2019 Agenda

May 9, 2019

Pre-event Social:

Courtyard by Marriot

310 Hammons Dr.

Junction City, KS

6-8 PM

May 10, 2019


8:00am Registration & Pastries

8:30am Welcome 
Daryn Soldan, Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce

8:40am My Kansas Roots 
Jacob Miller is studying environmental communication as a graduate student at K-State. A sixth generation Kansan, he has a unique reverence for Kansas’ land, people, and community. In May he will move to Washington DC with his partner and begin a fellowship with Environment America. But don’t worry, he’s eventually coming back. His hobbies include writing poetry, playing basketball, and being tall.

9:10am Dale Carnegie 
The conference favorite of 2018 returns for another informative session. You’ll hear from Kansas Heartland Owner Gordon Hibbard and CEO Amy Gross.

10:30am Break Out Sessions

Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization: Stephanie Watts-Peterson
Come learn about how the region operates as a MPO and directly impacts the quality of life for Young Professionals.

Symphony in the Flint Hills: Christy Davis
An annual celebration of the Tallgrass Prairie that is orchestrated by director Christy Davis and her efforts in working with communities throughout the region.

Health & Wellness: Christina Spencer
Co-owner of Junction City CrossFit shares ideas and knowledge on building a healthy lifestyle and maintaining balance in this health and wellness discussion.

Geared-Up Dads: Alex Tyson
A local group of new and expereinced fathers come together to share how they are becoming geared up Dads and better fathers.

11:30am Lunch 

12:00pm Keynote Speaker: Eric Melin – 2013 World Air Guitar Champion
Ballroom Learn about the creative process of the World Champion Eric Melin and how you can apply it in your daily lives.

1:00pm Break

1:15pm Region Reimagined: Christy Rodriguez
Ballroom Learn about the efforts taking place in the Flint Hills region and greater Manhattan area. Christy will tell us about the new 5-year mission of Region Reimagined.

2:00pm Break

2:15pm Break Out Sessions

Geared-Up Dads: Alex Tyson
A local group of new and experienced fathers come together to share how they are becoming geared up Dads and better fathers.

Financial & Life Planning with Shelli Clarkston, Blaine Cash, Adam Litzinger
This panel joins together to share their knowledge in navigating life planning with Shelli Clarkston, an experienced attorney with People’s State Bank, Blaine Cash with Thrivent Financial shares about protecting finances, and Adam Litzinger answers all of your questions about buying a new home through his work as an experienced mortgage lender.

YPs & Government: Jeff Underhill & Jerred McKee
Junction City Commissioner Jeff Underhill and Manhattan City Commissioner Jerred McKee host a panel on how they became involved in the political arena and serving their communities. Both, under the age of 40, provide a voice to the YPs at their local government level.

Branding a Family Legacy: Melissa Reed & Hildebrand Farms Dairy
A proud K-State graduate in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, Melissa serves as the operations manager at Hildebrand Farms Dairy. As a fourth generation dairy farmer, Melissa works alongside her family producing, processing, and distributing their glass bottled milk to more than 130 retail locations throughout the state of Kansas. She has built brand recognition for her company through strategic marketing with a very tight budget. Learn her tips and tricks to marketing well on a minimal budget.

3:00pm Dale Carnegie 
Round out the day with one final session with Dale Carnegie and their spectacular staff.

4:00pm Closing Remarks & 2020 Location Announcement 
Stick around and find out where the 2020 KS YP Summit will be held!