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Member Spotlight – Peter Gerardi

 

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Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where YEP sits down with one of our members and sees what they’re up to. These folks are the heart and soul behind our events and our mission.

This month we’re proud to present Peter Gerardi:

Employer: Newtown Savings Bank in Shelton

Title: Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, Newtown Savings Bank in Shelton

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:

PG: Back in Mid-April this year, I joined Newtown Savings Bank managing the Shelton Branch located on Bridgeport Ave. My responsibilities cover all areas of retail banking, including sales, service, operations, and staff supervision. I enjoy my direct interaction with the local customers and advising them with their
banking needs. Business development and community involvement are included in my responsibilities, however I do have personal enjoyment fulfilling those duties.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?

PG: I was attending a Greater Valley Chamber event, Schmooz-a- Palooza (love the name), where I met Nancie Gray. During our conversation, I explained how I was looking to get involved with a local social/networking group but also have an interest in community involvement and volunteering. With no
hesitation, she suggested I investigate joining YEP. After meeting with Kayleigh, it was clear, with her leadership, this group has significant benefits to be affiliated with.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?

PG: I have not yet attended too many events however I’m really looking forward to upcoming Mystery on Main. Sounds like a good time trying to figure out the “who done it” with an interactive murder mystery. I grew up playing Clue!

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?

PG: I sincerely enjoy working with individuals and businesses with their financials goals and plans.Hearing their stories and how they arrived where they are today is so personal. Where ever my future takes me, I am sure it will be using my experience and knowledge to help others.

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?

PG: My family has been getting into bicycling now that my youngest, who is 5, is ready to take the training wheels off. For our family vacation this summer, we did a road trip visiting friends and family we don’t get to see often. We visited Washington DC, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Oak Island, NC. We took bike rides at each stop along the trip but my favorite was riding to around DC seeing the monuments. It was a memorable experience for all of us.

YEP Field Day


Join us for our 7th annual Field Day! You’ve never experienced Field Day quite like this!

In past years, this event was known as YEP Olympics or YEP Wii Bowling Tournament, but this year, we are trying something a little different.

Show off your free throw, corn hole, and relay skills on Friday, August 12th, at the R.D. Scinto Corporate Drive campus in Shelton.

We will start and end our night at Il Palio. More details will be available soon, so hit INTERESTED and check back soon.

GAMES
Corn Hole
Egg and Spoon Relay
Musical Chairs
Frisbee Toss
Basketball Free Throw
and more…

PAY TO CHEAT
That’s right, you can pay to cheat at our field day. Many of our games will have an option to trade your dollars for a better shot.
EX:)Wish you could stand closer to the basketball hoop when making free throws? Each dollar will let you take a step closer.
*All money raised from the pay to cheat option will go to our Back-2-School backpack program fundraising effort.

YEP’s mission is to connect and engage emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s in activities that support our community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce while making the Lower Naugatuck Valley region and its surrounding communities a more energetic, exciting, and active place to work and live.

Member Spotlight – Elizabeth Potenza

Elizabeth Potenza

Welcome to the Young Emerging Professional’s Member Spotlight, where each month YEP will sit down with one of our members and see what they’re up to.

This month we’re proud to present YEP’s Elizabeth (Libby) Potenza (YEP’s Marketing Committee Chair):

Employer: Sacred Heart University

Title: Program Assistant, SHU Online and Cohort Programs

YEP: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:
EP: I am a graduate of Shelton High and Uconn. I work in the School of Nursing at Sacred  Heart University. I primarily work with RNs who want to obtain their Bachelors and/or Masters Degree(s). Most of our students take their classes in an online format. We also have several cohorts of students in area hospitals — they learn in a hybrid format (online and onsite in their places of employment). I truly enjoy working at Sacred Heart because of its emphasis on social justice and bettering the community.

YEP: How did you find out about YEP and why did you want to get involved?
EP: I noticed that some of my Facebook friends were involved with YEP, so I decided to check out a YEPresent event last year. I had been looking for a way to be more involved with the local community and YEP was a perfect fit! It has opened up many volunteering opportunities for me.

YEP: Which YEP event has been your favorite so far?
EP: Shakespeare in the Bar at Porky’s last March has been my favorite event so far. It was so fun to be in an open space with the play unfolding right in front of us. Some of the audience members were even asked to participate. I’m looking forward to this event again this year.

YEP: Tell us more about you. What are your future aspirations?
EP: I worked in human resources and non-fiction publishing before I got into higher education. I want to continue in higher ed and eventually get a Masters in Applied Psychology or Business. Besides YEP, I’m also involved with the SHU-ERC (Emergency Reserve Corps) through work. We help to keep SHU and the surrounding area safe in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. My interests include movies (especially independent ones), dancing (Nia and Zumba), and food (especially organic and locally grown). I also love spoiling my rescue cat named Tabitha (Tabby for short).

YEP: Any fun facts or most interesting thing that’s ever happened to you?
EP: I’ve gotten to meet several famous authors in person including David Sedaris, Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, and Ann Leary. My favorite recent read is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

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.

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.

Support.

The YEP mission states: YEP’s mission is to connect and engage emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s in activities that support our community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce while making the Lower Naugatuck Valley region and its surrounding communities a more energetic, exciting, and active place to work and live.

We accomplish this mission by focusing on three pillars: Connect. Develop. Support. This post focuses on the Support portion.

When we talk about support, we are really focusing on supporting the community. YEP members team up and do good in the Valley throughout the year.

Some of our annual volunteer events include:

Fundraising is an important way to help support our local organizations and neighbors, but we also provide support by volunteering our time.

For example, each year we have 3-5 teams of 4 or 5 members who participate in the Bowl-2-Benefit event. We also put together a committee of about 10 people to work on the annual Pinktoberfest event. They work on the event details for 4+ months.

We are also always looking for small but useful ways to help out. A few YEP members have, from time to time, been known to get together on a Saturday to paint a classroom or conference room.

We can mobilize quickly during a need. When smoke damage from a fire caused a large percentage of the inventory at My Sister’s Place to be rendered unusable, YEP rallied and was able to collect over 700 pounds in clothing and household item donations.

Being involved in the local community is something we take pride in. This is our community. Whether you spend a few hours or all week in Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, and/or Oxford, you are a part of this community and should feel good about it.

Getting involved not only makes you feel good, it also gets you in front of some important community leaders. The United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council is an organization we work closely with. There are a number of corporate volunteers that work in key positions of local companies that you might be interested in working with or working for.

That leads us back to connect. YEP can connect you to the people you want to get to know. In addition, you will be learning new skills and things you never knew you needed to know. That is develop. So by volunteering with you and getting involved in the community, you can connect, develop, and support.

 

(425 words by Kayleigh Apicerno)

Develop.

The YEP mission states: YEP’s mission is to connect and engage emerging leaders in their 20’s & 30’s in activities that support our community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce while making the Lower Naugatuck Valley region and its surrounding communities a more energetic, exciting and active place to work and live.

We accomplish this mission by focusing on three pillars: Connect. Develop. Support. This post focuses on the Develop portion.

Developing personally and professionally is something that happens just by being a part of a group such as YEP and through professional development activities/events hosted by the organization.

YEP recognizes that energy and passion is what makes the Greater Valley community a more exciting place to work and live. By harnessing this resource, we can make a difference in the lives of our members, our companies, and our community.

We strive to make YEP a resource for young professionals. Many members have developed into new positions at work or started their own companies. The skills they learned from being a part of our networking group has helped them to succeed.

What can you learn from being a part of YEP? Networking tips, leadership skills, and conversation etiquette are the first items that come to mind. It is common for YEP members to pass along both professional and personal tips and tricks to each other during events.

Did you know that you should wear your name tag on your right side? This way, when someone shakes your hand, they can clearly see your name and company.

Learn to be more comfortable talking to strangers (not the creepy ones in the park, but the nice ones at the YEPresents). How do you get better? You practice. YEPresents and other YEP hosted events are the perfect practice ground. We are all people just like you who want to be a part of something and to do a little networking.

Get more involved. Beyond attending YEPresents, CEO Speaks, volunteer teams, and other YEP hosted events, you can get more involved by joining a committee.

YEP has four committees: Events, Marketing, Sponsorship, and Community Outreach. Being part of these committees will not only look good on a resume, but it will also be an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a part of a committee and report to a Board of directors.

To be a part of a committee, all it takes is a conversation with the committee chair. To learn more about each committee and who is the current chair, visit the About page.

 

(424 by Kayleigh Apicerno)

Open House Board Meeting

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Is it your time to emerge?

The Young Emerging Professionals are looking for a number of fellow YEPs to join the Board and Committees. Be a part of the next generation of YEP!

YEP’s lively after hour events make it easy for area young professionals (in their 20’s & 30’s) to build their professional and social network that both natives and transplants can instantly engage in.

If you have an interest/skills in the following areas, join us on May 5th at 5:30PM for the next board meeting. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a friend!

Marketing Committee: Looking for 3 additional members
Responsible for the monthly newsletter, member spotlight, maintaining the website, updating various social media sites. -Kayleigh Apicerno, Committee Chair

Events CommitteeLooking for 2 additional members
Responsible for planning and running monthly YEPresents, quarterly CEO speaks.
-Allison Apicerno, Committee Chair

Sponsorship CommitteeLooking for 1 additional person
Responsible for obtaining corporate sponsors and getting the word out within the businesses to attract new YEP members. -Tom Colville, Committee Chair

Community OutreachLooking for 2 additional people
Responsible for getting the YEP team out in the community and volunteering.
-Chris Hill, Chair

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