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Inspiring and Developing Our Young Professionals
Published Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:00 pm

YPN's Professional Development Day featured a great program with outstanding speakers. (photos by Nicole Hatley and Lyda Negron / view more photos)

On Friday May 12th, 140 young professionals gathered at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club for YPN’s Annual Professional Development Day. The focus of this year’s conference was to bring together community and business leaders to teach and inspire our young professionals from all over Sonoma County.

“The speakers were engaging and dynamic, and it provided relevant insight into leadership and business for young professionals in Sonoma County,” said Liz Barron of BPM, who co-chaired the event with Mia Shirley of Friedemann Goldberg LLP.

The day included training for managers, discussions about doing business in Sonoma County, leadership advice and personal stories of building a business, and an exploration of how young professionals can make an impact in their companies and in the community. The day notably highlighted leaders that are under 40 to speak to the next generation of young professionals.

Professional Development Day is another great event that YPN offers that fulfills our goal to provide young professionals with professional development and professional connections to business leaders, as well as other young professionals in the area.

YPN would like to thank our 2017 Professional Development Day Co-Chairs Elizabeth Barron, BPM and Mia Shirley, Friedmann Goldberg LLP and our Professional Development Day Event Sponsors University of San Francisco, Tri Counties Bank, Chandi Hospitality Group, Virginia Dare Winery, Sign A Rama and E.R, Sawyer Jewelers. We would also like to thank our YPN Board and our YPN Ambassadors.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: 
Mike Cook, RLA, CLIA, Vice President, Planning & Landscape Architecture, Firma Design Group

SPEAKERS:
Elaina Marie, Employee Engagement & Leadership Consultant, Author Topic-5 Ways to be a High Impact Leader at Every Level
Sarah Scudder, Chief Growth Officer of The Sourcing Group Topic-5 Ways for Millennials to Advice their Careers in 12 Months

Leadership in Sonoma County PANELISTS: 
James Gore, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Chris Rogers, Council Member, Santa Rosa City Council 
Jack Tibbets, Vice Mayor, Santa Rosa City Council 

DOING BUSINESS IN SONOMACOUNTY PANELISTS: 
Susan Flannery Adams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Karissa Kruse, Sonoma County Winegrowers, President 
Kerry Rego, Kerry Rego Consulting

CLOSING SPEAKER:
Senator Mike McGuire, 2nd Senate District - North Coast / North Bay.

For more information about YPN please contact Erin Douglas at (707) 636-3667 or erind@santarosametrochamber.com


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