Madison YPs

Gain Professional Experience with Magnet

By: Melissa Johnson We're almost to the new year, and we are already looking to 2016 planning. What are your goals for 2016? Do you want to get more involved?

We'd love to talk to you about joining one of our committees - Marketing, Social, Professional Development, Membership, and Community Involvement. It's your chance to get involved and gain experience!

What is Magnet?

Madison Magnet is a membership-based young professionals networking group in Madison, WI, and we focus on three main pillars: Community Involvement, Professional Development, and Social and Networking. There are committees for each of these pillars that work to create events and membership value to connect, collaborate, and develop the talent in Madison.

What are the committees?

The Social Committee manages social and cultural events for Magnet, including our monthly networking happy hours, annual holiday party and more. The committee is constantly looking for opportunities to bring members and non-members together in new and fun ways. Examples of other events we have organized include a Madison Eats food tour, group workout classes and the annual Magnet golf outing.  Interested in fine tuning your event management skills or just want to help foster our growing sense of community? The Social Committee may be for you. Please contact Jill Shiroma if you are interested. 

The Professional Development Committee is tasked with creating interactive and informative opportunities that are designed to educate and enhance the career goals and skills of Magnet members. Whatever your field or professional interests, you are sure to find events that are appealing and accelerate your professional success. Past events include: No Fear Networking; Productivity Workshop; and Magnetic: Exploring Entrepreneurism. We’d love to hear from you on programming or event ideas so we can continue to provide opportunities that our members want! Please contact Erin West if you are interested. 

The Community Involvement Committee coordinates volunteering and community outreach opportunities for Magnet members and friends. With the busy lives of young professionals, the activities facilitated by this committee are an easy way for get and stay more involved with the wider Madison community, which is near and dear to all of us. In addition to participating in community events, we would encourage you to get involved with the committee which meets monthly, to help plan and coordinate an event for an organization which is important to you. Please contact Zack Robbins if you are interested. 

The Marketing Committee is a group of young professionals that work together to create organization awareness, promote Magnet’s mission and values, and grow the membership base through value-based marketing messages. Each team member has a specific and accountable role such as email manager, social media manager, design lead, content manager, and more. We meet once a month for an hour to brainstorm, strategize, and execute on our campaigns. Please contact Melissa Johnson if you are interested. 

The Membership Committee focuses on all aspects of membership in effort to provide the most value for joining Magnet. We plan and host events to both educate prospective members, and welcome new members to Magnet. We collaborate with the Social Committee to plan exclusive, members-only events to further integrate our membership. Additionally, we work with community partners to secure member benefits. Our aim is to ensure all those who join Magnet are engaged and excited about being a part of our organization. Please contact Elizabeth Purcell if you are interested. We look forward to meeting you, and your contributions to the community. Here's to a great 2016!

Are you Ready for Freakfest 2015?

By: Zack Robbins Are you ready for Halloween and FREAKFEST?! I hope you were able to make it to Magnet’s “How to write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile” yesterday at the UW-Psychology Building. (We had to move it to a bigger room over in the UW-Psychology building because there was too much interests and we couldn’t fit everyone in the originally scheduled space!) In any case, please join us tonight for a little MISCHIEF at Schuster’s Farm. It’s going to be a blast… if you can handle it! And don’t forget our November Happy Hour at HopCat next week on Thursday the 5th. With great food and over 130 Beers on tap, you won’t want to miss that one. I hope to see you at one of these great events... even better, come in costume, so we know how to pick you on Halloween at FreakFest! 

Here's what you need to know about Madison’s 10th annual FreakFest:

What is it?

The 10th Annual Halloween Bash with live music at three different outdoor stages, tons of CRAZY costumes and who knows what else. It has had a history of occasionally getting out of control… So, have fun, but stay safe!

Where is it?

It completely takes over State Street in Downtown Madison. (Link to FreakFest map for arrows to the entrances, ticket booths and stages.)

When is it?

Saturday, October 31st (Duh, Halloween!) Gates open at 7p.m.

Who will be performing?  

Timeflies is headlining this year's event, with other performances by: Chase Rice, MisterWives, the Cadillac Three and more! Check out the full list HERE.

How can I get tickets?

Tickets available at the gate for $15. Advance tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, by phone at (800) 745-3000, online at www.madfreakfest.com, or at several businesses in the State Street area including:

B-Side Records Knuckleheads Mallatt's Pharmacy (Monroe St. location) Ragstock Strictly Discs Sunshine Daydream University Bookstore Community Pharmacy Stop & Shop Los Gemelos Osaka House The Soap Opera The Towers Apartments The Statesider Apartments Walgreens on Capitol Square Alliant Energy Center Box Office Mad City Frites

Magnet Roundup: Lessons from Larry Page, Find Your Next Job, and More

By: Jill Shiroma We’ve rounded up some of our favorite articles from the week:

Do you go home and say, “Guess what I did today!” Larry Page is inspiring and empowering his team at Google. Find out how.

Wait, that creative block is just procrastination? 6 Unusual Habits of Exceptionally Creative People

The Best Way to Find Your Next Job. Spoiler alert: 80% of jobs are found through networking.

12 Real Reasons Some People Never Seem to Have Enough Time. Can we all relate to a few of these?

A bucket list for leaders. 15 Behaviors and Traits of Great Leaders