MAPP Young Professionals Network Pre-Conference Event

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Back for its third year, MAPP’s Young Professionals Network is excited to host a YP pre-conference session for those attendees under 40 years of age. This professional development program is for industry young professionals looking to grow their leadership skills, industry knowledge and peer network. The event will kick-off with a special presentation from keynote speaker, Kirk Weisler, with a focus on building a strong team, personal ownership and inspirational leadership. Additionally, attendees will sit in on various "How I Built This" sessions from company presidents and owners, with open ask anything Q&A, followed by roundtables and peer networking during a YP reception.

This event is free with conference registration. 

The meeting will take place in Marriott Ballroom 2 and will begin promptly at 1:00PM EDT.


  • 1:00 - 1:05 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 1:05 - 3:05 - Refreshing Leadership Workshop with Kirk Weisler
    • How do leaders inspire rather than require to create the engagement we all desire?  How do leaders create workplace cultures where ownership, accountability, and innovation are the behaviors that triumph over all others.  How do they inspire personal growth, model vulnerability and maximize productivity? Explore the attributes of Refreshing Leaders, and learn to lead like someone you would like to follow yourself. You will leave this workshop with actionable insights to be and become a  more Refreshing Leader!
  • 3:05 - 3:15 - Break
  • 3:15 - 4:30 - YP LIVE
    • During YP LIVE, three company leaders will share their stories on how they have built their careers and organizations. Additionally, these interactive sessions will include an open ask anything section for you to learn more and get advice on the questions and issues that impact you. 
  • 4:30 - 5:30 - Speed Networking Reception
    • Spend time meeting and learning from your peers. During this hour-long reception, attendees will move between table groups focused on topics of interest to them. Enjoy a beverage and snack as this reception cycles through key topics that attendees have identified as being most important to them.
  • 5:30 - 7:30 - Whole Conference Welcome Reception 

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