TCYP Brief
October, 2015

2015 YP Annual Conference Fast Approaching

It's back! The 2015 Young Professional Annual Conference will take place Friday, October 9 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Leelanau Outdoor Center.
This year's conference will feature a familiar face from this y ear's leaderships events: Nathan Havey, CEO of Thrive Consulting. Nathan has spoken this year at a YP Lunch & Learn, as well as hosted a Leadership @ the Movies. As if you needed another reason to come take part in the fun and engaging YP Conference, here it is! This time you will get to hear Nathan speak to the topic of "Aligning your work with the core of who you are." In addition to hearing this great motivator, this event will also be full of team building and networking! YPs can expect to participate in several exciting initiatives to help build relationships and trust, learn about themselves through challenging activities and compete in the infamous fire building contest. Don't miss this opportunity to meet, mingle, learn, and grow with your fellow YPs. Here is the skinny on this year's event:
When: Friday October 9 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Leelanau Outdoor Center, 1653 S. Port Oneida Rd. Maple City, MI
How Much: Member Pricing= $80
Click here for carpooling information and to register.

Chamber Leadership programming is made possible by:

Don't Miss the Chamber Business Expo/Outlook Breakfast

The Chamber's annual Business Expo coming up N
ovember 3 is the region's largest annual local business gathering, attracting more than 1 40 e xh ibitors and 1,300-plus attendees. It's a great place to showcase your co mpany' s products, services, employees and more while networking with scores of other local businesses.
The Expo is set for November 3 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Pricing is $500 a booth for members and $800 for non-members. Reserve a spot today.

The Business Expo is supported by:

The Expo is immediately preceded by the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the resort. This year's program is a panel discussion on Michigan energy production and regulation featuring David Mengebier, Senior Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for CMS Energy, along with Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy.

TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will serve as the moderator. Tickets are $25 each or a 10-person table for $250. Click here to register.     

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is supported by:    

Guest Blog Post Alert! "Building Up, Not Out"

Be sure to check out the insightful new guest blog post by former YP Chair Warren Call. The post addressed some of the main issues in regards to future downtown developments and outlines the key benefits of expanding vertically rather than horizontally. Warren has been one of the leaders on this current hot topic and shares some great information that allows YPs to take action and speak up. Read all about it here:   Affordable Housing in Traverse City: Building Up, Not Out - Warren Call

Leadership Grand Traverse, Meet the 2015 Fall Class

Leadership Grand Traverse is a valuable program that prepares participants for
decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation and organizational maintenance. Think of some of the major assets of our region, such as natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation, and agriculture, just to name a few. This falls class will experience a deep dive into the behind the scenes, inner workings of the community while working through a robust leadership curriculum. The fall of 2015 class consists of:
  • Eric Lingaur- Bay Area Transportation Authority
  • Ryan Kriesch- Boy Scouts of America- President Ford Council
  • Dave Wilsey- Century 21 Northland
  • Stephanie Pierce- Cherry Capital Foods, LLC
  • Kayla Condon- Events North
  • Daniel Baker- First Community Bank
  • Charlie Sole- Hallmark Construction, Inc.
  • Lyndsay Douglass- Munson Healthcare
  • Mark Liebling- Northwestern Michigan College
  • Tony Jerome- Northwestern Mutual
  • Connie Weese- Passageways Travel
  • Lindsay Raymond- Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge PC
  • Matthew Wiliford- Traverse Area District Library
  • Michael George- Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
  • Scott Hermann- Traverse City State Bank
  • Emily Townsend- Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Tracy (TJ) Andrews- The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
  • Renee Sovis- Yen Yoga & Fitness
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Non-perishable Food Donations
The YP Committee has made it a point this year to bring in non-perishable food items as well as make financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds of this mission are then passed onto the Father Fred Foundation. Year to date, the committee has donated an equivalent of 558 servings equaling 186 meals. THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause. For more information about the YPs donation or to learn how you can join in the cause please contact Josh Janowiak.
YP Committee members- don't forget your food item at the next meeting!

Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?
Joi n us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!   Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions.

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2015
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2015. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact Bridgett Beckwith.
The next BAH will be held on Wednesday, October 21,from 5 - 7 p.m. at Incredible Mo's. We hope to see you there!

Coffee Conversations with TCAPS Board
Each month you can join the TCAPS Board of Education to discuss some of the most pressing subjects surrounding local education. This month you can catch the Board at Horizon Books on Thursday October 29 from 6 - 7 p.m. The September meetings topic was "Keeping Our Children Safe," where board members detailed the great lengths that TCAPS goes through in order to ensure the safety of its students and fielded questions from attendees. The topic of these unique and personalized events will be different each month. Be sure not to miss this great opportunity to meet the TCAPS Board of Education and learn more about the TCAPS system.

Right Brain to Host Pints & Politics 
One of the Chamber's most unique events returns when Right Brain Brewery hosts Pints & Polics on Thursday, October 19. The event is from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and will, as always, give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a nice cold microbrew while discussing some of the areas top issues with community leaders.
Pints & Politics is an excellent way to talk business and community related issues with local officials in a casual atmosphere. This month's invitees include county commissioners, department heads and more! Don't miss this great opportunity to mingle, learn, and don't forget drink some great beer. Learn more and register here.

Leadership at the Movies
Join us for another intriguing screening of a great film with a leadership expert's evaluation and lessons. On Wednesday, November 4 from 7:30 -9 a.m. at Bijou by the Bay, Jonathan Poole, Leadership Strategist will break down a feature film and explore its deeper meaning while discussing leadership lessons and takeaways. The Leadership @ the Movies program is new to the chamber for 2015 and has provided members with a new and engaging way to broaden their leadership skills and knowledge base. Don't miss Jonathan's lesson and screening this November! Register now.
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Calling All Guest Bloggers!
Are you new to TC or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Mo Stych with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!
October 9- Young Professionals Annual Conference (Leelanau Outdoor Center); 8 a.m - 5 p.m.
October 10- Northern Michigan Child Development Conference (Traverse City West High School); 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
October 13- Chamber Expo Orientation (Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce); 3- 5 p.m.
October 19- Pints & Politics (Right Brain Brewery); 4:30- 6 p.m.
October 21- Business After Hours (Incredible Mo's); 5- 7 p.m.
October 27- State Theatre volunteering; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
October 29-TCAPS Board of Education, Coffee Conversation (Horizon Books); 6 -7 p.m.
November 3- Economic Outlook Breakfast (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 7:30 - 9 a.m.
November 3- Chamber Business Expo (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
November 4- Leadership at the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30 - 9 a.m.
January 15- Chamber's Annual Celebration 2016 (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 6:30-10 p.m.

YPs In the News!

Allison Beers, Owner & Founder Events North
Has been appointed to serve a 4-year term on the Downtown Development Authority.

Lauren Harris, Sales Coordinator at Priority Health- Achieved her Health, Life and Annuity Resident Producer agent license. She continues to support 51+ employer group accounts for northern Michigan.

Received a promotion, new job, board election, or community achievement? LET US KNOW! Please submit a 1-2 sentence description with a photo to (Photo optional, but preferred). Don't be shy!

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