Inaugural Young Professionals Summit to take place in Steamboat
October 6, 2011
the Huevos Eggs Benedict, will get a free mimosa, latte or bloody mary.
Steamboat Springs — Matt Wilcox moved to Steamboat Springs just four months ago. As the new project coordinator for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Wilcox realized that to dive headfirst into his career, he needed the support of other young professionals in the area.
Through the Chamber's Young Professionals Network, he found a way to immerse himself in the community.
"It can certainly be challenging trying to get a career started," he said. "It helps to come together with other people in the same position and gain a new frame of reference to approach a career with."
This weekend, the Young Professionals Network will expand even further as 70 other young professionals from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming travel to Steamboat for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit.
Registration still is open for the daylong event Saturday, which features keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.
The event kicks off today with a registration party at Rex's American Bar & Grill, where anyone can sign up for Saturday's conference.
YPN board member Ryan Marsden said the term "young professional" isn't meant to be exclusive.
"It's just our title," he said. "If you're young at heart, you're welcome. I think anyone can benefit from the topics."
The breakout sessions and speakers will cover topics such as balancing work and home life, living green and knowing when to call it a day.
Registration is $60 per person.
The event was conceived by Steamboat's young professionals chapter about a year ago, and it looks like this won't be a one-and-done summit. The Mile High Young Professionals group in Denver already has signed on to host next year's summit.
"I think it's an excellent event to have going on in Steamboat," Wilcox said. "Hopefully this will gain momentum over the future and that Steamboat will be remembered for having the first one."
Along with the summit this weekend in Steamboat is the annual Tour de Forks fundraiser. Independent of the summit, anyone in the community can purchase a wristband for $20 at the Chamber's visitors center or at http://www.rockymountainypsummit.com.
Wristbands entitle their owners to specials at a variety of Steamboat restaurants at different times. For example, participants can get special deals at Rex's tonight for dinner, the Paramount on Saturday for breakfast or Ghost Ranch Saloon late Saturday night.
Nine restaurants are participating in Tour de Forks through Sunday, and proceeds benefit the Young Professionals Network's scholarship fund for students.
"We're going to go out anyways, so you might as well spend a little money for a good cause," Marsden said.
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