YP Unite Summit, presented by Owensboro Health
5:00 – 6:00 PM | Celebration Toast at Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
6:00 – 8:00 PM | Welcome Reception at O.Z. Tyler Distillery
Open the evening with a Celebration Toast at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and then join us for a Welcome Reception in O.Z. Tyler Distillery’s historic Bottling House, featuring live music by local musician Josh Merritt! Craft cocktails and appetizers from The Miller House will round out the evening! Connect with young professionals from around the region – and find a new friend to sit with at breakfast on Friday!
Friday’s events will be held at The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, located in downtown Owensboro with sweeping views of the Ohio River.
8:00 – 8:30 AM | Breakfast Available
8:30 – 8:45 AM | YP Summit Welcome
8:45 – 9:15 AM | YP Summit Kickoff
Craig Yeast | Head Football Coach, Kentucky Wesleyan College
9:15 – 9:30 AM | Transition to Breakout Sessions
9:30 – 10:15 AM | Breakout Sessions
ENTREPRENEURS OR SUPERHEROES?
Fuji Avdic | Founder, Stryker Logistics
Brad Niemeier | Founder and Co-CEO, Azzip Pizza
Amanda Owen | Founder and Executive Director, Puzzle Pieces
Are you a busy entrepreneur or do you aspire to be one? In this breakout session,
you’ll hear from some of the very best young entrepreneurs who took risks, were
beyond brave and did whatever it took to build their businesses from the ground
up. Learn more about the innovation and creativity behind their corporations
and what has put them ahead of the game. Be inspired by their determination to
defy the odds and make it happen. These YPs don’t stop there – their individual
businesses continue to have exceptional growth.
KNOW YOURSELF: USING YOUR PERSONALITY TO STRENGTHEN YOUR LEADERSHIP ABILITIES
Dr. Fred Reeves | Co-Founder, A+ Leadership LLC
This breakout will educate you on your personality type and how to use it to
strengthen your leadership abilities. To get the most out of this educational
session, attendees are asked to take the Myers-Briggs type indicator beforehand
to use their results. Individuals will leave with a better understanding of how they
perceive others and make decisions. People are different, period. As a leader
it is important to not only know and use your personality strengths but also to
recognize and understand the personalities of those around you. Learn how to
better motivate, connect and grow your team.
CHASING YOUR DREAM NEVER ENDS
Hubert Mussat and Dr. Katy Groves-Mussat | Owners, Farmer & Frenchman Winery
You have the power to stop feeling stuck and start moving in the direction you
want to go. Your dreams are not only worth chasing, but they are ultimately
worth the work. Dreams don’t often come without fear, frustration and challenges
lingering in the background. Hear from this dynamic duo on how they never gave
up, continue to grow their unique business and ultimately turned their dreams
10:15 – 10:45 AM | Power Up Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions
10:45 – 11:30 AM | Breakout Sessions
LET’S TALK MONEY: MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU
Kelly May | Sr. Extension Assoc. for Family Finance and Resource Management, UK Cooperative Extension Service
Is your money working as hard as you are each day? If not, this is the session for
you. Learn how to use your dollars best and put them to work for your future
financial goals. In this breakout session, we’ll talk about Roth IRAs, 401ks and so
much more – how to get started, how to step it up and how to recognize when
you’re getting off track, or quite frankly just knowing what track you should be on.
Let’s be honest; the struggle is real.
BEYOND THE BALLOT: THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF YPS IN CIVIC MATTERS
Ashli Watts | President & CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Discover the importance and impact of young professionals in public service.
Learn which avenues you can take to have a voice in community change. Are
you ready to be on a board? Are you ready to be on the ballot? Now more than
ever, we hear that people want more younger people involved… but what does
that really mean and how do you make it happen? Learn why all these things are
important and what opportunities are waiting for you.
DOES YOUR BEST WORK HAVE TO KILL YOU?
We want to impress, we want to grow, we want to move forward (and move up!),,,
who doesn’t?! As young professionals, we stay super busy doing all the things
to chase success and try to get noticed while doing it. Do you intentionally take
time for yourself? Do you ever invest in yourself to recharge? If you’re constantly
spinning, running, swimming (or drowning), start with this 45-minute investment
to learn ways to take better care of yourself while you’re busy building the career
and life you’ve always wanted.
11:30 – 11:45 AM | Transition to Lunch
11:45 – 12:45 PM | Lunch
12:45 – 1:00 PM | Transition to Keynote
1:00 – 2:30 PM | Keynote Speaker
Bracken Darrell | President & CEO, Logitech
2:30 – 3:00 PM | Power Up Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions
3:00 – 3:45 PM | Breakout Sessions
SCALING YOUR IMPACT AS A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Dr. Nick Brake | Superintendent, Owensboro Public Schools
If you have a passion for social missions paired with business-like determination,
innovation and discipline and are ready to make a real difference in your community,
this is a breakout session you don’t want to miss! Social entrepreneurship has
struck a chord with young professionals and there is focus on growing and
supporting them more than ever. Don’t miss it – the time is now to step up and
use creative entrepreneurial approaches to solve social problems. Sometimes it
starts small – you dont have to change the world tomorrow.
CRUSHING IT: HOW TO BREAK BARRIERS, ACHIEVE GOALS AND BALANCE IT ALL
Mayor Brandi Harless | City of Paducah, CEO and Co-Founder, PreventScripts
It’s important to set goals in all areas of life (not just the office!) and find support
to achieve them. It is no easy task to balance a personal and professional life,
because we use the same mind for both. Learn strategies from the very best to
succeed across the board, not just in one area of life. Most importantly, discover
how to give yourself grace when all cylinders aren’t hitting quite as you’d like
for them to. Known as CEO, Co-Founder, Director, Co-Organizer, Volunteer and
Mayor – Brandi Harless truly balances it ALL.
TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO YOUR PROFESSION
Aaron Kizer | Artist, Kizer Construction + Design
Jackie Smith | Owner, Jackie Blue Handmade
Matt Weafer | Chef, Niko’s Bakery
What if you could wake up each day and do something you love? You can. Be
inspired by these panelists who worked to follow their passion and grew their
profession at the same time. Following your passion doesn’t always mean you
have to be an expert at it, either. Find out what is important to you, what you
enjoy doing most and go for it. Don’t let anything stop you from building the
career that you want.
3:45 – 4:00 PM | Transition to Closing Session
4:00 – 4:15 PM | Closing Session
4:15 – 5:00 PM | Farewell Happy Hour