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Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals Announces First-Ever Leadership Conference

Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals Announces First-Ever Leadership Conference


Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals (HYP) announced it will be hosting its first-ever leadership conference, dubbed the Future Leaders Conference, on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the Holland Civic Center Place. This conference is the first of its kind in West Michigan.

The conference will be geared toward developing professional persons early in their careers into leaders in their workplaces and communities. Included in the half-day conference are lunch, a keynote speaker, three breakout sessions, and a happy hour hosted on-site.

Breakout sessions, which will feature high-caliber leaders from the Holland community, will provide attendees with opportunities to connect with other HYP movers and shakers, says HYP president Johannes Boot.

“Attendees of the Future Leaders Conference are in for a dose of inspiration and possibility,” says Boot. “This conference is unique because it establishes a hallmark connect-and-develop event in our community. Whether by the osmosis of networking or by inspiration from our speakers, no young professional will leave this conference empty-handed.”

Past president Travis Steinhoff reiterates the long-term career value the Future Leadership Conference brings to young professionals in the Holland area, who have been dreaming up the event for years.

“If you take a step back, this conference is the culmination of a lot that has happened behind the scenes over the last 3-4 years,” Steinhoff says.“It’s been such a joy to watch it come together and I think we’ve put together a rockstar lineup that will give attendees practical takeaways that will help them in their careers.” 

Speakers include keynote speaker Rodger Price of Leading by Design; breakout host Joe Matthews, Vice President of DEI, Gentex; breakout host Dave Wylen, Office of Possibilities, Hope College; and a panel discussion by Jodi Owczarski, President of West Coast Chamber of Commerce; Nathan Bocks, Mayor of Holland; and Patrick Cisler, Executive Director of Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance.

Tickets are on sale now for $39/ea. and are available on HYP’s website www.behyp.org


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