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.


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!



  • 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

2023 Schedule

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


Bowling at Wow!Zone (1/17)

Professional Development:
Stress Mangement w/ Dr. Bobendrier (1/24)


Buzztime Trivia (2/8)

Professional Development:
MCHS Event Center Tour (2/14)


Tour & Tasting at Schell’s Brewery (3/28)

Professional Development:
Women in Leadership Panel (3/22)

Spring Mentor Lunch:
Waitlist Registration (3/15) 

March Book Club: 
So Now What? (3/1) 


Pickleball (4/25)

Professional Development: 
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome w/ Dr. Karla Lassonde (4/6)

Spring Mentor Lunch:
Waitlist Registration (4/19) 


Patio Party at Rounders (5/23)

Professional Development: 
Homebuying (5/11)

Spring Mentor Lunch: 
Waitlist Registration (5/17) 

Summer Book Club: 
Atomic Habits (5/3) 


Lakeside Fun at Bray Park (6/21)

Professional Development:
Networking Lunch (6/14)

New Member Event
CityArt Scavenger Hunt + Social (6/8)



MoonDogs Game (7/26)

Professional Development:
Volunteer Opportunity Open House w/Dr. Cuong Huynh (7/18)

July Book Club:
Leaders Eat Last (7/12)


Social: Old Town Scavenger Hunt + Social at Alive After 5 (8/31)

Professional Development: Small Business Development Center Presentation (8/24) RESCHEDULED to 9/14


August’s Rescheduled Professional Development: Small Business Development Center Presentation (9/14)

Social: Make Your Own Creation at ARTifact (9/25)

Professional Development:
Truck Center Companies Tour (9/20)

Bonus Mentor Lunch
Chris Harstad, Ceceli Polzin, Bradley Schloesser (9/13, 10/11, 11/8)

September Book Club: 
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team 


Social: MSU Hockey Game (10/13)

Professional Development: Sarah Harstad – Following the Leader (10/26)

Bonus Mentor Lunch
Chris Harstad, Ceceli Polzin, Bradley Schloesser (9/13, 10/11, 11/8)


Social: Arch + Cable Tour & Social

Professional Development: “Being a Conflict Competent Manager” (11/15)

Bonus Mentor Lunch
Chris Harstad, Ceceli Polzin, Bradley Schloesser (9/13, 10/11, 11/8)

Book Club:


Holiday Party

Professional Development: 
Annual Meeting

Upcoming Events

Macy Anderson
Young Professional of the Year
YP of the Year Macy Anderson
Young Professional of the Year

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:
Crystal Olson
Program & Events Manager

Phone: 507-385-6667
[email protected]

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