YPs Love Wisconsin

by Corinn Ploessl, Magnet Board President  Ask any one of your peers what they love about Wisconsin, and you’re bound to get a variety of answers.  Some will reference stereotypical foods like cheese curds, brats, and beer.  Others will talk your ear off about our beloved sports teams; the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers.  And many will mention their community – boasting about the people, places, and activities they have access to in their own backyard.  Young professionals in Wisconsin are proud of their Sconnie status.  If this is true, why is that we lose YPs to larger cities in other states?


Enter YPWeek 2015, an ENTIRE WEEK dedicated to emerging leaders with 80+ events in 8 communities across the state.  The statewide initiative was spearheaded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Newaukee in an effort to collaborate with young professional organizations throughout the state to develop a cohesive strategy promoting Wisconsin as a great place for young adults to work and live.

Magnet is proud to be leading the YPWeek efforts in Madison.  As you know, there are many groups in the Madison area that are geared toward young professionals.  This is the first time all of our groups are working together to feature the best and most unique things that Madison has to offer.  There are events ranging from morning hot yoga, to blood drives; from executive panel discussions, to socials surrounding our amazing, locally-sourced, foodie culture.  With over 20 events to attend in the Madison-area from April 11-18, we want to make sure you know what Magnet is bringing to the table!

Based on our three core areas of focus; community involvement, professional development, and social networking, Magnet has planned 3 awesome events you won’t want to miss:

Day One (April 11): Team Build Day with Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) of Dane County

Magnet has partnered with our tool-belt-wearing friends at HYP to coordinate a Team Build Day.  We’ll be working side-by-side on two homes in Sun Prairie. There is room for 20 builders on the team, and we’ve already filled them up!  There is a waitlist for those who still want a chance at the opportunity to build with us!

Day Six (April 16): High Spirits Social – Magnet’s April Happy Hour at Old Sugar Distillery

Join Old Sugar Distillery Founder and Madison alum, Nathan Greenawalt as he welcomes Madison YPs during Magnet’s High Spirits Social!  We’ll raise a glass (or two) of specialty-crafted spirits along with our friends at Pacific-Cycle featuring Schwinn who’ve generously donated an urban bike from their Schwinn line to raffle off at the event. RSVP here.

Day Seven (April 17): Next Gen Wisconsin with Rebecca Ryan

To close out YPWeek, Magnet welcomes Madisonian and futurist, Rebecca Ryan, to the iconic Memorial Union for her keynote entitled, Next Gen Wisconsin.  We’ll gaze at the beautiful shores of Lake Mendota over coffee and pastries, and then Rebecca will share 12 trends that will impact Wisconsin in the coming years as young professionals take our rightful seats at Wisconsin’s leadership tables. Save your seat today!

I look forward to connecting with lots of familiar and new YP faces during the week!  There are so many opportunities to choose from, that I hope you’ll attend more than one event.  I’m also positive we’ll be able to find Sconnie love sprinkled throughout!  For more information on YPWeek, check out the statewide website at YPWeek.com!