Here at updayton we made a name for ourselves last year with the inaugural Young Creatives Summit. This year, we are streamlining and updating the Summit in a lot of ways – including professional development.
Sure – you can call it professional development for the great networking opportunities. And we all know that volunteer and community involvement is a great way to further your career (people you meet, learning new skills, leading initiatives), but we’re not stopping there either. When we say professional development – we’re talking serious skill building.
Maybe you’re a brilliant designer or a razor-sharp lawyer or a ground-breaking engineer. But have you ever tried to coordinate and inspire volunteers (it’s like herding cats)? Or maybe you can project manage the hell out of something, but how about utilizing the best forms of communication to get your message out to your stakeholders, sponsors, team members, or media partners? Or as much as you believe in the mission of your volunteer organization – do you know the best way to approach someone and ask them to hand over their hard-earned cash for your cause? We each have great skills, but when it comes to making a difference in the community, it’s nice to be a Jack (or Jill)-of-all-trades. That’s where updayton is upping the stakes for this year’s Summit.
Like last year, the 2010 Young Creatives Summit offers idea-generating breakout sessions (streamlined voting process – yes, we listened) and a unique Resource Fair opportunity over lunch. But NEW this year are the Skills Workshops; these are “crash courses” to cover valuable topics to help you make a difference in your community. Expert panelists from across the community offer hints, tips, and insights on Entrepreneurship, Fundraising, Leading in the Community, Communication, Event Planning, and Demystifying Local Government.
We all know that making a difference in the world is about what you know and who you know. So, this is a great opportunity to enhance both. Panelists include community leaders as well as CEOs, VPs, Executive Directors, government leaders and serious movers-and-shakers in business and the community – they’re sharing practical knowledge and helping you make connections with the people you need to know.
So – take a half day on Friday, April 16 to make your mark on the community and further your career. Wondering how to convince your boss that it’s a good use of company time? Tell him or her that you’ll be giving a Friday afternoon to build your skills, network with other young leaders, and create a region where you’ll want to stick around. (And if you ARE the big boss – consider the Summit as a great employee retention opportunity!)
Registration is open NOW and more information is available at http://updayton.com.