Results From 2016 CYN Summit


CYN, and young leaders from the area, hosted the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit on October 27-28, 2016 in York, NE. This was the fifth state-wide summit of the CYN network. The Summit was a unique statewide event that brought together young professionals to develop new skills and share life experiences.

The 2016 theme was “Creating Life Balance” and featured 27 engaging speakers on a variety of topics from five holistic wellness categories: Purpose, Social, Community, Physical and Financial. A personalized experience was made available through interactive breakout sessions, which included GLOW Leadership founder, Jodi Sell discussing Crucial Conversations.

264 Nebraskans from 57 communities attended the summit held at the Holthus Convention Center on October 28. Lisa Gunderson was keynote speaker. She is certified by Cy Wakeman, Inc., to delivered reality-based leadership programs to audiences of all professional levels. An exciting evening social was held the night before, on October 27, at the Chances R’ restaurant where Arthur Fratelli, a mentalist and entertainer, presented.



Connecting Young Nebraskans Announces 2016 Summit Location

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young leaders from across the state will gather to network and build skills at the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit. The community of York has been selected out of seven community proposals to host the event. The summit is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at the Holthus Convention Center. Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) is a statewide network designed to connect, empower and retain young Nebraskans. CYN strives to enhance opportunities for individuals to impact their communities through networking and learning experiences. The network is a dynamic and diverse group of 640 peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn and the desire to build important relationships to help shape the future of Nebraska.

Volunteers from across the state work together with CYN network coordinators Kayla Schnuelle and Jordyn Bader, graduate assistant, both of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, to strategize and develop the summit. This year will be the fifth CYN Summit with the goal to energize, develop and retain talented individuals in our communities.

“The energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with exceptional individuals from both the host community team in York and the CYN steering team,” says Kayla Schnuelle, CYN network coordinator.

The communities that applied for the summit were Alliance, Broken Bow, Columbus, Norfolk, Ord, West Point and York.

“This has been the best set of applications that we have received,” said Schnuelle. “It is incredible how diverse the community planning teams were this year and how much energy the applications exuded.”

In the application for the summit, York shared many ideas which will bring fresh ideas to the agenda.

“The summit bid has brought new excitement to the city of York and the chamber team.  We are truly looking forward to welcoming the CYN participants and leaders to our community,” says Rhonda Veleba Main Street Coordinator and member of the Host Community Planning Team, York, Neb.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit by visiting and following the network on Twitter and Facebook.

Generous support for the 2016 summit is provided in part by the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska along with various business and community partnerships. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Kayla Schnuelle at or 402.472.2935.