DCEDC to Explore Young Professionals Network

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) recently contracted with Caitlin Oleson of Sister Bay to research and explore the creation of a potential Young Professionals Network for all of Door County. This project aims to bring together young people from the manufacturing, tourism, hospitality, and service industries, and to provide networking and professional development opportunities for professionals between the ages of 21 and 40.

DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir stated: “This initiative has been in the DCEDC work plan for a number of years; we have been looking for a champion to assist us and we are pleased to work with Caitlin. This group is essential for the future workforce of our local employers and we believe this network will be successful in assisting employers attract and grow their workforce. This initiative, along with the talent attraction video we will debut shortly, will help our local employers recruit and retain the skilled workforce required for their continued growth in our community.”

Oleson will create a steering committee to assist in this new initiative. She will be working with business leaders and HR representatives as well as surveying young professionals already living in the community. Interested volunteers should contact Caitlin directly.

Caitlin is a 2006 graduate of Gibraltar High School. She received her undergraduate degree from The New School and a Masters from the University of Edinburgh. Caitlin most recently worked for The Brico Fund, a non-partisan, non-profit from Milwaukee which hired her to increase voter and civic engagement in Door County.

Oleson stated: “I’m excited to use the relationships from my previous position to bring together energized members of the community to build a stronger workforce. This group could help better integrate individuals relocating to Door County for their career by offering socializing opportunities as well as unique experiences.”

This announcement comes as Wisconsin prepares to celebrate Young Professionals Week. The statewide program will run April 11-18 with participating cities presenting a variety of programs geared toward a young professional audience. YPWeek Wisconsin is modeled after a program that the NEWaukee young professionals group started 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. For more information about YPWeek, please visit: ypweek.com.

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