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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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A look at COVID-19’s impact on Missouri unemployment On May 20, Chamber members heard an update and guidance on the current unemployment implications of COVID-19 as the state moves towards recovery during the first installment of the 2020 Public Policy Speaker Series. Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR),…

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Staying virtually connected with young professionals Despite the physical distance, members of The Network for Young Professionals have taken the opportunity to stay connected in recent weeks through engaging, live virtual events. The first was held on May 13 featuring Dr. Shelly Farnan and Jana Greig from Burrell Behavioral Health, talking to members about the…

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Connecting virtually with a CEO Young professionals in Springfield have access to key leaders, and social distancing shouldn’t change that. So in an effort to provide some much-needed normalcy for its members, The Network released its first-ever virtual installment of the CEO Series on April 28. The video featured an interview with Rita Baron, principal…

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Hearing from teachers about enhancing the GO CAPS Teacher Externship As teachers make their way through the GO CAPS externship program over four days each summer, they learn about the opportunities available in the workplace for their students. But they also come up with new ideas about how to put that information to use and…

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