Photos by Eric Francis Photography

It’s said that the early bird gets the worm and YP Summit attendees did just that. YPs arrived at the CHI Center as early as 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15 to network and begin their experience at the YP Summit, the nation’s largest gathering of young professionals. More than 1,500 professionals attended the event. Thanks to our generous scholarship sponsors (such as Methodist Health System) 70 of those professionals attended at no cost.

The Summit experience contained a pool of insightful, passionate and wise breakout speakers, which provided attendees with a total of 15 session options — everything from, “Exploring Conflict Resolution – Lessons from Wakanda”, to “Wear the Darn Swimsuit” and “Passion + Purpose = Electricity”. Each session provided attendees with lessons and tools that will help them take on personal, professional and community dilemmas. A special thanks to our many breakout session sponsors including Toast that attended and supported their young professionals.


Ashli Brehm, Baby on the Brehm: Wear the Darn Swimsuit

“The time is now,” a simple yet powerful message that was passed along during the third professional development breakout session, Fueling Purpose in Your Career. These words came from United Way of the Midlands’ Director of Financial Stability, Dr. Bradley Ekwerekwu. Alongside of him was Dulce Sherman, Whispering Roots’ Chief Operating Officer, whose exciting energy pushed attendees to reflect upon how their values align with their current career environment. To complete the trio, Executive Director, Alberto Varas from Latino Center of the Midlands encouraged young professionals to scope beyond their career and explore engagement opportunities within the community, such as serving on a board.

All three speakers presented an interactive discussion that left attendees with the challenge to ‘activate’ within civic engagement ­– all while developing skills that will further their professional success. Ekwerekwu brought light to the fact that people often wait for a sign to engage, whether that is getting a new job or finishing school; however, he encouraged attendees to make note that this session was their green light and that the time to engage is now.


To celebrate and wind down from the day, attendees made their way over to the Post-Party at The Capitol District Courtyard where each were provided with a drink ticket and a delicious plate of food all thanks to our Post-Party sponsor, TD Ameritrade. We also want to thank the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District for being a Post-Party Food & Beverage Sponsor.

Save the Date for next year’s YP Summit – Friday, March 6, 2020