RUTLAND (September 7, 2016) — Representatives from Rutland Young Professionals (RYP), Heritage Family Credit Union, and Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) announced today the details of the 2016 Young Professionals Summit of Vermont during a press conference held at Castleton Downtown in Rutland.
The summit will take place on October 15th at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration is $20 and includes morning refreshments and lunch from Roots the Restaurant. A networking event will follow at a downtown venue. Attendees can register for the event at ypsummitvt.com/register starting on Friday, September 9th. In addition, a new college outreach program will award scholarships to students at Vermont colleges and universities.
The one-day event will feature professional development (ex.”LinkedOut: The job you want from the place you are”), workshops exploring key issues (including economic development, infrastructure, and population), and conclude with a panel of policy makers moderated by journalist Garrett Graff that will hear from and engage with attendees. Brad Cohen, Senior Brand Strategist at Mozilla, will deliver the day's keynote on the benefits of trust, trial and agility both in and out of the workplace.
“The goal of the summit is to connect young professionals from across the state and present them with the ideas and resources that will empower them to take positive action, both in their careers and their communities,” said Heather Robertson, chair of this year’s summit. “The day will build on ideas generated during last year’s summit, and our hope is that attendees will leave both more informed and more involved.” Robertson, a strategist at content marketing agency Beutler Ink, relocated to Vermont from Los Angeles in 2014.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 125 attendees and support from special guests including Peter Welch, Phil Scott, Shap Smith, Matt Dunne, and Joan Goldstein.
Tyler Richardson, assistant director of REDC praised the summit as a networking opportunity. “My involvement with the event last year led directly to great friendships and career opportunities,” he said. “I can't overstate the value of this event for the development of young professionals in Vermont.”
The summit is made possible thanks to contributions from several organizations, including MKF Properties, VPR, Castleton University, and the event’s premier sponsor, Heritage Family Credit Union (HFCU).
“Heritage Family Credit Union’s vision is prosperity for generations to come through cooperation,” said Carrie Allen, senior vice president of marketing and business development. “This summit embodies all of our core values and we could not be more pleased to sponsor this event to promote education, entrepreneurialism and social cooperation. The future will be very bright for Vermont with this generation of leadership.”
About Rutland Young Professionals
Rutland Young Professionals is a 501(c)3 organization who brings together young professionals in the Rutland area to connect, grow and help build Rutland's future by creating social and professional networking opportunities, engaging with the community and building a Rutland area that attracts and retains young professionals.
About Rutland Economic Development Corporation
Rutland Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to use collaboration, creativity and ingenuity to recruit talent and businesses of all kinds, grow and retain employers, and promote a healthy and vibrant commercial and residential real estate market. We believe economic development is a team sport, capitalizing on fun, fresh ideas, passionate people, and open, inventive partnerships. Our vision: The greater Rutland region is recognized as the most collaborative, innovative and friendly place in Vermont to live, work, play and grow a business.
About Castleton University
Castleton University is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers more than 75 programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students, 29 varsity sports, and over 40 clubs and organizations. At Castleton there is an understanding of the need for both career preparation and a liberal arts education. The university stresses community service and provides exceptional programs for first year students.
About Heritage Family Credit Union
Heritage Family Federal Credit Union is a financial cooperative owned by our members. Established in 1956 as the Ludlow Rutland General Electric Employees Credit Union, today Heritage Family Credit Union serves more than 44,000 members with 9 branches across Vermont and New Hampshire. HFCU exists for SERVICE to our MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES and COMMUNITIES through INTEGRITY, COMPASSION and EDUCATION. To learn more visit us online at www.hfcuvt.com