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The Network celebrates a new year and new leaders The Network kicked off the new year by hosting its annual New Year, New Leaders event on January 14. Members got the chance to hear from the new Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the Committee Chair of The Network. This year, the group…

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Announcing Chamber leadership for 2021 The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new members of its Board of Directors for 2021. These seven board members will serve three-year terms on the board, having been nominated by the Directors Nominating Committee earlier this fall and submitted to the general membership for approval.…

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SGForum 2020 lets YPs be a part of the story SGForum 2020 was definitely one for the books! With nearly 500 joining the event virtually, The Network for Young Professionals provided professional, personal and community development through a variety of sessions, and talked all about the power of storytelling. The day began with a keynote…

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Public leadership through a crisis 2020 has been a difficult year for a variety of reasons – the ongoing pandemic, social unrest and much more. But it’s also an election year, and divisiveness seems more prevalent than ever, which can lead people to lose hope in leaders and feel uncertain about the future. The Network…

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YPs discuss making a difference in the community Even in the midst of COVID-19 – or perhaps even more so because of COVID-19 – Springfield-area young professionals want to know how they can make an impact. A recent survey of members of The Network for Young Professionals found that they wanted to learn more about…

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Introducing our Education Resource Center for Employers As school districts around the region have started the process of reopening their doors to students for the 2020-2021 school year – in a variety of forms – both parents and employers have a wide range of questions. What resources are available to help support virtual learning? Which…

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Maintaining The Network’s access to key leaders The Network is always looking for opportunities to connect Springfield young professionals to other young professionals, as well as to key leaders in the community. One way to maintain that access is through the quarterly CEO Series – The Network chair interviews a local CEO, who shares about…

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Placemaking in a pandemic Before the pandemic hit our area, The Network for Young Professionals was just starting to get heavily involved in Forward SGF, the City of Springfield’s comprehensive plan for the next 20 years. YPs attended the workshops in January to ensure their voice was represented when looking to the future of our…

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The Network gets a peek into the Chamber process One of the goals of The Network is to connect young professionals socially and civically in the community, and one of the main ways members do that is through the group’s Access to the Issues series. These events cover topics including candidate forums, ballot previews and…

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A virtual meeting with one of Springfield’s busiest people The Network’s CEO Series continued on June 30, and the featured guest was one of the busiest people in the fight against the coronavirus. The Network had the opportunity to hear from Clay Goddard, director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and to say members learned…

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