Young professionals making a vibrant future for Portage County
Ignite Young Professionals is a collaborative, energetic group dedicated to personal and professional development for all young adults connected to Portage County. Ignite provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills, connect with other young professionals, and learn about the people and places that make our community a great place to live, work, and play.
Ignite is a dynamic group whose aim is to engage the next generation of community leaders between the ages of 21 and 40 (or the sufficiently young-at-heart) who want to make a difference in their community.
The group focuses on developing and providing network development, social, and leadership opportunities for members as well as encouraging philanthropic and community involvement. Ignite strives to make Portage County a great place to live, work and play for all young professionals.
For only $50, your Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County membership will provide you with the opportunity to visit local businesses and talk with the entrepreneurs who have built them, meet and network with your peers, as well as business leaders in the county, and get involved in your community.
Ignite members live and work throughout Central Wisconsin. Take a look at where our members work and the variety of positions they hold. Looking for an Ignite member near you? Start with our map … then join our LinkedIn group!
Why is it so important for Portage County employers to support Ignite? Here are the top five reasons:
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Backstage Pass Events
See businesses and community organizations behind the scenes at Ignite Backstage Pass events. Learn what goes on inside Portage County’s best from food and brewing to politics and insurance. These events give members an opportunity to meet business leaders and learn what goes into their success while networking with fellow young professionals.
Bite with Ignite – formerly L3: Lunch, Learn, Lead Series
L3 programs are designed to be intimate roundtable discussions over lunch with area business and community leaders and are an opportunity for Ignite members to meet area leaders and hear their personal stories while engaging in a conversation about life, community and leadership.
Social & Networking Events
From speed networking to Holiday Jingle ‘n Mingle, Ignite members grow their connections while building relationships professionally and personally. These opportunities ensure a skilled workforce for a growing Portage County economy, while members enjoy time with peers.
In addition to maintaining the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Cty HH three times per year, Ignite members select, plan and execute an annual service project. Past projects include the Born Learning Trail at Mead Park and a dog walking trail for volunteers and staff at the Humane Society of Portage County. With a diverse list of community service activities, members are able to find a cause that is tailored to fit their personal passions. Ignite encourages members to volunteer at community events throughout the year.
Ignite Advisory Board:
The Advisory Board is responsible for the overall decisions and function of Ignite. Give your input and help plan Ignite events…join a committee!
Kevin Kirschbaum, D1 Training
Nichole Wierzba, Sentry Insurance
Hannah Testin, Pacelli Catholic Schools
Jeanna Trzebiatowski, APA
Jenny Piotrowski, Eastbay
Hannah Meinholdt, Wildcard Corp.
Eric Dolski, Sentry Insurance
Want to learn more about joining a committee or the advisory board?
For additional information, please call 715-344-1940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.