CYN co-hosts young leader professional development opportunities

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln College of Business Administration will host “Finding Passion at Work”, a learning seminar open to the public, on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Home Federal Bank Building, 3311 West Stolley Park Road.

“Finding Passion at Work”, presented by Dr. Tammy Beck, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and External Engagement for the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was one of five topics identified as a challenge facing many young leaders. The seminar will focus on the benefits of job crafting, which helps individuals find greater meaning in their work by playing to personal strengths and aligning with their values and passions.

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will leave with an action plan to help map and implement job crafting at their workplace, and the ability to cope with future adversity.

This seminar series, a shared effort between Connecting Young Nebraskans, a program of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, and five Nebraska communities, is aimed at fostering the development of young leaders to meet unique leadership needs of the region. Seminar topics range from finding your passion at work, mentorship and investment, taking action on big ideas, and finding balance in a young professional’s life. Each of the five communities were selected after submitting proposals identifying unique needs of young leaders in their community. The proposals outlined the challenges young leaders face in their region, and ideas to develop skills around these challenges that will appeal to young leaders in their region.

Kayla Schnuelle, coordinator of the Connecting Young Nebraskans Network and Marketing Communications Specialist for the Rural Futures Institute, said, “Young leaders have been requesting more opportunities to network and strengthen their skills and CYN is excited to work with communities and regions to offer professional development opportunities that will help develop future leaders.”

To register for this event, please contact Jessica Hendricks, Director of Workforce & Community Development for the Chamber of Commerce, before September 29 at 308.382.9210 or

Cost of attendance is $10.

NCRCRD Webinar: Are We Entrepreneurs?


Using Ourselves as a Case Study to Measure the Impact of a Web-based Outreach Project

Hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild , Glenn Muske and Connie Hancock

Thursday, September 10, 2015
11:00 AM Central Time / 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.

In partnership with Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University Extension Service – Center for Community Vitality and Nebraska Extension

About the webinar:

Creating content may be the easiest part of digital outreach! Join us for this webinar and hear the story of three Extension professionals and an UNL intern as they embarked on a journey filled with social media challenges and discovery. This multi-state Extension team used themselves and the Power of Business multi-state Extension initiative ( as a business case study by following the information they provide many entrepreneurs: Create a plan and measure the results.

This webinar will provide findings from a study funded by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development focused on:

  • Strengthening Extension’s support of entrepreneurs while also,
  • Determining the best ways to reach business owners with information designed to help them grow various aspects of their enterprises.

Experiences and information from this study are designed to help other Extension programs and professionals act more like entrepreneurs with their outreach efforts by:

  • Increasing their capacity to reach clientele through marketing efforts
  • Assessing the impact of Next Generation Extension practices with social media

About the Speakers:

Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD, CPC is the Associate Director for the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska (

Glenn Muske, PhD is Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist with NDSU Extension Service – Center for Community Vitality (

Connie Hancock, is a Community Vitality Initiative Educator with Nebraska Extension (

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