TRAVERSE CITY, MI ¬¬– Against the backdrop of spectacular Pyramid Point on Lake Michigan, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group will gather next month for a unique day of education, team-building and networking.
The fifth annual Young Professionals Conference is set for Oct. 4 at the Leelanau Outdoor Center in the midst of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The day-long event kicks off at 8 a.m.
The Traverse City Young Professionals includes more than 400 area professionals age 21 to 40. It aims to provide a dynamic environment for networking and social and professional development. Its goal is to attract and retain intelligent, hard-working young people and help each member grow as an individual and a professional in the Grand Traverse region. It also conducts numerous volunteer events in the community and helps staff Chamber events and activities.
This year’s YP Conference represents a significant venue shift from previous gatherings. Chamber Chief Operating Officer Laura Oblinger said the intent is to provide a setting where YPs can “unplug” from their routines and enjoy a positive learning experience in a unique, outdoor setting.
“We wanted to find a venue that takes advantage of our beautiful natural resources that make this such a special place to live,” Oblinger said. “This will give our YPs an opportunity to cut loose from their daily surroundings and really enjoy the best our region hasto offer.”
The keynote speaker is Bill Marsh Jr., whose presentation will focus on the importance of personal branding. He will explain personal branding and its importance in professional and personal development, explains steps to create a strong personal brand and share stories of personal branding successes and failures.
YPs will also take part in team building exercises designed to strengthen their communication and leadership skills, and engage in other outdoor activities including a climbing wall, a zipline, rope courses and canoeing. The day will end with a hike to the top of Pyramid Point for a group photograph overlooking Lake Michigan.
Registration information is available on the Chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org or by contacting Event and Program Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at (231) 995-7101.
About the Chamber
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce started in 1915 and is Michigan’s third-largest chamber, serving nearly 1,900 businesses in the Grand Traverse region. It partners with government, nonprofit and other organizations on a wide range of programs and services to grow the area’s economy, protect the environment and enhance quality of life. Learn more at www.tcchamber.org
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