2018 YP Unite Summit Schedule

Thursday, November 8th 

Kickoff Reception
Goodwood Brewing Company
636 E Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

6:00 pm (EST)

Join us for networking, drinks and apps at one of Louisville’s coolest local breweries. Goodwood Brewing Company is located in one of Louisville’s most popular new neighborhoods – NuLu.  NuLu is just outside of downtown Louisville. It is best known for local restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries. Plus, it is where the locals go. Behind the scenes brewery tours will also be offered!

Friday, November 9th

The Point
1205 E Washington Street
Louisville, KY 40206

8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am


9:15 am – 10:15 am

Keynote Speaker

Walter Woods – CEO of the Humana Foundation

Walter will share his leadership journey, things he has learned along the way as well as his advice for overcoming challenges. We will also learn why mentorship is a large part of his story. If we are lucky there will be time for Q&A!

10:15 – 10:30 am

Power Session: 15 Minutes with Phocus

Phocus Water was launched last year by Louisville young professional – John Mittel. “With a little help from science, we’ve harnessed the best nature has to offer, creating a beverage that provides not only zero-calorie refreshment, but contains a unique blend of natural energy and hydrating agents that work in harmony to keep you fueled and phocused through whatever the day throws at you.” And yes, of course, you are going to get to try it during the Summit!

10:30 – 10:45 am

Morning Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm

YPs Doing Cool $hit Panel

Meet four young professionals doing great things for their communities and companies. Be inspired by their stories of positive changemaking.

Catherine Greenwell – Owner, Denizen
Holly McKnight
 – Public Relations & Partnerships Manager, Old Forester at Brown-Forman
David Padgett – Special Asst. to the AD, Unviersity of Louisville
Mike Rutherford – Founder/Manager, Card Chronicle
Seema Sheth – Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Lunch with some of our panelists!

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Let’s Get Political Panel

Learn more about the ins and outs of our political system from four young professionals. Hear from young professionals working in the public policy arena.

Logan Gatti – President, Louisville Young Democrats and as the Vice President of Programming, Kentucky Young Democrats
Christian Motley – Director, New Leaders Council Kentucky
OJ Oleka – Chief of Staff and Deputy Treasurer to Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball
Iris Wilbur – Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Greater Louisville Inc

1:45 – 2:10 pm

Afternoon Ice Cream Break and Transitions to Breakout Sessions

2:10 – 3:20 pm

Breakout Sessions

Crucial Conversations

Aaron Miller – Leadership Louisville Center

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, slow time-to-market, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization.

YP Group Best Practices

Leaders from YPAL’s Board of Directors and other YP groups

Join YP Group leaders as we share best practices. What events work best? What events do not work at all? What about membership retention? And much more!

Presidents’ Breakout

YP Group Presidents

If you are a YP Group President, join this breakout for candid conversation about what it takes to lead a YP group.

3:20 – 3:30 pm

Transition time

3:30 – 3:50 pm

Power Session: Courage and Perseverance While Battling Cancer

Hear Rebecca Weis’ story from November 2016 to today. In November of 2016, a few weeks before her daughter’s first Birthday, Rebecca was diagnosed with a very rare blood cancer with an extremely poor prognosis – Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN). Rebecca is strongwilled and courageous! After rounds of a clinical trial drug and a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, Rebecca is back to work as a lawyer at Stites & Harbison.

3:50 – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

4:00 pm

YP Unite Summit Closing Happy Hour at ALEX&NDER

One of Louisville’s coolest new bars – ALEX&NDER inside of Copper & Kings. The bar is one block away from the Summit event venue. Join us for a craft cocktail to toast another Summit. First round on YPAL!