March 3, 2016
CenturyLink Center Omaha

As the Greater Omaha Chamber kicks off the next 10 years of the Young Professionals Summit, we want to redefine what it means to be a "young professional" and continue to get the Summit on the map as the premier regional event for YPs to learn, connect and live a better version of themselves.


It is an uncharted time for young professionals in Greater Omaha. We are gaining a seat at the table, starting entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship ventures and have a louder voice in the community more than ever before. The 2016 Summit will help you: Discover Yourself, Chart Your Course.



On March 3rd, explore what makes you and how to chart your course. Increase self-awareness, honor your authenticity and discover true strengths.



Chart your future course by learning your next steps. You will be enlightened and empowered with a new set of ideas to create a better you and a better organization.



What developments are happening to make Greater Omaha a better place? Hear from local leaders and advocates on how to give back and get involved with seeing our region transform and grow.


We’re very excited to invite these inspiring people to Omaha.

Josh Linkner

4-time tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and keynote speaker on a mission to drive creativity, innovation and reinvention.

Randi Zuckerberg

Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media, New York Times bestselling author, host of Dot Complicated and former director of marketing at Facebook.

Change Makers

Right here in Omaha, these people are making a difference every day.

Tre Brashear

Co-founder of Maha Music Festival

Shonna Dorsey

Co-founder & Managing Director of Interface: the Web School

Josh Dotzler

CEO of Abide Network

Rebecca Stavick

Executive Director of Do Space

Matt Tompkins

Omaha Live Co-creator


Thursday, March 3, 2016

CenturyLink Center Omaha

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration + Networking

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Opening Session

Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

Opening Keynote

Harnessing Innovation: Fresh Approaches to Growth, Creativity and Transformation

Josh Linkner

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Breakout Session 1

1A: Professional // Room 212

Generational Warfare or Failure to Communicate? Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

Leah Georges, Creighton University

Full Details

There are five generations interacting in the workplace. Learn about mainstream myths of generational warfare and receive insight of each generation's strengths.

1B: Personal // Room 207

Unmasked: How We Manage our Public and Private Faces in and out of the Workplace

Jara Sturdivant-Wilson, HDR
Katie Hatfield Edstrom, PhD, HDR
Laura Heilman, HDR

Full Details

What does it mean to have a public and private face at work? The strategic communications team at HDR will walk you through the ins-and-outs of the public and private face in the workplace.

1C: Community // Room 213

What Will Omaha Look Like in 2025?

Todd Swirczek, City of Omaha Planning Department
Julie Harris, Nebraska Bicycling Alliance

Full Details

Omaha is proactively working to encourage and accommodate urban redevelopment. Learn about the fiscal, environmental, and public health benefits from the shift toward more urban living and less auto dependence brought on by the millenial generation.

1D: Bonus // Room 215

Crime and Omaha’s Economy – Reducing the Former To Grow the Latter

Chief Todd Schmaderer, Omaha Police Department

Full Details

Engage with the Police Chief of Omaha by hearing how creating jobs in Omaha can reduce poverty and crime.

1E: Seat at the Table // Room 209

Casual Convo with the Mayor

Mayor Jean Stothert, City of Omaha
David G. Brown, Greater Omaha Chamber

Full Details

Have a seat at the table with a respected community and business leader. Learn about community issues important to young professionals and take away professional development tidbits from Omaha’s first woman mayor.

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 2

2A: Professional // Room 213

Take Charge of Your Career: Boost Your Performance and Chart Your Best Future

Brandon Rigoni, Gallup

Full Details

Brandon discovered his passion for boosting performance by studying college athletics in the Husker Athletic Department. In this session, attendees will hear Gallup's latest discoveries of how to shape your career through organizational performance.

2B: Personal // Room 212

Future Leaders: Mindful Leaders

Daniel Lawse, Verdis Group
Johnathan Woodside, Mindfulness Outreach Initiative

Full Details

Future leaders will be individuals who have established meditation practice and exemplify mindfulness. Learn why many companies are pioneering mindfulness as a way of discovering personal and professional health.

2C: Community // Room 207

Community Redevelopment and Collaboration

Nate Dodge, NP Dodge
Ken Lyons, Neighborworks Home Solutions

Full Details

Learn about community redevelopment efforts to rekindle pride in neighborhoods through desirable housing that ignites investment in Greater Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. Collaboration with young professionals will be essential in meeting our community's needs.

2D: Bonus // Room 215

The 2016 Barometer: Omaha vs. Nine National Markets

Shannon McClure, Greater Omaha Chamber
R.J. Jerrick, Greater Omaha Chamber
Dr. Eric Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Full Details

How does Greater Omaha stack up against other markets? Are we competitive when businesses are looking for a new home? What is it that makes corporations and start-ups choose Omaha? The Barometer benchmarks our region against nine other markets.

2E Seat at the Table // Room 209

CEO Panel

Jim Anderson, Gavilon
Clark Lauritzen, First National Bank
Derek Leathers, Werner Enterprises
Craig Meier, Medical Solutions

Full Details

If you have aspirations of gaining a seat at the table or becoming a future leader in our community, this is the session for you. You'll have the chance to hear directly from business leaders and have the opportunity to ask questions.

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Grab and Go Lunch + Mingling + Change Makers

Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Breakout Session 3

3A: Professional // Room 212

The Art of Finding Opportunities: the Unspoken Secret (until now)

Aaron Filipi, Javlin Capital

Full Details

Learn about the underutilized art of opportunity-detection. Prepare to be engaged, educated and provoked. Aaron will give personal and professional tips to identify opportunities quicker.

3B: Personal // Room 215

Owning You: Discovering Your Personal Brand

Mary Ann O'Brien, OBI Creative

Full Details

Personal development will own who you are. Discover the formal process of personal branding and what you need to know, what you need to do and what it will mean to your future.

3C: Community // Room 207

A Charitable Challenge: Charting Your Path to Giving Back

Kali Baker, Omaha Community Foundation

Full Details

With kick starters, ice buckets, fun runs and profile pictures, young professionals are redefining philanthropy. In this session, join a conversation about tapping personal passions and interests and how to support the efforts they reflect.

3D: Bonus // Room 213

The Improvisation Conversation - How to Go Off Script

Michael Johnson, Bailey Lauerman

Full Details

Marketing. Networking. Shooting the breeze. Keep your next conversation compelling no matter which direction it turns. The key lies in improv comedy. Learn the secrets of going off script and find out how you can apply them in your daily life.

3E Seat at the Table // Room 209

Urban Development in Greater Omaha.

Jamie Berglund, Greater Omaha Chamber
Mindy Crook, Arch Icon Development
Jay Lund, GreenSlate Development
Mike Moylan, Shamrock Development

Full Details

Each panelist has a vision for Omaha starting with redeveloping historic buildings and creating an urban community. Learn about future plans are and how it will evolve the lives of young professionals.

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Closing Session

Peter Kiewit Grand Ballroom

Closing Keynote

Ten Exciting Trends Impacting Your Business Right Now

Randi Zuckerberg

Full Details

In this entertaining, engaging talk, which feels as much as a one-woman show (complete with musical performance and audience interaction), Randi takes you through 10 of the most exciting trends in tech/business/leadership/entrepreneurship that your audience just can't ignore, if they want to build successful, sustainable businesses.

4:00 - 7:00 PM

After Party at

605 N 13th Street


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