A lot of people have different reasons for attending the Summit and being a part of updatyon. Some people want to network with community leaders. Others want to voice their concerns on important issues. Many people are looking for professional development opportunities. Some attendees come to find new ways to give back to the community. Heck – a few people just want to take off a couple hours of work, see what it’s all about, and enjoy the after-party. Whatever reason YOU have – register now to attend the 2011 Young Creatives Summit.
Over the next week, we’ll highlight some of the people who have been a part of updayton. Maybe they’re still active, maybe they enjoyed their experience and moved one. But we’ll reflect back on some of the great people who have been involved. Where do you fit in?
You want opportunities? A past professor used to say: “It’s not what your know; it’s not even WHO you know; it’s who knows YOU.”
Katy Crosby, one of the original updayton volunteers, shares her recommendations for Summit participation and covers all bases – learn more about the region, network with community and business leaders, and share your ideas to make an impact on the region.
Q: What was your involvement with updayton?
I was one of the original members of updayton. I was recruited as one of 32 catalysts for the DaytonCreate project. The catalysts were divided into 5 or 6 groups. Our group wanted to address the needs of young professionals by creating a venue for us to provide input on issues affecting the Greater Dayton community. I served as the co-chair of updayton for approximately one year with Scott Murphy taking the lead role in making connections to help us build the organization and identify community partners that would assist in helping us develop the summit and execute various ideas that grew from the summit.
Q: What have you been doing since then?
I am currently the Assistant Director of the Dayton Human Relations Council. I was in this position when I was selected as a catalyst, but my responsibilities have increased significantly. Secondly, I’ve been investing more time and energy with family. My daughter is a competitive dancer with Chenaulte’ Dancers in Trotwood, so I am now a dance mom. I am enjoying being part of something she is so passionate about. It allows us to spend more time together and it shows her that I support something that is very important to her. It’s been a very rewarding experience to increase the amount of time with her and to see her development as a dancer.
Q: Do you believe updayton provided you with any valuable experiences or connections?
Yes. Through updayton, I have been asked to serve on The Dayton Foundation’s Marketing Committee. The Dayton Foundation is a great organization that impacts so many individuals in the City through their various community funds. I have met a lot of great people that I have reached out to when assistance was needed or work related and personal projects.
Q: Would you recommend that local YPs attend the Summit?
I would definitely recommend the Summit to local YPs. The Summit is a great opportunity to not only learn about what’s happening in the City, but to provide input on projects that can address major issues in the Greater Dayton area. Often times, young professionals need a one stop shop to find ways to use their talents for good. The Summit is a great start. It’s also a great networking opportunity because many of the leaders in the region support updayton and will attend the Summit.
Q: What is your vision for a Dayton region that successfully attracts and retains young talent?
Venues that foster informal social networking, Thriving night life with options, Great job opportunities, Diverse neighborhoods…
Thanks to Katy Crosby for telling her Summit Story! Want to move ahead? Remember: “It’s who knows YOU.” Register for the Summit to let a few more people in this community know about your ideas. Register now!