Be Sweet Cafe
Wednesday, October 6th
150 West Main Street
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Coordinator of Alumni and Campus Engagement Colorado Mesa University
There were many individuals who shifted their mindset and embraced a “do-whatever it takes” attitude during the pandemic. But only a few had a community-wide impact like our 2020 Young Professional of the Year. The Young Professionals Network of Mesa County is honored to recognize Emma Leenerman as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year!
Emma’s work and dedication to the community and Colorado Mesa University ensured that community members and students would not miss out on once in a lifetime experiences, like college graduation. At the beginning of the global pandemic, Emma volunteered to be uprooted from her normal duties as Colorado Mesa University’s (CMU) Coordinator of Alumni Engagement and tackle the university’s COVID-19 testing efforts for the entire CMU Campus. CMU heavily depended on the accuracy and efficiency of this testing center to minimize the interruption for in-person learning and to ultimately lighten the burden of Mesa County’s testing center.
Using her wise decision-making skills, quick learning nature, and keen coordination skills, Emma was able to lead a COVID testing site that administered over 80,000, tests; most of which were given voluntarily, at random, and in response to different triggers, but all of them collectively keeping CMU open and operating in a normal manner. The same could be said in our community, in which thanks to the success of the CMU testing center, our community has been lucky to maintain normal life thanks to the 200,000 tests Emma, and many key players, work to keep our family, neighbors and friends safe and in a good frame of mind.
Emma is described by her coworkers as a key asset that enabled CMU to thrive and become a community pillar in a turbulent time. Today, Emma’s focus has shifted to leading a vaccine distribution process, all of this while keeping a smile, looking for ways to improve, and most importantly, being a new mom.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF THE QUARTERS
Young Professional of the Quarter is an award that honors Mesa County young professionals within YPNMC who have done an exceptional job representing young professionals or has made great achievements while being a member. The Board of Directors is always seeking nominations for the next Young Professional of the Quarter!
Darah Galvin, Development Coordinator at Bray Commercial Real Estate was the Young Professional of the Quarter in May 2021.
Derek Irick, Realtor with Bray Real Estate, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in October 2020.
Kayley Vogel, Assistant Coordinator of CMU Career Services, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2020.
Trevor Daggers, Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2019.
Colter Lovette, co-owner of 32Waves, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in April 2019.
Dr. William Berguin, DDS was the Young Professional of the Quarter in June 2018.
Michael Brooks, Tax Supervisor for Dalby, Wendland, & Co., was the Young Professional of the Quarter in October 2018.
Leslie Eslava, Program Coordinator at Riverside Educational Center, was the Young Professional of the Quarter in March 2018.
AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES
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"YPN is a great networking opportunity. Plus, it looks good to current and future employers that want to see a history of community involvement and leadership."
"The candidate forum YPN put on was so helpful. I'm so glad I got to go to an unbiased presentation of the candidates."
THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
Before Hours - Kiln Coffee Bar
Lunch Conversation - Daily Sentinel
Lunch Conversation - Jenn Moore
Lunch Conversation - Jay Seaton
Before Hours - Roasted
2018 YPN Christmas Party
Before Hours - My Favorite Muffin
Lunch Conversation - Girl Scouts
Lunch Conversation - Kevin & April
Lunch Conversation - Pete Baier
Before Hours - Main Street Bagels
Lunch Conversation - John McConnell, Eureka Science Museum