Mentor Meet-Up: September & October

We tout that YPs have access to key leaders in Springfield, and one of the main ways that’s displayed is through mentor relationships. Members of The Network’s Leadership Council have the opportunity to be paired with a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board as a mentor for one year.

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Leading Through a Crisis

2020 has been a difficult year, mostly due to the pandemic, but with it also being an election year, the divisive spirit seems more alive than in the past. This can lead people to lose hope in leaders and feel uncertain about the future. The Network had the opportunity to see two of our state leaders display quite the opposite at our October edition of Access to the Issues.

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Mentor Meet-Up: July & August

We tout that YPs have access to key leaders in Springfield, and one of the main ways that’s displayed is through mentor relationships. Members of The Network’s Leadership Council have the opportunity to be paired with a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board as a mentor for one year.

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Continuing The Network’s Access to Key Leaders

The Network is always looking for opportunities to connect Springfield young professionals to other YPs, as well as to key leaders in the community. One way to maintain that access is through our quarterly CEO Series – The Network chair interviews a local CEO, who shares about their background, lessons they have learned and more.

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Placemaking in a Pandemic

In March, the City of Springfield hired Tim Rosenbury for the new position of Director of Quality of Place Initiatives. Not many communities have a role like this, so when we found out about it, we knew we needed to hear from him.

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Making Genuine Connections with a Genuine Voice

The Network held its second live virtual event on May 21 and it was another huge success! The event was supposed to be an on-field happy hour at Hammons Field, but in lieu of that, we took the opportunity to learn from Springfield Cardinals General Manager Dan Reiter. Dan is known for his contagious positivity and optimism, and when COVID-19 hit, while many had a hard time finding the potential silver lining, Dan didn’t.

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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.

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Gary Gibson: The New GM in Power

Gibson, who took over as general manager and CEO of City Utilities in late December following the retirement of Scott Miller, has been with CU his entire professional career – nearly 30 years, starting with an internship in 1990 while a student at what is now Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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