Virtual Southern Tier YP Summit

October 15, 2020

What’s New

The YP Summit is not your average conference, especially this year! The day was re-designed to be 100% virtual, so you can enjoy the event from the comfort of your office, at home, or on-the-go. With the challenges that have affected society in 2020, we crafted a line-up with timely topics that will help you adapt and come out stronger. The YP Summit is your place to feel supported and have your voice heard. We’re going to #RewritetheScript.

This year’s conference will allow you flexible options to tune into multiple session types including:

  • Live-streamed sessions
  • Round table discussions
  • Interactive networking
  • Nationally known Keynote speakers

Pricing has been adjusted to reflect the new virtual format, where the components of an in-person YP Summit have transitioned to a virtual platform.

Meet Our Speakers

As a hybrid event with many online speakers, this year’s program has the highest quality content and speakers the YP Summit has seen to date. All attendees, whether Virtual or In-Person, will have access to the Keynote and Featured Speakers and 2 concurrent live streamed sessions.

8:45-9:45AM Event Kickoff and Featured Speaker

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS

Founder & CEO of Unmuted
Unmute Yourself: Elevating Your Voice for Impact & Influence

9:45-10:00AM Break

10:00AM-10:45AM Breakout Sessions I

Cole Harrington

Arctic Bear Plumbing Heating & Air
Building Your Online Confidence

Arel Moodie

Reed Oak LLC
Control The Controllables

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS

Founder & CEO of Unmuted
Unmuted YOU: How to Build YOUR Confidence, Courage and Influence

10:45-11:00AM – Break

11:00AM-11:45AM Breakout Sessions II

Lou Monico

Life.Health.Best Self Coaching
Tap Away Stress to Optimize Your Health and Career Success

Jason Marshall

Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies, Binghamton University
Own Your Influence: A Challenge for Emerging Leaders

Dan Mori

Employment Solutions
Advance Your Career Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic


Joe Hashey

Synergy Athletics
How to Build your 90-day Professional World

11:45-12:30PM Lunch Break

12:30-1:45 Keynote Speaker

Risha Grant

Keynote Speaker

Get Rid Of the BS

Whether implicit or conscious, bias is the number one threat to humanity and any company’s success. Throughout this session, Risha allows attendees to authentically express their biases, while giving them easily applicable tools to get over them, however screwed up they may be. Although diversity can often be an uncomfortable topic, Risha’s approach helps attendees to easily understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged.

Risha Grant teaches Diversity & Inclusion through the lens of humanity using terms like BS or Bias Synapse as a way to explain our brain’s involvement in the processing and validation of bias.

Attendees will leave this talk with:

  • An understanding of Diversity & Inclusion
  • A thorough awareness of their biases
  • A realization of how their biases originated
  • A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias
  • Tools to address bias internally and externally
  • Tips to navigate the “hot spots” of workplace diversity

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00-2:45 Breakout Sessions III

Pat McFarland

Chemung Canal Trust Company
Protect Your Financial Well-being Online

Eddie Thomason

Eddie Thomason International
Leaving a Legacy: How Your Vision Can Impact A Generation

A Panel Discussion Moderated
by Rod Garvin

Becoming an Advocate of Diversity & Inclusion at Work and at Home


Conversations with Community Leaders
This session gives you access to leaders across industries from law, non-profit, engineering and education who are impacting Greater Binghamton community. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how they became leaders in our area.

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-4:30 Featured Speaker & Closing

Karen Allen

Featured Speaker
Stop & Shift


The YP Summit is an energizing event for young professionals to grow and develop themselves and their careers. The full-day conference provides professional development through multiple Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and interactive activities all geared toward, and planned by, millennials. This year is the YP Summit’s fourth year, taking place as an innovative hybrid event and delivering the same level of quality speakers and topics as in year’s past.

The unique aspects included in the YP Summit are critical to the retention of young professionals in the Greater Binghamton region. The structure of the day allows for meaningful conversations and connections made between attendees, as well as building business and leadership skills.

2020 YP Summit Planning Committee

Alexa Langeland, Alexa Langeland State Farm

Andrea Lange, Chemung Canal Trust Company

Christa Reese, Synergy Athletics

Dana Cash, Wilmington Trust

Devin McMicken, Visions Federal Credit Union

Kristina Albrecht, American Cancer Society

Megan Canfield, Chemung Canal Trust Company

Scott Heffner, Chemung Canal Trust Company

Winter Clark, ETM Solar Works

Thank you to our sponsors

Title Sponsor

Scholarship Sponsor

Charging Station Sponsor

Event Experience Sponsor

BAE Systems logo

Engagement Sponsor

Network Event Sponsor

Rotary logo
Johnson, Lauder and Savidge LLP logo

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