committees and committee chairs


Madison Magnet's programming revolves around three core areas:

  • Community Involvement

  • Professional Development

  • Social & Networking Opportunities.

In order to offer the best opportunities in these areas to our members, Magnet's committees act as the backbone of the organization. The committees, made up of heavily involved members and a chairperson, dedicate their time to bring all of Magnet's events to life. The goal of each committee is to organize events and participate in community outreach that will appeal to a wide range of interests both within and outside our current membership.

If you are looking to build your leadership skills, please consider starting out as a member of a Magnet committee.  The best way to get involved is to select the area that you would like to help with and email the committee leaders listed below in order to attend their next monthly meeting.

[Interested in getting involved in a committee? Submit an application here to get in touch with a committee chairperson!]

about our 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.

Social Committee Chairs - Melissa Finkelstein & Hallie Evansson

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. Most recently, we have added MagPRO: a monthly professional development series occurring the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Dream Bank. We’d love to hear from you on programming or event ideas so we can continue to provide opportunities that our members want!

Professional Development Committee Chair - Laura Doolin

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.

Community Involvement Committee Chair - Zach Ketterhagen

The Marketing Committee is a group of young professionals who 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, webmaster and more. We meet once a month for an hour to brainstorm, strategize, and execute on our campaigns.

Marketing Committee Chair - Monica Hickey (interim)

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 provide value to 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.

Membership Committee Chair - Brandon Blackmer

[Interested in getting involved in a committee? Submit an application to get in touch with a committee chairperson!]