Natchitoches Chamber to host statewide young professionals conference

NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) along with the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting their “Louisiana Young Professionals Conference,” on Saturday, July 28. 

The goal for the conference is to bring together young professionals from across the state to learn topics that affect young professionals and immediately put that information to use in their career or business.  Registration is $60 per person and can be done online through the Natchitoches Area Chamber website or in person on the morning of the event.

The Louisiana Young Professionals Conference will kick off on Friday, July 27 with a social and registration at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum from 6-8 p.m. The event will include light appetizers, networking opportunities and door prizes. Registration will resume the following morning Saturday, July 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Chateau St. Denis and the conference will begin at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Jay Toups of Lafayette. His presentation will feature “The Keys to Becoming a High Performer.” 

Following Toups’ presentation, two time slots for breakout sessions are scheduled both at Chateau St. Denis and the Natchitoches Events Center.  During lunch which is included within the registration fee, attendees will listen to four panelists discuss their career paths as young professionals in Louisiana.  Two more breakout sessions are scheduled after lunch, and the event will end with a wrap up session at 4:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions on topics that affect young professionals such as communication, education, entrepreneurship, and networking featuring speakers from across Louisiana along with one speaker hailing from the state of Missouri. 

These breakout sessions will include “How To Go Undefeated in Everything, All The Time” by Jet Ainsworth (Jefferson City, MO), “The Traits of Successful People” by Dr. Chris Maggio (Natchitoches), “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” by Carley McCord (New Orleans), “Becoming a Superconnector: The Power of Social Capital” by Skyra Rideaux (Lafayette), “Education: Why Success Is Not an Option” by Tony Davis (Natchitoches), “Your Life Message” by Rev. Steve McAlister (Natchitoches), “Don’t Do What I Did” by Karlos Knott (Arnaudville), and “Networking And Your Career” by Ed Walsh (Shreveport).  Keynote speaker Jay Toups will also lead a breakout session on the topic of “Communication: The Leg You Must Stand On.”

‘Having attended a similar event in South Louisiana for the last couple of years, I have a great appreciation for the value that this type of conference brings to young professionals and aspiring young professionals in our state. I’m so excited we were able to take what we learned from those events and put together such a high caliber networking and educational event. The Louisiana Young Professionals Conference is something that NYP has desired to bring Natchitoches since the group formed in 2015, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of our hard work pay off and hopefully benefit our community in a new and exciting way!’- Dr. Haley Taitano, past NYP Chair

To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.natchitocheschamber.com/events/details/2018-louisiana-young-professionals-conference-58463