NEWaukee, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) officials on May 5 presented Penrod with a 2017 Bubbler Award.

Every year, NEWaukee hosts the Bubbler Awards: Best Workplaces for Young Professionals in Wisconsin as part of YPWeek. The Bubbler Awards shine a light on the companies’ achievements in serving the interests and needs of younger workers.

“Wisconsin-based companies realize how important it is to keep our young talent here and encourage them to grow and become the next generation of leaders across all industries,” said Angela Damiani, CEO of NEWaukee. “We are proud to highlight companies like Penrod that have made it a priority to create an environment that allows not only young professionals, but all their employees, to connect to both their workplace and community in unique and valuable ways.”

NEWaukee and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) leaders presented the award on site and met with the company’s employees to learn about Penrod’s efforts to become a place young professionals enjoy. Among those visiting were DWD Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell and NEWaukee CEO Angela Damiani.

Penrod, a cloud consulting agency specializing in business improvement, became Salesforce’s second-fastest-growing national partner, according to Inc. magazine. Their focus on improving processes and managing change continues to ensure company-wide success and return on investment for their national clients and partners. The company’s leaders truly believe that culture equals success, and they intend to make the upcoming year the best one yet.

“Great culture with great people is the only way to build a great company,” said Joseph Taylor, CEO of Penrod.

“Penrod exemplifies the type of strong leadership that is needed to establish the state as an ideal workplace destination for young professionals,” explained Tricia Braun, WEDC deputy secretary and chief operating officer. “WEDC and its many partners, including the state’s young professionals’ groups, are working together to promote Wisconsin as a destination for business, personal and professional fulfillment. That’s why it’s important for us to celebrate companies like Penrod, which is putting the Think-Make-Happen concept into action.”

The Bubbler Awards highlight the innovative approaches businesses are taking to attract and retain talent. The nomination evaluation centered on what Millennials are looking for in today’s workplace, including a competitive salary and benefits; opportunities for advancement; and employee and community engagement. For the full list of 2017 Bubbler Award winners, click here.

YPWeek, which took place April 22-29, was a weeklong platform of discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter to young professionals. YPWeek Wisconsin has continued to reach across the state with the support of WEDC since 2015, and its participants collaborated with the organization on a shared communication platform designed to retain, excite and grow the state’s talent pool.

YPWeek incorporated this platform into its programming, leveraging “Think-Make-Happen” as an organizing theme. In its third year, YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 featured more than 175 events and 30 public projects occurring in 25 cities across the state.

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