Thursday, March 9, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Summit Promise

A day which unites, informs and empowers our young professionals to be engaged, feel inspired and develop skills that will elevate our community and lead to new opportunities and prosperity for all.

So you can inspire others.

So we can empower ourselves.

So our community can unite.

We want you at the Young Professionals Summit, the only personal/professional development conference of its kind in the region. It’s about harnessing the collective energy of 1,500 YPs to empower each and every attendee. We know you want to make your mark on the community. Let’s connect that passion with opportunity as we educate, collaborate and engage at the marquee event for YPs in Omaha.


Ari Shapiro

NPR Host, All Things Considered

Award-winning journalist Ari Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from five continents. In 2015, Shapiro joined Kelly McEvers, Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as a weekday co-host of All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine.

CenturyLink Wi-Fi

SSID: 2017YPS  PW: unite!17

Thursday, March 9

CenturyLink Center Omaha
455 N. 10 St. Omaha, NE 68102

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration + Networking + Pre-Function Civic Engagement Activities


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Session + Change Makers // Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

1A: Flipping the Innovation Switch // Room: 216
Matt Hardebeck, OPPD
Tim Burke, OPPD

1B: The Minimalist Manager: Working with Purpose // Room: 213
Dr. Todd Darnold, Creighton University Heider College of Business

1C: Creativity in the Age of Data & Technology // Room: 212
Greg Andersen, Bailey Lauerman

1D: Journey to Emotional Wellness //Room: 207
Doris Moore, Center for Holistic Development

1E: The BIG Conversation // Hallway (Space is limited)
Stuart Chittenden, Squishtalks

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

2A: Civic Health in NE: Creating Vibrant, Connected and Active Communities // Room: 216
Amanda Barker, Nebraskans for Civic Reform

2B: The Power of Followership // Room: 213
Dr. Leah Georges, Creighton University Doctoral Program in Leadership
Dr. Jennifer Moss Breen, Creighton University Doctoral Program in Leadership

2C: Busting Blind Spots with Trustees Panel // Room: 212
Dr. Bev Kracher, Business Ethics Alliance
Thomas Warren, Urban League of Nebraska
Heidi Mausbach, Ervin & Smith
Terry Kroeger, Omaha World-Herald

2D: Living with Purpose, Self-Compassion and Resiliency // Room: 207
Chad Brough, Nebraska Medicine

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lunch + Engagement Space Activities // Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom


12:05 p.m.

Mayoral Candidate Forum + State of the City

State of the City: Hear from five individuals and entities engaged in key projects, initiatives and ideas of interested gaining momentum and presence in our community.

Jeff Kutash 
Executive Director, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Nathan Preheim and Erica Wassinger
The Startup Collaborative, powered by the Greater Omaha Chamber

Jeff Spiehs, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency
Jason Rose, Metro Transit

Mike Moylan, President, Shamrock Development

Laura Hall, Vic Gutman & Associates

2 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

3A: Expanding the Diversity of Your Inner Circle // Room: 216
Angela Cooper, Mutual of Omaha

3B: Diffusing Emotional Waste and Drama in the Workplace // Room: 213
Alex Dorr, Reality-Based Leadership

3C: Engage Your Passion: YPs & Nonprofit Panel // Room: 212
Julia Parker, Omaha Small Business Network
Othello Meadows, 75 North
Madeline Wahl, Community 360
Miah Sommer, The Bike Union
Jay Warren Teamer, Mutual of Omaha
Moderators: Jaymes Sime & Cliff McEvoy

3D: Loving Your Job is the Best Kind of Office Romance // Room: 207
Jay Wilkinson, Firespring

3E: The BIG Conversation // Hallway (Space is limited)
Stuart Chittenden, Squishtalks

3 p.m.

Closing Session // Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

The Power of Stories
Keynote, Ari Shapiro, NPR

4 – 6 p.m.

Post-Party // Holland Performing Arts Center



The YP Summit is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. Thank you for your support.





Chair: Allison Schorr, ICAN
Vice Chair: Angel Starks, Nebraska Realty
Programming Co-Chairs: Jeremy Christensen, Baird Holm & Andy Gorman, CHI Health
Marketing Co-Chairs: Noah McClain, Mutual of Omaha & Lynn Schneider, Emspace Group
Participant Experience Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Kraemer, University of Nebraska Foundation & Lauren Lemke , Creighton University
Pre/Post Party: Emilee Harvey, Security National Bank & Anna Willey, Child Savings Institute
GOYP Communications and Participant Experience Liaison: Zach Klebba, Leo A Daly
Chamber Staff: Luke Hoffman, Kayti Rachwalik, Sarah Moylan