RED BANK, NJ – “Back to the Future” was the theme of the 2022 Leadership Summit hosted by the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group, where participants – including both emerging and established professionals alike – were inspired by speakers from a variety of fields who discussed how they overcame the challenges of COVID and achieved success.
Held this year on March 25 at NJCU @ Fort Monmouth, the annual event is designed to provide valuable networking opportunities, unique information, and helpful coaching from community professionals who have worked their way up the ranks in their careers. This year’s Leadership Summit included a panel of various industry leaders who gave heartfelt presentations on how they dealt with the impact of the pandemic and guided their businesses and organizations to a successful future. Two breakout sessions featured additional motivational speakers who offered their secrets to success.
In a nod to the way in which event planning has had to adapt in recent years – and thanks to the AV capabilities of the NJCU @ Fort Monmouth venue – the Monmouth Regional Chamber was nimbly able to present the event to both in-person and virtual attendees, extending its reach to an even wider audience in three states. This year’s eloquent speakers included:
· Rob Kash, co-owner of the Great Restaurants NJ Group, including popular eateries Metropolitan Café, tre, Nonna’s, and Rosalita’s, who shared how he maintained the positivity of his staff and the services at his restaurants
· Frances Keane, Chief Human Resources Officer at CentraState Healthcare System, who shared how she led her team of medical service providers through the pandemic
· Dawn Malinowski, owner of SocialTrend Marketing Solutions, who spoke about challenges faced as a small business owner and ways to incorporate social media ideas into your business
· Dr. Michael Edmondson, Interim Director of New Jersey City University (NJCU) at Fort Monmouth, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, and Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning at NJCU, who discussed teamwork and establishing the NJCU satellite campus
· Cliff Moore, owner of The Brand of Me v2.0, who offered information on incorporating positivity into both your professional and personal life
MRCC Young Professionals Group Co-Chair Kathrine Dwyer noted, “For the second year in a row, I am grateful for the opportunity to host an event that had not taken place in a few years and revise it to become an educational forum, offering the opportunity for sponsorships and collaboration between members, future members, students, and the community at large! We aimed to make this a huge success, as it was one of the first hybrid events the MRCC was hosting.”
The success of the 2022 Leadership Summit was made possible by the support of attendees and the generosity of the event sponsors, including NJCU New Jersey City University: Dean Edmondson & Michelle DelVecchio; Business Enhancement Services + Training: Sherilyn Przelomski; and Unique Parties: Jaclyn Patterson. Additional funding came from the daily social media sponsorships that were made in the days leading up to the Leadership Summit through its unique March Madness campaign.
For more information about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, including the Young Professionals Group’s exciting Business and Baseball event on June 2 and the entertaining Caring with Karaoke fundraiser on September 14, visit https://www.monmouthregionalchamber.com/.
About the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group
The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group (MRCC YPG) is comprised of dedicated, energetic, and involved individuals, age 40 and under, who support the chamber and Monmouth County. The YPG empowers members with educational, leadership, and networking opportunities to grow personally and professionally. It is open to chamber members at no additional charge and welcomes new members interested in connecting with young talent, supporting chamber initiatives, and contributing to the good of the community.
In addition to the annual Leadership Summit, MRCC YPG events and activities include monthly meetings that offer unique opportunities to network and learn from other local young professionals, as well as a chance to spotlight their business or employer; Caring with Karaoke, the group’s signature annual event where members select a nonprofit organization from Monmouth County to receive a portion of event proceeds while gaining valuable experience in professional development, event planning, and community service; and the annual Softball Tournament, a fun networking event where chamber members and local businesses create new and lasting business relationships while competing in a friendly ballgame.
To learn more about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group, visit https://www.monmouthregionalchamber.com/young-professionals-group/.
2022 MRCC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT PHOTO CAPTION :
Back row, left to right: Cliff Moore, MRCC President Sherilyn Przelomski, MRCC Young Professionals Group Co-Chair Kathrine Dwyer, MRCC Vice President Tara Demyanovich, and Dr. Michael Edmondson; front row, left to right: Frances Keane, Rob Kash, and Dawn Malinowski