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Ignite Young Professionals Announces YPWeek 2019

By Portage County Business Council

Ignite Young Professionals is proud to announce the 2019 YPWeek events sponsored by Skyward. The events will be held April 22 to 26 in the Stevens Point Area. Ignite Young Professionals is a collaborative, energetic group dedicated to personal and professional development for all young adults connected to Portage County.

Started by NEWaukee in 2012, YPWeek is a week-long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals. Each host community will present a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their city. YPWeek aims to engage the next generation of professionals, while also educating employers on workforce talent attraction and retention.

Events for the week range from professional development sessions in the morning to exclusive socials hosted in the evening. Everyone is encouraged to participate in these events and learn about the community.

For information about YPWeek 2019, please visit:

A Bite & A Pint for the Fight

April 22, 2019 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM | Starting Location Mr. Brews

Ignite Young Professionals in the fight for the environment and get a BITE and a PINT afterward! Join us on April 22 which is Earth Day. What better way to celebrate than cleaning up Portage County!

Active Transportation for Life

April 23rd, 2019 | 7:30AM – 8:30AM | IDEA Center

Join Trevor Roark, Chair of Stevens Point’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Street Safety Commission, as he breaks down the stigmas and barriers to walking and/or biking for transportation, providing an assist to active transportation for life.

Coffee & Conversation: With Guest Speaker James David Oksuita

April 24th, 2019 | 7:30AM – 9:00AM | The Coffee Studio

Have coffee and conversation with guest presenter James David Oksuita: Professional magician, speaker, and team builder. James David is leading us with, Magic: “The Magic of Emotional Intelligence,” With the rapid acceleration of technology, digital media, distractions, change, and stress, Emotional Intelligence is even more crucial for building healthy, trusting relationships, both personally and professionally.

Backstage Pass to The Claflin House

April 24th, 2019 | 6:00PM | Claflin House

Get behind the scene with a local oasis right here in Stevens Point. The Claflin House was built in 1875. Drawn by their love of history, community and architecture new owners embarked on their project with the intent to save it and share this historic venue.

Creative Excellence Awards Breakfast

April 25th, 2019 | 7:15AM – 9:00AM | Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

Ignite invites you to a breakfast of recognition. This year captures the entrepreneurial spirit of successful business across Portage County. This event recognizes Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Portage County Charitable Community Award, and Ignite Young Professional of the Year.

Batter Up! With Velocity Clubhouse

April 26th, 2019 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join Ignite as we Take You Out to the Ball Game with a night at Velocity Clubhouse. We’ll tour this state-of-the-art facility and try to hit a few home runs on the HitTrax Simulation System. Swing your bat and feel like you’re in Miller Park! Ignite will provide ballpark food and drinks to all attendees. Don’t miss out on this fun event!

YPWeek Sponsor is Skyward

Exclusive Media sponsor is NRG Media


Ignite Young Professionals – 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. Ignite Young Professionals is a program within the Portage County Business Council.

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. Visit for more details and membership.

YPWeek 2019 is a week-long platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals. This interactive conference brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the next generation in experiences that are important to you as a YP while educating your employers on the important role these functions play in retaining you as their workforce. Visit to learn more.