Young Professionals

About the Program

The Greater Mankato Young Professionals program provides opportunities to make new connections and familiarize its members with the amenities available in Greater Mankato. The YPs are a vibrant group of 21 to 40-year-olds who love living and working in our community that have the opportunity to connect through engaging socials and professional development sessions!
  • One social event per month
  • One professional development event per month
  • Access and exposure to  mentoring opportunities and networks
  •  Networking lunches
  • Opportunities to serve on committees.


Examples of Past Social Events:

  • Wow!Zone
  • Kayaking
  • Minnesota State University Mankato Indoor Climbing Wall
  • MoonDogs Baseball Game
  • Snowshoeing & Wine tasting
  • Progressive Dinner
  • Minnesota State University Maverick Hockey Game
  • and more!


Examples of Past Professional Development Events:

  • Customer Service
  • Values Assessment
  • Working with Difficult People
  • Asking for a Promotion
  • Running an Effective Meeting
  • Speed networking
  • Business Tours
  • and more!

Annual participation in the program is $360 for Greater Mankato Growth members, Engaged level or higher, and includes all activities and events. Annual dues will help cover the cost of venues, food and program materials needed.

Does Your Employer Have Credits? Copper through Diamond level members may also receive credits towards the program fee.

BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS

The program provides an opportunity to meet others and expand professional skills while focusing on learning, socializing and community engagement. Participants will have the chance to:

  • Develop relationships with more than 150 fellow young professionals
  • Expand business connections
  • Enhance their leadership skills
  • Increase engagement in the community
    Have fun!

 

BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS

  • Be a part of the 110 businesses supporting the Young Professionals in our community
  • Retain young leaders for your business and our community
  • Provide education experiences
  • Cost-effective development and retention strategy.
Thank you to our program sponsors

2024 Schedule

All events, programs, and sponsorship opportunities are subject to change.

January

Social:
Puzzles at Pub 500 (1/24)

Professional Development:
Goal Setting with Cindra Kamphoff (1/30)

February

Book Club:
The Ideal Team Player (2/7)

Social:
Paint & Sip (2/15)
(Open to YPs not interested in painting, too!)

Professional Development:
The Free Press Tour (2/27)

April

Professional Development:
Emy Frentz Art Guild Tour (4/25)

Social:
Gustavus Adolphus College Arboretum Tour & Social (4/4)

Mentor Program
Spring 2024 Mentor Program (4/17, 4/18)

May

Professional Development:
Advancing at Your Workplace (5/9)

Social:
Mankato East High School Planetarium/Buffalo Wild Wings (5/23)

Mentor Program
Spring 2024 Mentor Program (5/15, 5/16)

Book Club:
The Ideal Team Player

June

Professional Development:
Planning & Preparing for Retirement (6/3)

Social:
Mankato Moondogs Vs. Badland Big Sticks (6/19)

Mentor Program
Spring 2024 Mentor Program (6/19, 6/20)

July

Professional Development:
Life After YP’s (7/11)

Social:
Adult Swim Night @ Spring Lake Pool (7/19)

August

Professional Development:
Volunteer Fair (8/14)

Social:
Kickball, Food Truck, and LocAle Brewing Company (8/29)

Book Club:
The Ideal Team Player

September

Professional Development:
TBD

Social:
TBD

Mentor Program
TBD

October

Professional Development:
TBD

Social:
TBD

Mentor Program
TBD

November

Professional Development:
TBD

Social:
WOW! Zone Party (9/12)

Mentor Program
TBD

Book Club:
TBD

December

Professional Development:
Annual Meeting

Social:
Holiday Party

Upcoming Events

Murphy Grotewold
Young Professional of the Year
2008-Present
Young Professional of the Year

2023 – Murphy Grotewold

2022 – Macy Anderson

2021 – Nate Olsen

2020 – Laura Jans

2019 – Angela Guentzel

2018 – Jaci Sprague

2017 – Christopher Harstad

2016 – Brad Boettcher

2015 – Elizabeth Harstad

2014 – Kevin Velasquez

2013 – Matt Norland

2012 – Christi Wilking

2011 – Michael Jacobs

2010 – Nichole Schroder

2009 – Robyn James

2008 – Jenn Faust, Kate Loging

For more information please contact:
Brittany Bowman
Program & Events Coordinator

Phone: 507-385-6667
Email: 
[email protected]

Join the Greater Mankato Young Professionals

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