"Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization... community leadership starts here"
The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was created in April 2010 in an effort to bring together the region's young business people 10 years or less into their professional career for mentoring, education, networking, and socializing.
Are you a career-oriented individual wanting to foster community leadership through networking and professional development? Be a part of the YPO today and help us 'Move Chico Forward.'
YPO Mission Statement
"Young career-oriented individuals, people 10 years or less into their professional career, fostering community leadership through networking and professional development."
YPO Vision Statement & Values
"Chico YPO creates awareness of the positive attributes young professionals bring to their employer and the community as a whole by valuing commitment, ambition, civic engagement, integrity, respect and camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere."
Who Can Participate?
Access YPO by becoming a Chico Chamber Member today!
Not sure if you're a Chico Chamber Member? Check our directory here.
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Committed Leader Recruitment
The application period, July-September, is now OPEN for 2019 YPO Committed Leaders. Click here to learn more about being a Committed Leader!
SAVE THE DATE
YPO E.P.I.C. Event
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Registration Now Open! Support the Chico Young Professionals Organization by attending this annual celebration of leadership, professional development and camaraderie! This event will include the announcement of the 2018 "Mover & Shaker Award."
September Leadership Luncheon
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
City Council Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
YPO City Council Candidate Mixer
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization will host a City Council Candidate Mixer on October 17th, at 5:30 p.m., at Red Tavern, 1250 Esplanade in Chico. Save the date for this informative evening where community members will have the chance to engage with City Council candidates in an informal setting. Click here to RSVP.
*The Chico Chamber of Commerce must maintain a cancellation policy for events in order to properly plan for catering, venue expenses and marketing efforts. Unless stated otherwise, Chamber reservations must be cancelled 5 days prior to the event to be eligible for a refund. All refunds will be issued 10 days after the event. No refunds will be issued for non-attendance. You are welcome to send another member of your staff in your place.
What is driving our YPO in 2018?
We need your feedback! Please Take Our Survey! The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was formed in 2010 in an effort to bring together the region's young business people for mentorship, leadership, education and networking. In 2015, the YPO saw growth of local young professionals and held a survey to gather input in order to get a better understanding what was driving change in the business world, in the workplace, and the local community. Fast forward three years and the YPO has continued their growth and again are looking to gauge our young professionals and what is driving them. YPO and the Chico Chamber of Commerce thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out our survey!
April 18th the Chico Chamber Young Professionals Organization hosted “Tales of an Entrepreneur’, a panel of local business owners who have each faced challenges, risks, and rewards of launching and growing a business here in Chico. Panelists included: Arielle Danan, Owner & Founder, Beber – Fresh Almondmilk; Dan Richardson, Franchisee, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Chico; Mark Sorenson, Founder & CEO, Social High Rise; Kaliahna Baxter, Owner, Happy at Home. moderated by Dr. Colleen C. Robb, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Center for Entrepreneurship, California State University, Chico. Click here to listen to the April Leadership Luncheon Entreprenurial Panel.
On February 21st our Young Professionals Organization had the opportunity to listen to Grandmaster Farshad Azad, local entrepreneur and CEO of Azad's Martial Arts Family Center. Farshad has trained thousands of people interested in personal, corporate and executive safety issues. He has been the recipient of two Hall of Fame Awards by martial arts industries leading organizations for his contributions to martial arts world. He also coordinates the Chico Parade of Lights and Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. Click here to check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon with Farshad Azad, Azad's Martial Arts Family Center.
The Young Professionals Organization had the pleasure of having Ben Winter, our Chico Chamber Board of Directors and also the Director of Business Development with Visionary Partner, Transfer Flow, Inc. Growing up locally in the small town of Paradise, graduating high school, and narrowing up his college focus, Ben began his career at local and family owned company Transfer Flow, Inc. Now, after 26 years, another area of focus is continued education. Understanding that time and new innovation requires Ben to arm himself with current data, ultimately helping foster his career and Transfer Flow. Click here to check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon with Ben Winter, Transfer Flow, Inc.
How is technology transforming Chico? Do we have what it takes to bring tech companies to Chico? Where can our younger generation get involved and move local technology forward? Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Tech Panel podcast featuring: Wendy Porter, Managing Director of Chicostart; Kathryn Schifferle, CEO of Work Truck Solutions; Ryan Sanders, Build.com; Noelle Sadler, VP of Marketing of Lulus.com; and Andrew March, Co-founder of Compini.
Check out our YPO Leadership Luncheon Ag panel Episode 10 featuring: Toni Scott, Morrison & Company; Grey Foster, Butte Yfr; Mark Pierce, North Valley Ag Services, and Colleen Cecil, Butte County Farm Bureau. Our Chico Chamber YPO has been very proactive this year connecting with the local Ag Community. In March, they co-hosted a Mixer with the Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers at Almendra Winery & Distillery, and a dinner in November 2016. In this episode, you will hear how important technology, water, and legislative challenges all affect agriculture from labor to water regulations.
The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization recognizes a need to survey our millennial population for input on how this generation of “technology natives” is driving change in the business world and in our workplaces. We did so with our 2015 Millennial Survey aimed for local Chico millennials to take and we received a total of 333 responses. Click here to view our slide show presented at the 2015 YPO E.P.I.C. Event.
2018 YPO Committed Leaders:
Kelly Gibbons is a licensed Farmers Insurance Agent at Brad Jacobson’s Agency, where they are a father daughter team. Their agency protects families and individuals by offering all personal lines such as home, renters, auto, life, as well as commercial policies. They believe in giving back to the community and once a week Kelly volunteers at a local elementary school tutoring students in their after school program called Reading Pals. They are also involved in the March of Dimes golf fundraiser and the Jesus Center's Run for Food. Kelly is a Butte county local and, after graduating from Paradise High, she went on to graduate from CSU, Chico with her Bachelors in Business Administration. While going to school she worked for WaMu and worked her way through the conversion to Chase, as well as working her way up from a teller to a personal banker. In her free time Kelly enjoys being outside, hiking Upper Park, spending time at Lake Almanor and hanging out with her friends, husband and German Shepherd, Sophie.
Brett Herman, Vice President: Smile Business Products
Brett is with Smile Business Products as an Account Manager. He is a graduate from Chico State with a BA in Business Management with an option in Entrepreneurship. His experience at Chico State lead to a successful career in the technology industry. Upon graduation, Brett and his wife decided to make Chico their home which they now share with their two kids. Brett is a Chico Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, YPO committed leader and a member of the Chico Noon Exchange Club.
Angiie Campanreo: Stoner & Associates
My full name is actually Evangelina Campanero, I chose to shorten it to Angiie when I started college. Angiie joined Stoner and Associates in August of 2013. She grew up in Chico and graduated from Chico High School and attended Butte College. She is the receptionist and go-to office person for any task large or small. Angiie is fluent in Spanish, including reading & writing. In her spare time Angiie likes to enjoy short distance races, long
walks with her dogs, spending time with family & friends, cooking and crafting. She is outgoing and loves to make others laugh or smile.
Calen Chapman: Harris Commercial Real Estate
Calen Chapman is a Senior Associate at Harris Commercial Real Estate Services, specializing in commercial sales and leasing of office, retail, and warehouse properties. After graduating as a business major from CSU Chico, he noticed there are many opportunities to succeed locally and decided to stay in Chico to begin his career. He has continued to be very active in the local community, bringing leadership involvement to a number of organizations including the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.
Jaclynne Phelps: Golden Valley Bank
Born and raised in Chico, California, Jaci Phelps is dedicated to the development and success of our community. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School, she went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with a focus in Hotel and Lodging Management. Although she’s worked at a variety of hotels during her schooling, she found her niche at Golden Valley Bank pursuing a passion for marketing. Since she started in 2016, she’s lead and organized multiple volunteer opportunities for the Bank and sits on the board as Vice President for CSU, Chico Young Alumni Network. Fueling her love for health and fitness, you can often find Jaci spending her free time working out at In Motion Fitness. She also loves to travel and has a passion for all things Disney.
Brooke Smith is the current Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott. She has been at the two Chico Marriott properties for almost 10 years and Director of Sales for 8 years. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Recreation Administration optioning in Special Events, Tourism, Resort, and Lodging Management with a minor in Political Science. While in college she was President of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Staying in Chico after college, she became very involved with the Chico Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. She currently serves on the Committed Leaders for the Young Professionals Organization, and the special events committee. She was YPO President in 2016, and was the Young Professional of the Year for the Chico Chamber of Commerce for 2016. Brooke also is Vice President for Explore Butte County- a tourism improvement group in the county and was recognized in 2016 as one of California Travel Associations Emerging Leaders 30 and Under award. She was also nominated for Sales Person of Year for 2016 from her hospitality management company, Aimbridge. She continues to be active in the Chico Community as much as possible. You can find her most days exploring Chico and beyond looking for new craft beers to try.
Danie Schwartz, Past President: Danie Schwartz Consulting
Danie is not a native to the Chico area, but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from CSU, Chico she decided to stay and start working in the community. After years of working hard, building a reputation and honing in on her knowledge and skills. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO Committed Leader for the past four years (winning the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (winning the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). As she passes on her Chair role, she is excited to step into her role as YPO President. She has a commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, as well as other local organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the CSU, Chico Alumni. These passions allow her to remain committed to helping Move Chico Forward. In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Don’t be surprised if you run into Danie at music festivals or concerts. She loves music! Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.
YPO Presented By
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