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Young professionals roundtable set for May 22

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Carlisle Young Professionals: Shannon Fahnestock is president of the organization. Fahnestock, a Shippensburg University graduate, is a mid-market account executive at Strickler Agency Inc., where she specializes in commercial accounts.
Carlisle Young Professionals: Shannon Fahnestock is president of the organization. Fahnestock, a Shippensburg University graduate, is a mid-market account executive at Strickler Agency Inc., where she specializes in commercial accounts. - (Photo / )
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Carlisle Young Professionals: Shannon Fahnestock is president of the organization. Fahnestock, a Shippensburg University graduate, is a mid-market account executive at Strickler Agency Inc., where she specializes in commercial accounts. - (Photo / Submitted) Harrisburg Young Professionals: Casey Khuri is president of the organization. Khuri, a Temple University graduate, is an assistant vice president of commercial real estate lending at Metro Bank. - (Photo / Stuart Leask) Lancaster Young Professionals: Will Post is president of the organization. Post, who moved here in 2008 from Rhode Island, is a personal risk management adviser with Murray Securus, where he helps individuals identify and close personal risk exposures through insurance and other products. - (Photo / Submitted) Lebanon Valley Young Professionals: Bethany Houser is the membership director at the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, which also oversees the YPs organization. She is YP coordinator and membership director. Houser, a Penn State University graduate, moved to the area in 2007 to teach Spanish to elementary-school children and English to foreign contractors working in the Harrisburg area. - (Photo / Submitted) West Shore Young Professionals: Ivy Schneider is the co-founder and vice president of the organization, which launched in January. Schneider, a graduate of York College and Shippensburg University, is the director of development, marketing and communications for the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. She oversees its annual campaign, marketing and communications, grants and young leadership initiatives. - (Photo / Submitted) York Young Professionals: Dylan Bauer is president of the organization. Bauer, a Temple University graduate, is the vice president of real estate development and property management for Royal Square Development & Construction, which is redeveloping downtown York. He’s a former real estate brokerage adviser and food truck owner. - (Photo / Submitted)

 

Real estate lending and development, personal and commercial insurance, marketing and communications, and membership director for a chamber of commerce.

These are the faces that represent midstate organizations for young professionals.

On Friday, May 22, the Central Penn Business Journal will host a live roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. with the six YP groups in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties:

Carlisle Young Professionals, Harrisburg Young Professionals, Lancaster Young Professionals, Lebanon Valley Young Professionals, West Shore Young Professionals and York Young Professionals.

We will livestream the discussion on our homepage, www.CPBJ.com. This is not a ticketed event or open to the public.

Topics

The roundtable will focus on topics from membership growth and the continued evolution of regional YP organizations to housing trends and those frequently debated questions for millennials: Are you investing in real estate? Is the walkable urban lifestyle a must-have today?

More importantly, if you live in one city setting and work in another, where do you play? Which YP group is for you?

We'll also ask about career advancement and executive training opportunities available to YPs in Central Pennsylvania. Are they prevalent here? What attracts YPs to this region, or what brings them home?

Are YPs really looking for mentors or do they want to make mistakes on their own?

What are the YP groups learning from one another, especially the smaller upstarts, as it pertains to networking opportunities and having an impact on the community?

Staff reporter Jason Scott will moderate the boardroom-style chat. Questions for the panel should be directed to @CPBJ or @JScottJournal via Twitter. Suggestions also can be emailed to editorial@cpbj.com, jasons@cpbj.com or via a live chat platform that will be available the day of the chat at www.CPBJ.com

What led you to the YP group?

We asked our participants what led them to their YP organization and what keeps them involved?

Here are a few of the responses:

• Fahnestock: “I joined Carlisle Young Professionals when I started a new job and was looking to meet other young professionals in the area. Once I saw what a beneficial organization it was for me both professionally and personally and what an asset it was to the community, I became involved. Throughout the past two years, I have watched the organization grow and thrive tremendously and I keep coming back because I love to watch the continued growth and the increasing benefits to the community.”

• Houser: “The young professionals are an absolutely essential and vibrant part of the Lebanon Valley Chamber. The ‘Last Thursday’ mixers are an opportunity for these individuals to express themselves not simply with regards to their current work title, but rather their passions, views, beliefs and motivations — key ingredients to the character of the Lebanon Valley. Being able to share this information in a comfortable environment provides opportunities for professional enrichment, advancement and acquisition of a strong network affiliated not only by the chamber of commerce but by a strong sense of energetic camaraderie. The young professionals do more than allow me to let my hair down and hold interesting discussions and debates; they inspire me to hold on to that energy and motivation and continuously work to achieve my goals.”

• Schneider: “I was looking for development opportunities targeting young professionals in my area but I could not find them. I knew there had to be others searching for resources and connections to foster personal and professional growth. I found some like-minded, motivated professionals and we created a group that fulfilled that need. The response is what we had hoped; members are connecting to other professionals in the area, serving the community and growing as individuals.”

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