(Kinsley Sicard, Sunny Naughton and Maire Folan of the Executive Committee for the NEK YPN)
The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN), a committee of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to present opportunities to engage and collaborate around the region in the month of March.
NEK YPN will represent its work as a part of the new Women LEAD initiative on Monday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Eastside Restaurant and Pub, 47 Landing St., Newport. The event is a free fundraiser and mixer, designed to share upcoming leadership opportunities for females in the Northeast Kingdom.
On Thursday, March 27, the NEK YPN will host an informal networking get-together at 4:30 p.m. and a mixer, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Burke Mountain View Pub at the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center, 2559 Mountain Road, East Burke.
These activities follow the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ third annual conference on “Strengthening Communities for the Future: A Community and Economic Development Forum.” Thanks to a strong partnership with the NEK Collaborative, the NEK YPN will sit on the panel, “Finding Vermont’s Fountain of Youth: Promoting Youth and Young Professional Engagement,” during the afternoon breakout sessions. The mixer is intended to be a great way for NEK professionals to mingle and network with each other after a day of learning.
On Thursday, March 7, the NEK YPN hosted an open meeting at Do North Coworking in Lyndonville, with more than 30 young professionals in attendance. The open-meeting format gave prospective members the opportunity to hear from group members regarding ways to get involved, participate in the monthly meetings, network with and learn from local area businesses as well as check out the coworking space. Do North is designed to offer affordable office, conference and high-speed internet space and access to those in need.
“We are excited to collaborate with new and emerging businesses, building socio-economic vitality for the NEK. This is an important way for us to learn how we as a group, can better support the needs of business and YPs in our region,” shared Kinsley Sicard, of the NEK YPN, commenting on the variety of events held by the committee.
Locally involved businesses and sponsors for the March 7 function included Bag Balm, Freighthouse Market & Cafe, Apotheker’s Bee Sweetened Goods, Cafe Lotti, Burke Mountain Resort and Breakout Bakery & Cafe. Other collaborators included Green Mountain United Way, Do North Coworking and Sunshine Silver Lining Consulting.
The NEK YPN is a network for young professionals living and working in and around Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. It aims to provide valuable leadership, relationship and educational opportunities through collaboration with community partners. To learn more and get involved, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its Facebook page for events and a membership form @NEKYoungProfessionals.