Local industry leaders and area young professionals have come together in the 2016 Young Professionals Alliance Shaping Evansville Series. The series focuses on projects and people that are transforming our community, defining and shaping Evansville today and for the future.
The first event in March, Money Makes Money, featured a panel discussion on how investments in our local economy improve the quality of life for our citizens and what value financial institutions add to the economy outside of providing jobs and services. The Regional Cities Initiative was a hot topic of discussion and young professionals were encouraged to be a champion for the city and support local establishments. Panelists include Greg Wathen, President & CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana; Randy Alsman, VP & Portfolio Manager of Donaldson Capital management; and Janet Heldt Baas, Foundation President of Old National Bank.
“The Shaping Evansville Series features what is presently happening for the future of Evansville. Young Professionals can’t have a voice in shaping their community if they don’t know what is going on around them” says Mike Davis, a member of the Shaping Evansville Planning Committee.
The technology sector is rapidly growing in Southwest Indiana. Technology was the focus of the May event which featured representatives from Haier America and Tech on Tap discussing resources available to entrepreneurs and why Evansville is an attractive location to innovators in technology. Guests were also joined remotely by DITTO CTO and Co-Founder Sergey Surkov. DITTO is the first subscription business for designer eyewear and licensor of its proprietary, patented 3D virtual try-on technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with an office in Evansville, IN.
Young Professionals have one more chance to participate in a Shaping Evansville event this year. In August, Young Professionals Alliance will debut the School of Hard Knocks. The School of Hard Knocks will highlight four executive level community members and their personal and professional journey. Guests will learn from their struggles, challenges, and successes they experienced along the way. These events would not have been made possible without the support of our Shaping Evansville Sponsor, Old National Bank, and our Alliance Sponsor, D-Patrick Honda.
For more information about participating in Young Professionals Alliance, contact Ashley Murray by email or call 812-425-8147.
Photo courtesy of Chris Berneking Photography