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Why a specific focus on young professionals?
  • Young Professionals Networks are well developed in many cities in WI, often affiliated with a Chamber of Commerce. Chambers recognize that they need to take an active role in developing, engaging, retaining, and sometimes even attracting, the next generation of business leaders in their communities. What is a Young Professionals Network? Here’s a video on Current, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals network, called “What Is Current?” http://vimeo.com/15433618
  • Other state WEDA-like groups have a young professionals focus. GEDA (Georgia) has a young professionals subcommittee, as just one example.
  • Leadership development through mentoring, special Board projects, and/or subcommittee work could attract more younger WEDA members.
  • Special programming, such as an additional breakout or additional reception at the Governor’s, and/or special introductory rates could attract more younger WEDA members.
  • WEDA members have access to programming expertise specifically focusing on young professionals
  • If young professionals are truly a focus, most young professionals networks recognize a “40 Under 40” or “Future 15” or “Top Young Professionals” (often 10) in their communities annually. They will also recognize a Young Professional of the Year. This recognition is key especially in aging communities where there is a mystique of “there aren’t any young professionals in our community/my profession.”
2014 Goals for the WEDA Young Professionals
  • An annual break out session specifically geared toward young professionals at the Governor’s Conference. Idea #1 is on the topic of “Executive Presence” to prep for the interview portion of the CEcD and tips to be able to engage a local executive right away
  • An annual recognition of a young professional at the Governor’s Conference.
  •  A Board project given to a young professionals “subcommittee”  or “project group” (or various other group form)
  • A mentor program within WEDA kicked off at the Governor’s Conference. The program would entail applications of mentors and mentees, pairing mentors and mentees who would meet “formally” quarterly face-to-face, with the understanding that the mentor would be available to the mentee in between quarterly meetings (email, phone calls, etc.).

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Ryan Kauth wrote on the Member Resource Communities: Young Professionals wall: Make sure to join the speed networking event in Madison at 8am on Friday, February 5. Contact megan@weda.org if you would like to be a mentee in the speed networking event (or, just show up!) - http://www.weda.org/?page=2016_Gov_Agenda (scroll down to the 8am Fri Feb 5 timeline). We have over a dozen mentors ready to talk to any one new to WEDA, new to the state, new to the profession of economic development, and.or young professionals.
Posted Sunday, January 31, 2016
Jeffrey S. Dietrich Jr joined the group Member Resource Communities: Young Professionals.
Posted Thursday, December 17, 2015
Matt Dorner joined the group Member Resource Communities: Young Professionals.
Posted Monday, November 16, 2015
Christian G. Tscheschlok joined the group Member Resource Communities: Young Professionals.
Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015
Ryan Kauth posted a new entry in the Young Professionals blog in the group Member Resource Communities: Young Professionals.
Posted Saturday, December 27, 2014
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