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NEWaukee Announces YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 Expansion, Bubbler Awards Application Open

After three years of successful expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin, NEWaukee has built the nation’s largest millennial talent network.

By - Jan 5th, 2018 12:00 pm
NEWaukee's YPWeek

NEWaukee’s YPWeek

Milwaukee, Wisc. January 5, 2018NEWaukee is proud to announce the expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin to include 28 communities in 2018; 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 grassroots statewide program will run April 20 to 28, 2018 with each community presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their hometowns.

YPWeek Wisconsin is modeled after a program started by NEWaukee in 2012 to provide a weeklong series of events focusing on discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter to 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 communication strategy designed to retain, excite and grow the state’s talent pool. YPWeek will again incorporate that strategy into its programming, leveraging “THINK-MAKE-HAPPEN,” the initiative’s guiding brand statement, 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 the 72 Initiative grows, NEWaukee provides the following to emerging leaders across the state:

— United Program Offering: world-class and turnkey programs that bring young professionals from across the state together.

— Peer Network: connection points between leadership across the state as well as for individuals to navigate the state.

“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.

bubbler awards

The statewide initiative also features the 2018 Bubbler Awards: Best Places to Work for Young Professionals in Wisconsin. The Bubbler Awards shines a light on the companies who have made great strides to accommodate the interests of a shifting workforce. There’s a common perception that Millennials are discontent or disinterested in traditional forms of employment. We are eager to showcase the reality of how many Wisconsin-based companies are adjusting and creating environments that allow young professionals to call this state home.

The nomination and selection process establish a framework for existing and emerging young professionals throughout the state to collaborate and brand Wisconsin as a workplace destination for Millennials. The evaluation centers on what Millennials are looking for in today’s workplace including: competitive salary and benefits, opportunity for advancement, work-life balance, and employee and community engagement. The application will close on February 28th, 2018 and the Bubbler Awards winners will be announced on March 14th, 2018. For more information on the 2018 Bubbler Awards, please visit

YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 is presented by the following organizations: Catalyst, City of Waukesha, Clark County Economic Development Corporation, Coastal Young Professionals Network, Connect Madison, Current, Current: Young Professionals of Greater Green Bay Chamber, Greater Beloit Rising Professionals, Ignite Young Professionals, Marshfield Young Professionals, NEWaukee, Northwoods Young Professionals, Platteville Public Library, Propel Oshkosh, Pulse Young Professionals Network, Today’s Professionals, Tri-County Young Professionals Network, Viroqua Chamber-Main Street, Waukesha County Business Alliance, Wave: Young Professionals of Marinette & Menominee, Y-Link, Young Professionals of Chequamegon Bay, Young Professionals of Coulee Region, Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, Young Professionals of Manitowoc County, Young Professionals of Racine, Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley, YPWeek Madison, and YPWeek Wausau.

For more information about YPWeek Wisconsin 2018, please visit:

YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 brings together young leaders in 28 communities, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in activities and experience that are important to them while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining their workforce. Major sponsors of YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 include the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Aurora Health Care. Visit to learn more.

NEWaukee is a social architecture firm that specializes in community-based signature experiences centered on high-profile issues of importance for the city of Milwaukee. NEWaukee also provides consumer, employer brand and talent engagement services to employers looking to attract and retain talent necessary to grow their businesses.  Visit to learn more.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. WEDC provides resources, operational support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC achieves its mission through initiatives driven by five strategic pillars: business development; community and economic opportunity; strategic economic competitiveness; state brand management and promotion; and operational and fiscal excellence. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit to learn more.

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