In recent years, hundreds of students, staff, and faculty have either attended or served as speakers at one of the conference’s many breakout sessions; additionally, UNO Graduate Studies and the UNO Executive MBA program help support the professional development conference as featured sponsors. The ties run deep and this year a new group of Mavericks will be front and center.
Each year, the YP Summit identifies young professionals who are making an impact in the metro area as “Change Makers.”
The Omaha Chamber of Commerce describes Change Makers as a “collection of individuals making positive, innovative and powerful change in the community –making Omaha a more vibrant, fun, progressive and dynamic community to live, work and play.”
In the last two years, a group of UNO-connected young professionals have been selected as Change Makers. In 2017, Gina Ligon, associate professor of management, and alumnus Buey Ray Tut were chosen as YP Summit Change Makers. The same honor was given to two other UNO alumni, Shonna Dorsey and Matt Tompkins, in 2016.
This year, four out of the five YP Summit Change Makers have a UNO connection:
Jorgenson is a UNO senior studying IT innovation while also working full-time as a as a technical consultant in the College of Business Administration. A self-described techie, Jorgenson has one of Nebraska’s first self-driving cars.
Warren-Teamer, a UNO alumna, is making waves at Omaha’s insurance giant Mutual of Omaha. Giving back is a way of life for this Maverick, and as community affairs coordinator, she’s helping her coworkers figure out how they can give back to the community as well.
At just 29-years-old, Spooner owns Four Sisters Boutique in Omaha’s Rockbrook Village. Another UNO alumna, Spooner’s marketing strategies are drawing millennials to her store when other retail stores are struggling to turn a profit.
UNO alumnus Luis Lopez isn’t afraid of a challenge. He heard healthcare was a crowded space but he jumped in anyway. Now he owns his own company that is looking to make waves in the medical information space.
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