In May 2020 we offered an event, Be Well YPs, to members of The Network with Burrell Behavioral Health on how to practice self-care and connection tools amidst the pandemic. Nearly nine months later we are still in a pandemic and taking care of ourselves is still just as important!
SGForum 2020 was definitely one for the books! With nearly 500 joining us virtually, we provided professional, personal and community development through a variety of sessions, and talked all about the power of storytelling.
The Network held its final Living in SGF event for 2020 and the topic was all about how we can support the arts right now and in the future. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone, and one industry that has maybe seen some of the strongest impacts is the arts.
The Network was able to sit down with three non-profit leaders to discuss how to make a difference in the community during and after the pandemic. Although things don’t look as they always have, it is important to continue giving back to our community, and our non-profit leaders have led by example in that area.
The Network held its first live virtual event on May 13, and it was a huge success. Guest speakers Dr. Shelly Farnan and Jana Greig from Burrell Behavioral Health talked to members about the current COVID-19 situation and how it’s affecting us. They then led us through some practical exercises to improve our mental health.
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Retention Coordinator, Katie Jones, who manages The Network, also presents to college students about what it’s like to be a YP here. Part of that narrative is sharing her own story on why she decided to stay after graduating from Drury University.
The City of Springfield recently held visioning sessions as part of its comprehensive planning process, Forward SGF, so when it came time to provide input during this critical phase, young professionals wanted to have a voice.
As young professionals, it’s important to give back to the community where we live. One way to give back is to serve on a non-profit board … but that can feel intimidating, especially early in your career.