CYP Milwaukee




We are a group of young professionals and community leaders located in the greater Milwaukee area united in the belief that free markets, entrepreneurship, individual initiative, limited and efficient government and educational opportunity are the keys to economic prosperity and human dignity.

We hope that you can join us for networking opportunities and discussions on public policy and economic issues facing our community and state. We do like to have fun! CYP Milwaukee holds events throughout the year, including happy hours and outings.
Our members also receive opportunities to attend WPRI events

Our common principles unite us. All are welcome! Please check this page for future events and join our email list or like us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Past Events

CYP Happy Hour - Thursday December 1, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Sobelman’s Pub and Grill ,1900 W. St. Paul Ave.
, Milwaukee, WI

With Special Guest Speaker: Dave Sobelman
A few months ago we began our “How I Built My Business,” Series.  Dave has graciously agreed to not only speak to us, but host us as well. 

Dave is an emphatic and outspoken political independent who built a business in the city of Milwaukee from the ground up. He and his family own and operate three Sobelman's restaurants in southeastern Wisconsin, and the concept is in active franchise development. Sobelman's has been featured in local publications, as well as cable and broadcast television. 

Dave and his wife Melanie met in 1993 at a restaurant where Melanie was Dave’s waitress. For him, it was love at first sight, and within 1½ years they were married and started a family.

Six years and two daughters later, the owner of that restaurant offered to sell the couple another business that he owned. It was one of Milwaukee’s original Schlitz taverns at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave, and we now call it Sobelman’s Pub & Grill.

Dave and Melanie, with high school educations and no culinary skills, were determined to make the most of a pub-and-grill cuisine (mainly burgers), offering the cleanest environment, friendliest service and most pleasant, cozy atmosphere possible. The result has certainly taken the pub-and-grill experience up a notch!


CYP Happy Hour October 19, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Mo's Irish Pub Downtown Upper Level
Special Guest: Brian Sikma of Media Trackers

Just a friendly reminder that our next CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour with Brian Sikma of Media Trackers will be on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  We are meeting at Mo's Irish Pub 142 W. Wisconsin Avenue - Upper Level.

Brian will share with us his thoughts and predictions for the 2016 Presidential Election and key races going on in Wisconsin that could determine control of the Wisconsin Legislature and both houses of Congress.


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Thursday, June 23, 2016
CYP Milwaukee’s "How I Built My Business,” Series featuring Tom Bentley,
Owner & Chairman of the Board, Bentley World-Packaging Ltd.
Thursday June 23, 5:30PM-7:00PM
The Comedy Café above Giovanni’s at 1033 N. Old World 3rd Street, Milwaukee

CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Come join us for our next "Happy Hour" on Wednesday,  May 25, 2016 starting at 5:30 with guest speaker Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander.

Location: Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
                  1203 N. 10th Street Milwaukee             
                  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour Wednesday April 27, 2016  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Elephant Room at the Milwaukee Athletic Club

Come join us for our next "Happy Hour" Wednesday April 27, 2016 starting at 5:30 with guest speaker Mike Nichols, President of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.  Mike will be discussing WPRI's Special Report, Putting the Squeeze on Consumers: Real-World Impacts of Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law, and how Wisconsin's minimum markup law discourages competition and benefits special interests at the expense of consumers.  You can read WPRI's full report here:


CYP Milwaukee Happy Hour - Drinks, Networking and Discussion. Guest Speaker Rick Esenberg from Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.
Thursday March 24, 2016
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Guest Speaker Rick Esenberg

Rick is the founder and current President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.  Rick will be giving us his thoughts on President Obama's recent nominee to the United States Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, upcoming judicial races and answer any questions you might have.


Milwaukee's 1st Happy Hour of 2016!
Join us at Hinterland's Private Lounge on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 5:30 PM thru 7:00 PM.
Our guest speaker will be CYP Milwaukee's own Kevin Nicholson. The topic: "Assessing and Responding to Risk: From ISIS to Iran to the US economy”.

Hinterland is located at:
222 East Erie Street, Suite 100 Milwaukee, WI

Kevin Nicholson is a Principal at ghSMART. He serves leading Fortune 500 corporations and investors in the areas of management assessment and organizational change initiatives.


Join CYP Milwaukee with Special Guest Jon Hammes for appetizers, cocktails and networking before the holiday season begins.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

722 N. Milwaukee Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


An Evening with National Review's Charles Cooke
Wednesday September 9, 2015

Milwaukee Athletic Club

Charles Cooke is a writer at National Review, author of The Conservatarian Manifesto and a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studies modern history and politics.


Topic:  What a New Arena Means for Milwaukee and the Region
With Special Guest: Tim Sheehy

Join us for Happy Hour!

Thursday August 27, 2015

811 N. Jefferson St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tim is president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The MMAC serves as an advocate for member businesses, which employ more than 300,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area. Tim will be on hand to discuss what the proposed arena will mean for Milwaukee and the region and other issues affecting the business community and economic development.


Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee Advisory Board

Jason Kohout, Chairman
Shannon O’Connell, Vice Chair
Rachel Borens
Andrew Davis
Charles Fry
Mary Beth Gahn
Ryan Law
Jess Ripp
Virginia Zignego


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