YPs “Bring it Home”

YPs win summit

The Kansas YP Summit will be held in Wichita in 2016 and 2017 thanks to a successful bid by the Young Professionals of Wichita to host the event.

Congratulations to the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) for winning the bid to host the Kansas YP Summit in Wichita for the next two years. The 2015 Kansas YP Summit was held last week in Salina, where approximately 275 Young Professionals from around the state gathered for leadership and professional development sessions.

YPW was represented at the 2015 Kansas YP Summit by Executive Director Suzy Finn and Program & Marketing Manager Meg Foreman. About twenty other YPs from the Wichita area attended. Some Wichita participants also made presentations or moderated sessions.

Finn said this is the first time Wichita has won the bid for the Summit. She said the volunteers’ goal is to have at least 300 people attend next year. The Summit typically lasts one day with an optional social the evening before the Summit. Finn said, “We’re really looking forward to hosting YPs from around the state to provide them an energizing and inspirational way to retain young talent while also helping them learn about new ways to improve and enrich their own communities. Of course, we’re also excited about showing them all the new things there are to do and see in Wichita!”

This year’s Summit featured Jason Roberts as the keynote speaker. Roberts is the force behind The Better Block program, an interactive way for communities to provide real-time feedback and solutions for areas that need to be revitalized. The idea is to tackle these challenges one block at a time.

Wichita is the fourth city in Kansas to host the YP Summit.  Finn said that YP volunteers will be working with corporate investors and Chamber members to secure sponsorships that will keep the Summit affordable for those who participate. Contact Finn or Foreman at 316-268-1170 for more information.

YPW hires Program & Marketing Manager

Meg Foreman

Meg Foreman

Meg Foreman has joined Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) as the Program & Marketing Manager within the Wichita Metro Chamber. Her responsibilities will include overseeing YPW’s social media channels, working with volunteers, and supporting the executive director.

She was most recently at Eastminster Presbyterian Church as their associate director of communications and spent two years as the communications coordinator at Creative Oklahoma in Oklahoma City before that. Her experience includes working with volunteers, graphic design, social media marketing, and grant writing.

We are excited to have her on our team – welcome, Meg!