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April 7, 2015

YP Week Fights Wisconsin's Brain Drain

NEWaukee, Milwaukee’s young professional organization, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation have partnered to launch the first-ever statewide young professionals week program: YP Week Wisconsin. Taking place April 11-18, the weeklong event will feature 85 events across various Wisconsin cities including Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Appleton, Wausau and Kenosha. The events will serve as a platform to tackle the issues that matter most to young professionals, with a focus on what can be done to attract and retain younger workers.

According to data compiled by the University of Wisconsin, an average of 14,000 college graduates left Wisconsin annually between 2008-2012, with most of those between the ages of 21 and 29. Young professional groups across the state team up this week to address this brain drain, bringing together key leaders in the community in activities that engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to them, as well as educate employers on the important role these functions play in retaining a younger workforce.

“YPWeek Wisconsin establishes a framework for existing and emerging young professionals throughout the state to collaborate and brand Wisconsin as a workplace destination for all Millennials,” explains Angela Damiani, president of NEWaukee. “The excitement that is mounting with the new cities coming aboard and the willingness to work towards a single goal proves that folks are hungry and ready for this type of platform. Wisconsin only stands to gain with this united front.”

View the YP Week 2015 Calendar of Events, including several taking place here in the Madison Region. And congrats to all the companies -- including Shoutlet and Zendesk from Madison -- that won the 2015 Bubbler Awards for being a best place for YPs to work!