Young Professionals Conference coming

MARQUETTE – “Cultivate You, Your Ideas, and Your Business” at the third annual Upper Peninsula Young Professionals Conference. The event, hosted by 40 Below, Marquette County’s young professional organization, will take place Thursday, Sept. 4, at Marquette Mountain Ski Lodge in Marquette from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A social event will follow.

Throughout the day, there will be informative breakout sessions, panels, and networking opportunities. Attendees of the conference will hone and develop skills to encourage professional growth, inspire entrepreneurism, and grow their employer’s bottom line.

The conference will also feature a keynote speaker in the morning. This year, Mel Charbonneau, co-founder of the women’s running group, Fellow Flowers, has been selected as the keynote presenter.

Charbonneau was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She brings to life the messages and meanings that have now created a powerful and inspiring language used by women to uniquely express their own journeys, while also supporting and connecting with women throughout the country.

Charbonneau believes that what we create should serve a greater purpose, and that authentic stories can truly change the world.

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