YP Summit Promise

Our promise is to provide an inclusive experience that will foster your personal and professional development. We will challenge the way you think, provide you with new tools and inspire you to put them into action.


Friday, March 15, 2019

CHI Health Center Omaha

455 N. 10th St.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration + Networking // Pre-Function Space

We’ll be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the second floor of the CHI Health Center Omaha. Collect your name badge then head into our engagement space to grab a morning pick-me-up and start making some amazing connections!

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote // Michelle Gielan

Opening Session // Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

Broadcasting Happiness: Creating Success Through Positive EngagementEffective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success in business. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work.

Learn the science behind training the brain and reap the benefits: 31% increase in productive energy, 37% higher sales, 40% higher likelihood of a promotion and a 23% decrease in the negative effects of stress.

Nationally recognized researcher, speaker and best-selling author Michelle Gielan will empower your audience with practical, research-based, positive communication strategies to increase happiness and fuel success. Weaving together poignant stories, interactive experiments and her own novel research, Michelle presents a compelling, engaging, science-based case showing that being positive and sharing that optimistic mindset with others is central to success.

Michelle Gielan, Founder and Researcher. Bestselling Author. Founder, Institute for Applied Positive Research. Executive Producer, “The Happiness Advantage.”

Michelle’s appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

1A // Professional Development – Creativity // Room 203
Intrepreneurship: How to Innovate and Excel within a Large Company

Learn how to lead change within your organization through personal empowerment, small acts of courage and steadfast determination.

Kelsey Haswell, Methodist Health System

Sponsored by: State Farm

1B // Personal Development – Self Awareness // Room 209
Wear the Darn Swimsuit

This is not a talk about loving your body. In this session, learn about ups, downs, and all-arounds, and understand why Ashli is such a believer in getting off the side of the pool, doing a cannon ball, and connecting to the life you are given.

Ashli Brehm, Baby on the Brehm

Sponsored by: Toast

1C // Community Development // Room 212
An Employee Toolkit for Addressing Domestic/Sexual Violence in the Heartland

In light of #metoo and Time’s Up, join Human Resources Association of the Midlands (HRAM) and the Women’s Fund of Omaha as we provide YPs with resources and suggestions for addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, stalking, and sexual harassment in your company and in our community.

Sarah Schulz, HRAM

Leontyne Evans, State of Nebraska

Michelle Zych, Women’s Fund of Omaha

1D // Professional Development // Room 213
Exploring Conflict Resolution – Lessons from Wakanda

Taking our cue from the courageous journey of the emerging leaders of Black Panther’s Wakanda, explore ethical leadership and new ways to navigate and resolve conflict in your personal and professional life. #BlackPanther #SkillsfortheWorkplace #EthicalLeadership #ConflictResolution

Dr. Candace Bloomquist, Creighton University

Dr. Kathy Gonzales, Creighton University

Sponsored by: First National Bank

1E // Personal Development – Drive // Room 216
Hustle Like an Immigrant: Knowledge, Character and Courage

Focus on harnessing your dreams, discovering your life purpose and persevering through obstacles as our presenter describes his personal plight and struggle – a young black man from an impoverished West African state of The Gambia taking his leap towards a better future in America.

Saikou Camara, The HAI Group

Sponsored by: Midland University MBA

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

2A // Professional Development – Creativity // Room 203
Eureka is a Big Fat Lie

You need to be creative on a deadline. Are you sweating yet? Learn problem-solving methods that will guide you from a blank page to great ideas – faster.

Hannah Husman, Ervin & Smith

Sponsored by: State Farm

2B // Personal Development – Self Awareness // Room 209
Triage – Self Care for YPs of Color + Allies

Navigating a lack of cultural reflection in company leadership, operation procedure, and overall culture is a silent killer to morale, retention and development of young professionals who identify as people of color. This session will provide tools to navigate workplace environments and influence organizational change.

Dominique Morgan, Black and Pink, Inc.

Sponsored by: Toast

2C // Community Development // Room 212
Latinx Rising: Engaging the Next Majority

Latinx populations are primed to double, possibly triple in size in Nebraska by 2040. Now is the time to become informed about the next majority. This panel discussion will introduce you to influential Omaha Latinx YPs, dispel common misconceptions about Latinx political participation, and share strategies on engaging Latinx in civic, corporate and nonprofit realms. This breakout is presented by the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association.

Erik Omar Servellon, Metro Young Latino Professionals Association

2D // Professional Development // Room 213
Bigger Than Blockchain

Blockchain is inspiring technological, economic and political disruption through new forms of money movement and data control. Will you be able to adapt?

Kyle Tut, BlockEra

Sponsored by: First National Bank

2E // Personal Development – Drive // Room 216
Grit Meets Mindfulness – The Marriage of Two Perspectives

Let’s discuss the intersectionality of grit and mindfulness in the workplace. It’s about persevering in the midst of challenge with a clear mind and thoughtful response. You’ll leave the session with three practices that can help you shift from mindless reacting to mindful responding during times of stress.

Dr. Barbara Harris, Creighton University

Colette O’Meara-McKinney, Creighton University

Sponsored by: Midland University MBA

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch + Change Makers


Lunch Menu: Lunch service will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. 

Dragons Gate Ramen with Chicken
Chicken served with a sesame ginger sauce, wok seared vegetables and ramen (avoiding gluten) + petite white and dark chocolate mousse cups for dessert (avoiding gluten, vegetarian). 

To request the vegetarian option, let the server at your table know.


2019 YP Summit – Change Makers

Each year, we honor individuals making positive, innovative and powerful change in our community.These YPs see the big picture and are bringing a new layer of vibrancy to our community! Hear their dynamic stories and leave inspired to become a Change Maker yourself.


Rachel Fox, Business Owner, You Go Girl

Dawaune Lamont Hayes, Director, NOISE

Bre Phelan, Founder and President, Felius Cat Café

Crysta N. Price, Founder and CEO, HTI Labs

Eli Rigatuso, Owner/Operator, Catch Creative

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

3A // Professional Development – Creativity // Room 203
Passion + Purpose = Electricity

Passionate people with a sense of purpose produce amazing results. When you find your passion and purpose, you will find yourself happier and more fulfilled. Consider these 45 minutes your passion + purpose launching pad!

Jaymes Sime, Electric Executive

Sponsored by: State Farm

3B // Professional Development – Creativity // Room 209

Intrepreneurship: How to Innovate and Excel within a Large Company

Learn how to lead change within your organization through personal empowerment, small acts of courage and steadfast determination.

Kelsey Haswell, Methodist Health System

Sponsored by: State Farm

CANCELED — 3B // Personal Development – Self Awareness // Room 209


Self-Love is the Only Way!

Self-love is the manifestation of self-care. It’s the ability to be intentional in taking care of your mind and body, so you feel less stress and more joy. In the workplace, due to high demands and different personalities to navigate, many of us could benefit from more self-care during the workday. By incorporating self-care at work and when we go home, we can move towards forming stronger relationships, increased productivity and performance. In this workshop, you will experience creative ways to add self-care into your life at work and home.

Felicia Webster, WithloveFeliciaProductions

Sponsored by: Toast

3C // Community Development // Room 212
Common Ground: Rent or Own (We’re in This Together)

Defined by the spaces, places and the people who call them home, neighborhoods are the backbone of communities. Learn initiatives communities have taken to combat neighborhood challenges, build upon existing strengths and improve the reality of the people who define the places we call home.


Precious McKesson, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance


Emanuel Cook, City Planning

Juanita Johnson, 24th Street Alliance

Julie Smith, ONE Omaha

3D // Professional Development // Room 213
Fueling Purpose in Your Career

Prepare to be challenged to engage in internal and external analysis of your civic engagement and propensity to “activate” in the community. YPs will leave this interactive session with a better understanding of personal stance, ability to engage with others, and an action plan to integrate within their existing professional/personal lives.

Dr. Bradley Ekwerekwu, United Way of the Midlands

Dulce Sherman, Whispering Roots

Alberto Varas, Latino Center of the Midlands

Sponsored by: First National Bank

3E // Personal Development – Drive // Room 216
Do it Anyway

Whatever success looks like for you, recognize that you also must do the work that most don’t want to do. Every step you take, you may walk into more pressure, more challenges. The question isn’t WILL I experience these things? The question is what you will do WHEN it happens? Let’s talk next level toughness.

Candias Jones, Mutual of Omaha

Sponsored by: Midland University MBA

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Beverage Break + Engagement Space

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Keynote // Vinh Giang

Closing Session // Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom
Psychology of Illusion

Magic is much more than sleight of hand. It’s the ability to guide perspective, spotlight influence, and challenge belief systems. With humor, heart, and captivating showmanship, Vinh Giang transforms these three powerful components and shares how creating and cultivating the RIGHT influence in our lives can make the difference between tremendous success or limited mediocrity.

Vinh Giang, Magician and Illusionist. Entrepreneur. CEO of Luminary Production. Owner of 52kards.

Vinh’s appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.


4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Toast to the day’s accomplishments as we celebrate insights gained and new connections made. Leave your car parked in the CHI Health Center parking lot (but only until 8:30 p.m.) and walk over or catch a free ride with zTrip to join us! Access to the Post-Party is included with your YP Summit registration. Each attendee will receive a drink ticket and appetizers with your YP Summit name badge.

Location: The Capitol District | Courtyard


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. Since then, we have enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of community speakers and nationally known keynotes, including:

  • Julissa Arce, Immigration & Education Advocate
  • John Henry, Venture Capitalist
  • Ari Shapiro, Journalist
  • Josh Linkner, Entrepreneur
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media
  • Shabnam Mogharabi, SoulPancake
  • Baratunde Thurston, Author and Comedian
  • Frank Warren, PostSecret
  • John Legend, Singer
  • Adam Braun, Pencils of Promise
  • Bruce Mau, Designer
  • Cory Booker, U.S. Senator
  • Blake Mycoskie, TOMS
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author
  • Robin Sharma, Author

Get Involved

The YP Summit is the region’s premiere platform for discovering fresh ways to engage and fuel community success. If you’re committed to making a difference, and are already poised to change the world from Omaha, then check out these events, crafted for young professionals just like you; or, dial into an engagement directory awaiting your time and talents. While you’re at it, don’t miss a word of what’s new for you: Sign up for our email alerts, and stay in-the-know.


2019 YP Summit Planning Committee:

Chair: Nate Shapiro – Jewish Federation of Omaha

Vice-Chairs: Jason Feldman – Keller Williams Realty, Inc. + Elizabeth Kraemer – University of Nebraska Foundation

Programing Committee Co-Chairs: Kelsey Haswell – Nebraska Methodist Health System + Ashlei Spivey – Peter Kiewit Foundation

Marketing Committee Co-Chairs: Lauren Lemke – Ervin & Smith + Kayla Snow – Creighton University

Participant Experience Co-Chairs: Kelsey Christensen – Physicians Mutual + Heath Bandars – Core Bank  

Post-Party Chair: Ethan Stohs – Sonburst Communication

Greater Omaha Chamber Staff: Kayti Manley, Sarah Moylan + Allison Sagehorn  

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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