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Young professionals making a vibrant future for Portage County

About Ignite

Ignite Young Professionals leads engaging professional development and interactive social networking events and facilitates volunteer opportunities. Whether you’re an individual looking to grow connections or a business focused on talent retention and development - there’s a place for you here no matter your profession!

Mission Statement:

Ignite Young Professionals is dedicated to the growth and development of individuals as leaders within our community.



  • Collaboration
  • Development
  • Community
  • Accountability
  • Inclusivity
  • Engagement


Career Committee:

Leads engaging professional development events with community experts aimed at leveling up your skill set.


Connect Committee:

Creates interactive networking events at local businesses to grow connections and build relationships.


Community Committee:

Facilitates volunteer opportunities and civic engagement to support local nonprofits and serve our community together.


Individual, corporate and student memberships are available. To learn more or sign up now, visit our membership portal.


Corporate memberships are not applied to individual staff members, rather all employees across a company/organization are able to have access to the membership. Corporate memberships offer 5 tickets per events at the standard membership rate. For questions about joining as a corporate member, email

  • Sign up for 2024 Membership now
  • Employers: Learn more about out 2024 Corporate Membership
  • Questions? Call 715-344-1940 or email

 Thank you to our Exclusive Ignite Fuel Sponsor:

UWSP MBA Program

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!

2023 Advisory Board

Malorie Paine, Plover Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Marketing Co-Chairs
Hannah Testin, Kamlbach Media
Hannah Klein, United Way of Portage County

Career Co-Chairs
Billie Sjomeling, U.S. Bank
Harlee Stinson, Summit Credit Union

Connect Co-Chairs
Marra Pionek, Sprinter IT

Natalie Aneskavich, Lakeland Realty

Community Co-Chairs
Kaying Vang, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

Membership Manager
Elizabeth Yarbrough, Northwestern Mutual

Ryan Ritchay, CLA

Jena Schoneck, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.

Past President

Portage County Business Council Liaison
Michael Witte, PCBC

Want to learn more about joining a committee or the advisory board?


Sign up for events and membership at Eventbrite.

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For additional information, please call 715-344-1940 or email

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