2020 Young Professional Conference-SOLD OUT!
Join the area's emerging leaders for the second annual Young Professionals Conference, made possible by a partnership with the United Way of Wyoming Valley, and presented by UGI Utilities, Inc. Topics for the day will include sessions on brand awareness, professional networking, community and civic engagement, financial planning, wellness and family care, entrepreneurship, young professional leadership, and more! This day-long conference is aimed at developing our area's talented professionals ages 20-45. Professional CEU credits will be provided from Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
Meet our Keynote:
Earl Granville served nine years in the Army National Guard as an infantryman, with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. On his final tour, he lost his left leg through the knee to a roadside bomb while on patrol. His buddies, Major Scott Hagerty of Stillwater Oklahoma and Specialist Derek Holland of Wind Gap Pennsylvania died from the blast.
Earl now is pursuing his bachelors in Counseling & Human Services at the University of Scranton and works for two non profits, Operation Enduring Warrior and The Oscar Mike Foundation. Both 501c3s help keep wounded and disabled veterans and law enforcement physically active after their injuries.
Earl spends most of his time traveling the country as a public speaker of discussing healthy ways to battle adversity from his own life experiences.
He has received numerous awards for his volunteer work and his speaking, including the 2018 Attorney General Heart So Big Award and the Jaycees Outstanding Young American Award for Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment under the Class of 2017.
Earl retired out of the army as a Staff Sergeant with many awards such as the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart.
Here's Our Agenda for the Day!
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Vendor Marketplace
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Welcome
Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley
Alana Roberts & Tom Makowski, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs
Teri Ooms, The Institute of Public Policy & Economic Development
Lindsay Griffin, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce
Rachel Olszewski Conrad, Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Session #1
Brand Awareness & Social Professional Networking
Monica Marshalonis & Kristie Spinello, Borton Lawson
Community & Civic Engagement
Mary Kuna, City of Pittston
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Get Inspired By Conference Keynote: Earl Granville
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Lunch at Downtown Wilkes-Barre Restaurants
(Rodano's, Istanbul Grill, City Market and Cafe, and El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant)
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Breakout Session #2
Things Your Future Self Will Thank You For: A Financial Planning Conversation with Christie Bonnice
Christie Bonnice, CLU® ChFC®, State Farm
Wellness & Family Care: Providing Care for Your Aging Loved Ones
Allison Hess, Geisinger
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Breakout Session #3
Young Professional Entrepreneurship
Dave Mahalak, Wilkes University
Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level
Lisa Golden, Geisinger
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Closing & Elevate Your Involvement
Holly Pilcavage, 2019 Influencer of the Year
Anthony Melf, 2019 Inspiration Award Winner
4: 45 | Networking/Mentoring Hour
Networking/Mentoring Hour at Rodano's