March 31, 2022CHI Health Center Omaha
Connect & Grow with Fellow Young Professionals
YP Summit is the largest young professionals’ conference in the country—with 1,500+ attendees each year. This year’s conference will bring young professionals back together in person for a day of education, celebration and connection.
YP Summit will help you understand how you can actively strengthen our community. You can expect compelling keynote speakers, thought-provoking breakout sessions and specially designed opportunities to connect with fellow young professionals.
When it’s done, you’ll be empowered and emboldened to live and thrive right here, right now.
Tickets go on sale Monday, January 03, 2022.
Get In From The Beginning
Be a Sponsor
YP Summit is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors. Contact us to see how we can work together.
Be a Speaker
We select speakers who are doing dynamic things at work and in the community. Is this you? Learn more about Speaker RFPs.
Change Maker Awards
Each year, we honor individuals making positive, innovative and powerful change in our community and beyond. Change Makers are thought leaders and doers who are impacting the world through social, corporate, or philanthropic change.
This year, we are asking the Change Makers themselves to reach out directly and nominate yourselves. Tell us your story by submitting a 1 to 3-minute video application. Winners will be given a platform to share their story with young professionals and our community.
Applications and nominations open Monday, October 25, 2021.
Who Should Apply?
A 2022 YP Summit Change Maker is someone aged 18-40, in the Omaha-area, who identifies the need for change, and proactively and successfully inspires the change they wish to see. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Individuals who have been featured as Change Makers in the past are not eligible for this award. Those serving in public office and/or running for public office are not eligible for this award. Employees of the Greater Omaha Chamber, Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals Council and 2022 YP Summit Planning Committee members will not be considered. Change Makers will be evaluated on individual merit and personal contribution, unrelated to any business affiliation with the Greater Omaha Chamber, associated programs and/or sponsors. An anonymous selection committee will determine the 2022 recipient(s) and all nominees will be notified of their status.
Change Maker Award honorees will receive a variety of benefits. This includes recognition during the event, interviews/publicity from media, opportunity to share your story through video and addressing audience directly by serving on a panel discussion.
Rising Star Award
We honor individuals with a consistently high level of professional achievement, strong leadership qualities and commitment to the community. Rising Stars shine through social, corporate or philanthropic efforts.
We are currently seeking applications for our 2022 Rising Star Award, sponsored by Google. Winners will be given a platform to share their story with young professionals and our community.
Applications open Monday, October 25, 2021.
Who Should Apply?
A Rising Star is someone 18 years of age or younger, residing within the Greater Omaha Area. They exemplify the following qualities:
- A passion for positive community growth
- Continuous personal growth
- Currently work on or leading a project or team focused on community engagement to ensure Greater Omaha is a place where everyone wants to work, live, and play
- Mentoring and/or supporting community members in their pursuits
Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Individuals who have identify with the following are not eligible for this honor:
- A past recipient of the award
- Those serving in public office and/or running for public office
- Current employees of the Greater Omaha Chamber
- Current volunteers of the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals Council and 2022 YP Summit Planning Committee members
Individuals nominated for the Rising Star honor will be evaluated on individual merit and personal contribution, unrelated to any business affiliation with the Greater Omaha Chamber, associated programs and/or sponsors. An anonymous selection committee will determine the 2022 recipient(s) and all nominators will be notified of their nominees’ status.
Rising Star Award honoree will receive a variety of benefits. This includes recognition during the event and possible interviews/publicity from the media.
The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals, in partnership with our scholarship sponsors, appreciate your interest in applying for a scholarship to the 2022 YP Summit. Scholarships are available to any young professional interested in fostering their professional and personal development and cultivating community growth, but need a little help getting there.
Each scholarship will cover $150 of the applicant’s registration fee for a Single Ticket. The applicant is responsible for the remaining $25 to attend.
Applications open in January 3, 2022.
Be a Breakout Speaker
Each year, we announce a call for submissions for breakout speaker applications. Any individual interested in providing high-quality content that is engaging and would provide attendees with takeaways to is welcome to apply. Our theme is Middle of Everywhere, and the focus is on professional, personal and community development.
Applications due on October 3 by 11:59 p.m
To be considered, complete the electronic application within the allotted time frame. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. If selected, speakers will be contacted with additional details.
Applications are available to any individual interested in providing high-quality content based within the parameters outlined below.
Presentation topics should align with our theme: Middle of Everywhere. In Omaha, we aren’t in the middle of nowhere, we are in the middle of everywhere. We can actively create the community we want to be part of in Omaha. The presentation must fall into one of these three categories, as it relates to your interpretation of the theme:
- Professional Development
- Community Development
- Personal Development
Applicants must be prepared to present in an in-person conference format.
Presentation must include 3 actionable “takeaways” attendees can put into practice to immediately start improving their lives.
If I am selected, will I have to pay for my ticket?
Speakers receive a complimentary ticket to attend entire YP Summit and receive any benefits or privileges paid ticket holders receive.
If I am selected, how many guests may I bring with me to attend my session?
Complimentary guest tickets are not provided. If your guests have paid for a registration, they may attend your session.
How many people will hear/see my presentation?
Based on previous events, we estimate between 200 – 300 people will attend your session, although we cannot guarantee a specific number.
Who owns my content?
You will be asked to sign a release form regarding distribution of your content and use of your likeness. While the ideas are yours, the Greater Omaha Chamber will make decisions regarding distribution of your recorded session.
What audio/visual equipment is available?
If you are selected, you will receive a follow-up communication designated to address these details.
Will I receive feedback on my session?
Yes. All registered attendees will be invited to provide feedback about your breakout session. This information will be shared with you after the event.
What about an introduction before I speak?
Your application asks for a bio. Be clear and specific in completing this section. This information will be used by a Chamber staff and/or volunteer to introduce you at the beginning of your session.
I have a product/service to sell, may I do so during my presentation?
No. This is not an avenue for sales or promotion of products or services.
I want to advocate for my personal political views, may I do so during my presentation?
No. This is a non-partisan event. Speakers may not attempt to sway the audience towards individual political views, political candidates or parties, partisan organizations or specific legislation. (For example, attendees may be encouraged to vote, but not whom to vote for or a specified political party.)
What kind of promotion will I receive for my participation?
If selected, promotional opportunities, and expectations, will be discussed. The Greater Omaha Chamber is responsible for event promotion and PR, but may also supply you with assets to help spread the word to your networks.
Will you need a copy of my presentation beforehand?
Yes. We will need to either discuss or review your content prior to presentation. A practice session may also be required. If selected, you will receive a follow-up communication designated to address these details.
Will I be paid or receive an honorarium for speaking?
No. The YP Summit and associated media promotion offer our speakers an opportunity to connect with an active and engaged audience while at the same time giving back to our community.
I spoke at the YP Summit in the past. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. However, the topic must be different.
The YP Summit is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. We appreciate their support.
Interested in being a sponsor? Explore our Sponsorship Opportunities.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
College of Saint Mary
Methodist Health System
Metropolitan Utilities District
Mutual of Omaha
North End Teleservices
RDG Planning & Design
Turner Construction Company
Let us answer that for you
Do I have to be a Young Professional to attend?
No, it’s a mindset. We are an inclusive event for all ages and don’t card at the door.
What precautions are being taken to keep attendees safe during Covid-19? Will I need to provide proof of vaccination or negative test for entry? What happens if I test positive and can’t attend?
The Greater Omaha Chamber and MECA have taken enhanced health and safety measures and are following recommendations from the CDC. See MECA’s full list of updates and precautions.
Proof of vaccination and/or a negative test is not required for entry. However, help keep each other healthy and stay home if you are not well and follow all posted instructions on the day of the event.
If you test positive, stay home and notify the Chamber’s event team. We will update you on our refund policy.
By registering for and attending this event, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and will not hold the Chamber or MECA in any way responsible for any consequences related to such exposure.
Is there a lactation/mother’s room?
Yes, the Mother’s Room is complete with private stations and fridge access. Check with the Info Booth on the day of the event, they will give you access to this exclusive space.
What is the dress code?
Business, business casual or jeans are welcome.
What is the seating arrangement?
During general sessions, there will be round table seating.
- If your company is a sponsor, your seat will be reserved. Check out the floorplans on the day of the event – find your company’s name and assigned section and row. This will be your company’s assigned row throughout the day. Not sure if your company is a sponsor? Check with the individual who purchased your ticket to find out.
- If you purchased a single ticket, you will sit in open seating. Find tables marked open seating. These seats are first come, first serve and you may not have the same seat all day.
- If you purchased a VIP ticket, your seat will be reserved. Check out the floorplan on the day of the event – find your name and assigned section and row. This will be your assigned row throughout the day.
During breakout sessions, there will be theater style seating. No seats will be reserved and it is on a first come, first serve basis.
Are there special lunch options? (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, etc.)
Yes, select your meal preference during registration. If you have special dietary restrictions, let us know when registering. We will accommodate your request to the best of our ability.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the venue is accessible to disabled patrons, as required by the ADA and applicable regulations.
Do you offer sign language accommodations?
We will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. When registering, make sure to submit your accommodation request with your attendee information.
What should I bring?
Notebook, pen and business cards.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, scholarships are available. Applications are open from January 3 – 23. Apply here.
Can I register for just part of the day?
No, YP Summit only offers full-day tickets.
Can I register/pay the day of?
No, registration closes on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
If I need to cancel my registration, what should I do?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to modify your registration.
This is the marquee event for YPs in Omaha, the YP Summit brings more than 1,500 young professionals together – one place, at one time – to grow personally and professionally, to learn more about community and convert insight into real, positive action using our strategic imagination to see beyond today and redefine what we are collectively capable of accomplishing. The YP Summit began in 2005 as a conference to celebrate young professionals in our region. Learn more about the YP Council.
YP Summit Promise
We will provide a positive experience that energizes young professionals, celebrates our many points of view, expands our networks and challenges ourselves—all with the goal of extending our talents. Together, we will invigorate our personal and professional passions and multiply our impact—taking our collective future to the next level. You will leave feeling empowered and excited to thrive right here, right now.
2022 YP Summit Planning Committee:
The YP Summit is a young professional conference designed by young professionals. Members put in countless hours to ensure the event’s success. We appreciate them for making this event possible.
2022 YP Summit Committee Members
Darius Christensen, Trane Technologies – Chair
Kendra Wright, Cognizant – Vice Chair
Amanda Sirian, Election Systems & Software – Selections Chair
Fernanda Reutzel, Physicians Mutual – Hype & Promotions Chair
Kelsey Christensen, Physicians Mutual – Participant Experience Chair
Alex Gould, Koley Jessen
Allison Bitterman, Illuminating Insights LLC
Arione Nelson, Blair Freeman
Austin Kernan, TD Ameritrade
Bret Wilgenbusch, Interstates
Carlea Magee, Blacks In Technology Omaha
Crystal Rush Cardenas, Community Based Services
Jesse Mohling, MH Hospitality – Hampton Inn & Suites Aksarben
Kelsey Scroggin, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Kimberly Sanders, Spreetail
Kylie Robinson, UNO Aviation Institute
Mark Wong, Impact Merchandising
Megan Alexander, Physicians Mutual
Melissa Pyzdek, NRG Media
Michaela Bradley, Painted Wolf Studio & LinkedIn
Nicole Gomez, Freelancer
Preston Barrett, Omaha Public Power District
Rachael Sikes, Thrivent Financial
Saeed Dabbour, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Tamara Dwyer, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless
Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez, Heartland Workforce Solutions
Photo and Video Release
By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image and/or voice and authorize the Greater Omaha Chamber to use photographs, videos and audio recordings containing your likeness, image and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.
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