March 4-5, 2021
Connect & Grow 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.
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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.
We are currently seeking applications for our 2021 Change Maker Awards. 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 are no longer being accepted for 2021.
Who Should Apply?
A 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Rising Star Award, sponsored by Google. Winners will be given a platform to share their story with young professionals and our community.
Applications are no longer being accepted for 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
Nominations are due by Sunday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. 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 2021 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 2021 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, possible interviews/publicity from the media, opportunity to share by serving on a panel discussion.
The Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals, in partnership with our scholarship sponsor Nebraska Medicine, appreciate your interest in applying for a scholarship to the 2021 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 $100 of the applicant’s registration fee for a Single Ticket. The applicant is responsible for the remaining $25 to attend.
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 Metamorphosis, and the focus is on professional, personal and community development.
Applications closed on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Applications are available from Monday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 4 at 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. 20, 2020. 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 and description: “Metamorphosis. How do we look within ourselves to understand what truly needs to change?” 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 a virtual 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 Virtual Conference 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?
The virtual audience may mean more attendees. 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. A copy of your recorded session would be shared with you after the event.
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
Are single day tickets available?
No, tickets to individual days are not available. You can purchase a Single Ticket which provides you access to the entire event.
What if I am not available during the YP Summit days? Will the event be recorded to view later?
Sessions will be recorded and accessible for registered attendees until May 28, 2021 within the virtual platform.
What equipment do I need to attend and optimize my YP Summit experience?
A quality internet connection, a computer and a valid registration.
To optimize your experience, we recommend being prepared to use the virtual event platform on your desktop and mobile device or tablet. We recommend viewing sessions on your desktop, while using your mobile device or tablet to stay engaged after the day’s programing has concluded.
How can I ask the speakers questions?
Before and after the live session, use the Q&A feature within the session details on Whova.
During the live session, use the chat feature within Zoom. Each speaker has been requested to leave time designated to answering your questions.
If I need to cancel my registration, what should I do?
Please contact email@example.com to modify your registration.
How and when will we receive login/access instructions?
To access the virtual platform, please log in with the email address associated with your registration. Instructions will be sent one week prior to the event.
Can I move between breakout sessions during the presentations?
Yes, you will be able to move between breakout sessions by utilizing the virtual platform.
Is there a preferred device or internet browser to use?
We recommended utilizing Google Chrome. Be prepared to use both the mobile and web platforms for the best experience. The web app is recommended for accessing sessions. Some features are only available in the mobile app.
When will I be able to sign up for the breakout sessions?
All breakout sessions will be posted within the YP Summit virtual platform. Attendees can then join their desired break out rooms in real-time, no prior sign up necessary. If you would like to pre-plan your agenda, click on the ‘Agenda’ tab, then click on the ‘+ Add to My Agenda’ to add the Overview session to your personal agenda.
Will closed captioning be available?
Yes, closed captioning will be available during all sessions. If you have accessibility accommodations, email riragf@Bznunpunzore.bet and we will do our best to meet your needs.
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.
Since then, we have enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of community speakers and nationally known keynotes, including:
- Vinh Giang, Entrepreneur
- Michelle Gielan, Founder & Author
- 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
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.
2021 YP Summit Planning Committee:
The YP Summit planning committee spends countless hours to ensure this event’s success. We appreciate their support.
Rakshit Rekhi – YP Summit Chair, Gallup
Kelsey Christensen – Digital Engagement Chair, Physicians Mutual
Anne Maksimovich – Programming Chair, Turner Construction
Haley Armstrong – Selections Chair, Nebraska Medicine
Alysia Radicia, RDG Planning & Design
Brooke Wegner, University of Nebraska Foundation
Chris Humphries, First National Bank
Courtney Westering, Paypal
Darius Christensen, Trane Technologies
Fernanda Reutzel, Physicians Mutual
Kelsey Scroggin, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Laurel Oetken, Ervin & Smith
Leah Whitney, World Speaks
Mohammed Amrollah, Valmont
Nicole Gomez, Immigrant Legal Center
Paola Briones, University of Nebraska Omaha
Parshav Chauhan, Client Resources Inc.
Patrick Kilcoyne, United Way of the Midlands
Phil Friedrich, Northwestern Mutual
Randy Chavez, Stable Gray
Rebecca Atkins, University of Nebraska Omaha
Sydny Boyd, KMTV
Tara Friesen, Nebraska Medicine
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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