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STACEY HEGGEN: Busy week ahead for Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals

Here we are at the end of April and in the thick of activity among the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Spring is a busy season for us. All of the white stuff that keeps falling from the sky tricks me into thinking that "it's not quite ti...

Stacey Dimmler

Here we are at the end of April and in the thick of activity among the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Spring is a busy season for us. All of the white stuff that keeps falling from the sky tricks me into thinking that "it's not quite time yet."

Young professionals are driven individuals, ready and willing to offer new ideas, energy, and insight. We put a lot of emphasis on professional development as we plan and implement activities and initiatives for our members, because we understand the importance of providing opportunities to strengthen the workforce in the Grand Cities.

GGFYP offers a variety of topics and activities to help members in their quest to succeed.

In the past year, we've held events on successful communication, how to start your own business, and a training session for those interested in participating on an organization's board. We've also started a monthly Lunch & Learn series, which allows members to learn about the community and network with other professionals with similar interest, and hosted the area's first Chick-fil-A Leadercast.

Another series that has been around since the organization's creation are Executive Briefings, in which an established professional offers real-life experience and information about their organization.

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In the coming weeks, we have a calendar full of exciting opportunities for members and the general public.

• On Monday, from 3 to 5 p.m., we are teaming up with UND's Center for Community Engagement and the Department Earth System Science and Policy to for a discussion on sustainability, which is free and open to the public. Area businesses will be featured in a panel. It'll be at AE2S, 4050 Garden View Drive, Grand Forks, opposite the Alerus Center.

• On Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., GGFYP members will hear from Altru Health System CEO Dave Molmen at an Executive Briefing at Altru in Grand Forks. Membership info is at GGFYP.com.

• On Friday, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., we will host the eighth annual ArtSee at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. It's free and open to the public. More info is at YPArtsee.com.

• And after a short breather, we will again host Leadercast, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10 at Hope Church, 1601 17th Ave. S., Grand Forks. Tickets have been flying off the shelf this year, a strong indicator of the success of last year. Sign up at GGFYP.com/leadercast. The cost is $85 for GGFYP members, $100 for the general public.

We understand the importance of being a valuable asset to our members and the community we enjoy being a part of, and hope you will join us in our efforts!

Heggen is executive director of Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Reach her at Stacey@ggfyp.com or at (218) 779-9369. Go to the group's website at GGFYP.com.

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