Count on your Fox Cities Chamber to keep you connected with these events and programs designed to educate, empower, and enhance professional life in the Fox Cities region. Get involved as a host, partner, sponsor, or guest and discover another level of connection in the Fox Cities!
Interested in sponsoring a Chamber event in 2021? Contact Sharla Jens, Vice President for Investor Relations, at email@example.com.
2021 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCH
Tuesday, February 2
The “Bowtie Economist,” Elliot Eisenberg, will deliver his popular annual address on macro- and micro-economic issues to the Fox Cities business community in a pandemic-friendly virtual format. Join us via Zoom for Eisenberg’s entertaining keynote address and the results of the 2021 Fox Cities Economic Outlook Survey. Expect to get an in-depth look at how the 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic will shape business, and gain insights that will help you navigate 2021. Belly laughs also included.
FUTURE FOX CITIES CAREER EXPO
Wednesday, March 3
vFairs, a virtual events platform, will be the host of this year’s career expo to connect Fox Cities youth with future employment opportunities. Regional employers are invited to set up digital booths for interactions with local 8th-through-12th-grade-students, as well as area college students during a bonus networking hour that is new for 2021. Connect the next generation of leaders to career pathways and incentivize future talent to invest in the Fox Cities through your support of this annual outreach event.
Wednesday, April 21
BYOB — bring your own breakfast, that is – this year only — as a favorite Chamber YP event goes virtual for 2021. Members of the Chamber’s Pulse Young Professionals organization are inviting some of the Fox Cities’ most influential CEOs to share their wisdom with YPs during a moderated Q&A panel discussion. This always-lively discussion will inspire, engage, and connect the Fox Cities’ up-and-coming community leaders — and leave the featured execs with some great inspiration and insights, too!
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SHINING STAR AWARDS
Thursday, April 29
This new tradition honoring educators has quickly become a signature celebration in the Fox Cities, and now more than ever our community appreciates the sacrifice, passion, and talent exhibited by so many who serve in this most vital profession. Nine awards, including Fox Cities Educator of the Year and a one-time special honor recognizing pandemic-era innovation, will be presented in virtual format in 2021. This celebration of our community’s shining stars and their success stories is sure to inspire gratitude and hope.
CHAMBER GOLF OUTINGS
Monday, July 12 & Monday, August 23
See you at North Shore Golf Club in Menasha (July 12) and Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton (Aug. 23) for a double dose of networking on the links this summer. There are no better meeting rooms in the Fox Cities! Each golf outing will feature lunch and a reception, as well as the opportunity to interact with sponsors through special on-course activities. We certainly hope you’ll swing by – twice!
BAZAAR AFTER DARK®
Wednesday, July 28
Bazaar After Dark® is a traveling street-market event that highlights underutilized and under-appreciated business districts in the Fox Cities while fostering community collaborations through art, music, and common experiences. Wander into this weird and wonderful temporary world, which will make you smile (and maybe dance) under the dim glow of Edison bulbs. Whether you seek fresh food, live art and mural painting, fire breathers, local businesses, live music, Wisconsin makers, or just a casual place to grab a beer with your dog, we’ve got you covered. This summer we'll be taking the show to Neenah, where we were forced to cancel the event last July due to COVID-19.
LICENSE TO CRUISE
Friday, September 24
This Fox Cities classic is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021 — and you won’t want to miss the fun. Classic cars, great local food, and live music will make College Avenue the place to be on Sept. 24. An average of more than 100,000 community members are drawn to this alcohol-free event each year, where they can check out more than 400 vintage rides on display.
Saturday, September 25
Food, fun, and philanthropy have defined Appleton’s Octoberfest for more than four decades. In fact, the 2021 celebration will be the 40th anniversary of this beloved community festival. Since its inception in 1981, Appleton’s Octoberfest has reinvested nearly $3 million in local businesses and nonprofi t organizations — making it a cornerstone of our community. More than 200,000 attendees say “Prost!” to this tradition each year.
CELEBRATE FOX CITIES ANNUAL DINNER
Thursday, October 14
The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce’s awards gala is growing! New for 2021, we’ll celebrate Fox Cities business achievement at one large-scale, in-person event: Celebrate Fox Cities. Oct. 14 will be an evening to remember as leaders from across our community gather at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel for a new event that combines the spirit of the Chamber’s Pinnacle Awards Gala, annual Business Awards, and Report to the Community into a single, must-attend dinner and celebration.
FOX CITIES DAYS
Fox Cities Days is a targeted college recruitment event that allows regional employers to showcase their organization and our community as a great place to live and work to students at colleges and universities that have been identified as having strong potential to fill the Fox Cities talent pipeline. Destination 2021 TBD.
EMPLOYEE FRIENDLY WORKPLACE SUMMIT
October (Date TBD)
The global pandemic transformed the way we work — prioritizing remote work, paid leave, and flexibility for employees. With a focus on investing in employee wellbeing, employers are striving to create more empathetic and supportive work environments. The workplace is evolving and the conversation continues at the annual Employee Friendly Workplace Summit, where Fox Cities employers will hear from an expert panel, as well as a featured speaker, to gain key human resources insights and share ideas for creating an Employee Friendly Workplace. In addition, gain regional insights into the current benefi t landscape when the results of the annual employer benefit survey are unveiled.
SMART GIRLS ROCK!
November (Date TBD)
Science is cool. So are technology, engineering, and math. And when our community rallies around getting girls excited about STEM, the results really rock. This day-long, interactive mentoring event, hosted within the walls of a regional STEM employer, connects the Fox Cities science and tech community with girls who are freshmen and sophomores in area high schools. Smart Girls Rock! is designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM careers and provide them the academic and career planning guidance they need to get where they want to go.
FUTURE 15 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AWARDS
Thursday, December 9
Get ready to be inspired by the “Future 15,” a group of Fox Cities young professionals who are making a diff erence in their careers and communities. These awards are presented by the Chamber’s Pulse Young Professionals Network, which works to elevate the experience of area YPs and motivate them to continue to invest in our community. Every year, the “Future 15” is a collection of success stories that prove the future is bright for the Fox Cities.
PULSE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK EVENTS
This membership-based network targets young professionals in the Fox Cities and provides programs and services to expand their network, form new friendships, and pursue fresh ideas for strengthening our community. Monthly events include social outings, community engagement experiences, and career/professional development opportunities. Six volunteer committees serve Pulse, and memberships can be purchased on an individual or corporate basis.
PUBLIC POLICY SERIES
Get wonky with a series of events focused on how our government is at work in the Fox Cities business community. This year the Chamber is proud to present four public policy events: Federal Legislative Update (Feb. 22; virtual format), CEO of the City (May 11; virtual format), Demographic Shifts and Policy Prescriptions (Aug. 17; format TBD), and an opportunity to hear from area legislators (Nov. 3; format TBD).
CELEBRATING YOUR BUSINESS
Although the pandemic has restricted most of our in-person networking activity, your Chamber is here and ready to promote our members with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, in-person professional development opportunities, and “Business Connections” after-hours networking events when the time comes to open your doors again. We hope to be back in (your) business soon! For more information, contact Tonya Boelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some popular Chamber events remain on hold due to the pandemic. These include:
Stay tuned for the comeback!