TCYP Brief

MAY 2015


Engage at the YP Lunch & Learn May 7



Nathan Havey, CEO of Thrive Consulting Group, returns with another great message and lesson on fulfillment through work. Nathan recently spoke at the new early morning leadership development series Leadership @ the Movies where he talked about the "False choice between purpose and profits." In this month's YP Lunch & Learn session he will shed some light on the importance of engagement in the workplace. 


Surveys have shown that 70 percent of American workers are disengaged at work. This issue is something they call the "holding-back economy." The lack of engagement is the cause of lost productivity and therefore lost profits. Unfortunately the more devastating impact from this phenomenon is on the employee personally. With Americans spending one-third of their lives at work, the "holding-back economy" is massively important to understand and solve. Nathan will explore how a paradigm shift about the fundamental purpose of business and work in society may be the answer. 


Whether a small business owner, a disengaged employee, or just someone looking to maximize your personal productivity and engagement, you owe it to yourself to check out Nathan's Lunch & Learn. 


The May Lunch & Learn will be held at The Great Wolf Lodge on May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, Click Here!



City & County Boards need YPs to get Involved

Both the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County have or will soon have vacancies on various boards and committees. The Traverse City Young Professionals group is full of driven, smart, talented, and community focused members. If you are looking for a great way to get involved and make an impact in the decisions and the trajectory of your community check out some of these board opportunities:


City of Traverse City: 

Current openings:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Historic Districts Commission


Click here for more information on the boards as well as qualification information. 


If you are interested in either of these current openings, follow the instructions on the City's application. If neither of these openings interest you, stay tuned, there are always new opportunities to get involved.











Grand Traverse County: 


The County will have multiple openings coming available in the coming months but experiences the majority of the turnover near the end of the year with postings and announcements at the end of August. 


For more information about the boards available and potential vacancies  click here.

Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?


Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, May 26 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!  Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions.

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2015

We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2015. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact  Bridgett Beckwith.


The next BAH will be on May 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. at The Civic Center, 1125 W Civic Center Rd. in Traverse City, hosted by Bay Area Senior Advocates. We hope to see you there!


Calling all LGT Fellows

Leadership Grand Traverse continues to be an extremely beneficial and diverse program that exposes future leaders to different aspects of our community. The program has been a huge success and is graduating yet another class of community leaders this Spring. May 21 is the date of the Spring program ceremony. If you are a LGT alum you are cordially invited to attend this ceremony to cheer on the new graduates and support the work they have done and will continue to do in our community. Be sure to come out and connect with this Spring's class while reconnecting with those you worked with during your LGT experience.


The Fall 2015 LGT session is quickly approaching and applications will be available soon. Here is a look at the tentative schedule for fall's LGT program:


  • Tuesday, September 15 - Orientation (Chamber of Commerce) 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25- Opening Retreat (Friday night overnight required) 8 a.m. - Overnight
  • Saturday, September 26 - Local Economy
  • Wednesday, September 30 - State & Local Government (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Thursday, October 8- Health & Human Services (Chamber of Commerce)
  • Friday, October 16 - Education (TBA-ISD/Career Tech Center)
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Arts & Culture (Interlochen Center for the Arts)
  • Thursday, November 5  - Natural Resources (Grand Traverse Conservation District)
  • Tuesday, November 17 - Closing Retreat & Graduation Reception (location to be announced) 2 - 6:30 p.m.


For more information about the Leadership Grand Traverse program Click Here!


Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Celebrate our Small Business of the Year



YPs are invited to the crowing event of the Chamber's Small Business Celebration - the SBC Award Ceremony.

See which one of our outstanding Top 10 finalists for this year will be named the Chamber's 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year. Join us Thursday, May 28 at NMC's Hagerty Center from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. for one of the Chamber's most prestigious events and coveted honors - the Small Business of the Year Award. Sign up today.


The Small Business Celebration is sponsored by:





Alliance Speaker Series continues with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

The new Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series continue to bring in interesting speakers to deliver beneficial messages that promote the impact Northern Michigan has on the future of our communities. On June 12, the speaker series welcomes Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. During June's event Mr. Duggan will share updates and insight into Detroit's recovery and the important role Northern Michigan will play in its future. Make sure you don't miss this great opportunity at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Contact Chamber/Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood for more information at or click here for details.

Seeking Input for 2015 Young Professional Events

We had a great line-up of Lunch and Learns, social events and volunteer opportunities in 2014, and now we are setting up the calendar for the rest of this year. Please share any ideas you have for Lunch and Learn topics, social event locations, speakers, or volunteer events in 2015 with
YP Chair Allison Beers


Calling All Guest Bloggers!


Are you new to TC or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Mo Stych with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!



May 7-YP Lunch & Learn @ Great Wolf Lodge; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  


May 14-Getting to Know Your Chamber (1st Floor Conference Room); noon - 1:30 p.m.  


May 20-Business After Hours @The Civic Center; 5 - 7 p.m.

May 26-State Theatre volunteering;  5:15-7:15 p.m.


May 28-SBC Award Ceremony @ Hagerty Center; 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


June 12 - Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit Luncheon @ Grand Traverse Resort & Spa; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.



YPs In the News! 

Mo Stych- Mo has been hired as the new Assistant Marketing Director for State Savings Bank. Mo most recently  worked for Rotary Charities of Traverse City and has since been doing marketing consulting for local companies including State Savings Bank. 


Jennifer Strange- Jenn has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder as a member of the Criminal Justice Policy Commission. The 17-member commission was established in 2015, and it is responsible for reviewing current sentencing guidelines, exploring alternatives to incarceration, promoting rehabilitation programs and making recommendations to the Legislature. Jen represents the behavior and mental health field on the commission through her experience at the Michigan Department of Corrections. 


Received a promotion, new job, board election, or community achievement? LET US KNOW!  Please submit a 1-2 sentence description with a photo to (Photo optional, but preferred).  Don't be shy! 


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