The organizers of Friday’s Northwest Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit in Spencer want attendees to leave inspired and ready to engage with their communities.
The event, held at the Clay County Fair and Events Center from 12-5 p.m., is being put on by the SpencerUSA Young Professionals and the Lakes Area Young Professionals. There will be a lunch, panel discussion, breakout sessions and a keynote speaker to wrap up the summit.
Kevin Brown, a member of the SpencerUSA core committee, explained the idea for the regional conference emerged following last year’s Young Professionals of Iowa state conference held in Spencer at the Events Center.
“Having the success that we had last year with the state conference coming here, that’s one of the best-attended statewide YP conferences they’ve had and this is just the perfect venue for all of it,” Brown said.
He added that many people came away from the state conference ready to get more involved in their communities. That’s the hope with the regional summit.
“The thing that we’re really just hoping to accomplish – and something that a lot of people felt when they level the state conference, they just felt inspired”
With Friday’s event, Brown hopes people from smaller communities in the area that don’t have established young professionals groups turn out for the event.
While registration ahead of Friday was encouraged, registration at the door is also welcomed.
The event kicks off with the lunch and a panel will include city management, local government officials and chamber officials, Brown said.
“We want them to be thinking of questions they can ask our leadership panel,” he said. “We’re going to have community leaders from around the area come in and just talk about the importance of young professionals in their communities.”
Ideally, Brown said, SpencerUSA and the Lakes Area Young Professionals can use the event to network with other young professionals from communities like Sheldon, Cherokee, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Storm Lake and more.
That way the Spencer group can have an opportunity to build a relationship with other groups like it has the lakes area group.
“We can check in with them a lot easier,” Brown said. “We can pop over to Sheldon some afternoon and maybe take part in if they’re going to do some kind of event. We can be a part of it as Spencer and Lakes Area YP.”
Brown also said the event could be the kickstarter toward better promoting the region.
“We need to do a better job of working together as smaller communities out here to get the attention of people in Des Moines and eastern Iowa and things like that,” Brown said. “So, if this can be the generation to master that, that’d be great.”
The Northwest Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit is funded by a tourism grant from the Clay County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Northwest Bank is sponsoring a community social after the summit from 5 to 7 p.m.
Learn more about the event on Facebook.