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Superior Young Professionals group taking big strides
Newcomers to Superior have an opportunity to connect with other professionals thanks to an organization that focuses on connecting young professionals. Brad Phenow reports.
Superior Young Professionals is an organization that is focusing on giving young adults the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed as members of the community. President Eric Siljendahl says whether you’re a student, recent graduate, or a newly employed professional there’s an opportunity to get in touch with other members of the community.
Siljendahl says they are focusing on three components.
“Attract, connect, and retain young professionals in Superior. The overall objective is to create a better community to live, work, and play for the young professional is our community.”
Lynne Williams is the secretary for Superior Young Professionals. She says the response they have received from the community does a lot of the talking.
“Our overwhelming response of turnout, as well the organizations who are willing to help sponsors these events show’s that there was a need for an organization like this in the community.”
The organization ended the year with about 150 members. They have had an average of 50-60 people per events. The organization holds two different types of events that are sponsored by local companies.
“We have a combination of social get-togethers, where we try and make it more of a casual type experience for people to get together and talk and get to know other young professionals in our community. We are trying to partner that with a of lunch-and-learn type series where deliver some type of professional development, some sort of education type topic, something to better them in their careers or their lives.”
Siljendahl says they have met with member from Fuse Duluth, a similar organization across the harbor.
“Our goal is to create a better community for the Twin Ports, specifically for Superior, but we are all still one community so we want to make sure that we’re working with everyone within our community not competing against anyone.”
Williams says there are new job opportunities and changes in Superior that their organization can help with.
“There is a lot of really exciting industry and changes happening in the City of Superior, a lot of new jobs being created. We want to be at the forefront; talking with Kestrel making sure the new employees they’re bringing in to town know about our organization and can get connected through our organization.”
Superior Young Professionals is planning on holding ten events this year. The next event is in the planning stages for February. For more information on how to join the organization visit their website at SuperiorYP.com
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