NEWaukeean: Chelsea Johnson
What is your job and its responsibilities?
I recently became the Talent Acquisition Manger at Menasha Packaging. I get to handle the recruiting and hiring efforts nationally for one of Wisconsin’s largest privately held companies!
I also serve on the board of directors for WGIRLS Milwaukee, a nonprofit comprised of young professional women who fundraise, volunteer, and raise awareness for other Milwaukee nonprofits that serve underprivileged women and children.
How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?
I have lived in Milwaukee for two years now, and I moved here after my husband graduated law school and accepted a job here. I have to admit that at first I was pretty apprehensive about living in Milwaukee. My attitude, however, quickly changed once I got to know many of the amazing young professionals we have in our city through NEWaukee events — which ultimately led me to a WGIRLS meeting. I absolutely love living in Milwaukee now!
What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
My favorite Milwaukee event is the Annual WGIRLS Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. At the event held every May, we auction off dates with 24 of Milwaukee’s most eligible singles to raise money for a great cause. This year we raised over $30,000 for Penfield Children’s Center!
I am also really looking forward to WGIRLS Masquerade Ball on Sept. 25th to celebrate our 5th Anniversary. We’ll be celebrating the past five years of fundraising, volunteering and supporting of Milwaukee nonprofits with all the proceeds of the event going to great nonprofits including Playworks, English Language Partners of Wisconsin, and The Wheaton Franciscan Angel of Hope Clinic.
What is the perfect thing to do in Milwaukee on a Sunday afternoon?
The perfect thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee is to grab your bike and ride the Oak Leaf Trail over to Estabrook Beer Garden. I enjoy the fun ambiance of the beer garden — especially the live polka music!
What do you think of Milwaukee as a place to socialize and play?
I think Milwaukee is an awesome place to socialize and play. We have so many amazing festivals, free concerts, and events to take advantage of that it can sometimes be hard to plan out a weekend because there’s so much to do!
What’s your favorite place to grab coffee?
My favorite place to grab coffee is at the Colectivo on Humboldt because if you get there early in the morning, they roast coffee beans right in front of you. It also doesn’t hurt that the food and baked goods are delicious.