Louisiana Young Professionals Conference set for July 28 in Natchitoches



The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) along with the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Louisiana Young Professionals Conference” Saturday, July 28. The goal is to bring together young professionals from across the state to learn topics that affect them, so they can immediately put that information to use in their careers or businesses. Registration is $60 per person and can be done online through the Natchitoches Area Chamber website (see link below) 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 event at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum from 6-8 p.m. This event will include light appetizers, networking opportunities and door prizes.

Registration will resume Saturday, July 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Chateau St. Denis. 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 with 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 will focus on topics that affect young professionals such as communication, education, entrepreneurship, and networking. They will feature 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)

“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.”

‘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!’

‘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.’ – Dr. Haley Taitano, Past NYP Chair 

NYP is thankful to its LYPC sponsors who include title sponsor, Northwestern State University of Louisiana; corporate sponsors, BOM & NHDDC; gold sponsor, the City of Natchitoches; and silver sponsors, Alliance Compressors, Lauren Anderson MD, Exchange Bank, Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, Natchitoches HDBA, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Posey’s Sports Center, and Next Generation Minden.

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

Operating as a Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce initiative, the Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing out community’s current and future business leaders with membership available to anyone between the ages of 21 and 40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the greater Natchitoches area. For more information email NYP at natyoungprofessionals@gmail.com.