THe 2018 Greater Hudson Valley Young Professional SUmmit
On May 22, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress hosted the Greater Hudson Valley Young Professional Summit, the first event of its kind in the Hudson Valley. Developed in partnership with a regional coalition of young professional (YP) organizations, the Summit offered entertaining and inspiring speakers, and provided time for networking and socializing to help YPs forge connections across the region. The Summit was held at the Newburgh Brewery, with catering from Pizza Shop in Newburgh.
The event featured a keynote speech by a young professional, Meghan Taylor, the Mid-Hudson Regional Director of Empire State Development. Prior to Taylor's keynote, a panel of young professionals discussed the value of civic and community engagement. Panelists included: Dr. Melissa Gaeke, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership and a Professional Lecturer in Political Science at Marist College; Brian Pugh, the Mayor of the Village of Croton; Jenny Fox, Community Relations and Marketing Specialist at TEG Federal Credit Union; and Melissa Clark, the Director of Community Impact at United Way of the Duchess-Orange Region. Other presenters during the Summit included Poughkeepsie Journal Opinion Engagement Editor John Penney, who discussed the "Gig Economy," and Nicholas Mauro, a Senior HR Generalist at Marist College and Principal of Your Career Spark, who shared tips on career advancement.
The Summit was developed in partnership with five young professional organizations from throughout the Valley: Hudson Valley Young Professionals (Dutchess), Hudson Valley Young Professionals: Gateway Chamber (Northern Westchester), Huguenot Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (Ulster), Marist Young Professionals, and Orange County Masterminds.
Business sponsors had a dedicated space to display their products and services and interact with summit attendees. The sponsors for the 2018 summit included Silver Sponsors DocuWare and Ulster Savings Bank, Media Sponsor The Poughkeepsie Journal, and Bronze Sponsors 40 Cannon Street, Kingston Creative, Marist College Media Center, TEG Federal Credit Union, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank.