beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company. After play, golfers and friends enjoyed the 19th Hole Social at the Clubhouse.

Community Involvement

We channeled T. Swift in May with our “We Never Go Out of Style” event at the new St. Vincent de Paul store on Odana Road. CEO Ralph Middlecamp joined us for a cookout and discussed what he’s learned during his time leading a large, Madison NPO. We also had an all-out Style War – mad-rushing the store to pick out items that would create professional looks for YPs.

Who cut the cheese? We did! At Second Harvest Foodbank, our group of volunteers sort, cut, and packaged LOTS of cheese to prepare a shipment for delivery to local pantries.

Professional Development

We took the fear out of networking at our May Skill Building + Speed Networking session held at the Madison Club. We heard from experienced entrepreneur, Scott Kohl as he shared networking tactics and strategies for young professionals. Then we put these new strategies to the test during speed networking. Discussion ensued and lots of businesses cards were traded.

At our two book reviews, we learned about the advantages of being happy and how to gamestorm. Thank you to members, Scott Jaworski (The Happiness Advantage), and Jessica Parker & Erin West (Gamestorming) for leading these sessions!

Extras

We welcomed 4 new board members!

  • Stefan Fletcher, UW System
  • Knoel Kamback, Meicher CPAs (Treasurer)
  • Jessica Parker, Farmers Insurance
  • Zack Robbins, UW Madison Arts Institute

We’re excited to have these new faces on the board! They each bring a fresh perspective and have great ideas for improving benefits for our members and creating new events!

Coming up…

New Member Coffee | August 18 from 7:30-8:30 AM @ Panera Bread on University Avenue

Magnetic: Exploring Entrepreneurism | August 26 from 7:00-9:00 PM @ Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (part of Forward Fest)

Are you a new UW grad or law school student?

Catch us at your resource fairs to learn more about our student memberships! We’re also hosting a social with the UW on Friday evening – hope to see you there!

New Grad Student Welcome Resource Fair | August 26 from 11:00 AM -1:30 PM @ Union South

School of Law Orientation Fair | August 28 from 1:00-3:00 PM @ UW Law School Building

New Graduate Student Social | August 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM @ Brocach on the Square

 

* FOMO = fear of missing out…come on, YOUNG professionals!