Invest in your employees locally at the West Texas Leadership Summit

October 10, 2022Laurin Kocurek, VP, Operations & Communications

Workforce is a hot topic in many articles and discussions around the business community, and the Chamber’s young professional program, better known as AYP, wants you to consider giving your employees the day off on Thursday, Nov. 17.

I know the irony in allowing your talent the day off outside of a sick day or vacation day, but don’t think of it as a day off. Think of it as your business playing a small part in helping our community grow the local talent base and community leaders needed for tomorrow.

In a Deloitte survey of millennials, 63 percent said their leadership skills were not being fully developed, and 71 percent of employees likely to leave in the next two years are dissatisfied with how their leadership skills are being developed. Those numbers are continuing to rise, and we want to help stifle them for our Big Country business community.

Sponsored by the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and the City of Abilene, our team promises the full-day event will activate curiosity and cultivate professional, personal and community growth through intentional development.

Lead by AYP Chair, Joe Mangrem (Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc. (eHT), and Summit co-chairs, Jacob Hutson (Benchmark Business Solutions), and Keeley Gaddis (Condley and Company, LLP) a group of almost 20 young professionals from across the region have been working to plan this year’s event that features over nine breakout sessions and two keynote speakers.

One keynote speaker is approach 45 years of active professional, community, philanthropic, and personal pursuits, including raising her now-grown four children.

Former Senior Vice President at Walmart, Karen Stuckey, will share with attendees her “formula” for fulfillment vs the illusive balance in one’s personal, philanthropic, and professional life. As Senior Vice President, she most recently led the multi-billion Private Brand discipline for General Merchandise at Walmart, including the Apparel, Home, Hardlines, Electronics, Seasonal, and Toys business units. Karen has fully embodied her discovery of a formula for fulfillment, after many years of seeking the oft elusive “balance”. Her approach to “dancing in the eye of the storm” offers a personal journey and practical approach to unlocking the secret to a fulfilled life, relevant for all generations of women and men who desire the best in what life has to offer.

Additional topics include leading from a place of vulnerability, the importance of mental health, the impact of enneagram in the workplace, how young professionals can impact their community development and more.

Again, it’s local, it’s all in one place, and we promise that your employees will leave the day feeling ready to conquer their goals just in time for the new year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and you can purchase tickets here while viewing a full schedule of events.

We hope to see you on Nov. 17!


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