The 2013 Great Plains Young Professionals Summit in Bismarck allowed professionals from across our state to discover new ways to “Transform Tomorrow.” The summit took place May 30-June 1 with 122 registrants, 35 Summit sponsors, 21 amazing breakout presenters, three phenomenal keynote speakers, and one incredible view from Bismarck State College. The 2013 GPYP Summit offered a great conducive environment for networking and personal growth.
The Summit kicked off Thursday evening at The Post in Mandan with a welcome from Governor Jack Dalrymple and Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila then took the stage to inspire attendees to take a chance on their dreams though her story of success in pioneering the women’s pole vault event at the 2000 Sidney Olympics.
Friday featured an action packed day beginning with a welcome from Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley. Jasper Schneider, Director of USDA Rural Development, discussed the future for North Dakota during his ND 2.0 presentation. Kevin Iverson from the State Census Office presented the exciting opportunity population growth offers for our state after several decades of outmigration. Congressman Kevin Cramer addressed attendees over the lunch hour which was followed by six fantastic breakout sessions. Attendees then headed downtown to the Ritterbush Auditorium at the UND Center for Family Medicine for a social and hoops for charity contest which raised $400 for Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center & God’s Child Project.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote presentation given by legendary basketball coach Dale Brown, a native of Minot, North Dakota. Brown’s speech challenged attendees to tackle the four hurdles of life, ultimately defining their individual success story. The evening was capped off with a social, music and wonderful food provided by Lucky Duck’s in downtown Bismarck.
The final day of the Summit featured a welcome from Mandan Mayor Arlen Van Beek followed by a day filled with 15 individual breakout sessions on various aspects of personal, professional and community development. The event culminated with a closing address from award winning speaker Craig Valentine, who outlined the steps to Getting Remarkable Results in Business and in Life.
The 2013 GPYP Summit could not have been possible without the help of our 35 sponsors! Their dedication to the young people in our state was evident by their willingness to donate the funds that made this great event happen. Thank you for investing in the future of North Dakota and helping our young professionals Transform Tomorrow!Photos courtesy of Studio KWM.