About this Event

Young professionals from across Maine are invited to attend! Space is limited.

Our day kicks off at 9:00 at the Waterville Opera House. Keynote speaker Katie Shorey, Director of Engagement at Live + Work Maine and President of Startup Maine, will present ideas for how young professional groups can encourage people to "boomerang" back to our communities, attract new people to Maine, and retain recent graduates.

Attendees will then head to morning and afternoon breakout sessions at locations across the walkable downtown area (with a break for lunch at one of the local eateries).

The conference concludes with Happy Hour and Networking at Front & Main Comfort Food in the all new Lockwood Hotel.

This event is hosted by KV Connect in partnership with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Realize Maine Network.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Group A - Location: Amici's Cucina | Topic: Overcoming Networking Anxiety | Speaker: Brandi Meisner (Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce)

Group B - Location: OPA | Topic: Defining Passion & Purpose in Your Work | Speaker: Lindsey Beals (Soul Revival)

Group C - Location: Cancun | Topic: Power of Mentorship | Speaker: MDF

Group D - Location: Silver Street Tavern | Topic: Becoming a Successful Manager | Speaker: David Pease (Bangor Savings Bank)

Group E - Location: Mainely Brews | Topic: Serving on a Board/Impact | Speaker: Dan Tilton (Skowhegan Savings Bank)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Group A - Location: Silver Street Tavern | Topic: Entrepreneurship 101 | Speaker: Kate McAleer (Bixby Chocolate)

Group B - Location: OPA | Topic: DEI Panel | Speakers: Jerome Bennett, Ella Bowman, Rachel Isaacs

Group C - Location: Mainely Brews | Topic: Writing Effective Professional Communication | Speaker: Elaine Theriault-Currier

Group D - Location: Cancun | Topic: Navigating a Successful Career in Manufacturing | Speakers: Jimmy Fowler, Electrical & Project Engineer; Josh Robbins, Sourcing Specialist (both from Huhtamaki)

Group E - Location: Amici's Cucina | Topic: Maine's Farm to Table Agricultural Movement Panel | Speakers: Jenni Tilton-Flood (Flood Brothers Farm), Amber Lambke (Maine Grains), Jordan Rowan - (Front & Main)

Lunch: 11:30 - 12:45

Downtown Walk Break: 2:45 - 3:15

Morning Breakout Sessions will begin at 10:45 and will continue after Lunch

Afternoon Breakout Sessions will begin at 2:00 and will continue after the Walk Break


Thank you to our Sponsors!