• Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Foundation launches new Young Professionals initiative- HYPE

  • May 2022. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Chamber Foundation) is pleased to announce the launch of their newest professional development and membership connection program- HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy). Kicking off May 25, 2022, with a free to attend happy hour informational event. Participation in HYPE is open to Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce members and non-members under 40. Memberships will open at the end of May by applying on the website. 

    The Chamber Foundation’s HYPE program was created by young professionals for young professionals determined to strengthen the young professional culture in the area. HYPE's programming is designed to enhance and develop future business leaders and empower young talent through tailored engagement opportunities, leadership training, innovative educational programming, meaningful connections and access to the greater Stillwater area’s thriving business community.

    HYPE is a mechanism that encourages young professional involvement with the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and fosters increased equity within the community by creating an environment that allows for access and opportunity for HYPE members to participate in engaging relevant programming and purposeful experiences that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning and social interaction. Programs such as wellness series, community engagement offerings, and professional learning opportunities will all be part of the new program. 

    “I grew up in the St. Croix Valley and was always an old soul ready for the professional world, however, there were not many tools available to train me and develop my professional leadership skills, states Alex, Eder, General Manager of the Water Street Inn. “That is why I am so excited to be partnering with the Chamber to design this program as Young Professionals FOR young professionals offering skills for personal and professional development that I wish I had when I was growing up in the Valley,” Eder continues. HYPE is crafted around what is important to young professionals in our current society as they are, and will be, our future leaders. 

    HYPE is crafted around what is important to young professionals in our current society as they are, and will be, our future leaders. It fosters psychological safety through tailored programming and engagement opportunities through our HYPE Series Offerings. HYPE Series will be cycled month to month ranging in relevant topics and activities, in differing locations across the St. Croix Valley. These series will provide space for young professionals to discuss shared issues and solutions, grow as a leader, extend personal and professional networks, engage in our community and work towards building a young professional culture in our area. 

    The Chamber and Chamber Foundation serves cities from Marine on St. Croix to Afton, Bayport, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Stillwater and all the townships in the region. We invite all residents and businesses an opportunity to participate in the HYPE program. The HYPE program launches May 25th, 2022. 

    Details can be found at the Greater Stillwater Chamber’s website and at the HYPE-Stillwater Area Facebook page.

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