March 24, 2023

CHI Health Center Omaha

Connect & Grow with Fellow Young Professionals

YP Summit is the largest young professionals’ conference in the country—and it’s happening right here in Omaha. This year’s conference will bring together 1,500+ young professionals for a day of education, inspiration and connection. You can expect compelling keynote speakers, thought-provoking breakout sessions and specially designed opportunities to connect with fellow young professionals.

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

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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 will be recognizing individuals in the following five categories: 

  • Civic Engagement Champion: An individual who is actively involved with the Greater Omaha community through volunteerism or civil service. 

    Individuals who are currently serving, are an advocate or supporter or have previously served are eligible for this award. Individuals who are currently campaigning are 
    not eligible.
     
  • DEIA Champion: An advocate or ally working to change the status quo to move Omaha forward to be more inclusive for all.
     
  • Educator: An education professional (teacher, counselor or administrator) who is making an impact on the next generation of emerging leaders.
     
  • Entrepreneur: An individual who is blazing their career path through running their own company. 
     
  • Nonprofit Professional: An individual who is making a positive impact on the Greater Omaha area through their professional career in the nonprofit sector.
Use this form to self-nominate, or nominate other individuals. Applications will be accepted from Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 until Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023.

Who Should Apply?

Change Maker is someone aged 18-40, in the Greater Omaha-area, who has identified the need for change, and proactively works to achieve the change they wish to see.

Restrictions

Individuals who 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 2023 YP Summit Planning Committee members.

Recognition

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 at the live event.

Youth Trailblazer Award

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Each year, we honor an individual with a consistently high level of professional achievement, strong leadership qualities and commitment to the community. Youth Trailblazers (formerly known as a Rising Star) shine through social, corporate or philanthropic efforts.

Use this form to nominate someone today. Nominations will be accepted from Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 until Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023.

Who Should Apply?
A Youth Trailblazer is someone who is 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.

Restrictions

Individuals who 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 2023 YP Summit Planning Committee members.

Recognition

The Youth Trailblazer Award honoree will receive a variety of benefits. This includes recognition during the event and possible interviews/publicity from the media.

Scholarships

The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals, in partnership with our scholarship sponsors, appreciate your interest in applying for a scholarship to the 2023 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 2023. 

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 is welcome to apply. Our theme is Our Next Chapter, and the focus is on professional, personal and community development.

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Applications are no longer being accepted for 2023.

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. 18, 2022. 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: Our Next Chapter. Like a good book, we can’t wait to turn the page and see what happens next. Together, we are the authors of Omaha’s future. 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.

FAQs

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 events@omahachamber.org to modify your registration.

About

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.

2023 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.

2023 YP Summit Committee Members

Amanda Sirian, LRS Healthcare – Chair
Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez, Mutual of Omaha – Vice-Chair
Jodi Carper, The Party Bar – Participant Experience Lead
Brenden O’Brien, Election Systems & Software – Selections Lead
Kelsey Scroggin, UNMC – DEIA Lead
Mark Wong, Impact Merchandising | Tippl – Hype & Promotions Lead

Alan Martinez, Nebraska Business Development Center / University of Nebraska Omaha
Alex Bauer, JPalm Hairdressing
Allison Bitterman, American Red Cross
Alyssa Ehler, Gavilon
Anna Rodriguez-Popp, United Way of the Midlands
Ashia Aubrey, Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Austin Kernan, Orion Advisor Solutions
Brei Holcombe, Spreetail
Cecilia Gulizia-Barnes, Baxter Auto
Dani Chaney, Encoura
Griffen Farrar, Iowa Western Community College
Jake Koperski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jamel Hamilton, Nebraska Enterprise Fund
Jenn Jelinek, NWI Women Vets
John Nguyen, Alto IRA
Katie Kuhl, LRS Healthcare
Kelsie Christine Watson, International Filter Manufacturing Corporation
Keri Menage, Cox Communications
Natalie, Mutual of Omaha
Nate Decker, AIM Institute
Patrick Kilcoyne, United Way of the Midlands
Priya Premnath, Metropolitan Community College
Rebecca Flicher, LALA U.S.
Tamara Dwyer, Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless
William Gockel-Figge, Aureus Group

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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