TCYP November 2016 Brief
TCYP Brief
TCYP Morning Brew Schedule:
November 17: Groundwork Center - Passenger Rail Line from Ann Arbor to TC, Local Food Initiatives
December 15: TCYP Holiday Reception

2016 TCYP Annual Conference
Empower YOU!
Tools you need to find passion, fulfill purpose, and drive your career.

Presented by: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
When: Friday November 4, from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Where: NMC Hagerty Center, Traverse City
Cost: $100 Chamber YPs, $125 Non-Chamber YPs
Agenda: (subject to change)
8:30 - 9 a.m.  Registration sign-in, continental breakfast provided
9 - 9:15 a.m. Opening from Chamber/YP Chair
9:15 - 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker - McKeel Hagerty - Why Purpose Wins in Business
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions (45 minutes each - Pick 1 of 2 in each 45 min session)
     Breakout Session 1: 10:15-11 a.m.
          Option A: Empowering Your Team - Anne Bonney
          Option B: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn - Jennifer VanAlstine
     Breakout Session 2: 11:05-11:50 a.m.
        Option C: Great Leadership Starts with Self Leadership - Anne Bonney
        Option D: Stop chasing "Success": How to make money and meaning while building a career (and a life) you love - Nathan Havey
12 - 1 p.m.  Lunch (12:30 - 1 p.m. Entertainment Surprise)
     12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Check-in for those attending DISC - Pick-up Personalized DISC Report (for YPs that complete their DISC questionnaire by Oct. 28; if you have questions contact Andi Wagenschutz at
1:15 - 3:30 p.m. Personalized DISC Assessment - Group Review & Training, by Dave Vermeel
**2:30 - 4 p.m. Special session for employers of YPs with Nathan Havey - Forget the Ping Pong Table: How to really build a great workplace culture that will engage, retain, and increase the value of young professionals.
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Closing
3:45 - 5 p.m. Happy hour, appetizers, door prizes, networking
Open to all businesses associated with Northern MI Chamber Alliance
Chamber Expo & Economic Outlook Breakfast
Chamber Expo/Outlook Breakfast, November 8
We hope to see a great YP turnout at the Chamber's Business Expo, coming up November 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the resort's Governor's Hall.
The Chamber Business Expo is the region's largest business showcase - an opportunity to check out the products, services, and personnel of almost 150 exhibitors from the region's business and non-profit sector. You can connect with over a thousand attendees and hundreds of other area business people who take part in the event.    
Prior to the Business Expo, the Chamber will welcome several hundred attendees to the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast. It will feature a panel discussion with Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas and Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network.
Holman will present the results of the MBN's annual Michigan Business Index, an overview of the conditions and expectations of Michigan's business sector based on MBN's yearly survey of hundreds of business owners around the state.

Hubbard, a principal of Acuitas in Lansing that provides legislative ser Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, will discuss the state and national political climate as well as what the region's small business sector can expect in the weeks and months ahead. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate this enlightening and informative discussion that you'll want to hear. vices to t
The Chamber Business Expo is presented by:
With additional support from:

Economic Outlook Breakfast presented by:

TCYP L.I.F.E. Kicked Off Last Month: Get Involved!
The newly developed TCYP L.I.F.E. program began in September and is in need of more volunteers to speak/mentor. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for high schools students to learn key skills that are critical to their professional success - in high school, college, and their careers. The group is seeking volunteers to dedicate 90 minutes, once per month, which consists of a 15-20 minute presentation from a YP lead presenter, followed by a 45-minute breakout session with hands-on skill building.
TCYPs interested in mentoring (as a lead presenter and/or as a mentor) 
For more information, visit the TCYP L.I.F.E. page or contact Erika Lahti 

Chamber Launches Director Search

Last week, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce formally launched the search for a new Executive Director, who is expected to be on board in early 2017. The Chamber Board's Executive Committee and TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani have been hard at work in recent months building a job description and search process focused on finding the right individual to work with our great members, Chamber YPs, and other community partners to move the organization forward.
Click here  to view the Chamber's media release on the Executive Director search. Visit the Chamber's website at for all the application details.  
Volunteer Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, November 22 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! This is a recurring monthly commitment by the YPs, come once or become a regular! Sign up or e-mail Lisa Pointe with questions.
Plan Ahead: Volunteering Opportunities on the Horizon:
November:  Commission on Aging leaf cleanup
December:  potential donation/social event
January:  Safe Harbor/Goodwill Inn
February:  NMC Taste of Success February 17

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
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. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held on Wednesday November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room on Front Street.  We hope to see you there!
YP Lunch & Learn on Leadership
Developing strong leadership skills will be the topic of the fall Lunch & Learn program of the Chamber's Young Professionals group, coming up November 15 at Hagerty Insurance (note the date change).
Presenter Todd Sanders, senior manager of leadership development at Hagerty, will talk about what makes a strong leader and how everyone can build on his or her leadership skills. Sanders has spent more than 20 years in leadership development and decision making, business analysis and planning, and is a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. Register now for this luncheon event from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hagerty Insurance building at 141 Rivers Edge in Traverse City.
Chamber leadership programming is supported by:
Follow the YPs on Twitter

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding its social media platforms, including the launch of a new Twitter page specifically for the Young Professionals organization. Follow the Chamber YPs on Twitter  @TraverseCityYP to get the latest tweets on YP programs, events, and happenings. The YPs already have a great Facebook page, so let's take that energy and content and expand it into the Twittersphere!

The Chamber is also now on Instagram.  Stay updated with the Chamber's world of imagery by following us at tc.chamberofcommerce

Al Pilong and the "Speed of Trust"
In case you missed it, October's YP Morning Brew brought in Munson Medical Center President, Al Pilong, and his in-depth analysis of the Stephen Covey book, "The Speed of Trust." The subtitle for the book is, "the one thing that changes everything." Al expanded on the key takeaways from the book and how it impacted his life and helped mold his journey. While giving personal experience and telling stories of value, he walked the group through what Covey outlines as the 13 Behaviors of High Trust (listed below).
1. Talk Straight
2. Demonstrate Respect
3. Create Transparency
4. Right Wrongs
5. Show Loyalty
6. Deliver Results
7. Get Better
8. Confront Reality
9. Clarify Expectations
10. Practice Accountability
11. Listen First
12. Keep Commitments
13. Extend Trust
NEW! MYNorth Media partnership to bring even more BLOG Content for YPs!
Our Blog continues to be a great "insiders scoop" on what local YPs are doing in northern Michigan. Next month, we'll begin partnering with MyNorth Media to feature one of their many excellent articles to give you even more great content!

As always, our blog also keeps you up to date on local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates from our fellow YP government representatives.
Stay tuned for the next TCYP blog and MyNorth's post in our next posting!

Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce has always strived for ways to help their members. One of these ways is by connecting them with top talent in the
area. The Chambers job portal is always jam packed with great and different opportunities. Whether you are seeking to fill a position, looking for a career change, or just looking for some additional seasonal work, the Chamber Job Portal should be your first stop! Check it out   HERE.
November 4 - YP Annual Conference (Hagerty Center); 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 8 - Business Expo (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
November 10 - Leadership @ the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30- 9 a.m.
November 15 - YP Lunch & Learn (Hagerty Insurance Building); 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
November 16 - Business After Hours (Grand Traverse Distillery); 5 - 7 p.m.
November 17 - YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce); 8 - 9 a.m.
November 22- YP Volunteering at the State Theatre (You already know); 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.


Julia Clark -  Julia Clark joined the Lighthouse Group team as their Front Desk Coordinator in late July of 2016.  She is excited to bring on her passion for customer service and detailed oriented attitude to the team.  Julia is currently assisting in the coordination of daily office functions for all insurance lines as needed.  She is quickly learning the business and says that she enjoys assisting in closing transactions.  Social media and marketing are two areas Julia hopes to grow and manage while at Lighthouse.  She is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of all of Lighthouse Groups internal and external customers and looks forward to continue to develop long term relationships in the Traverse City community. 
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