Like many other young people leaving their hometown, Shannon Kerrigan thought when she left for college that she would never come back to Sheboygan.
“I thought Sheboygan was boring and there was nothing to do, like most high schoolers,” she said. “In high school, you just don’t realize all Sheboygan offers and everything that is happening here.”
After graduating high school, Kerrigan pursued a marketing major with a minor in advertising and journalism media studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also completed a four-month strategic planning internship with the marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy & Mather in Hong Kong, planning their creative briefs. Kerrigan enjoyed the time she spent in the bigger cities.
Upon completing her degree, she accepted a position with Kohler Co. as a market analyst and moved back to Sheboygan.
“I am now a huge advocate for moving to Sheboygan,” she said.
Shortly after moving back, she found a way to channel her energy and get connected with the community by joining Coastal Young Professionals Network through the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.
“I love the vast range of events, and you meet so many different people all with the same driver energy like me,” she said.
Kerrigan recently joined the Coastal leadership team and worked through their strategic planning. “I love being involved in the Coastal leadership committee, because it fits in so well with my job in product development at Kohler,” she explained.
Coastal and Leadership Sheboygan County (another program though the Sheboygan County Chamber) has given Kerrigan considerable exposure to the nonprofits and opportunities throughout the county.
“I want to be part of shaping the next generation’s vision of Sheboygan County,” she said. “I hope to see more large events like Sheboygan SOUP where Sheboygan can have many generations interacting with each other, not just young professionals.”
Her involvement goes beyond just being engaged on the leadership team for Coastal. Kerrigan sits on the board of directors for the Sheboygan Public Education Foundation. Being a 2018 graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Sheboygan County provided her the contact with Sheboygan Squared and opened the door for her to become involved with their events committee.
“I want to change the perception many people have of Sheboygan and that there is nothing to do here,” she said. “Often there is 20 to 30 things to do on a weekend, especially during the summer.”
Kerrigan loves grabbing a cup of coffee and walking the boardwalk or the lakefront. “The growing restaurant scene in Sheboygan is fantastic,” she said.
Kerrigan and her husband recently flipped the home they live in and have hopes of flipping more. Her career goals are moving into an executive leadership role for Strategy and Innovations within Kohler Co.
She is currently pursuing her MBA from Marquette University with a certificate in Change Leadership.
“The thing I love most about Sheboygan is its potential,” said Kerrigan. “Together we can make this into an even bigger and more up-and-coming city within the state of Wisconsin.”