• 2 Keynote Speakers, 12 Breakout Sessions

    YPN Crossroads Summit

    Thursday. August 15, 2019
     Sioux Falls Convention Center

About the Event

What is the Crossroads Summit

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 to come as we challenge the way you think, provide you new skills and motivate you to be the change.


Alton Carter


Alton Carter is a former foster child and police officer. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college.

Now the director of youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State University alum has dedicated his life to working with young people.

Jesse Itzler

Entrepreneur. Author. Keynote Speaker.

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit 'til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life "out of the box." In fact, he doesn't even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.

He's a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA's Emmy Award-winning "I Love This Game" music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem "Go NY Go." When he's not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he's an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

Nominate an individual for the new
4 Under 40 Awards!

The 4 Under 40 Award is an award to recognize individuals
who have displayed demonstrable impact in their business & community.
Winners will be recognized during the lunch portion of the Crossroads Summit.

Click here to view the application

Event Schedule

Morning August 15
7:30 AM
- 8:30 AM

Registration & Engagement

Registration begins at seven thirty with breakfast to follow.

8:30 AM
- 9:45 AM
John Doe

Opening Session

Alton Carter

10:00 AM
- 10:45 AM

Breakout Session 1

Room 1 –
Out & Up: Future Real Estate Developments in Sioux Falls

Reggie Kuipers & Nic Gustafson, Bender Commercial Real Estate Services

Room 6 –
The Future of Remote Work

Matt Paulson, MarketBeat.com

Room 8 –
The EQ Factor: How “Softer Skills” Help us do Hard Things

Natalie Eisenberg, Click Rain

Room 11 –
Taking Your Sales and Life to the Next Level

Shawn Peterson, A & B Business Solutions

11:00 AM
- 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 2

Room 1 –
Innovation: “Where we’re going we don’t need roads...”

Jason Reisdorfer, City of Sioux Falls

Room 6 –
Virtual Health: Health Care Without Boundaries

Mandy Bell, Avera Health

Room 8 –
Leadership Lessons from the Fields and the Weight Room

Zach Mathers, University of Sioux Falls

Room 11 –
Do you have a Million Dollar Mind-Set?

Tara Allen, Allen Edge Real Estate Team

Afternoon August 15
12:00 PM
- 1:15 PM

Lunch + 4 Under 40 Awards

Recognizing individuals who have displayed demonstrable impact in their business & community.

1:30 PM
- 2:15 PM

Breakout Session 3

Room 1 –
Diversity in our City: A panel discussion

Mark Blackburn, Augustana University
Daniel Haggar, City of Sioux Falls
Jess Jasso, Northwestern Mutual
Moderated by: Francisco Javier Alvarez-Evangelista, MetaBank

Room 6 –
Lessons from the infantry and technology: A pursuit of personal growth

Andy Cahoy, Farmers Business Network

Room 8 –
YOU: In Practice, On Pursuit

Rana DeBoer, City of Sioux Falls

Room 11 –
Freedom is a Skill

Vaney Hariri, Think 3D Solutions

2:15 PM
- 2:45 PM

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up + Engagement Space

A breather and networking!

3:00 PM
- 4:15 PM
John Doe

Closing Session

Jesse Itzler
Entrepreneur. Author. Keynote Speaker.

4:30 PM
- 6:00 PM


Wind down and recap with new friends!

Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network

Develop. Connect. Succeed.

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 $40 for a Chamber member employee, and $80 for a non-Chamber member employee.

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