Date

August 17, 2017

Speakers

2 Fantastic Speakers

About the Crossroads Summit/ Network. Lead. Succeed.

What is it?
The Summit is a one-day, biennial conference for professionals from all industries around the region to network, learn, and build relationships. All are welcome - you do not need to be a YPN member to attend!

What to expect?
This day-long experience will feature:
•  Three breakout sessions with multiple options
•  Two inspiring keynote speakers
•  One CEO panel


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Crossroads Summit Schedule / Morning and Afternoon

Registration

Registration begins at seven thirty with breakfast to follow.

Breakfast/Keynote Speaker

John T. Meyer is Co-Founder and CEO of Lemonly. Lemonly helps companies tell their story through visuals. Specializing in infographics, videos, and microcontent Lemonly works with brands like Marriott, Major League Baseball, Netflix, Under Armour. . . Read more >>>

Lunch/Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by CorTrust Bank

Bert Jacobs is co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of Life is Good, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. Bert and his brother John launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of. . . Read more >>>

CEO Panel

Anne McFarland, President and CEO of Lifescape
Jeff Scherschligt , CEO of Howalt+McDowell
Eric Yunag, VP Strategic Initiatives at Convergint Technologies
Bill Baker, Chairman and CEO at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Moderator: Paige Pearson Meyer, Midco

Event Speakers / Ready to Empower You!

John T. Meyer

Co-Founder and CEO of Lemonly

John T. Meyer is co-founder and CEO of Lemonly, a startup helping companies create understanding with visuals. Specializing in infographics, videos, and data visualization, Lemonly works with brands like Marriott, Major League Baseball, Netflix, Under Armour, the Green Bay Packers, and the United Nations. Today, Lemonly is a team of 20 employees headquartered in Sioux Falls with remote team members in Idaho and Vancouver, Canada.

John and his co-founder, Amy Colgan, created Lemonly in 2011 on the belief that they could create better infographics than those they saw online. Flash forward six years to today and Lemonly is one of the best companies in the world at creating visual stories.

Most recently, John and his team have set their sights on making Lemonly the best company to work for in the Midwest. John speaks across the country and frequently writes about the topic of company culture, HR, and building a great team. Lemonly even launched a website dedicated to this topic called Humans & Resources.

John was a 2016 Finalist for EY's Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2013 was named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 10 Emerging Entrepreneurs. He is passionate about growing the startup scene in Sioux Falls and has established both 1 Million Cups and Startup Weekend to help promote entrepreneurship in the area. He grew up in Brookings, South Dakota, and is proud to have built his company in his home state. John loves to cheer on the Minnesota Twins, spend time with his wife Paige and daughter Margot, and travel.

Bert Jacobs

Co-Founder and CEO of Life Is Good

Keynote speaker Bert Jacobs is co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of Life is Good, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work.

Bert and his brother John launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the US and Canada.

Early on, Bert and John were inspired by stories of people, mainly children, facing great adversity. These stories illustrated that optimism is most powerful in the darkest of times and inspired the creation of a fully integrated business model dedicated to helping kids in need. Life is Good donates at least 10% of its annual net profits to the Life is Good Kids Foundation to positively impact over 120,000 kids daily facing poverty, violence, and illness.

Bert has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities for entrepreneurship, business innovation and philanthropy. He and Life is Good have been featured on CNNMoney, CNBC´s Business Nation, ABC News´ Nightline, NBC´s The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and Men´s Health Magazine, among others.

Bert and John are the youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA. They credit their mother as the first powerful optimist in their lives, and the inspiration for Life is Good.

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About YPN / Young Professionals Network

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a resource, forum and voice in the community. The YPN exists to create business opportunities, support civic involvement and promote an overall investment in the future of the community. It is designed to provide opportunities for young professionals to develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession or occupation and to engage and introduce young professionals to the region´s resources and possibilities.

Membership is open to any young professional, ages 21-39, working/residing in Sioux Falls or a surrounding community. Cost for a membership is $30 for a Chamber member employee, and $60 for a non-Chamber member employee.

The Chamber´s YPN was created in 2009. Since then, more than 1,000 young professionals from the Sioux Falls area have joined. For more information, visit siouxfallsypn.com.

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Event Location

The Sioux Falls
Convention Center

1101 N. West Avenue,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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