Update on Fond du Lac Panel Recap
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) know how to start the year off right…by looking ahead to what’s in store for members and the Fond du Lac community in 2015! This focus brought about a new twist to the organization’s annual Update on Fond du Lac panel discussion. This year, the topic shifted from an economy theme to how we’ll approach 2015 as a community.
The four panelists comprised an expansive cross-section of organizations across the greater Fond du Lac Community:
- Holly Brenner, Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing, Agnesian HealthCare represented Envision Fond du Lac, a visioning and strategy planning process for the greater Fond du Lac community.
- Colleen Merrill, Director of UW-Oshkosh Small Business Development Center, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation represented the Emergent Technology Center a collaborative space and community where innovators, entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals can learn lean and agile business practices, constructively share ideas and receive assistance when launching a high-tech business.
- Dr. John N. Short, Chief Executive Officer and Dean, UW-Fond du Lac represented the Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee which explores, studies and investigates all aspects of utilizing Lakeside Park in order to present a written report to the City Council that encompasses recommendations regarding said exploration of utilizations.
- Colleen and John also provided perspective from Ignite! Business Success which strives to nurture and grow entrepreneurship within Fond du Lac County by delivering support services through an integrated network of organizational partners to help meet every innovator’s need.
- Melissa Worthington, Vice President of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce represented Fond du Lac Works, which was developed by community stakeholders, visionaries and creative thinkers as a means of addressing current and future workforce needs including recruitment, retention and development.
Panelists fielded questions like what issues and challenges are our businesses, workforce/residents and community facing? What steps are being taken and what progress is being made to advance our community? And, of course, tied everything back to how we, as Young Professionals, can take part and play a role in the community in 2015.
Looking to get involved? Check out any or all of the links above and reach out to our panelists for more information! And don’t forget, a great way to engage with the community and your peers is to get more involved with YPF! There are many volunteer opportunities and we’d certainly love for you to get involved. (Click here for more information!)
Community Organization Spotlight: New this year, YPF will be spotlighting area non-profit and volunteer organizations that are doing great things in Fond du Lac. At each event, attendees will hear from a different organization and learn how they can get involved if interested! The first spotlight of 2015 was the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County is a United Way Agency that assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. The agency matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program. Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program. For more information about the program or to volunteer, call (920) 922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.