FUEL jumpstarting year with professional development bootcamp

FUEL Milwaukee, a professional networking group and extension of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, will roll out the new year with a first-of-its-kind professional development “bootcamp” to cultivate the leadership and management skills of the city’s talent base.

The five-day event, scheduled to run Jan. 26 through Jan. 30, will feature multiple series of workshops targeting young professionals who are looking to jumpstart their year and take their career to the next level.

“Our goal is to really, number one, encourage professionals to invest in themselves and just take time to develop on an ongoing basis,” said Corry Joe Biddle, executive director of FUEL Milwaukee.

The bootcamp, which FUEL anticipates presenting annually, will feature 15 hour-long workshops containing “bite-sized chunks of knowledge” on career and leadership development, according to Biddle. Those workshops include “Mentorship Mornings,” luncheon workshops and evening workshops, all to be headlined by some of Milwaukee’s top business and civic leaders.

While Mentorship Mornings, free and open to the public, will allow attendees to tap into the insight of some of the city’s most successful executives, luncheon workshops will feature “lunch-n-learn” sessions with presentations on specific career lessons.

The week’s evening workshops will be grounded by after-hours social events that include additional advice-oriented presentations.

Luncheon and dinner workshops are free for FUEL members and cost $10 for non-members.

Bootcamp speakers include Ricardo Diaz of the United Community Center, Cecelia Gore of the Brewers Community Foundation and Tim Sheehy of the MMAC as well as several professional development coaches from southeastern Wisconsin.

Workshops will run at business venues across the city, including Hudson Business Lounge and Café, Milwaukee Public Library, Teach For America, Foley & Lardner LLP.

While the week will cater primarily to the city’s demographic of young professionals, Biddle said the public is invited to attend all events.

“We actually exist to help make Milwaukee stickier for young professionals, but our programming is so diverse and interesting that we don’t exclude anyone from coming,” she said.

For a complete lineup of FUEL’s bootcamp events, click here.

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