Pulse Young Professionals Network Announces YPWeek 2018 Lineup

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pulse Young Professionals Network, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber, is excited to announce that Young Professionals Week (YPWeek) is coming back to the Fox Cities at the end of April. This week-long initiative provides a platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in our area. Innovative programming will engage the millennial workforce through experiences while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining young professionals as their workforce.


The grassroots statewide program will run April 20 to 28, 2018 with communities across the state presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their home towns.


Fox Cities YPWeek 2018 Program Lineup:


  • Saturday, April 21: Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Doyle Park, 100 Van Buren Street, Little Chute

The Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup is a community-based watershed approach to cleaning up local rivers and streams. This popular annual event raises public awareness about the need for healthy rivers and lakes and is great opportunity for civic engagement. FWWA is coordinating the event with the goal of having at least 700 volunteers registered.


  • Sunday, April 22: Fermentasting Brunch Bus

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., The Source Public House, Bowl 91, Wildflower Pizzeria

Tickets are $40 and include a brunch-style tasting menu featuring Reinvent Ferment and drink pairings at each stop as well as on-board brunch bus libations. Space is limited.

Join us and our friends from Reinvent Ferment on a bus as we take our show on the road to three amazing restaurants that are committed to sourcing locally (including Reinvent Ferment products) and creating a killer culinary experience. We'll learn about the process and benefits of fermentation - as well as the important ecosystem of local farmers, food vendors, and restaurants.


  • Monday, April 23: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders Leadership Event Series: Wilson Jones, CEO, Oshkosh Corporation

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah

Individual tickets are $15. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $120.

Join United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders as Wilson R. Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, Oshkosh Corporation presents: "People First". This lunch and learn event will provide Emerging Leaders and potential members with a networking opportunity along with the change to hear what has helped Wilson reach his goals and his passion for giving back to the community.


  • Tuesday, April 24: Fox Cities SOUP

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., The Source Public House, Menasha

Tickets are purchased at the door for $5/person. Pre-registration is appreciated.

Fox Cities SOUP is back again this year to provide a dinner featuring delicious local soups and 3-5 grant proposal presentations made by community members/groups for projects that will enhance the quality of life in the Fox Cities. Each presenter will have five minutes to share their ideas and answer four questions from the audience.


For a $5.00 donation, each attendee will receive soup, bread, and a single vote to decide which project they would like to see receive funding. Proceeds from each meal become the grant that will be awarded to the chosen project, which will be voted upon by all present at the dinner. The minimum award for the winning project will be $500 with potential to receive more depending on attendance – the more people in attendance, the more funds available to award! The winners return to a future SOUP dinner to report on the progress of their project.


The proposal application for SOUP is available now through April 15. Learn more athttp://pulsefoxcities.com/fox-cities-soup/.


  • Wednesday, April 25: ‘Become a Travel Hacker’ Lunch Conversation

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., The Draw, Appleton

Tickets are $15/person and include lunch. Space is limited.

Whether you’re a weekend escape artist or are ready to book an extended trip overseas - come have lunch with us and get some tips on how to do it on the cheap! Through their new company, Fanatical Sabbatical, Michelle and Jonny Richard will present on their mission to inspire, encourage and support adventurous souls who are on a quest to temporarily break free from their careers and travel the world.


  • Wednesday, April 25: Overtime Happy Hour with West Corporation

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Mondo! Wine Bar & Retail (Appleton)

Join us for Overtime Happy Hour: YP Week Edition with West Corporation Young Professionals Employee Resource Group! We're heading to Downtown Appleton's brand new, and only, wine bar, Mondo! Wine Bar & Retail for some good drinks, good conversation and goodness gracious just a wind down from the day.


  • Thursday, April 26: School of Rock & D2 Sports Pub Happy Hour

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., D2 Sports Pub (Downtown Appleton) and Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Discounted tickets are available for School of Rock for $50/ticket in the grand tier (second balcony).

Don't miss the chance to see a Broadway production at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center for an unheard-of price AND have drinks and snack with fellow YP Weekers too. (Must have a ticket to the performance to participate in the happy hour.)

  • Friday, April 27: Hip-Hop Yoga & Refuge Lounge Happy Hour

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., 95 Yoga House (Appleton) and Refuge Lounge (Appleton)

Registration is requested for this event.

Join us at 95 Yoga House where we will combine the practice of yoga with the beats of a socially conscious hip-hop playlist and the art of the live spoken word. Don't miss out on this powerful experience for mind + body. 

The class is being offered FREE of charge, and we will be accepting donations for AllRise; a social outreach initiative that incorporates yoga and the art of spoken word and hip-hop music as a way to connect with youth. The AllRise initiative is for schools, juvenile detention and rehab centers, clubs, and community organizations - and believes that meditation, guided imagery, movement, and self-expression in words can help deal with trauma and stress for a more hopeful, healthy, and confident future. After Hip-Hop yoga, join us for a happy hour at Refuge Lounge.


  • Saturday, April 28: Bazaar After Dark Night Market

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Main Street, Little Chute

Bazaar After Dark, the Fox Cities' very own night market, is making its highly anticipated 2018 debut in downtown Little Chute! Bazaar After Dark is dedicated to revitalizing and drawing positive attention to underutilized business districts in the Fox Valley, while fostering community collaborations through art, music and common experiences. This event is made possible by the support of many organizations, especially Premier Sponsors: Fox Communities Credit Union and the Village of Little Chute; and Mural Sponsor Capital Credit Union.


For a complete list of event details for YPWeek 2018, please visit:http://www.ypweek.com/communities/fox-cities.


YPWeek Wisconsin, a statewide initiative, has expanded to 28 communities in 2018 to include: Beaver Dam, Beloit, Chequamegon Bay, Clark County, Dodge County, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Jefferson County, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Marinette & Menominee, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville, Racine, Rusk County, Sawyer County, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Viroqua, Walworth County, Waukesha County, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. The week-long initiative is modeled after a program started by NEWaukee in 2012 to provide a series of events for young professionals in the Milwaukee area. YPWeek Wisconsin has continued to reach across the state with the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since 2015, and its participants have collaborated with the agency on a shared communication platform designed to retain, excite and grow the state’s talent pool. YPWeek incorporates this platform into its programming, leveraging “Think-Make-Happen” as an organizing theme.


After three years of successful expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin, NEWaukee has built the nation’s largest millennial talent network. YPWeek Wisconsin currently showcases 28 communities, but the intention is to include all 72 Wisconsin counties.


“As YPWeek Wisconsin continues to expand, we look forward to having a more united voice and representation of what it means to be a young professional in Wisconsin and how our communities and employers accommodate this workforce,” explains Angela Damiani, CEO and Co-Founder of NEWaukee.


For more information about YPWeek Wisconsin 2018, please visit: www.ypweek.com. To learn more about the week of events occurring in the Fox Cities, please visithttp://www.ypweek.com/communities/fox-cities. Fox Cities YPWeek 2018 is made possible by the generous support of many businesses, especially presenting sponsor Werner Electric Supply. For any questions, contact Nikki Hessel, Director of Pulse Young Professionals Network, at (920) 734-7101 or nhessel@foxcitieschamber.com.