Professional Development Series

The Quarter-Life Crisis: The Best and Worst Times?
February 15, 2017

 5:30 - 6:30pm
Where: Chamber of Commerce, 500 Franklin St., Columbus, IN

It is supposed to be the best time - opportunities for a new job, relationships and all around adventures. But struggling to cope with anxieties about unemployment risks, debt, relationships, and the next steps in life can be a real struggle.

Please join the CYP group as we discuss this topic, and talk about ways to overcome these obstacles and maintain a healthy life/work balance (while not freaking out in the process!).

Home Buying 101
January 18, 2017
When & Where: 5:30 - 7:00pm at Chamber of Commerce, 500 Franklin St., Columbus, IN
Guest Speaker: Maggie Allison & Tanya Montgomery, Centra Credit Union

Buying a home is a big decision, but there are various professionals who can help you enjoy the experience.
This workshop will teach you how to minimize the stress of the mortgage process, help you figure out what type of mortgage loan will work best for your budget, and what to expect when buying your first home.

Maggie Allison Bio:
I’ve been with Centra for more than five years. I’m an experienced mortgage lender who is focused on providing the highest level of service, support, and responsiveness to homebuyers and their agents throughout the mortgage process. I will offer homebuyers personalized consultation on the m
ortgage products that are right for them, including fixed and adjustable rate mortgage products. I have access to fast, TRULY LOCAL decision-making to ensure home buyers can get the answers they need to move forward with buying a home.

Tanya Montgomery Bio:
With a combined 18 years of experience in banking, I have all the knowledge and expertise necessary to make your home buying experience as easy as possible. When you visit me, you’ll quickly notice that my number one goal is to deliver excellent member service throughout the entire process.I understand that no two homebuyers are exactly the same, so I will search for the loan products that best suit you and your family.

Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People
November 9, 2016

When & Where: 5:15 - 6:30pm at 506 5th Street, Columbus, IN

Guest Speaker: Nancy Steigmeyer, Trine University

Learn how to utilize demonstrated approaches to pull together and foster employees’ productivity, creativity, motivation and personal growth. This is accomplished by focusing on organizing dynamic teams. This session also emphasizes the importance of effective high-level communication in any organization.Presenters Nancy Stiegmeyer, dean of the graduate school at Trine University, and Jackie Delagrange, director of the Master of Science programs, will discuss how to effectively deal with challenging coworkers and colleagues and dealing with conflict in the workplace.
Nancy Steigmeyer brings a diverse business background with a combination of development, academics and community leadership. She is the Dean of Graduate School at Trine University and has also served as Director of the Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership and MBA Programs. In addition to her career in academia including adjunct instruction at several universities, her past career was primarily in the Human Resource and vendor services fields, which also included sales and management.

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

Getting Retirement Ready
October 11, 2016

When & Where: 5:30 - 7pm at 506 5th St., Columbus, IN

Guest Speaker: Eric Robbins, CFP, Edward Jones

Eric has been a financial advisor for 6 years with Edward Jones. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) who lives and works in Columbus. Eric is a graduate of the IU Kelley School of Business with a degree in finance. His passions include: community service, playing sports and enjoying weekends on the lake. Eric is a 3-time FA Leaders Conference Qualifier.

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

"Invest in Your Future: Investing 101"

September 13,

When & Where: 5:30 - 7pm at 506 5th St., Columbus, IN

  Panel Guest Speakers:

1. Roy Ice, CPA, Kemper CPA Group

Roy Ice is a local certified public accountant with Kemper CPA Group. Originally from Vincennes, IN, Roy has been a vital member of the CYP Board of Directors. Roy earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Southern Indiana and passed the certification exam in 2014 before moving to Columbus. Roy is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Bartholomew County program and serves as treasurer on the Columbus Area Arts Council Board of Directors. Roy helps businesses and individuals prepare for their future by ensuring their tax strategies and processes are in place.

2. Nate West, Agent, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Nate West is a full service insurance agent at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. He is a life-long resident of Bartholomew County. After graduating from Columbus East High School, Nate went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in business management from IUPUC. In his role at Indiana Farm Bureau, Nate focuses on protecting his clients' well-being through home, farm, auto, business, and life insurance lines. With a holistic approach, he is able to protect his clients and their wealth from everyday risks. Nate serves on the Board of Directors for the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District and is the local coordinator of the Toys for Tots program.

3. Jacob Martin, Financial Advisor, WestPoint Financial Group

Jacob Martin is a Financial Advisor with WestPoint Financial Group. He primarily works with young professionals, pre-retirees, educators, and closely held business owners. A graduate of Purdue University, Jacob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Jacob is a member and ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Young Professional (CYP) Outreach Committee, Columbus North High School Alumni Board of Directors, and volunteer coach for the 8th grade Northside Middle School football team.

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

"Setting Financial Goals: How to Budget, Save and Build Your Credit"

August 9,
When & Where: 5:30 - 7pm  506 5th St., Columbus, IN

  Panel Guest Speakers:

1. Adam Scheidt, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual
Adam Scheidt is a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual. Adam has been helping clients identify and work towards their financial goals since 2009. Adam is a 2009 graduate of Purdue University, and currently holds licenses in the State of Indiana for Life, Disability and Long term care insurance, and is licensed to do investments.

2. Brock Biehl, Banking Center Manager, Old National Bank
Brock Biehl is the Retail Center Manager at Old National Bank’s Columbus Downtown office. Brock has been in the Columbus Community for four years. Brock assists his clients with establishing personal and business accounts as well as originating personal and real estate loans. Brock graduated from the University of Southern Indiana. He is active as a Columbus Area Chamber Ambassador and serves on both the Columbus Young Professionals and Columbus Symphony Orchestra board of directors.

3. Ginger McLellan, Loan Consultant, Caliber Home Loans

Ginger McClellan is a local mortgage loan consultant for Caliber Home Loans. Her previous career was as a forensic scientist for the State Police, not only did she do case work, but became an administrator over the Laboratory budget and grant management. As residents of Columbus, her family is active in community events, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and the bike and run clubs. Caliber Home Loans, offers a variety of home loan options which include products for first-time homebuyers, down payment assistance, and credit restructuring.

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

“Becoming a Leader"

June 14, 2016
When & Where:
 5:30 - 7 pm  
Columbus Area Visitors Center 506 5th St. Columbus, IN
Special Guest Speaker: Amber Fischvogt, Director of the Institute for Coalition Building

Amber has over 14 years of business and community development experience.  During this time she has managed a wide array of entrepreneurial education and development programs at both a local and national level that served several thousand entrepreneurs annually. She is the facilitator for Leadership Bartholomew County and the Coalition Through Collaboration Leadership course. Amber currently serves on the Centra Credit Union Board, is a past board member and Chair of the United Way of Bartholomew County Board and a co-founder and first Director of Columbus Young Professionals.   

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

“Seeking Excellence in Everyday Life"

May 10, 2016
When & Where:
 5:30 - 7 pm  
Columbus Area Visitors Center 506 5th St. Columbus, IN
Special Guest Speaker: Rick Weinheimer

Rick Weinheimer has been a teacher, a coach, and a mentor for almost forty years.  He has taught English and coached cross country and track since 1978. As a coach, Rick has led his boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams to multiple state championships and to national recognition. He has been named Indiana Coach of the Year nine times and has been a four-time nominee for National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2004 and inducted into the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Education Hall of Fame in 2014. 

His first book, entitled Move your Chair—A Guide to Every Day Excellence, was published last October.   In addition to teaching and coaching, Rick is active as a speaker and workshop coordinator around the country. He has spoken to audiences in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas, presenting thoughts on seeking excellence in all areas of life, a message of hope, inspiration, and humor. Currently at Columbus North High School, he teaches senior AP Language and Composition and serves as English department chair, overseeing curriculum and pedagogy for twenty-six teachers and 2,800 students, grades 7-12.  Rick and his wife Amy, a special education teacher, have five children; the youngest is a senior in college.

For more information, please visit Rick's website at

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

"Mastering the First one-on-one Meeting"

Tuesday- April 12, 2016

When & Where: 5:30 - 7 pm  Columbus Area Visitors Center 506 5th St. Columbus, IN
Special Guest Speaker: Julie Del Genio

Julie Del Genio is Director of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations for Cummins in Southern Indiana and also serves as the Secretary of the Cummins Foundation. Julie works with a variety of stakeholders in southern Indiana to understand community needs and identify areas of alignment with priority areas.  Cummins has three priority areas for our global community engagement initiatives: education, environment and social justice/equality of opportunity. Julie also supports engagement between Cummins and local government in Columbus. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, Julie worked for ten years with Irwin Management Company.
Julie is a Hawkeye at heart, holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.  She also holds a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Julie volunteers on the Greater Columbus Economic Development Board and the United Way of Bartholomew County Board.

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP. 

“What NOT To Do In a Professional Setting”

Tuesday-  March 8, 2016

When & Where: 5:30pm- 7:00pm @ Fish Tank -Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
500 Franklin St., Columbus, IN

Special Guest Speaker: Cindy Frey

Cindy Frey has 30 years experience driving growth and visibility in leading corporate, nonprofit, government and educational organizations.  She joined the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce as its president in 2013.  Prior to that, she led the communications program for Cummins Corporate Responsibility team and served as the second-in-command at the Columbus Visitors Center with responsibility for special projects, marketing and public relations.

When navigating the world of work, it’s important to know the unwritten rules.  Cindy will talk about how to put your best foot forward in business situations and how to avoid common pitfalls.  She will discuss tips for traveling with your boss, what NOT to wear, social media watch-outs and more

Event Category: [Work]

Special 'thank you' to our Series Gold Sponsor- Kemper CPA Group, LLP.


“Public Speaking: How to tell your story in 30 seconds”

Tuesday-  February 9, 2016

When & Where: 5:30pm- 7:00pm @ Fish Tank -Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
500 Franklin St., Columbus, IN

Special Guest Speaker: Anthony Blair

Anthony is a professional speaker certified by Toastmasters International as a Competent Communicator. He is the reigning 2 year Division E Evaluation speech champion and speaks at Division E leadership trainings. He has never met a stranger. His network of contacts spans across all walks of life and reaches well over two thousand people all over the country. Some of the more notable connections he’s made over the years are Tupac Shakur, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Zig Ziglar, Billy “The Tae Bo Guy” Blanks and Les Brown. Natural born networker and award-winning speaker, Anthony “Ant" Blair, will bring electricity, experience and education as he shows you how to tell your story in 30 seconds.

Event Category: [Work]
This event is sponsored by the Columbus Young Professionals.

Networking 101: Building your "toolbox"

Tuesday- January 12, 2016

When & Where: 5:30pm- 7:00pm @ Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce  500 Franklin St., Columbus, IN

Special Guest Speaker: Tim Cooney 

 Networking can be challenging. Especially if you are new to town, or don't know where to start! Join the CYP group as we launch our Professional Development Series with our first topic, "Networking 101."

 Special guest, Tim Cooney, will share his "toolbox" to getting started when networking. As an entrepreneur and membership director at the Columbus Area Chamber, networking is a key to his success! 

Event Category: [Work] 

This event is sponsored by the Columbus Young Professionals.