FLEX Leadership Reflects on Another Successful Year

FLEX started in 2007 and few could have imagined the growth we would see. “FLEX membership has grown by 28 members in 2022 and we plan to continue growing membership in 2023 by offering a variety of events and opportunities for young professionals in the community.,” said Joslyn Dechant, Membership Committee Chair.

Additionally, Joslyn said: “We hosted two successful Speaker Series, the first with Hind Karns from Wemanigit Business Consulting about Foundations for Effective Communication and the second with Jeff Polley from Together We Can and Amariliz Sanchez regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As we look forward to offering more professional development opportunities in 2023, stay tuned for our announcement of our next Speaker Series.”

No matter what your skill level or interest is, FLEX allows you to practice things in a low stakes environment. This can include networking, event planning, fundraising, getting sponsorships, running a meeting, writing an article, using technology, public speaking, and much more.

According to Ivy Kuberry, past Chair and ongoing Chair of the Events & Fundraising Committee: “With the help of a great leadership team and wonderful committee members, I have become much more comfortable planning FLEX events in the community. My goal is to help young professionals in Venango County connect, strengthen relationships, and work with a fantastic team.” Upon joining FLEX Leadership, Megan Sternagel will serve as Vice Chair of Events and Fundraising and is looking forward to collaborating with various businesses and young professionals in our community to promote networking. “I am looking forward to assisting Ivy in all of our traditional upcoming events as part of the new leadership team. In the upcoming year I hope to bring at least a couple of new events to FLEX to promote our networking and leadership within our community.”

Our region’s Young Professional of the Year Stephanie Staub was honored along with a group of outstanding nominees who represent only a fraction of the region’s successful young professionals (YP’s).

Devin Zagar, Chair of the Marketing & Community Partnerships Committee, noted “Last year was a great success, and we are optimistic about the future. We’re excited to connect with more young professionals in our community and foster relationships that will help us all grow and have a greater impact.”

Become a part of FLEX in a new way this year! Whether you’re coming to an event, joining one of our committees, or volunteering, we look forward to seeing you and growing alongside you.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) January 2023 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

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