by Tyler Hale
Young professionals from across the state will be gathering Friday for the 2018 Young Professional Summit (YP) to learn from one another and forge invaluable business connections.
The 2018 Northwest Arkansas YP Summit is set for Friday, Aug. 10, in Fayetteville, at the Walton Arts Center. According to the YP website, the summit is designed to increase “the attraction, retention and development of young talent to sustain the overall health of the region.”
Starting in 2016, groups of young leaders have gathered in Northwest Arkansas to discuss how to enact change and encourage growth in the region. The annual summit brings together participants and presenters to learn from one another, stay current on business topics and develop connections.
The theme for 2018’s summit will be “Facing Forward.” The event organizers expect over 300 young professionals to participate in this year’s summit.
Starting at 8 a.m., participants will have an hour to network and stop at booths featuring local nonprofits and young professional organizations while enjoying complimentary beverages. Free headshots will also be available during this time.
Shelley Simpson will welcome everyone and deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. Simpson is the chief commercial officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, overseeing sales and marketing, and serves as the president of Highway Services at the company.
Following Simpson’s keynote, there will be two breakout sessions, lasting from 10 to 10:50 a.m. and from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Topics that will be discussed during the sessions include “Making Money Work for You,” “High Stakes Leadership,” “Nature + Yoga,” “Startup Life” and more. A full list of speakers for the breakout sessions can be found here.
After lunch, Al Bell will deliver a keynote address. Bell, originally from Brinkley, is the former chairman and owner of Stax Records.
There will be two more breakout sessions after Bell’s keynote address, lasting from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:20 p.m., respectively. The topics will include “Arts in the Ozarks,” “C Level, Are We There Yet?: Diversity in the Workplace,” “Finding Your Path in the Cycling Scene” and others.
A wrap-up of the day’s programs will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the event, and tickets are $50 per individual.
(Photos courtesy of NWA YP Summit)