• September 2019

Be the change
Crossroads Summit aims to educate and inspire

More than 400 people are expected to gather at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Thursday, August 15 for a day of learning, networking and professional growth. The 2019 Crossroads Summit will bring together people of all ages, from all industries and from across the region.

The Crossroads Summit is a one-day, biennial conference hosted by the Young Professionals Network of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2019 agenda features two keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions, opportunities to network and a post-party to conclude the day.

Daschle Larson, McKinneyOlson, and Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger, Northwestern Mutual, are co-chairs for the Crossroads Summit. The theme chosen for this year's event is "Be the Change" and the two have approached much of the planning through the lens of change.

"We'll be incorporating the 'Be the Change' theme throughout many aspects of the day," said Hoefert-Redlinger. "We have so many great young professionals in Sioux Falls, and we want to inspire them to embrace change in both their business and community."

Those who have attended previous Crossroads Summits will notice a difference in the structure of the breakout sessions. The options are now grouped into one of four tracks: The State of our City; Personal Development; Professional Development; and Technology & Innovation. Attendees can pick a track and follow it throughout the day, or jump from one to the next depending on their interests.

YPN Manager Kayla Huizing described the tracks as a way to make it easier for attendees to pick sessions that align with their interests. "People attend the Summit for a variety of reasons, and we have something for everyone. The session tracks can help them find sessions that they find most beneficial."

As in the past, all breakout sessions are led by local industry experts. "I'm excited for this year's Summit because it is a great opportunity to learn from successful local business leaders," said Kelsey Fonkert, First PREMIER Bank, who was an early conference registrant.

Author and youth leader Alton Carter will deliver the morning keynote presentation. The afternoon features entrepreneur, rapper and best-selling author Jesse Itzler.

A new recognition program will also be launched at the 2019 Crossroads Summit. The YPN 4 under 40 awards seek to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young leaders in the Sioux Falls area. Four individuals will be selected from the pool of nominees and will be honored during the lunch portion of the day.

"We're excited to recognize change-making young professionals through this award, and hopefully encourage them to continue embracing change." said Hoefert-Redlinger.

The nomination period for 4 under 40 closed at the end of June. All nominees will be announced in July and a selection committee will name four winners who have demonstrated commitment to their industry, successful collaboration, leadership by example and/or a willingness to mentor and motivate others. All the nominees will be recognized and the winners announced at the Crossroads Summit.

Registration of the Crossroads Summit is open now at sfcrossroads.com. Tickets are $129 for Chamber members and $159 for non-members.

Morning Keynote
Alton Carter

Alton Carter

Alton Carter is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He earned his bachelor's degree at Oklahoma State University and uses his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to "make the world a better place." Carter makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.

Afternoon Keynote
Jesse Itzler

Jesse Itzler

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit until noon, loves Run-D.M.C. and enjoys living life "out of the box," actually, he doesn't even have a box. He cofounded Marquis Jet, the world's largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico coconut water, which they sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced and sang both the NBA's Emmy Award-winning I Love This Game music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem Go NY Go. Itzler is also the author of Living With a SEAL (New York Times Bestseller, #1 LA Times, #1 Amazon, #1 iTunes audiobook) and Living With the Monks. When he's not out training for his next 100-mile run or being a dad, Jesse can be found at the NBA's Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely and the couple and their four children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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