When a week is not enough

YP Week celebrates young professionals at work and in the community

Sean P. Johnson
Posted by of Insight Publications

Sometimes there is so much to do, you need more than seven days in a week.

That certainly describes the continuing evolution of YPWeek Wisconsin, nine days of events, exploration and service projects aimed at celebrating young professionals both in the workplace and the community.

What started out as a smattering of events in the Milwaukee area hosted by NEWaukee now involves communities and YP groups stretching across the state from Beloit to Chequamegon Bay, Sheboygan to La Crosse and all points between.

Officially opening today, there are plenty of high-profile YPWeek kickoff weekend events Saturday and Sunday to run you ragged. It’s no wonder the week now covers nine days, from April 20 to 28. Green Bay will open with Catalyst, an event celebrating public art and artists in the greater Green Bay area. The Fox Cities YPs will wrap up the week with the return of Bazaar After Dark in Little Chute.

And there is plenty for YPs in the New North to celebrate. Three companies in the region received the 2018 Bubbler Award from NEWaukee for their efforts to create a workplace that attracts and retains YPs. Regional winners this year include:

  • Johnsonville (Sheboygan Falls)
  • Sargento Foods Inc. (Plymouth)
  • Wisnet (Fond du Lac) – a two-time winner of the award

The evaluation for the award looks at many of the factors important to YPs in the workplace, including: competitive salary and benefits, opportunity for advancement, and employee and community engagement.

“We will be THE place that millennials will want to be a part of in the future,” Johnsonville owner Shelly Stayer said after the awards were announced.

A roundup of events in the region and across the state can be found on the YP Week calendar.