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Out with the old, in with the new (A Farewell from outgoing President Corinn Ploessl)

By: Corinn Ploessl Ok, so I’m not “old” per say, but I am heading out…of the presidential role. It’s been an honor to serve as President of Magnet for the past two years. I’ve met TONS of great people, learned a lot about myself as a leader, and experienced many new and exciting things in Madison. I want to thank everyone who has been a member, friend, or partner of Magnet during my reign…I’ll plan to remain on the board for another year, but look forward to focusing my efforts on sustaining and building partnerships with you, our community.

All that said, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our new executive committee!

Please welcome incoming President, Stefan Fletcher!

Stefan Fletcher is the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Administration at UW System Administration. He is originally from Watford, England and moved to the United States in 2004. Stefan holds both a PhD and a Law Degree from Michigan State University and served as the president of the graduate and professional student government there between 2010 and 2014. He is excited to work with fellow Magnet members to continue to expand the organization’s programming and outreach within the Greater Madison area.

Board Member turned VP, Elizabeth Purcell!

Elizabeth Purcell is a current member of the Magnet Board and will be assuming the role of Board Vice President. She is a Sconnie Native and an alumna of the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Elizabeth works in Marketing for Remington Products, a division of Spectrum Brands. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Madison. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, fitness, cooking and outdoor adventure.

Congratulations to new Secretary, Jess Parker!

Jess Parker is a current member of the Magnet Board and has recently been named as Secretary. A Madison resident for the past 5 years, Jess is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She holds a Master of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison and is pursuing an MBA at Concordia University. Jess is Head of Recruitment and Business Development at Farmers Insurance in Verona and is passionate about community involvement, also serving as the President of the Verona Young Professionals. And in case you didn’t meet him when he became Treasurer earlier this year...Knoel Kambak!

Knoel Kambak assumed the duties of Treasurer of Magnet in June of 2015. He originally joined Magnet about four years ago after relocating from Dallas, TX. Knoel is currently the audit manager at Meicher CPAs. He also serves on the board of directors of the Institute of Management Accountants – Madison Chapter.

We are also happy to announce the addition of Kara Stucky to Magnet’s board of directors! She is will be a great addition to the leadership team and brings a creative, marketing flair.

Kara Stucky is a Digital Marketing Account Manager at Kennedy Communications, an interactive advertising agency, and works as the liaison between clients and the digital team, managing day-to-day interactive projects and strategy. Prior to being in the advertising world, Kara worked in Finance at AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. and in Operations at Target Corp. When she's not at work, Kara enjoys home remodeling projects, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and hitting the slopes in Colorado. She is excited to join the Magnet Board because she believes in Magnet's mission: community involvement, professional development and getting to know other young professionals in the Madison area.

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

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!