Join the area's emerging leaders for the first annual Young Professionals Conference, made possible by a partnership of the United Way of Wyoming Valley and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and presented by UGI Utilities. This day long conference is aimed at developing our area's talented professionals ages 20-45. Professional CEU credits will be given to all participants. Limited to 75 attendees.
Our agenda for the day is:
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Vendor Marketplace
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome: Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley
Tara Mugford-Wilson & Scott Lynett, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs
Dan Landesberg, 2018 Influencer of the Year
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Session #1
Student Loan Debt & All Things Finance
Stacia Arnaud, First Keystone Community Bank
Stacey Harman, Navient
The Next Financial Steps: Marriage, Home, Family
Christie Bonnice, State Farm
Rachel Wiernusz, Community Bank, N.A.
Cassandra Coleman, Office of the Governor
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch & Conference Keynote at Rodano's
Get Inspired by Speaker: Craig Dietz
Craig Dietz is a dynamic TEDx speaker who challenges and inspires audiences with his life story of resiliency and his unique blend of humor and candor. Everyone who hears Crag’s presentation will leave with a renewed determination and ability to take control of their circumstances and set more ambitious goals for themselves, both personally and professionally.
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session #2
When To Lead & When To Follow - Lessons in Leadership
Holly Pilcavage, Coal Creative
Life After Graduation—Career Exploration Tools, Interviewing Techniques & Social Capital/Networking
Anthony Melf, PA Career Link
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Session #3
Get Involved! Community Board Leadership
Jessica Cronauer, Leadership Wilkes-Barre
Kelly Rava, Empowerment Education
Self Advocacy & Self Care
Gabby Richards, Persist Strategies
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lindsay Griffin, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Olszewski, PHHA, & Ginny Crake, United Way of Wyoming Valley
Future Focus Data & Trends
Susan Magnotta, The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development
Elevate Your Involvement
Meghan Flanagan, Everal Eaton, & Ahmad Ali, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce
Mentorship Networking Hour at Rodano's