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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 24th, 2024!

Starkey | 8 AM - 3:30 PM

Mark your calendar for this year’s summit. Speaker announcements, registration information are coming soon! 

Check out last year's program below!

   If you have any immediate questions, please call 952-944-2830 or email Pat at


2023 Theme: 


Engage with numerous speakers throughout the event that will empower you to take hold of your future and succeed on your journey through your work AND home life. Hear testimonies from top professionals on the marketplace change that they have had to overcome in their experience and how they learned to grow and adapt within their industries. 

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Stevie Ray

Executive Director, Stevie Ray’s Improv Company

Sure, you can introduce yourself to business prospects through social media, but most business is still won-or lost-by good old face-to-face interaction. No one is born to network, it takes practice. In this exciting, hands-on experience, Stevie Ray will show you the techniques to capture someone’s attention, as well as the most common pitfalls to avoid. Heads-up: don’t expect to sit in your seat during this session!

An expert in the art and science of influence, Stevie Ray has been a nationally recognized keynote speaker and corporate trainer for over thirty years. Stevie is the longest running national columnist for the Business Journal Newspapers and is the author of eleven books, including The Roadmap to Influence. He is a guest lecturer for the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas MBA program. A professional comedian, Stevie is the Executive Director of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company in Minneapolis, a company that has provided training and entertainment since 1989. Stevie is the first person in the country to have designed his own college degree to study the psychology of humor. Learn more:

2023 Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 AM | Registration and Breakfast

                     8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Use time as you see fit, grab your FREE headshot

8:15 AM | Cafeteria

  • Welcome from the Chamber + Best Buy Team

8:30 AM | 

  • Morning Keynote | Stevie Ray, Executive Director, Stevie Ray’s Improv Company–

    • Build your Network – make your best connections

9:30 - 1:00 PM: Grab your FREE Headshot with Rachel Elizabeth


9:30 AM | Introduce Peer-to-Peer Discussions/Unconference

9:40 AM | Unconference Breakout #1

Speaker topic: Kiley Demery, Demery Wealth Advisors, - Building you Financial Future

Speaker Topic: Darcy McDonald, Wings Financial Credit Union, Wings Mortgage - Home Buying in Today's Marketplace

Speaker Topic: Josh Beverly, Professor, Hamline University - Leveraging AI for Personal/Professional Use

Peer-to-Peer Topic:  Elevator Pitch - discussion to include know your value add, share your uniqueness and preplan your questions - Facilitated by Adam Brown, Business and Development Marketing Manager, Fafinski, Mark & Johnson

Peer-to-Peer Topic: Team Building - how to build better communications and relationships with your teams

10:20 AM | Unconference Breakout #2

Speaker Topic: Darcy McDonald, Wings Financial Credit Union, Wings Mortgage - Home Buying in Today's Marketplace

Peer-to-Peer Topic:  Effective Meetings - discussion to include preparation, leading meetings, adding value and have an ask-  Facilitated by Adam Brown, Business and Development Marketing Manager, Fafinski, Mark & Johnson

11:00 AM | Auditorium/Theatre

  • Keynote | George Murray, Award Winning Author, Global Operations and Supply Chain Leader, Speaker, Coach

    • Developing Next Generation Leaders

12:00 PM | LUNCH in cafeteria

12:50 PM | Special Topic - Breakout #1 | Pick one of the following sessions to attend

Todd Thiewes, Vice President of Sales, Sandler

  • Enhance your Personal Presence - by leveraging positive communication skills | 12:50 - 1:50

Kristin Jonason, Senior Consultant at the Prouty Project - specializes in Leadership Development and Strategic Planning

  • Emotional Intelligence | 12:50-1:50 PM


Sonal Gerten, Marketing Professor & MBA Program Director, Hamline University

  • Persuasive Stories, Personal Brands


Cody Griggs, Director, Product Management, C.H. Robinson

  • Company Culture | 12:50-1:50 PM

Kristin Derus, Owner of Eden Biofeedback

  • Work Life Balance | 12:50–1:50

2:00 | Auditorium/Theatre


3:00 PM | Next Year’s Date Release + Final Announcements


The Twin Cities Young Professionals Summit is brought to you by the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.



Executive Sponsor

+ 2023 Event Host

Connector Sponsor

Leader Sponsor


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Supporter Sponsors

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The TCYP Summit is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. Thank you, sponsors, for your support!



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Registration is OPEN for the 2023 TCYP Summit!
Just $85 to attend -- includes light breakfast, lunch 

If you would like more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, to speak at an upcoming summit, or more -- please call (952) 944-2830 or email

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