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Wisconsin’s Best Places to Work for Young Professionals: Calling for 2016 Bubbler Award Nominations

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2016 Bubbler Awards Highlights Wisconsin’s Best Places to Work for Young Professionals For the second year, YPWeek recognizes the Wisconsin companies that make it a priority to retain and engage their young talent through a dynamic workplace and Madison Magnet is requesting that young professionals submit their workplace for the 2016 Bubbler Awards.

“We now know that companies across the state are realizing the demand to evolve theiR work places to fit the needs of the young professional workforce,” says Angela Damiani, president of NEWaukee, lead organization of YPWeek. “We’re excited to be able to show that Wisconsin companies are taking the charge on this front and creating an environment that draws young professionals to work and live in this state.”

Nominations for the Bubbler Awards will be accepted through February 26, 2016. The following criteria will be taken into consideration by a juried panel that will evaluate what Millennials look for in an ideal workplace: competitive salary and benefits, opportunity for advancement, work-life balance and employee engagement. 2016’s Bubbler Awards winners will be announced on March 11, 2016.

The Bubbler Awards is an example of how YPWeek Wisconsin highlights the young professional voice. Additionally, the nomination and selection process establish a framework for existing and emerging young professionals throughout the state to collaborate and brand Wisconsin as a workplace destination for Millennials.

The Bubbler Awards Ceremony will take place in Appleton on Saturday, April 23, 2016 as the launch of the fifth annual YPWeek, hosted April 23 - 30, 2016. The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is a major sponsor of the 2016 Bubbler Awards. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is a major sponsor of the 2016 YPWeek.

To find more information and to nominate a workplace, visit bit.ly/BubblerAward

YPWeek 2016 brings together key leaders in 15 communities, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in activities and experience that are important to them while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining their workforce. YPWeek 2016 includes the following communities: Door County, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids. Visit www.ypweek.com to learn more.

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.