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Pinktoberfest 2015!

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Date: October 8, 2015
Location: Molto Bene in Ansonia

Register for Pinktoberfest 2015!

This special fundraiser for the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital is open to all 21+

This year YEP is featuring a variety of SuperHero themed games that will entertain and amaze attendees. Prizes promise to be legendary. There will be a selfie station with costumes for all types of heros to show off their best poses. Capes and masks welcome (and will be available for those who forget their own.) Lots of food, prize drawings and more!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648209622079559/

 

Letter To Members From Incoming Chair, Kayleigh Apicerno

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For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kayleigh Apicerno, and I will be your YEP Chair for 2015.

Over the past 3 years, I have been the Secretary and Marketing Committee Chair along with being the Co-Chair of the sub-committee for Pinktoberfest in 2013 and the Chair of this committee in 2014.

I have many ideas on how to grow and develop YEP during 2015 and cannot wait to get started. I am confident that with a laser focus on our 3 main pillars, ConnectDevelop, and Support, we will be able to build relationships, develop new skills, and support our community.

To those of you who have been a part of the Young Emerging Professionals, thank you for being a part of a great organization. You know how special our group is!

To those of you who are just joining us, on behalf of the committee and members, welcome!

It will take a dedicated team to reach our 2015 goals. Is it your time to emerge? Consider attending the following committee and board meetings. No registration or commitment required.

1st Board Meeting of 2015 
Monday, January 5, 2015
Meeting starting at 5:30PM
To be held at GVCC office
10 Progress Dr, Shelton, CT 06484

YEPresent @ Red Lotus
Thursday, January 8, 2015
5:30 – 7:30PM at Red Lotus
872 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 (Stop & Shop Plaza)

I look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments either through email,yep@greatervalleychamber.com or on Facebook.com/CTYEP or Twitter @CTYEP. I personally check all of these contact points and will return your message.

Sincerely,
Kayleigh Apicerno
2015 YEP Chair

The Young Emerging Professionals is a networking group for people in their 20s and 30s who live, work, or play in the Valley. Our goal is to Connect with each other, Develop professional and personal skills, and Support the community.

YEPresent @ Red Lotus

The first YEPresent of 2015 will be held on Thursday, January 8th from 5:30 – 7:30PM at Red Lotus in Shelton.

Join us for a couple of hours of casual networking and fun. Connect with local peers and neighbors.

Please bring some cash with you as we will be raising money for a local family who is facing possible foreclosure and a pile of medical bills. For more information, visit http://www.gofundme.com/is07m4  and share #savenurseginny online.

We are looking forward to an amazing 2015!

To preresister for this event, follow this link

Open House / Board Selections

YEP Open House

Want to get involved or know someone who would make a good addition to our organization? Join us at Vazzy’s on December 3rd at 5:30PM.

This is your opportunity to join the board and/or a committee. Our Board terms run from January through December. We need to fill a few positions for the upcoming 2015 term.

Food will be provided. We look forward to making things happen next year, and we need you in order to meet our goals!

Positions:

Chair
Vice chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Marketing Committee Chair
Events Committee Chair
Sponsorship Committee Chair
Community Outreach Chair

The Young Emerging Professionals is a networking group for people in their 20s and 30s who live, work, or play in the Valley. Our goal is to Connect with each other, Develop professional and personal skills, and Support the community.

Member Spotlight – Fernando Solis

Fernando Head ShotWelcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where we sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to.

Employer: Hampton Inn Shelton Managed by New Castle Hotels and Resorts

Title: General Manager

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do: I have been in the hospitality Industry for about 14 years now I have worked for many of the popular hotel chains and brands like Marriott, Starwood, and I am currently working for the best brand, Hampton Inn. In my position as General Manager, I lead a team of 30 employees and I focus on four man objectives: revenue growth, bottom line profit, guest satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.  I love this industry because every day there is something new and challenging.  I have been blessed with a great staff and a wonderful hotel. In the three years since it opened, we have received many awards from Hilton.  In 2012, we won the Lighthouse award that is given to the top 5% of Hampton Inn for Service and Quality, and in 2013, we received the Circle of Excellence award for being in the top 10% for Service and Quality.

How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved? Not being from the Valley, I wanted to find out more of what was going on in the community.  I started attending more and more Chamber functions, where I met Thomas and Sue Steeves.  They invited me to a YEPresent, and I have been going ever since.  New Castle Hotels and Resorts believe in giving back to the community and lending a helping hand.  I always tell people we might not be able to give much money but I can always give you my time …and the occasional gift certificate for a free night.

Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?  I do have to say Pinktoberfest is a blast. Being a cancer survivor, I love giving to any organization that would help cure this horrible disease.

Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations? I am originally from a small town in Texas, but I have been in Connecticut for about 21 years now.  I like to say I am on a really long vacation in Connecticut because Texas will always be home. I have many hobbies. I love to golf, hike, and being from Texas, I love to BBQ.  I am a cancer survivor from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I have learned to live life with a positive attitude and face difficulties head on.

I love the hospitality industry and one day I would love a full service hotel, but my dream job would be to open and operate a BBQ place.

Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you? In my 14 years in the hotel industry I have seen and witnessed many interesting things.  I have met and hung out with many celebrities like Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, Alice Cooper,112 (had birthday cake with them), Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Carrot Top, Terry Bradshaw, BB King, and Ray Charles.

My favorite person I have ever met was just last week.  I met an eleven year old little girl who had beaten leukemia.  This tiny person went through years of Chemo and treatments and is now in remission. She was full of life and so happy it melted my heart. Every time I think I am having a bad day I think of her and how happy she was when we met.  This was a great reminder that no matter how bad things are, they could always be worse. Live a positive life and positive things will happen.This was a great reminder that no matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. Live a positive life and positive things will happen.

Pinktoberfest 2014

The Young Emerging Professionals are excited to announce details for the 5th Annual Pinktoberfest.

Event Details
Date: October 9th
Time: 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen
What to expect: food, drawing, games, contests, networking, photo opps, and more!

Pinktoberfest is YEP’s biggest fundraising event of the year, with over 100 people expected to attend. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hewitt Center for Bread Wellness at Griffin Hospital.

The Young Emerging Professionals (YEP), a committee of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, created Pinktoberfest four years ago, and the event’s reach and success has grown each year.

Pinktoberfest is one of the many events that will take place as part of The Valley Goes Pink, a grassroots, community-wide effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection; support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital; and showcase partnering organizations.

Tickets will be available now. Click Here

For questions and sponsorship opportunities,   contact us at YEP@greatervalleychamber.com or (203) 925-4981.

Your Time To Emerge? Leadership Greater Valley

Leadership Greater Valley is a 9 week course (8 classes and a graduation ceremony) that combines leadership skill building with community education…and it is gearing up for the next session now.

Many Young Emerging Professionals (YEP) leaders have gone through the program over the years. Read what some of them had to say about the program below:

Leadership Greater Valley was an excellent experience.  In the eight week course, I was blown away from the history and sense of togetherness the people of the Greater Valley have.  I am not from the Valley area, but by taking this leadership course, I have been able to be a better part of this welcoming community. -Fernando Solis (2013)

Getting involved in Leadership Greater Valley was not an easy decision to make.  The time spent away from work and the cost of the program were two factors that I had to personally weigh.  Upon completion of the program, I was able to see personal growth that I knew would have a far greater impact in my personal and professional life than any other investment I could have made.  Since my Leadership graduation, I’ve gotten involved as a board member of local organizations, become more actively involved in dedicating my time and energy to worthwhile causes, and made lifelong friendships that, truthfully, I didn’t expect to make when I first made the decision to sign up.

I’m so thankful for the encouragement from the Chamber staff to participate in the program.  I’d strongly encourage others looking to find the inner leader within themselves to participate in Leadership Greater Valley! –Chris Hill (2011)

I have had many opportunities to be involved in my community, and I can attribute so much of this to the LGV program.  Through the knowledge I gained about the Valley’s history and local businesses that I visited during the sessions, political figures that I was able to speak with one on one, and most importantly, the leadership skills that I left with, I have become the leader that I never knew I could be and have had so many wonderful opportunities. 

I strongly encourage anyone that works or lives in the valley to participate in the outstanding program, which would never be as successful as it has been  for many years without the very close and mutually beneficial collaboration of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce staff and the Valley United Way Staff. -Tom Steeves (2012)

One of my favorite experiences in my career so far has been going through the Leadership Greater Valley program. I learned so much about my community and what it takes to be a great leader. Not only do I have new perspectives on leadership and the community, I also made new connections and lasting friendships. 

I recommend this program to anyone who lives, works, or spends time in this community. To go through this program will only serve to boost your community pride, make you want to get involved, and hone your leadership skills. -Kayleigh Apicerno (2013) 

The Leadership Greater Valley program is a joint effort of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Valley United Way, and The Valley Council. To learn more about Leadership Greater Valley and how to get one of the coveted 15 spots, visit the website: www.leadershipgreatervalley.com 

 

YEPOlympics This August

The Annual YEPOlympics are right around the corner. Grab some friends and head down to the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton on August 14 starting at 5:30PM. Compete in Mini Golf and Fun Bowl for the top overall prize. 

Here’s how it works: Teams of 3 or 4 play a round of Mini Golf and a game of Fun Bowl. While the scores are being calculated, there is networking and food upstairs in one of the event rooms. Finally, winners are announced. Easy and fun!

Teams: Ask your friends and coworkers to form a team with you. If you do not have a team of 4, no problem. Teams will be assembled before the games begin that night. To register as a team, email each player’s name, your team’s name, and your company to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com. 

Connect. Develop. Support.: YEPOlympics connects local young professionals, develops team building and networking skills, and supports the community since we will still be collecting for the Back-2-School backpack program.

Were you there last year? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and reactions below.

This event will be $10 per person to cover the costs of the facility and food. 

Back-2-School Backpack Drive

Each year for the last several years, YEP has collected money and supplies to fill a backpack (or two) for a local child.

Allison and Alexis reflect on their experiences with this program in previous posts.

This year we have collected over $70 during two YEPresents to help fill the backpacks. The YEPOlympics in August will be the last opportunity to donate either money or items to help with this cause. Our goal is to raise $200 in money and items.

If you would like to donate, please attend the YEPOlympics on August 14th, or email YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com to schedule a pickup with a Board Member.

Here is a list of items that we need to include in each backpack:

Back-2-School Backpack 2014

So go shopping and let us know what you will be putting in our student’s backpacks. Comment below, on Facebook, or send an email to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com

 

What Is A YEPresent?

Let’s run through the 5 W’s to figure out what a YEPresent really is:

Who Should Attend YEPresents?
Young emerging professionals (between 21 and 40 years of age) who live, work, or play in the Lower Valley (Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Oxford, and Beacon Falls).

What are YEPresents?
YEPresents are the cornerstone of The Young Emerging Professionals. They are monthly after hours networking events that take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Where are YEPresent’s Held?
Most months, YEP members meet at a local restaurant or bar for about two hours and network and catch up with each other. YEPresents have been held at Vazzy’s, Antonio’s, Hot Tamale, Jone’s Winery, Oronoque Country Club, The Hampton Inn, The Hilton Garden Inn, The Sports Center of CT, Porky’s Cafe, just to name a few.

Throughout the year, there are a few special YEPresents that include more than just some causal networking. These events include our annual YEPOlympics (August) and Pinktoberfest (October).

When are YEPresents?
YEPresents are held each month on the second Thursday of that month. That means there are a total of 12 YEPresents each year. However, these are not the only events hosted by YEP. Keep and eye on the events calendar to find out more about CEO Speaks, volunteering events, and other special events.

Why Should You Attend YEPresents?
People attend YEPresents for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

– Meeting fellow YEPs
– To make local connections
– To get the word out about their business
– To find new clients
– To make friends
– To build business relationships
– To work on professional development
– To get involved in the community
– Because they want to be social
– To learn about local businesses where the events are held

Each YEPresent and special event is posted to the Calendar and to our Facebook events page. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter by emailing a request to YEP@GreaterValleyChamber.com.

YEP is a committee of the Greater Valley Chamber. Annual membership is $40, and only $30 for Chamber members. Sign up for a membership by visiting the Join YEP page.